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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3 (The Blue Carbuncle/The Copper Beeches) (1985)

Jeremy Brett , David Burke  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter
  • Producers: John Hawkesworth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O5CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3 (The Blue Carbuncle/The Copper Beeches)" on IMDb

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One of the most popular of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, "The Blue Carbuncle" is given exciting treatment in this Granada Television adaptation, featuring Jeremy Brett and David Burke in definitive performances as the famous detective and his ally and chronicler, Dr. Watson. The story concerns the disappearance of a gem called the Blue Carbuncle, which is linked to a terrible history of murders, suicides, attacks, and robberies. The jewel's trail leads Holmes all over wintry London and to a decision that stuns Watson in its legal and ethical implications. Tightly woven and cleverly adapted from the page, "The Blue Carbuncle" is a worthy telling of a classic tale.

Just as Holmes is lamenting the state of his investigation practice, a letter arrives from a Violet Hunter (Natasha Richardson), who seeks advice on whether to accept a position as governess at the Copper Beeches, the home of a genuine oddball named Jephro Rucastle (Joss Ackland) and his equally strange family. This fine adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's clever mystery "The Copper Beeches" is absolutely engrossing, and as usual Brett's performance as the famed detective is flawless and true to Doyle's original vision. Burke does his typically stellar work as Watson, and the addition of one great veteran (Ackland) and one talented then-newcomer (Richardson) to the cast is a real treat. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Jeremy Brett, David Burke. Jeremy Brett returns as the legendary sleuth in two suspenseful mysteries: The Blue Carbuncle" leads Holmes on a path of red herrings, and The Copper Beeches" thrusts him into one of the most sinister schemes he's ever encountered. 1983/color/100 min/NR/fullscreen.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Holmes, poor value November 9, 2001
Brett was the definitive Holmes, in my opinion, and the DVDs of his performances are essential to all Holmes fans. That said, these DVDs are lacking in any sort of special features and -- worst of all -- while there were four episodes included on the first volume, there are only two epsiodes each on volumes two and three - at virtually the same price as the first volume.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Brett, Natasha Richardson, and Joss Ackland... December 5, 2001
Our Well Studied and Deliberately Executed Holmes:
In reviewing this DVD, I'm actually examining the actor's performance as the character in the entire series, rather than those encapsulated within the specific titles. I have seen these episodes, and could do a separate review of each, but I think in this case that would actually be inappropriate. I can say, however, that these episodes are very good, and represent this outstanding series very well. The DVD itself is also of very high quality, as far as sound and picture are concerned. Granada did a first rate job, that has translated itself very handily to the new format.
Jeremy Brett's Holmes is something other than the various Holmes' we've been exposed to in the past. I was raised on Rathbone. But when I saw Brett's performances when they first aired on PBS, I slowly forgot Rathbone's influences. Brett immerses himself in such a way that must make it very personal to him, then displays the character of Holmes in a forceful and deliberate manner - and in a depth we may not see again.
The key thing to understanding Holmes, I think, is that he is unique as a genius as any genius would be. Exercising his talents to there fullest doesn't give him super-status as an overall human being by erasing other flaws. Instead, his talent takes precedence, accentuating his human flaws by casting them into a state of neglect that highlights them. Brett understands this, clearly because he himself is either a bona fide genius, or he has somehow deciphered the code that generates a genius' idiosyncratic behaviors. I can't say which. I can say that I really believe his Holmes. Brett may as well BE Holmes.
My second favorite aspect of Brett's Holmes is the level of humor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This movie held me from start to finish with nary a let-up in the action, plotting and genius. The quality reproduction is perfectly clear to the eye and ear because of digital remastering-thanks. Jeremy Brett is superb as the idiocyncratic savant of honor, observation and invention. How many more are there?
Watching this movie reminds me of listening to the radio with rapt attention for any scrap of a clue picked up by the incredible Holmes. The viewer feels like a participant, drawn in to the action, thinking and realism.
Thanks all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning entry in the BBC Holmes series January 8, 2002
Once again Jeremy Brett and David Burke lead the way with excellent portrayals of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this: the 3rd DVD volume of the now-classic BBC/Mystery series. With guest turns by a young Natasha Richardson and Joss Acklund, the tales highlighted include a case in which Holmes solves a Christmas jewel robbery and a rather unusual governess position.
