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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons, Denis Lill
  • Producers: John Hawkesworth, Rebecca Eaton
  • 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: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YLTJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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VOL. 4
THE DEVIL’S FOOT

Dr. Watson insists that the nervous and exhausted Holmes should take a holiday in a small Cornish cottage. But there is no rest for the detective when a young woman is found dead, but has no apparent injuries. In addition, her two brothers have become raving lunatics overnight. Holmes and Watson investigate.

SILVER BLAZE
Silver Blaze, a highly prized racehorse, disappears the night before a big race. The horse’s trainer is found dead and his owner faces ruin. Sherlock Holmes, with the aid of a dog and some sheep, finds a strange solution.

THE BRUCE PARTINGTON PLANS
A young man is found brutally beaten and murdered on a railway line leading from the Underground. Strange plans of a secret submarine are found in his pocket. Is he a hero or a traitor? Aided and abetted by the master detective’s brother Mycroft, Holmes and Watson follow a trail through fog-shrouded London to find the truth, and the murderer.

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"The Devil's Foot"
One of the most interesting stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon, "The Devil's Foot" finds the Great Detective's friend and ally, Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke), pressuring the exhausted sleuth (Jeremy Brett) into joining him on a vacation on the Cornish coast. Instead of relaxation, however, Holmes and Watson encounter one of the most horrifying multiple murders they have yet come across. Though our heroes nearly die from Holmes's effort to prove the cause of death, they carry on until Holmes finally unmasks the identity of the culprits--and then makes a controversial decision about the fate of one. Brett and Hardwicke excel as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous team, who are under more duress than usual in this fascinating tale.

"Silver Blaze"
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught a fair amount of flak for getting a lot of details wrong in this story about the training and racing of horses. Nevertheless, it is one of his most popular yarns and makes a fine basis for this vigorous 1988 episode from the Granada Television series about Sherlock Holmes. The Great Detective and Dr. Watson hurry to Devonshire, following the murder of a trainer and the disappearance of Silver Blaze, a swift horse heavily favored to win the big-money Wessex Cup. Holmes takes some snarly barbs from Blaze's rich owner in stride--though he has his revenge on the arrogant fellow later. The mystery is a keen one and the solution is among Doyle's most inventive. Brett and Hardwicke are at their best as the dynamic duo.

"The Bruce Partington Plans"
A junior clerk working for Britain's defense planning dashes off in the middle of a date with his fiancée, and turns up dead along some railroad tracks--apparently having been pushed from a train while carrying several secret documents related to England's development of a submarine warship. Was he a traitor? If so, who killed him? The case is brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes and his Dr. Watson, by none other than Mycroft Holmes (Charles Gray), brother of the Great Detective and indispensable repository of government business. Sherlock's conclusions, however, prove there is more to the truth than meets the eye. Brett, as always, is the perfect Holmes while Hardwicke is the ideal Watson for the latter years of their crime-fighting career. A strong story with some of the sleuth's most impressive investigatory work, "The Bruce-Partington Plans" is a worthy part of the long-running Granada Television series, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character. --Tom Keogh

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2003
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These three Holmes episodes are a good variety of Holmes stories, and possibly might be the best DVD for the starting Holmes viewer. Brett and Hardwicke make the best Holmes/Watson ever seen on screen. The adaption of the Conan Doyle stories to TV work perfectly and are some of the best written, directed and acted television made yet.
Particularly memorable are the drug sequences in Devil's Foot, along with the story's very odd and lucid atmosphere. Bruce Partington is one of the best episodes since it has brilliant interaction between Sherlock, Holmes, Mycroft, and Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock's ever working, ever chiding house keeper. This story based around stolen plans for a top secret submarine puts Holmes through his greatest odds against a case with a thinnest thread to begin. And it is also the case with the greatest political conseqences for the world. It seems everytime the highest level of government calls on Holmes he winds up going to the furthest extreme, such as the cat burglery he commits in this episode. Arthur Conan Doyle's writing plays on so many levels and in Bruce Partington it is particularly adept because he writes about the arms race and balance of power in Europe that would eventually snap into World War One. His stories of Holmes also persevere because of the underlying optimism of his Britain; he writes the main criminals as generally rich and priviledged while the average man might be grubby, unrefined and ignorant, is extremely loyal and hardworking. It is no doubt why these are classic literature, and now classic television.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Barnes on October 27, 2009
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Have purchased many Sherlock Holmes DVD's through Amazon, thankfully they have a great supply as my husband can not get inough of him! These contain some of the best of Sherlock and are filled with hours of enjoyment. They make great gifts and they have a great assortment of them. Jeremy Brett being one of the best Sherlocks you are bound to enjoy these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elflady on January 23, 2010
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I collect Sherlock holmes movies, books. And they are hard to find in video stores. I bought this and I'm pleased because the stories are suspene, great mystery. I always try to figure who did what and this one had me surprised because I could not get it right. Great for collection. And a great price. And you will love the suspense
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 4

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 Devil’s Foot.
Holmes and Watson leave for a long vacation in Cornwall. They hear of a strange event nearby: a woman died, her brothers went insane! How could this happen? The next day another brother was found dead! Will these deaths be solved so Justice will triumph?

Silver Blaze.
Holmes is asked to help in a murder and theft. A horse trainer was killed by a tremendous blow to his head, the horse that was a favorite in a race has disappeared without a trace. Can the murderer be revealed and the horse returned in time for the race?

The Bruce-Partington Plans.
A government employee is found dead beside a railroad track, he had Top Secret papers! Was he a traitor? Where are the other Secret Papers? Who killed him? Can Holmes solve this mystery and save the reputation of the dead man?
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Sherlock Holmes is always a good read.

Anyone who likes the detective stories of his style will enjoy these.

All those liking whodunnits.
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