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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)


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  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson, Laurence Olivier
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009INAE3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The world’s two greatest masters of the art of deduction, Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud, meet for the first time in this delightful mystery adventure based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Meyer. This stylishly directed entertainment boasts a superb cast headed by Nicol Williamson as Holmes, Alan Arkin as Freud and, in a brilliant example of off-beat casting, Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson. To this ingenious tale of detection, addiction and abduction must be added the excitement of the chase - capped by a sword fight on top of a puffing locomotive roaring across Europe!

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Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall are just wonderful as Holmes and Watson, respectively.
Mr. Z.
Great story, well done period piece, wonderful train chase, very good acting and a very creative answer to whom is Moriarity.
Dan Corkery
Not exactly a high adventure film, but still maintaining some action within the premise .
Hashima Shata

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laddie on February 5, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VideoBob on March 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doctor John on February 14, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
Format: DVD
Sometimes a great idea, a good script and an interesting cast can still end up resulting in a slightly disappointing film. Case in point The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The 70s was the last decade to regularly produce big-screen outings for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, and having exhausted Conan Doyle's stories there was a tendency to put a modern spin on them to make them stand out from the crowd. Thus Billy Wilder delved into the consulting detective's private life, Gene Wilder discovered another smarter Holmes brother and Christopher Plummer and James Mason set off on the heels of Jack the Ripper, but for sheer ingenuity writer Nicholas Meyer had them beat: his ingenious and loving pastiche had Holmes lured to Vienna in the hope that Sigmund Freud could cure him of his addiction to a seven-per-cent solution of cocaine only for the two greatest detectives of the 19th century to find themselves caught up in another drug-wreathed mystery.

The film certainly attracted a lot of money and talent, but the money isn't always noticeably spent and some of the talent isn't right for this story. Herbert Ross' direction feels uncertain of whether he's making a drama, a comedy or a light thriller and takes too long to find an acceptable balance and a consistent tone (though John Addison's fine score works overtime to tie all the elements together to paper over the cracks). This certainly seems to communicate to the impressive cast as well, with the feeling that some of them are in a completely different picture to others. At times it feels like it's been cast more by the players' reputation than their suitability.
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