The production values are as excellent as always, and Burke's somewhat testy Watson perfectly compliments Brett's eccentric Holmes. Another must have for your DVD Holmes collection and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting into the spirit of the role May 5, 2002
These early shows from Jeremy Brett's career of portrayal of the famous detective are such a joy to behold.
One of the most endearing characteristics of these shows has been the attention which has been paid to keeping the story as close as possible to the original Conan Doyle story. To that extent, these particular productions are the ultimate in depiction of Sherlock Holmes and one cannot see how anyone would even attempt to remake them with another actor in the major role.
Brett always threw himself into Holmes, playing him with such zeal, style and panache. In these two stories he very much continues to play the character straight as it were acting out the story true to the word. True to his interpretation to the spirit would come later.
David Burke offers an intelligent interpretation of Watson, trying to throw off the categorisation of Watson as a well meaning buffoon which resulted from the Rathbone years.
As others have pointed out these are two great stories, the second notable for the actors involved. From my point of view the attention to detail is marvellous, in the settings and furnishings. Unlike Poirot however, these stories do not tire with the background. The Victorians were much more adventuresome in the extent of their cultural choices than the society portrayed in Agatha Christie's novels.
This is one set that belongs in a DVD library of good detective dramas together with that other beautifully produced series, 'Inspector Morse'.
Ten out of Five.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hat & the Redhead. May 4, 2002
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Jeremy Brett is the best Sherlock Holmes for my money. With his aquiline features, nervous ticks, abrupt action & words, with just the appropriate dose of arrogance, he's the Sherlock of the high-strung disposition I remember reading about. The British Granada TV series presented these stories with great fidelity to the material, good production values, and appearances by some of the best of British actors: some familiar, some just getting started.
The Blue Carbuncle is a tale of a stolen gem with a long history of violence behind it. The mystery is okay, but the highlight is Holmes challenging Watson & then analyzing a left-behind hat and deducing a dozen things about the owner from it, to Watson's chagrine.
The Copper Beeches cast is made up of Joss Auklund, familiar to many in the US, and introduces a very young Natasha Redgrave (to British TV audiences). The chief interest is in Holmes' at first dismissive attitude toward Redgrave, and then upon discovery that she is alone in the world, his care and concern for her (against his normal misogynist tendencies) and his growing regard for her intelligence & courage.
Ably backed by David Burke as an intelligent and capable Watson (no bumbling Nigel Bruce type), these adventures are all of fine quality, only varying due to the strengths or weaknesses of the stories told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 9 days ago by Susanna M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Brett as Holmes ... there is no other!
With all due respect to Basil Rathbone and the other fine actors who've portrayed Holmes, there is no one who embodied the famous sleuth more ably than Jeremy Brett. He IS Holmes! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynn Volk
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Vol. 3
Delivery was incredibly quick. I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, but would have liked to have more than just 2 episodes on the DVD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marjorie Potirala
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sherlock ever!
I love the Sherlock Holmes movies. I find that this actor, Jeremy Brett, really IS Sherlock. His portrayal is best of any of the other actors, including Basil Rathbone -- he was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K-9 Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars More and More Sherlock
Finally able to watch and love more Sherlock Holmes doing what he does best Hunting and solving crimes should be more of this
Published 20 months ago by Bob Robson
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Sherlock Holmes
Every Sherlock fan already knows that Jeremy Brett is THE actor for this role, so all of you who don't know these films and are swaying back and forth between these and Basil... Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Patric Lagny
5.0 out of 5 stars "The days of the great cases are past." Oh, really??

This DVD presents two of the 50 minute Sherlock Holmes' episodes that had Jeremy Brett as Sherlock and David Burke as Dr. Watson. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by Stephen Pletko
4.0 out of 5 stars Brett Rules!!
The sound on MPI�s Sherlock Holmes DVDs has improved since volume one. Otherwise, they remain the same. Read more
Published on July 22, 2002 by Alan Breck
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Holmes
Still another 2 enjoyable episodes in the awarding Granada/PBS series starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke. Read more
Published on April 11, 2002 by Eric Pregosin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Keeper
The look on Holmes' (Jeremy Brett) face at the end of The Copper Beeches was worth it alone. The interaction between Holmes and Watson was excellent and refreshing. Read more
Published on January 4, 2002
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