1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Color Makes a HUGE difference!,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes in Color: Prelude to Murder (DVD)
I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes movies since the 1950's when Ronald Howard and H Marion Crawford were making the low budget, 39 episode series for television in Paris. I read through many 100's of product descriptions; customer reviews; VHS/DVD jackets; included product commentaries and other online data base materials concerning Sherlock Holmes' films, both old and new. I've collected over a hundred and twenty five different "Sherlock Holmes" films that I consider worth having.
I don't do many of these reviews but hope to share some insight and guidance among those who like myself, may be looking back, in remembrance, or perhaps seeking something in Hollywood films that can be shared with others without reservation or embarassment, and worthy to watch over and over without regret.
As my title simply stated: "Color Makes a HUGE difference!" I enjoy the quality of many of the old black and white "classics" for their nostalgic value, because B/W movies are what we saw MOST of back in the earlier days of moviemaking. And, I had purchased some early colorizations done on VHS tapes by another film producer years before "LEGEND FILMS" began doing them with the aid of digital technology.
LEGEND has added NEW LIFE to these classics and I hope that they'll continue doing so to the other 10 Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies because the difference between black and white and color is indeed like viewing a NEW FILM! And Legend includes the B/W version with the color version on the same DVD! Both in excellent quality!
A final word: be careful when ordering what you think may be a color version; as of 5/2011 I have only found 4 of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies in COLOR. I have even seen them advertised in "color", ordered them and had to return them. You can look up LEGEND FILMS online, as of 5/2011 they list only 4 of the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes films produced in color: Woman in Green-Secret Weapon-Terror by Night-Prelude to Murder (also known as "Dressed to Kill")as singles, or in a four-pack.
All these DVD's I've purchased on Amazon at reasonable prices. R.K.F.