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The Sherlock Holmes Collection: The Sign of the Four / The Blue Carbuncle [Region 2]

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[Non-U.S. Format (PAL) Region 2 U.K. DVD - This will not play on U.S./Canada DVD players or those from most other countries outside of Europe. You would need a "multi-region" or "region-free" PAL compatible DVD player or computer.] THE SIGN OF FOUR: One of the most exotic tales in the Sherlock Holmes collection, this story features lost treasure, a murderous pigmy, a beautiful, wronged woman with whom Watson falls in love, a mad and mysterious pair of twins and a thrilling, deadly chase along the Thames. These elements have made the mystery a real favourite amongst Holmes aficionados and this episode stands as a faithful but fast-paced adaptation of a much-loved novel. THE BLUE CARNUNCLE: This represents one of the series' most engaging and unashamedly enjoyable stories concerning a mystery memorably described by Holmes as '... one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have 4 million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles". Although Holmes holds the key to an innocent man's liberty, the story brims with humourous touches and sees Watson and his friend in fine festive form, joking and laughing their way through a wild goose chase, encountering comic characters and Dickensian crooks.

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  • Actors: Nigel Stock, Peter Cushing, Douglas Wilmer, Peter Madden, Grace Arnold
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P1B98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandog on April 29, 2006
Format: DVD
I just viewed the 3 disc set from the BBC containing this disc of classic Sherlock Holmes stories and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the video and the performances (my expectations were low for a series this old). Many film or video versions of Holmes stories or "Holmes-inspired" videos take considerable liberties with the characters, plots and dialogue created by Conan Doyle. This series is essentially true to the original written word, with much of the dialogue exactly quoting Doyle. Having seen Cushing previously only in Dracula and Frankenstein-type horror roles, I was impressed by his restrained but authentic portrayal of Holmes in this series. Less quirky and exhuberant than Jeremy Brett's benchmark performances, he never the less conveyed the idiosyncratic detectives character well. These films were made 30 years prior to the BBC series starring Brett, and the interiors are what we have seen in the past from TV series or films from the BBC at this time period - a bit stagey, theatrical and just slightly unrealistic, although there is nice complementary exterior work for many scenes. What was really surprising was the excellent quality of the video source and digital transfer - sharp images with bright vibrant colors that looked like a modern filming of the older BBC play on tape style - definitely the best BBC release quality-wise I have seen from this period (there are scenes with motion-artifacts typical of digital transfers, but the DVD images are generally sharp). Too many of their releases of series from this time period have been fuzzy and dark. Audio is good here too. The Sign of Four is the less authentic and less enjoyable of the two stories on this disc, considerably abbreviated to fit the story into 50 minutes.Read more ›
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The Sign of Four is a very strange story that reflects the exoticism of life in London at the end of the 19th century. A father could disappear in no time leaving a daughter behind. A messenger could reappear later in life and cause no surprise. A present could have come every year to the girl and no one would have found it bizarre. A quite normal Englishman would live in a Hindu temple in a street of semi-detached brick houses without anyone saying anything, nor by the way seeing anything either. Some Polynesian dwarf could run around half naked in the cold streets and that would look normal and a man with a wooden leg trampling the avenues of the city would be just everyday humdrum news. Not to speak of all the boats going up and down the Thames as if it were a free passage between nowhere and nowhere else. That's the atmosphere created in this story and the poor daughter who would like to get the treasure of her father, what about her? Not much except that the promise is strong enough for her to do something about it. But will it be too late? Never with Sherlock Holmes but at times his sense of justice is quite different from ours and lying at the bottom of the Thames seems a decent prospect to a gentleman like him.
The blue Carbuncle is another story entirely. Here Conan Doyle, Sir if you please Sir thank you, is settling his accounts with the aristocracy and at the same time with some mediocre intellectual, or what he calls an intellectual. The noble lady is a guano pack of macaroni in the middle of a three thousand old China service dish from some Chinese Emperor. She stinks and radiates high heavens her down-treading and forbidding hatred for those who are not at her entire service without asking the slightest question and for her no one is worth not serving her.
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