- Photo gallery
- Sherlock & Brett Society listing
- Paget's drawings
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Volume 4: (The Greek Interpreter / The Norwood Builder)
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Jeremy Brett, David Burke. Arthur Conan Doyle's Scotland Yard genius finds the elementary" aspect in these two episodes: The Greek Interpreter" and The Norwood Builder." 1983/color/100 min/NR/fullscreen.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Sherlock Holmes's older brother, Mycroft. One of the most delightful surprises in the Holmes canon of stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the introduction of Mycroft is wonderfully realized in this Granada Television adaptation of "The Greek Interpreter." Charles Gray stars as the larger-than-life yet shadowy Holmes sibling, who rarely leaves his beloved Diogenes Club and, in effect, runs the British government with his long memory for policies and details. The case he brings to Sherlock (Jeremy Brett) and Dr. Watson (David Burke) is unnerving in its suggestion of real brutality, and the subsequent investigation runs afoul of some truly nasty people. But before that happens, we're treated to the memorable moment when Sherlock and Mycroft essentially compete in their analysis of an old soldier seen from a window. Great stuff.
In "The Norwood Builder," a young solicitor, McFarlane (Matthew Solon), comes to Holmes begging for help just before being arrested by the sturdy if obtuse Inspector Lestrade (Colin Jeavins) of Scotland Yard. McFarlane is accused of killing a man who not only asked the attorney to draw up his will, but then left all of his possessions to McFarlane. The ingenious solution to the puzzle is only one of the exciting highlights in this episode, featuring the usual sterling work by stars Brett and Burke and a sound character interpretation by Jeavins. --Tom Keogh
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This DVD set also includes the last three of the five films starring Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes ("The Sign of Four", "The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes", and "Murder at the Baskervilles") as well as one of Basil Rathbone ("The Woman In Green", his 11th of 14 films). Wontner's films, made prior to Rathbone, are entertaining in their own way, though it would have been nice if this set substituted the first two of Wontner's films for "The Woman In Green." Speaking of Rathbone's film, "The Woman In Green," which takes place in a contemporary setting and is not based on a Doyle story, is better watched after seeing the preceding 13 Rathbone films and seems the odd one out in this set.
Holmes enthusiasts will enjoy this set and, for the price, it's a rather amazing deal and contains hours of entertainment. Casual fans might find themselves disappointed as the disc art features Rathbone and he only appears in the one film, but the other materials are truly delightful, especially the Ronald Howard/Howard Marion-Crawford series, which I consider second only to Brett's series.
The cover of the CD set is misleading in that it leads you to think that you are getting a heavy dose of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, which you are not....they are only in 1 of the 3 movies.
I highly recommend this 4-disc set.
In "The Norwood Builder". Why on earth would a wealthy builder bequest his entire estate to a total stranger, namely the very solicitor he employs to make his Will. But when the builder dies in suspicious curcumstances the solicitor is most certainly the likely suspect. Holmes is in his element as he pits his wits against the energetic "Lestrade" of Scotland Yard. Is the hapless lawyer the perpertrator, or himself a victim of a more materialistic plot linked to a long standing need for revenge.