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Sign of Four

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"Gentlemen, the game's afoot!" - Sherlock Holmes

Acclaimed actor Ian Richardson dons the deerstalker hat in this lively interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth. Nothing will stop the relentless and always elegant detective in his search for the truth about an oath betrayed, a savage murder, a missing fortune in jewels and a plea for help from a beautiful stranger. As Holmes races to decode the mysterious "Sign of Four" before the killer can trap him, he never knows what he will find lurking in the gas-lit, fog-shrouded streets of 19th-Century London - or what will find him first!


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Richardson
  • Directors: Desmond Davis
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004D8P244
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hazen B Markoe on September 4, 2001
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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SIGN OF FOUR was the 2nd of 2 films that Ian Richardson starred in as the Great Detective, after HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Once again, the production values, and Richardson's warm and impeccable performance carry this flick. Cheri Lunghi (Queen Guenevere in EXCALIBUR)is a winning and winsome damsel-in-distress and David Healy's Dr. Watson is a great improvement on his HOUND counterpart, being much more realistic in the role. Of course, there are a couple liberties taken with the original tale, and the culprits are revealed rather early in the film for my taste, but it doesn't get in the way of a solid and entertaining thriller. If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, I would definitely recommend this film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By meiringen on July 13, 2000
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the DVD is grainy, and the story does deviate from the text somewhat. The packaging is nicer than the one for the Richardson "Hound of the Baskervilles," but I would still say that the Granada version with Jeremy Brett is the better of the two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on March 3, 2013
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Possibly one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, I have regrettably found that most film adaptations of this classic tale are usually missing some pivotal elements, making SIGN a novel that has never really translated well from page to screen. Yet aside from a few random deviations, this version not only closely approximates its Canon counterpart, but also makes a worthy attempt at delivering the action in addition to the deductive reasoning, and remarkably resembles the tale of adventure Doyle intended it to be. From the infamous scene with Watson's pocket watch to the delightful representation of an impish Holmes besting the official Inspector in the locked room investigation of Bartholomew Sholto's death, to the clever plot twist at the end, every aspect of this film was worthy of the original.

David Healy makes for a competent Watson, not particularly my favourite in the role, though he gives an admirable performance as a somewhat exasperated, intelligent man of action. I can actually see his being a rough sketch for David Burke's Watson - in that they tend to play up similar characteristics - and in fact much of the set and costumes were reminiscent of the detailed period accuracy portrayed by Granada. I will even go so far as saying it was perhaps a bit more authentic to the Victorian era, especially in regards to Baker Street. On the topic of comparisons to Granada, in my estimation, Ian Richardson is truly one of the scant few to ever rival (and dare I say, is at times better than) Jeremy Brett. Though occasionally limited by the script, he is phenomenal in the role.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William A. Croce on March 6, 2012
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I Am A Real Sherlockian With A Considerable Sherlock Holmes Movie Collection , And One Of The Things I Really Like To Do Is Critique The Different Actors Portrayl Of Each Sherlock Holmes Mystery , Like Most I Grew Up Thinking Basil Rathbone Was Sherlock Holmes , until Jeremy Brett Was Cast As The Great Man , & I Had To Give Him The Nod , However I want To Tell You About Ian Richardson's Potrayal Of Holmes In "The Sign Of Four" ,Along Side Of David Healy As the Ever Vigilant Dr. Watson , Their Version Of The Sign Of Four Is The Best That I Have Seen! , It Takes A Few Liberties But Ian Richardson's Portrayal Of Holmes In This Movie Was A Joy To Watch!, He Was Enjoying Letting The Scotland Yard Inspector Go Off In The Wrong Direction & Mis-Read The Clues At Every Turn While He Laughed Behind His Back ,& Then Look Serious When The Inspector Turned Around To Face Him & Holmes Shook His head Up And Down & Said Yhea It Could Be! , It Was Serious At Times , it was Sad At Times & It Was Funny At Times , And Entertaining All The Time! , I Hated To See It End!, Ian Richardson added a whole new facet To Sherlock Holmes In This Movie! , And I have To Say , If You Miss It Your Missing Alot! , I Very Highly Recommend This Movie! BILL CROCE
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"Another monograph?" says Dr. John Watson (David Healy), as he walks into the smoke-filled parlor at 221B Baker Street where he shares quarters with Mr. Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson). "Yes," says Holmes, adjusting a long row of burning cigars. "This is on the distinction between the ashes of the various tobaccos. So far, I have enumerated 93 forms of cigar, cigarette and pipe tobacco." This monograph, long thought lost, is now assumed to have been suppressed by the major tobacco companies in Britain and the United States.

With The Sign of Four we will encounter one of Holmes' most dangerous and resourceful villains in a story which features a one-legged man; a prison treasure map; a box of diamonds, emeralds and pearls; an Andaman native named Tonga with an appetite for raw meat; the second largest known diamond in the world, named The Great Mogul; the Baker Street Irregulars and enough bestial murder, greed and revenge to curdle the blood of the most innocent of young Victorian ladies.

The Sign of Four is the tale of the one-legged Jonathan Small and three other prisoners held in the British military prison on the Andaman Islands. They know where a fortune in jewels is buried there. Small's trust in Major John Sholto, the commander of the prison, is sadly misplaced. They help Sholto and Captain David Morstan locate the jewels on the promise that the fortune will be shared when they are released. However, Sholto takes the jewels back to London. When later Morstan arrives for his share, Sholto kills him. Sholto on his deathbed six years later tells his two sons of the treasure and insists that to wipe away Sholto's guilt. Captain Morstan's daughter must have Morstan's share.
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