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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Harry Andrews, Patricia Hodge, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: John Bruce
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, John Hawkesworth
  • Producers: June Wyndham-Davies, Michael Cox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008XS0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 - The Second Stain & The Six Napoleons" on IMDb

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THE SECOND STAIN: A secret letter is stolen from the house of the Secretary of European Affairs. It is feared that the contents to the letter could cause a "great war" by falling into the wrong hands, and Holmes and Watson are called in to get the letter back. But when the person Holmes suspects of stealing the letter is found murdered, the great detective is led into a tangled web of international intrigue. THE SIX NAPOLEONS: Busts of Napoleon are being found smashed to bits all over London. Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate the bizarre events, and a murder that may be related. Is it the work of a madman who still harbors hatred for the dead emperor, or perhaps the work of the Mafia? The case takes the famous sleuth on a chase to find a killer, and to solve the mystery before all six Napoleon statues are destroyed.

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"The Second Stain"
Arguably the most entertaining and satisfying episode from the entire Granada Television series about Sherlock Holmes, "The Second Stain" finds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth facing intertwining problems, each with very different consequences. On the one hand, a saber-rattling letter to the British government from a "foreign potentate" has disappeared from the hands of the Rt. Honorable Trelawney Hope (Stuart Wilson), which could incite a major war if it turns up in some visible way. On the other hand, Hope's wife, Lady Hilda (Patricia Hodge), appears to know something about the letter's disposition, but she won't say on pain of some undefined disaster to her marriage. Holmes (Jeremy Brett in his finest hour) and Dr. Watson (a wonderful performance by Edward Hardwicke) can't unravel one mystery without tackling the other, and then there is a murder to boot. The results are well worth the story complications that ensue. The look of epiphany on Brett's face when the ever-clueless Inspector Lestrade (Colin Jeavons) tells Holmes about an odd detail in the murder victim's home--the placement of a certain bloodstained rug doesn't correspond to the location of the soaked-through stain on the floor below--is enormous fun.

"The Six Napoleons"
Yup, that is Counselor Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation, looking particularly glum in this episode from Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes series. Troi--or rather actress Marina Sirtis--is part of the cast of this wild mystery, which suggests that a madman with a grudge against Napoleon Bonaparte is smashing clay busts of his likeness all over London. Dr. Watson proposes that the criminal has a psychological obsession, but Holmes scoffs at that idea. There is indeed much more going on than meets the eye in this story, as plainly evidenced when a notorious Mafia figure turns up dead. Meanwhile, anyone in possession of ornamental Bonapartes is in danger--and only Holmes knows why. This exciting installment in the series is also noteworthy for its rare glimpse of a softer side of Holmes, as seen in a memorable coda to the story. Brett is brilliant as the famed sleuth. --Tom Keogh

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Waldman on August 24, 2005
If you have already seen any of the Holmes mysteries starring this wonderful actor, you need not read further. Purchase this one as well. If you haven't yet seen them, this is a great place to start. Brett could do more with a twist of lip or shift of an eyebrow than other actors can with their entire body. He was not only the best Holmes ever, but one of the best actors in the world (IMO).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AL on January 24, 2010
I fully agree that this episode is one of, if not THE best in the Jeremy Brett series. They did an excellent job of portraying the gravity of the situation that Holmes, Watson, & Lord Salisbury? would have felt. Very worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dhumble on September 7, 2013
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Very good Sherlock thought I prefer Basil Rathbone. However, one can never get enough Sherlock. I like the old black and white films with shadow play.
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2

These are based on Sir A. Conan Doyle's famous short stories and adapted to these movies. See the individual movies for more details.

The Second Stain.
Two high government officials visit Holmes on an important matter, a missing official document. Mr. Trelawney Hope explains its importance. "Who else knew about it?" Its publication could mean war! [Note their restrained language.] Mrs. Hope arrives later. A foreign agent was found murdered! A coincidence? Why is this letter held bak? Holmes and Watson visit the murder scene to see a stained rug. Who shifted it? Constable MacPherson explains. Holmes and Watson visit Mrs. Hope for a talk. She tells what happened! Later Mr. Hope finds the letter in his dispatch box! How did this happen? "We too have our diplomatic secrets" says Holmes. [Was this Doyle's comment on the personal lives of the aristocracy?]

The Six Napoleons.
A young woman sponges herself in front of an open window. Across the street a man argues with a woman, then an older man. He rushes off to fight another man, but loses. [Subtitles would be helpful here.] The winner runs away and is chased by the police who capture him. Lestrade visits Holmes about some crimes, smashed statues. Next there is a body by a doorstep, and another smashed statue by an empty house. Holmes visits the shop where they are made. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade keep watch at night. They catch a man, Holmes finds the sixth statue and the cause of the crimes. Scotland Yard is proud of Holmes. "E finito." [Why did Doyle use immigrants in this story?]
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