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The Spider Woman / The Voice of Terror (Sherlock Holmes)

4.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The Spiderwoman- London is in a panic over a series of apparent "Pajama Suicides." Sherlock Holmes, however, is more inclined to believe that they are calculated murders. It is up to the great detective and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson to discover the motive and the means of these crimes and to unmask the murderer.

The Voice of Terror- When taunting saboteurs warn of a Nazi invasion of the British Isles through their horrific radio menace the Voice of Terror, the British Intelligence s Inner Council calls in Sherlock Holmes to help in the crisis. On the first night of their inquiry, Holmes and Watson find a dying man on their doorstep. His last word sends Holmes to London s seedy Limehouse district, where he enlists the aid of Kitty, the sweetheart of the slain man, to help find the saboteurs.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Vernon Downing
  • Directors: Roy William Neill, John Rawlins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OQZE6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It doesn't take a lot of deductive reasoning to figure out that Holmes has a real problem. A FEMALE PROBLEM! She is called the Spider Woman. Her real name is Adria Spedding, a cunning murderess! A series of Pajama Suicides have taken place and have been in the papers all over London. Holmes is inclined to believe that the suicides are murders. Murder for money! The victims are rich with insurance policies. Holmes suspects another Moriarty is at work here. Possibly Miss Adria Spedding The Spider Woman!
The next case for Holmes involves the Nazis! That's right! It is World War II. A saboteur gets on the radio to tell of Nazi invasion to the British Isles. British Intelligence's Inner Council calls on Sherlock Holmes. Holmes inlists the help of Kitty who's sweetheart was slain by the saboteurs(Nazis). However there is a leak! One of the British Intelligence is on the Nazi's side! Can Sherlock Holmes find the voice of terror and the leak in the council? These movies have been beautifully RESTORED and the black and white is very clear as is the sound. This is a great addition to your Sherlock Holmes collection.
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WOW!! If you are looking for episodes of Sherlock Holmes with Basil, no impostors need apply, these redone issues are unbelievably flawless. For years and years, years and years ago, I watched these movies late at night no matter what condition they were in, or how bad the transmission quality. Not any more, I got 'em in pristine condition, and retouched by the UCLA film dept.. The movies are incredibly sharp and clear. The blacks look black, and the whites look white, like they should. Any Basil fan of Sherlock should be gobbling these up fast. I'm going to get the final two discs also.

I'm not going to review the movies at all. What is the point? You are either a Sherlock fan or not. I grew up with these movies from the 30s-40s and they are flat out fun. NO, I didn't watch them in the 30s or 40s, but 50s to 60s and beyond. These movies will always entertain. If you are not from that era, give them a try anyway. Watch these along with the new king of Sherlocks, the Cumberbatch PBS series, and compare notes. The new PBS series is possibly the best show on TV now. Check it out.
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I FIRST SAW "HOLMES & THE SPIDER WOMAN, IN A SEVERELY EDITED VERSION IN AUGUST 1954, ON THE CBS EARLY SHOW. I WAS ABOUT 14 AND IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES FILMS I HAD BEEN TAKE TO SEE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY. THE SPIDER WOMAN FILM WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOLMES FILMS. CBS HAD BEGUN TO TELEVISE ALL OF THE BASIL RATHBONE/NIGEL BRUCE FILMS. I CANNOT EXPLAIN THE PLOT OR THE STORY BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BE RIGHT TO GIVE AWAY ANY OF THE FILM'S PLOT POINTS/ ALL I CAN SAY IS SEE THE FILM YOURSELF, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. RATHBONE'S HOLMES IS HOLMES AT HIS MOST SUPERIOR AND WATSON IS NIGEL BRUCE AT HIS PHUMFFERING BEST. DENN IS HOEY'S PLAYS LeSTRADE WITH A COCKNEY ACCENT AND DISPLAYS ALL OF HIS ENVY OF HOLME. YOU'LL ENJOY S' METHODS OF DETECTION.. THAT'S ALL WISH TO SAY. SEE THIS AND ANY OF BASIL RATHBONE'S HOLMES FILMS SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE, THAT YOU'LL ENJOY THEM ALL.
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Before Robert Downey Jr / Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch / Martin Freeman, there was Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

Basil Rathbone portrayed Sherlock Holmes in fourteen films from 1939 to 1946 and to many his iconic characterization of the Baker Street detective remains the best and is certainly the role Rathbone is best remembered for. I also want to give a shout out to Nigel Bruce’s rather unorthodox but excellent portrayal of Dr. Watson. In the novels, Dr Watson was nearly as intelligent as Holmes and a capable assistant but in these films, Nigel Bruce’s Watson acts buffoonish and seems to get more buffoonish with each film. Despite or perhaps because of his controversial stooging, Nigel Bruce was the perfect foil to Basil Rathbone. They played off each other wonderfully and truly are a dynamic duo.

Speaking of dynamic duos, MPI Home Video has released digitally restored double feature sets for all but four (Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, The Woman in Green, Terror by Night, and Dressed to Kill) of Rathbone’s fourteen films. I find it odd MPI didn’t choose to pair the films together in chronological order but that gripe aside this set features the pairing of The Spider Woman (1944) and The Voice of Terror (1942). The Spider Woman is one of the better of the twelve Sherlock Holmes films Rathbone did for Universal and is in my top five favorites. The Voice of Terror is an enjoyable although non-essential film. I bought this for The Spider Woman and look at The Voice of Terror as an added bonus.

Video: Both movies are presented in a solid 1:37 full frame transfer. Even though both films are together on one single-sided dual layered dvd the image looks fine. The films are in black and white and overall look relatively clean for their age.
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Many have played this character, none better than Basil Ratcontenthbone, and his mumbling partner. I've read all the stories several times, always picturing this pair. Having ordered a number of these double sets, I'm content to while away the winter months watching each short film with as much pleasure as the as though it were the first time. If you enjoy an occasional "cozy" film, you'll you'll find these well worth the same price. You won't be dissatisfied.
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