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This review is from: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (DVD)
This is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes films, and I'm glad Universal has made it available on DVD-R in their Vault Series. I saw this in a theater in 1976, and I really liked it. Director Herbert Ross poured on the atmosphere in bringing Nicholas Meyer's bestselling novel to the screen. The script, the acting, and the production values are all terrific. Holmes purists may have problems with Meyer's speculative "rewrite" of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic character, but I think it makes perfect sense.
Nicol Williamson is a fascinating Holmes, and Alan Arkin's Sigmund Freud is delightful. But my personal fave here is Robert Duvall, whose Dr. John Watson is a pleasant surprise. Far from the chubby, jolly bumbler we usually see (Nigel Bruce, etc.), Duvall makes Watson an intelligent, watchful, capable hero. Throw in Joel Grey as a mysterious henchman, beautiful Vanessa Redgrave as a damsel in distress, and Laurence Olivier as the notorious Professor Moriarty, and the result is very clever and entertaining. If you love the Holmes stories and don't mind a loose interpretation of Doyle, you won't want to miss it.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2011 9:17:10 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Can anyone say of this new on-demand disc is widescreen? This movie was among the very first DVDs in about 1997, but it is full-screen, and as a result, I can't stand to watch it. None of the product information on Amazon and no reviews that I can see mention the screen format. I will buy this if it is widescreen. If not, I won't spend any more money.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011 12:06:51 PM PST
Tom S. says:
Mr. Collins--According to the DVD case, the new Universal Vault DVD-R of THE 7% SOLUTION is in anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and it's in Dolby digital 2.0 mono. It looks great, and it's definitely not "pan-and-scan."
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2012 8:19:35 PM PST
James Quirk says:
I'd love to see this one get the Blu-ray treatment.
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