From the Back Cover
The Baskerville family is cursed. Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead. Sir Henry Baskerville arrives from America and finds a death threat waiting for him at his hotel. An escaped killer roams the moors, a woman cries and a dog howls throughout the ight...another case for the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson.
This Hound Isn't Housebroken..., August 13, 2003 Reviewer: Mark Savary from Seattle, WA In all honesty, I think this is easily the saddest installment of the Brett Holmes films, with the possible exception of "The Master Blackmailer." Obviously in poor health, Brett apparently had no energy or enthusiasm to devote to this, arguably the most famous Holmes story in the canon. Fortunately, Holmes is not present throughout the bulk of the story, giving Brett some measure of rest before he makes his presence known at Baskerville Hall. While not quite an embarrassment, the balance of the film seems strangely lifeless. I think a good deal of this is from a poor use of soundtracking, with minimal music throughout, in combination with the obviously struggling Brett. Working through the initial scenes with none of the energy alvailable to him in the 1984-5 series, Brett tries and can therefore be forgiven, but it sets the tone for the lethargic production and magnifies the poorer elements. There are also many truncated, condensed, or missing scenes (such as the famous assassination attempt, or the cab driver identifying the fare who had the black beard). We are very lucky to have Edward Hardwicke following the example of David Burke, dispelling the comical versions of the Watson character we've all seen in the past. With the possible exception of Neil Duncan, who seems a bit young for the role of Dr. Mortimer, the supporting cast is top-notch. Devotees of the series will certainly be a bit disappointed, as we are all used to the frenetic energy Brett displayed as Holmes in the earlier efforts. But for those not yet accquainted with the earlier work, this feature may serve as a good introduction to the Brett/Hardwicke interpretation of Homes/Watson.