The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
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Wilder's Holmes is precursor to Nicolas Meyer's as presented in Herbert Ross' film "The Seven Percent Solution". I don't want to reveal the plot here because it would spoil it for fans except to say this highlights one of Holmes' few failures which makes it all the more interesting to me.
Kino Blu-Ray: The recent (8/14) Kino BD looks marginally better in terms of detail but the transfer features a different and inferior source that is poorly cleaned up with dirt, debris and white speckles that mar the transfer. Although a bit darker than the DVD (which improves the film in the day for night sequences). Colors are inconsistent--badly faded one moment and then bold the next (towards the end). While the soft look of the film is often intentional , using this source the presentation looks even worse hurting the look of the film.
The best that can be said for the audio is that is relatively clear but it has no depth whatsoever here.
The special features have largely been ported over from the superior DVD edition.Read more ›
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!
The film is still a must for Billy Wilder, Robert Stephens, Chris Lee or Sherlock Holmes Fans. But just do not expect all the lost footage to be restored.
It is a very very funny look at Holmes, a more human look perhaps. This is a mirthful look at the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, lovingly portrayed with a twinkle in his eye by the late great Sir Robert Stephens. The adventures are fun (the ones we see) but mainly centre around a woman's missing husband. Toss in several hundred canaries, the Loch Ness Monster, missing midgets - the Tumbling Pickaloes to be precise - the mysterious red runner, Queen Victoria, some Trappist monks, an ageing ballerina that does not 'look 39' - that is because she is 49!! -who wants Holmes to father her child and an amnesiac damsel in distress that temps Holmes, all done with the best British wit and droll sense of humour...and you have a mix that cannot miss.
Incisive writing and direction, this fill pay homage to Holmes and Watson, with tongue firmly planted in cheek...
Even so, the currently version is a true gem, and so overlooked,
all we have left of Billy Wilder genius vision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well acted, very entertaining movie. You will not be disappointed if you buy it.Published 27 days ago by Judith O. Neff
This was pretty lame but I did discover that the BBC Sherlock Holmes based their interpretations of Sherlock and Watson on this movie which was very interesting.Published 5 months ago by Judith Johnson
Wonderful Billy Wilder film, best I've seen based on the character but not the books and stories.Published 7 months ago by Morejam
I like all Sherlock Holmes that stick to basic characters of Sir Doyle
even humorous ones that are meant to be humorous from first to last
Sherlock Holms is a great... Read more
I loved this movie when I first saw it over forty years ago. In several respects, it stands alone among Holmes films. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ray Cunneff
It's always been one of my favorite "alternate Holmes" movies. Stephens is hardly ever mentioned as one of the Holmes' actors, but he did a fine job in this movie and it's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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