Perennially undervalued, Hammer’s take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s oft-filmed tale of dual personalities is one of the novel’s most unique cinematic adaptations, turning down the horror elements to present a startlingly frank and adult interpretation, concentrating on themes of addiction, sexual transgression, and liberation.
Renowned American actor Paul Massie is perfect as the repressed and unattractive Jekyll, transforming into the dashing and libidinous Hyde – with a superb supporting cast headed by Christopher Lee and Dawn Addams, a ‘perfect wife’ by day and ‘perfect mistress’ by night.
INDICATOR BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
High Definition remaster
Original mono audio
Audio Commentary by film historians Josephine Botting and Jonathan Rigby (2019)
Identity Crisis: Inside ‘The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll’ (2019, 18 mins): documentary, featuring Alan Barnes, Kevin Lyons and Jonathan Rigby, exploring aspects of the film’s production
Hammer's Women: Dawn Addams (2019, 11 mins): profile of the Hammer star by British cinema expert Laura Mayne
Interview with Paul Massie (1967, 10 mins): archival audio recording of the film’s star
Now and Then: Wolf Mankowitz (1968, 28 mins): archival interview featuring the screenwriter in conversation with broadcaster Bernard Braden
Mauve Decadence (2019, 11 mins): appreciation of composer Monty Norman’s score by David Huckvale, the author of Hammer Film Scores and the Musical Avant-Garde
The Many Faces of Dr. Jekyll (2019, 7 mins): overview of the censorship history of The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Original theatrical trailer
Sam Hamm trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins): short critical appreciation
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing