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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (2011)

Alan Arkin , Vanessa Redgrave , Herbert Ross  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson, Laurence Olivier
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producers: Herbert Ross
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Get ready for a mystery adventure like no other when Sherlock Holmes meets Sigmund Freud in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The world's two greatest masters in the art of detection, Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) and Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin), join forces for the first time with the persistence of Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall), which leads to a thrilling investigation into a kidnapping case. With a superb supporting cast including Academy Award winners Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave, this refreshingly amusing take on Sherlock Holmes is an ingenious tale of detection, addiction and abduction.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7% on demand February 5, 2012
By Laddie
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The reviews here can be confusing as they probably apply to other DVD versions of the film. This new on demand edition is in fact letterboxed and looks like the correct aspect ratio. Image quality may not be Criterion level but is very good, and given that this very enjoyable movie has been hard to get for years we are not complaining.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray edition of Seven-Per-Cent Solution February 14, 2013
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Fantastic film, and even more fantastic transfer to Blu-ray. Never saw the film before, nor the SD DVD edition; bought it on a whim after seeing the actors in it. Extraordinarily good acting, high production values, far above average BD transfer.

NOW, if "they" would only release a comparably good BD of "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970, MGM/UA) - it would be perfection for Baker Street Irregulars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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After many years of only the Americanized 4:3 version on VHS and very, very short supply of a few DVDs, THIS Blu-ray release finally puts an end to the unbelievable mistake of not producing this movie in it's original screen display format. It was not shot in full cinematic widescreen but is very close to our typical 16:9 TVs. Two years ago the VHS versions of this movie had become so scarce that some were offered on auction sites for up to $125.00 each. In Britain, the original format DVD was available in PAL. There were many bad pirate versions out there. This Bluray offering includes the film in it's original screen format on one DVD disc and on one Blu-ray disc. The movie is fascinating because it is based on a best-selling novel that.. while entertaining some wild extrapalatorical plot devices, stays truer to most of Doyles character development than the typical Sherlock Holmes screenplays. Alan Arkin cast as Freud is one of the greatest castings of all time. Duvall's Watson is the weekest link in the production, but is aging well due to his fidelity to "the limp." This is Vanessa Redgrave's finest part ever (she is more radiant than her Isadora). While Sir Olivier had only a small roll as Prof. Moriarty, he aced it (as you would expect). The one bonus feature is a dusey, where the author of the book explains his work and total surprise at it's massive acceptance. Some rather inexperienced reviewers have compared this film to "Sherlock Holmes" movies but the film can only really be described as the best possible, ever Holmes derivative book and film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Conan Doyle knew nothing about this tale, which was invented whole-cloth by a modern writer. The story has two plots. It is 1891. Sherlock Holmes has become deranged by his constant overuse of cocaine, which he injects into himself, seven percent cocaine and ninety-three percent water. Holmes is convinced that Professor Moriarty, his and his brother Mycroft's math teacher when they were children, is the master criminal behind all the crimes in London, and that the professor is trying to kill him. Dr. Watson, his loyal friend, seeks Holmes' brother's help and the two decide to lure Sherlock to Venice where he could be treated and cured by Dr. Sigmund Freud. Their scheme is successful and Freud is able to get Sherlock to stop using the drug.

While in Venice, Sherlock becomes involved in one of Freud's cases. A beautiful red-headed woman also had a drug overuse problem and was treated by Freud. After being cured, she was abducted and given drugs to make her pliant. Sherlock and Sigmund work together, both drawing brilliant conclusions, in unraveling the mystery. This second plot ends in a long chase and fights.

The film has suspense and humor and is interesting. The end of the film discloses the modern writer's view of why Watson said that Holmes was killed by Moriarty, disappeared for three years, became addicted to the seven percent solution, hated Moriarty, and usually disliked women. Some viewers may object that Freud finds out about Sherlock's past under hypnosis, but orders Sherlock to forget what he revealed. They may argue that they would expect Freud to tell Sherlock to remember his past and help him deal with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Finally receiving a Blu-ray release courtesy of Shout! Factory, "The Seven Percent Solution" mixes the fictional with the historical for a fascinating glimpse into what made Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes click.

The Blu-ray transfer looks exceptional with a nice, color accurate presentation of the film. Colors aren't saturated as that wasn't the look that director Herbert Ross was going for with solid looking skin tones. Blacks are solid throughout as well not suffering from the crush evident in the early DVD release. The film boasts a fairly clean, sleek presentation that doesn't rely too heavily on digital noise reduction and, as a result, the textures are solid throughout as well.

The Blu-ray does include an interview with author and screenwriter Nicholas Meyer discussing the genesis of the novel and the film. It's a very good interview giving us his thoughts on the project. I would imagine that we don't get a commentary track because Meyer wasn't interested in sitting down to view the whole film without the input from the late Herbert Ross and late Nicole Williamson.

I'm hoping that Shout will also tackle the cult classic "They Might Be Giants" starring George C. Scott as an eccentric wealthy man who believes he IS Holmes, while the doctor evaluating him is named Watson (I'm sure the creator of "Elementary" probably got his idea for this as it takes place in contemporary New York as well).

The Blu-ray is recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Late 70's Cheese Tastes Wonderful
Sherlockians have been spoiled of late by the first rate public television series featuring Jeremy Brett as Holmes, and the snappy, stylish modernized series starring Benedict... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael Kleeberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock and the seven per cent solution
A fantastic movie with lots of great acting and well worth having . Some big names in this one and all Very Good . Read more
Published 22 days ago by Scott Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Holmes, Freud and the Orient Express
In light of the recent resurgence in popularity of Sherlock Holmes, this movie has got up to the zeitgeist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steve Squibb
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie.
My only complaint with this film, is the sherlock Holmes character speach pattern, too intense, too much of the time, reminded me of Walter Winchell. Other wise a good movie . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonny D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock meets Sigmund... How can this not rock?!
I read the book years ago but never sought out the movie. I'm glad I did, however, as it is a nice adaptation of a script written by the author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Benjamin R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Sherlock movies
The acting is top grade, and the story gives a good background of Sherlock's challenges with drug use. Refreshing change from current cgi trends.
Published 3 months ago by Merry Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the older Holmes variations
Recently, there have been some good variations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, w/ Robert Downey or Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AREVIEW
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fact and fiction run head-long into high adventure.
For years and years, I could not make heads or tails out of the meaning of this movie's title. Then, in watching one of the Jeremy Brett / Granada TV's adaptations of the Holmes'... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a clear copy of one of my favorite films!
Every since seeing this in the theatres in the 70's, I have loved this film. I have a 1/2'' vide cassette of it, but the quality is quite poor and to finally find it in dvd and at... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Conly
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film by a great writer, and an interesting alternate...
As a fan of Nicholas Meyer from his work on some of the classic Star Trek films, I was curious to check out some of his other works. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Atanian
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Widescreen version?
I have been looking high and low all over the internet to try and find this out, too, but not one single review mentions this fact. No sale from me unless this movie is widescreen.
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