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Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde [Blu-ray]

 

(Roy Ward Baker, 1971)

 

 

NOTE: After comparing the Studio Canal UK and DE Blu-rays of Fear in the Night HERE. They are determined to be, essentially, the exact same discs. Same running time to the 1/1000th a second, same bitrate, same image, same audio (with the of a inclusion of a German DUB and optional German subtitles) and same extras - minus the second disc DVD but the 7-Blu-ray Hammer Film Edition has all the other films (The Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Fear in the Night, and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde).

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Hammer Studios

Video: Studio Canal (DE)

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:22.378

Disc Size: 31,460,132,259 bytes

Feature Size: 26,956,526,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Slim Blu-ray case

Release date: January 29th, 2018 / November 23rd, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1379 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1379 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio German 1601 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1601 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), German, none

 

Extras:

Ladykiller: Inside Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (11:05)
Trailer for a new restoration of "The Wicker Man" (1:20)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: When Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to find an elixir of life he accidentally stumbles upon a formula which transforms him into a gorgeous but evil woman who calls herself the widowed Mrs Hyde. Somewhat disdained by the female transformation but aroused by the power it brings, Jekyll can’t but help to continue his experiments. As the evil Hyde starts brutally murdering women to get the female hormones she needs Jekyll’s alter ego soon grows too powerful. As the fight is on to discover who is behind the Whitechapel murders which of Jekyll’s alter-egos will end up on top?

 

 

The Film:

Dr Henry Jekyll is searching for a universal panacea for human ills. Haunted by the fear that one lifetime will not be enough to complete his research, he sidetracks from his objective to come up with an immortality serum. He succeeds but it has the unpredictable side effect of causing the taker to change sex and turns him into a woman whenever he takes it. To explain the sudden appearance of his female half around the house, he calls himself Mrs. Hyde, saying that she is Dr Jekyll’s sister. However, Jekyll soon finds that the serum requires a regular supply of female hormones to maintain its effect, necessitating the killing of young girls. Jekyll abhors this but as she begins to take control, the Mrs. Hyde half relishes the killings.

Excerpt from Moria located HERE

Hammer Films gives us this fun horror, an unassuming sexual role reversal of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story. Scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll (Bates) is working on a serum to prolong life, a concoction based on female hormones.

But when he tests it on himself, he turns into...lovely Martine Beswick!

Excerpt from TheTerrorTrap located HERE

Dr Jekyll is a brilliant scientist who has spent his life trying to create an “antivirus” to cure some of the world’s most deadly diseases. But he realises that his quest to preserve life will ultimately be ended by his own death at some point and decides to test out a serum on himself which he hopes will prolong his life. He needs female hormones to be able to create this serum and enlists the aid of grave robbers Burke and Hare to provide him with fresh corpses to harvest.

Excerpt from PopcornPictures  located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Studio Canal.  It's in dual-layered territory and has a high bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. It is very crisp, with a bit of gloss and some fine grain texture. The 1080P supports solid contrast and realistic colors in the original 1.66:1 frame.  It's very clean showcasing some pleasing detail and plenty of depth - there are really no flaws with the image. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde. 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Audio :

The Blu-ray of Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde offers a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1379 kbps (24-bit.). There are a few aggressive effects and some punctuating screams. The score is by David Whitaker (Scream and Scream Again, Vampire Circus) that supports the film well adding atmosphere. There is an optional German DUB and optional English (see sample) or German subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Studio Canal add a 11-minute featurette; Ladykiller: Inside Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde that has Jonathan Rigby (author of English Gothic), Kevin Lyons (Documentation Editor at the BFI), Alan Barnes (author of The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films) etc. talking about the film's history and production details. There is also a trailer for a new restoration of "The Wicker Man".

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a wry Hammer entry with echoes of Jack the Ripper. The juxtaposition of the female assailant is fairly unique in the Victorian milieu. There is a fun element as well as being titillating with Hammer 's usual busty barmaids and some nudity.  The Studio Canal Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation with a good featurette supplement. Hammer fans will see the value in the German boxset - a shade over 7 Euros a film. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

November 29th, 2017

 

 

NOTE: After comparing the Studio Canal UK and DE Blu-rays of Fear in the Night HERE. They are determined to be, essentially, the exact same discs. Same running time to the 1/1000th a second, same bitrate, same image, same audio (with the of a inclusion of a German DUB and optional German subtitles) and same extras - minus the second disc DVD but the 7-Blu-ray Hammer Film Edition has all the other films (The Horror of Frankenstein, Scars of Dracula, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, Demons of the Mind, Straight on Till Morning, Fear in the Night, and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde).

 


 




 

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