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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson, Susannah Harker, John Castle, Clive Wood
  • Directors: Fraser C. Heston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036BDQ7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crucifer of Blood" on IMDb

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Poor dialogue and too flippant.
Mary Ann
I especially enjoyed the portrayals of Shelock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by Actors Heston and Johnson respectively.
Willaim A. Mileo
I've always appreciated Charlton Heston, but this is probably the worst performance I've seen.
Janice M.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Willaim A. Mileo on September 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
As an avid reader of the stories of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this movie exceeded my expectations. The screenplay, although somewhat modified from the original novel, was a fine adaptation to the TV film medium. The characters were both real and well acted by this international cast. I especially enjoyed the portrayals of Shelock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by Actors Heston and Johnson respectively. This movie is a must see for all fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary P. Cohen on May 2, 2010
Format: DVD
Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I saw "The Crucifer of Blood" when it opened on Broadway during the 1980s. I remember thinking that it was enjoyable although nothing great. I later read that Charlton Heston was starring in the play in Los Angeles and thought how much I would have liked to see him play Holmes. Well I got my chance when this made-for-tv version was produced for TNT. This film was produced, written and directed by Heston's son Fraser. I remember thinking it was okay when I originally saw it on tv and my opinion hasn't changed after seeing it on dvd last night.
The plot is basically a rerun of Conan Doyle's "The Sign of the Four." Even though it was filmed in London and has some decent sets and large amounts of fog rolled in, this is obviously not a big budget production. Heston is basically miscast as Holmes. However he was such a fine actor and a great American that I really didn't mind. Richard Johnson is terrible as Watson, back to portraying the good doctor as a pathetic buffoon, falling madly in love with and making goo-goo eyes at a young woman half his age, after knowing her for about an hour. (It was so wonderful not to see Watson portrayed as a fool in the Grenada Sherlock Holmes films with Jeremy Brett, the greatest Sherlock Holmes ever.) The actor who portrays Inspector Lestrade portrays him as a low-grade moron. (Holmes even refers to him as "comic relief.")Edward Fox and John Fraser overact outrageously as the two main victims of the curse. The one true bright spot is an actress named Susannah Harker as the femme-fatale of the plot (and Watson's budding love interest.) She is very good (and looks quite fetching at the conclusion.) I'm not sure if I have seen her in anything other than this.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kathleen A. Pond on October 12, 2009
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It took us a long time to get this film region free so we were very happy with this company and the fact that most of there films are region free. Charlton Heston makes a fine Sherlock Homes,although the normal americanisations of sherlock stand out in abundance, for instance the deerstalker hat, the mearsham pipe. If only they had stuck to the story and had not gone of in a different direction this film would have rated 5 stars instead of 3,but did we enjoy it? you bet we did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brownell on August 27, 2010
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I may not be unbiased enough to give a fair review of this product. I am a lover of all things "Sherlockian" so that each and every new story or DVD I come to I will add it to my collection. Now there is a little bit of a stretch of the imagination to see Charlton Heston as Sherlock Holmes since Heston was a pretty large and sturdy man and Holmes was described as "over 6 feet tall and slender. BUT I like Heston too. So, I say buy it and enjoy it. It's worth the cost for a couple of hours entertainment on a rainy day or a cold wintery evening.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stone on November 26, 2009
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This is a disappointing effort, given that it was made by the same production company - and around the same time - as the masterful 1990 "Treasure Island," which is just about the most perfect rendition of that classic story imaginable. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes was simply not the right role for an aging Charlton Heston. (Though if you think he couldn't pull off Long John Silver, you would be wrong.) Here, he's simply too ponderous, too American and too lacking in Holmes' mercurial temperament. It might possibly have worked if he'd played Holmes in retirement, but this is set in the heyday of Holmes' career. Nor does Heston's portrayal mesh with the flagrant melodrama of much of the story, though Richard Johnson does a solid Watson and there is support from a good to excellent team of classically trained actors. At the excellent end, I'd put Clive Wood as Jonathan Small (at least in the prologue, as later he is so covered in grotesque make-up and his voice so distorted as to be unrecognizable). The prologue, set during the Indian mutiny and also featuring John Castle and Edward Fox as the most obnoxious of British officers, is worth a repeat viewing for Wood's nuanced portrayal of a sturdy private who tries to do his duty and is keen on protecting his men (despised natives though they may be) but is caught up in the spiral of death and greed. His "Sir, ye must not abuse my men..." is really a wonderful moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amanda4242 on March 27, 2011
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I have always liked Sherlock Holmes and Charleton Heston is an excellent Holmes. The story moves along well and is totally enjoyable to anyone who likes this type of mystery story. Short of having Basil Rathbone in it, I don't know what more you could ask for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By john watson bruce on April 24, 2010
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I first saw this movie when it was broadcast on tnt. I wasn't sure that heston could pull this off being about twice the characters age and looking more like an aging dracula than holmes,but he rose to the occasion and is very good!This a version of the sign of four based on the broadway play. Richard Johnson is very good as watson,he reminded me a little of Nigel bruce without the muttering and bumbling. A must for your collection for all Holmes fans. The movie was directed by Hestons son Fraser.
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