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Miklos Rozsa's music is an integral part of the film. Primarily a reworking of the composer's Violin Concerto, Wilder reportedly loved the music so much that he constructed entire sequences to fit the music, rather than the other way around. And what music it is. The melody for solo violin taken from the concerto's second movement - which might, in another film, be called the "love theme" - is among the best and most beautiful music Rozsa ever wrote and adds immeasurably to the film's style and feel.
Even more important, of course, are the performances by Wilder's carefully assembled cast. As Sherlock Holmes, Robert Stephens is deliciously camp - even his makeup is more theatrical than cinematic. At first, he seems to be overdoing it, but it soon becomes apparent just how perfectly his performance suits - and dictates - the mood of the piece. Hardly a star name - Stephens was primarily a stage actor - it was probably a risk to cast him, but a risk that paid off with fantastic results. You will not forget Robert Stephen's Sherlock Holmes in a hurry.Read more ›
So little care was applied to that movie that KINO Lorber even put the wrong year (!) on the disc itself "1957" by MGM. The movie was made in 1970! They should be ashamed to peddle such obscene crap. KL should try the junk and scrap metal business instead for that they could do less damage. I threw the Blu-Ray in the trash where it belongs and instead watched the movie on LaserDisk.
Like many have already expressed, the new BD is a disappointment. It *does* look marginally better than the old DVD, especially because it's not as overall bright as the DVD (although that varies in many spots between the DVD and BD) and is a bit clearer despite the way it was filmed (very soft and defused), but it exhibits a distracting pinkish tone especially early on and yes, there's numerous dirt, scratches, etc sporadically throughout, especially noticeable during the (day for night) outdoor coach scene 2/3rds through the movie. The beginning when the box of Holmes' artifacts is being opened with the credits, there's noticeable gate weave going on. Oddly, it appears a different source may have been used vs the old DVD at least for several reels of this transfer as there was little of the blems on the DVD that are seen on this BD. Finally, the encoding doesn't do this transfer any favors, it often looks too compressed.
Bonus features include interviews and "deleted scenes" which are mostly reconstructed from stills, images of the script and dialog only. Whoever threw together the bonus feature of the "Alternate Ending" should be embarrassed. A single out of context publicity still is onscreen instead of the footage present in over about 5 minutes worth of dialog from the same scene in the actual movie!
The movie itself kind of drags in places but it's more of a character study that rewards the viewer in bits and pieces over the long haul.Read more ›
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A great Sherlock Holmes tale . The acting is superb. Christopher Lee's portrayal as Holmes brother is great.Published 9 days ago by keith a willard
One of my favorite revisionist Holmes films, along with the seven percent solution and Mr Holmes.Published 2 months ago by grafdog
Ok version. Very predictable. Rent it to see what you think before you buy it!Published 6 months ago by RN
Great twist on a classic literary figure. Purist will probably not like this one because it does not stick to an established story or methods. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Clay
Remembered when this was released theatrically released,read the novelization of the screenplay.Glad to have finally seen this 45 yrs. later.Published 8 months ago by Byron
This is a review of the Blu Ray version only. I enjoyed the movie but the Blu Ray version is not any better quality than the regular DVD version. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ralph Schroeder
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