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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (DVD)

When the murder of a penniless shopgirl is linked to the body of debutante Lady Alice Burnham, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Rupert Everett) immediately begins to piece together the clues. The murky world of the menacing London docks collides with the glamour and glitter of Edwardian high society as Holmes and Dr. Watson (Ian Hart) are reunited to solve a case that threatens to overwhelm the privilege and tranquility of aristocratic society.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking is an excellent Sherlockian pastiche, i.e., part of a genre of original works featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved character, but taking various liberties Doyle most likely would not have embraced. Rupert Everett gives a wholly original performance as Holmes--not an easy thing to do in the shadow of Jeremy Brett's definitive portrayal on Britain's Granada Television in the 1980s. Both Everett and the story capture Holmes during his most dissolute period, hooked on opiates, refusing to eat, and more often than not without the company of his friend, Dr. Watson (Ian Hart, essaying the character a second time), who had left Baker Street to pursue a private practice and marry his second wife. This is Holmes deep in the career crisis eventually resolved by his duel with Moriarty in Doyle's canon, but in The Case of the Silk Stocking the Great Detective is vexed by a murderer preying upon the daughters of London aristocrats. Elements of the killer's sexual fetishism make this a particularly grim tale that the discreet Watson would most certainly not have chronicled. The dark but imaginative tale is lightened a bit by the presence of Watson's fiancee (Helen McCrory), an American psychiatrist as aghast as she is impressed by Holmes' lack of emotional attachment to his work. --Tom Keogh

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Audio Commentary: Commentary by Simon Cellan Jones (Director) and Elinor Day (Producer) Biographies: Cast biosAudio Commentary: Commentary by Simon Cellan Jones (Director) and Elinor Day (Producer) Biographies: Cast biosAudio Commentary: Commentary by Simon Cellan Jones (Director) and Elinor Day (Producer) Biographies: Cast biosAudio Commentary: Commentary by Simon Cellan Jones (Director) and Elinor Day (Producer) Biographies: Cast biosAudio Commentary: Commentary by Simon Cellan Jones (Director) and Elinor Day (Producer) Biographies: Cast bios

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AOEMVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LonesomeDove on November 17, 2005
Format: DVD
I can't understand the criticisms of the other reviewers of this outstanding presentation. As much as I loved the BBC versions featuring Jeremy Brett, I never considered Brett "definitive" as Holmes, any more than Basil Rathbone was. In my opinion, Rupert Everett has come closer than either of these icons in portraying the icily cerebral Holmes which Conan Doyle created.

I loved the sinister, sexually-charged atmosphere presented here. I agree with the reviewer who said that Conan Doyle would not have dealt with this sort of frank material, but then, I doubt he could have gotten it published in his time if he had. The fact is, Holmes's England had an extremely dark, randy underbelly of vice and perversion, and I found the mature treatment of this facet of the culture fascinating.

As for Holmes's use of opium and cocaine, simply because Conan Doyle didn't elaborate doesn't mean we must assume Holmes never would have indulged beyond those few lines found in the stories. Between cases, Holmes resorted to his seven percent solution to alleviate the despair he felt at the feeling his life had no purpose; why should we not suppose that he could also have visited the opium dens as well?

At any rate, I am one viewer who was delighted at the authentic atmosphere, the top quality writing that was both faithful to Conan Doyle's style and yet thoroughly original, and above all to the superb acting by all involved, especially Mr. Everett.

I enthusiatically give this presentation five stars.
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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
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"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking" was written by Alan Cubitt based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic "Sherlock Holmes" characters. This story finds Sherlock Holmes (Rupert Everett) semi-retired and Dr. John Watson (Ian Hart) engaged to be married to outspoken American psychiatrist Mrs. Vandeleur (Helen McCrory). When the body of an aristocratic young woman is found on the banks of the Thames, strangled, with a silk stocking stuffed in her mouth, Holmes takes the case. When another young woman of high birth is abducted, it becomes clear that a fetishistic serial murderer is preying on the daughters of high society.

The Sherlock Holmes of "The Case of the Silk Stocking" is smug, cheeky, flippant, and, frankly, unethical. He bears no resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character. All period films are to some degree burlesques of the era in which they take place, but this one is over-the-top. Rupert Everett's Holmes makes no attempt at being a Victorian or Edwardian gentleman. He acts like a spoiled pseudo-intellectual dandy home from university. Some of his actions would be outrageous even now and are certainly preposterous in a film that takes place in 1903. Alan Cubitt made no attempt at writing his characters in their own era. Ian Hart does a decent job as Dr. Watson, and he coincidentally played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a brief scene in 2004's "Finding Neverland" about author J. M. Barrie. Audiences will either be able to stomach this Sherlock Holmes, or they will not. But Jeremy Brett's interpretation of Holmes from the 1980s and 1990s is still relevant, and reruns of those episodes would be more entertaining than "The Case of the Silk Stocking".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Hickman on October 23, 2005
Format: DVD
This was fun. The atmosphere was so thick you could cut it with a knife (and then lose the knife), but I've come to expect that from Holmes and the BBC. Everett and Hart make such an engaging team as Holmes and Watson, that I didn't mind, too much, when the mystery came up short. A couple of the minor players made an impression: Michael Fassbender, as a footman, and Perdita Weeks, as Lady Roberta. But it's the Holmes-Watson dynamic that sells the show. This time we are treated to Holmes' apparent jealousy at the prospect of Watson's impending wedding-to an American widow, no less! By the way, this Watson is no bungler, ala Nigel Bruce; he even gets the jump on Holmes in one instance. Everett's not about to make you forget Basil Rathbone, however, and there is a scene where Holmes appears in a rather transparent disguise that makes you nostalgic for the Holmes who impersonated a Music Hall performer in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." But Everett puts his own, patrician stamp on the character; he probably would have been too good looking for Sir Arthur's tastes, but the rest of us will welcome him back in the inevitable sequel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RJ on November 1, 2005
Format: DVD
It was great to see a new Sherlock, even though this Sherlock was very unSherlockian. He had the wrong guy detained, recklessly endangered a girl, and just seemed to be too much of a slacker. But, it is good to see any effort in the post Brett world. We need new Sherlocks -- as imperfect as they may prove to be.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave on September 16, 2006
Format: DVD
I tried hard to suspend my knowledge of the "real" Holmes to give this movie a chance, and for a while, it almost worked, thanks mostly to the incredibly good cinematography and "staging". They did a good job of recreating the gloomy, eerie feel of turn-of-the-century London. However, that was where the similarity to anything Holmesian ended. As a CSI offering on American TV, this would work...sort of. Plenty of "loving" shots of dead bodies (very CSI) and references to all sorts of gross perversions.

If they had ended the thing with the scene at the dance, with Holmes posing as a Russian dignitary, it would have gotten a C+ from me - but then apparently the writing team and/or producers decided to take it over the top and dragged it on with one painfully bad scene after the other, with Holmes appearing as a dithering idiot shufffling through papers for clues while Watson actually is the one to come to the rescue. Oh, yes, and then there's the scene of the murderer carrying an unconscious girl (in her nightdress and bleeding from the nose, no less!) over his shoulders through a residential area of London - with no one noticing! The whole melodrama became comical. I suspect the writer was very young - young enough to have a comic book-TV show mind set. Like the Farelly brothers trying to do a serious remake of Shakespeare.
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