Years before this Christmas' "Sherlock Holmes" blockbuster, my favourite Holmes movie was this made-for-tv film by Hallmark Entertainment.
Sherlock Holmes The Hound of the Baskervilles is based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same title. While no movie can follow a book perfectly, this one does do a good job of representing the characters and following the plot. I found it to be a good portrayal of the book.
In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes tries to be the voice of reason and logic in a case that seems to only have a supernatural explanation. The wealthy Baskerville family has been haunted for generations by a possessed hound, who hunts down the head of the household as part of a long-standing curse. When yet another Baskerville falls, and a young heir takes his place, Holmes is commissioned to protect this young man and lay the mystery to rest.
In addition to following the novel, this movie also takes a traditional stance representing the characters of Holmes and Watson. Holmes is a quiet brooding genius, and Watson, who is several years older, is merely an apprentence in comparison. This is quite different from the new movie's take on their personalities. You might find yourself only liking one or the other. Personally, I quite like both! Both versions of the characters use the books as a base, and are therefore "true" portrayals. I'd like to think that the Watson and Holmes that existed in Doyle's mind was a good combination of both.
Because it was made for tv, this DVD does not have any special features. It is also unrated, although I would personally rate it PG. It is quite clean for a mystery movie, but the theme is just too scary for children under 10 years or so.