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Sherlock Holmes & Secret Weapon [VHS] (1943)

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr.
  • Directors: Roy William Neill
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Edmund L. Hartmann, Edward T. Lowe Jr., Scott Darling
  • Producers: Howard Benedict
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • VHS Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006II70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brand New VHS Tape, still in original plastic!!

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Most of the reviews shown underneath this colorized-b/w combo disc of "Secret Weapon" seem to be discussing discs issued by other companies. I am (normally) a total believer that discs from "no name" issuers are to be avoided like the plague, as the print quality will almost always be inferior; one of the best lessons I ever learned about buying DVD's was that if it isn't issued by a major studio (Paramont, Fox, Universal, etc.), and that if that info isn't clearly listed on the outer packaging, then it isn't worth buying. Over the years, I've learned that there are a few exceptions; Artisan normally puts out nice prints, and one of the old "villians" of VHS, GoodTimes, seems to have changed it's spots and has issued some very nice prints (some of the "Airport" films); but in general, the "major studio or don't buy it" rule still applies.
This issue was inexpensive, so I decided to take a chance. It's a company called "Key Video" that's shown on the outside of the case, but once it starts to play, the 20th Century Fox modern-day logo before the film even starts makes it very clear that this is at least a co-effort, and why they don't show Fox's name on the cover is beyond me. The picture quality/sound is really very good (as I say, many or all of the reviews shown under this particular issuance were apparently written for other companies' editions of this same title)...so, bottom line is: the colorzied option is fun, not garish or saturated, and the print is very clear. Also offers the film in b/w for you purists, and that's just another reason to get these versions.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon February 21, 2001
First let me say that I'm one of the biggest Sherlock Holmes fans in the world. I have been waiting for years for someone to produce a DVD version of the Basil Rathbone movies. This is my second DVD Sherlock Holmes movie from the Focusfilm Entertainment group and it is no better than the first one. This one is going to be returned just like the first one was. This DVD tranfer is so dark in places you can not see the movie at all. The contrast is terrible and the orginal film had black dots and white streaks all over the place. The sound quality of this tranfer was fair. I have VHS copies of this movie that are twice as good as this DVD version. I hope someone besides Focusfilm will starts making DVD tranfers of this great series. Please save your money for a better product in the future. ---This text refers to the DVD edition
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst DVD transfer I've ever seen since GoodTimes February 25, 2001
By Al Fox
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This refers to the DVD version only. This is absolutely the worst quality transfer to DVD that I've ever seen. I don't think that even GoodTimes could have done a worse job.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SHERLOCK HOLMES DVD SET July 26, 2001
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Rathbone\Holmes Videos! January 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie features Basil Rathbone as Holmes. He is protecting a weapon that the Nazi's want. This is based on "The Adventure of the Dancing Men." The Dancing Men are a code to where the weapon is. Moriarity tries to kill Holmes for the weapon by s l o w l y drawing out Holmes's blood. Now this is unbelivible-Holmes-after having 1\4 of his blood drawn out-still can jump up and fight! I won't tell what happens to Moriarity-but you have to watch VERY closly to see. Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, brilliant visuals March 11, 2006
A Kid's Review
Don't be swayed by other reviewers here. This colourised edition is excellent-as is the original black and white edition on the same disc.

These dvds are a must have-prepare to be amazed at what a good, sensitive job has been done in restoration and colourising.

Buy them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret is Stunning! February 10, 2007
I've always been leery of "colorized" BW films. Seems the color is typically "splotchy," with an unreal quality, but I found this colorized version of The Secret Weapon quite remarkable. As with The Woman in Green, also available, if I hadn't already been aware the movie was originally black and white, I would think it had been filmed initially in color! I found it that good. I think it adds to the viewing experience, making the characters and story more readily immediate rather than more like a story from long ago. Print is crisp, clean. Though I consider myself a Holmes purist/Basil Rathbone enthusiast, I highly recommend this colorized version!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Needle to the Last, eh Holmes? November 8, 2003
It's one of the paradoxes of Basil Rathbone's wartime anti-Nazi Sherlock Holmes films (Voice of Terror, SH in Washington, and this one) that while the plots and settings are mostly terrible, he is so good in them. Despite a bizarre wind-swept hairstyle meant to make him look younger, he blazes through every scene with so much bite and attack that you hardly register how flimsy the plots are. Here he also has great acting rapport with Lionel Atwill, who makes a wonderfully repulsive Professor Moriarty -- a heavy lidded cockroach with nice hints of sadism and depravity (it may not have been acting, kids). At the climax, changed into a lab coat in order to drain Rathbone's blood "drop by drop," he's as over-the-top sinister as Seinfeld's arch-nemesis Newman. The movie itself is ancient kiddie matinee fare, but it benefits from director Roy William Neill's attention to staging and atmosphere. It also looks fairly sharp in this UCLA restoration -- don't even think of buying any other edition, all of them faded, choppy public-domain prints.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Holmes once again fights the Nazis
This movie falls flat on it's face, and not because it's set in the modern era. But the story just isn't that good, While the opening is pretty good, Holmes pretends to be an old... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben Milton
1.0 out of 5 stars the streaming video on some of these old movies is terrible and hard...
Waaah! Once again, the streaming video on some of these old movies is terrible and hard to understand. Closed Captioning would be incredibly useful and appeciated!
Published 2 months ago by BestDayofMyLife
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic
Not great. Sherlock Holmes out of place in WWII story.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Done Propaganda Film With Excellent Acting
Basil Rathbone shines in this campy WWII thriller about the famous Sherlock Holmes using his wits to protect a secret bombsite. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carl Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Disquise and Mystery
This black and white film, even though dated, still holds one's attention.
Published 3 months ago by agapimou3
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes
Classic Sherlock Holmes, Rathbone seems to be the only Holmes. Others have done a good job, but Rathebone is Holems
Published 3 months ago by R. P. Bogdon
2.0 out of 5 stars A Faulty Sherlock
I find two faults with this film. First, the restoration is quite bad. The sound is often distorted and fuzzy. But, if you can bear with that, the second fault is much greater. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
With Steven Spielburg involved with this movie how can it not be good. It is filled with intrigue, drama, humor, and has you sitting on the edge of your seat at times.
Published 4 months ago by victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the old Sherlock movies
Since newer Sherlock movies feature devices not available to the author, older is better. I want my Sherlock to reflect the author's intensely told stories at their purist.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The "Old" Sherlock
Love old movies, this one was a little hard to watch because it is so dark--not the storyline, but the film itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Betty Anna
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