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Young Sherlock - The Mystery of the Manor House

2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

My younger cousins were enthralled with the Steven Spielberg-produced "Young Sherlock Holmes" movie from the mid-'80s. They kept wanting to see more Sherlock (during his younger years in particular) so naturally I was happy to find this mini-series that had been long out of print. With good reason, it seems. This production is rumored to have inspired the aforementioned Spielberg flick. The young actor who plays Sherlock isn't the same as the one who appeared on the big screen, but he isn't bad at all, acting wise. His appearance is rather odd, however, and doesn't exactly fit the bill--except for his appropriately lean build. Unfortunately, there is no junior Watson, but a prototype in an older friend whom Sherlock calls "John". Holmes's future landlady makes an appearance, though she is not called Mrs. Hudson yet. The plot itself revolves around a sinister plan to replace Queen Victoria with a look-alike; this sounds more interesting than it plays out. If the pace weren't so funeral, I don't see why this wouldn't be a more well-known effort. Curiously, this plot idea is echoed somewhat in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective", but that version makes it much more entertaining.

From the Back Cover

Until Dr. Watson listened to the Dictaphone cylinders Sherlock recorded in his retirement, not even he knew "The Mystery of Manor House." It's the strange happenings at his former childhood home that transform Sherlock (Guy Henry- "Another Country," "Emma") from a brilliant and curios 17-year-old schoolboy to a brilliant and accomplished detective. Young Sherlock is the suspenseful nine episode series chronicling "The Mystery of the Manor House." The year is 1871. A typhoid epidemic forces Sherlock to come home early. What he encounters is anything but a happy homecoming. Mysterious happenings start swirling around Sherlock from the moment he steps foot on the manor grounds. Residents masquerade as honorable. Poison, deceit and greed fill the air. Sherlock's powerful deductive reasoning skills are put to the test. A priceless diamond will vanish unless Sherlock can foil a conspiracy against Queen Victoria. END

Special Features

  • Interactive full motion menus
  • Photo gallery
  • Web links

Product Details

  • Actors: Guy Henry, Zuleika Robson, Tom Chatto, Eva Griffith, Lewis Fiander
  • Directors: Nicholas Ferguson
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2I9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Sherlock - The Mystery of the Manor House" on IMDb

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By A Customer on September 1, 2003
Format: DVD
My younger cousins were enthralled with the Steven Spielberg-produced "Young Sherlock Holmes" movie from the mid-'80s. They kept wanting to see more Sherlock (during his younger years in particular) so naturally I was happy to find this mini-series that had been long out of print. With good reason, it seems. This production is rumored to have inspired the aforementioned Spielberg flick. The young actor who plays Sherlock isn't the same as the one who appeared on the big screen, but he isn't bad at all, acting wise. His appearance is rather odd, however, and doesn't exactly fit the bill--except for his appropriately lean build. Unfortunately, there is no junior Watson, but a prototype in an older friend whom Sherlock calls "John". Holmes's future landlady makes an appearance, though she is not called Mrs. Hudson yet. The plot itself revolves around a sinister plan to replace Queen Victoria with a look-alike; this sounds more interesting than it plays out. If the pace weren't so funeral, I don't see why this wouldn't be a more well-known effort. Curiously, this plot idea is echoed somewhat in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective", but that version makes it much more entertaining.
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The entire videos are one story about a young Sherlock Holmes. It takes forever, but keeps your interest. The actors have gone on to bigger and better things and we learn about how Holmes & Watson end up at 221 B Baker St. And how Mrs. Hudson comes into home life. I bought this used and there were a few problems, but I bought a DVD Cleaning Kit for $5.00 from Amazon and it cleaned it up just fine. IF YOU BUY USED DVDS ALSO GET THE AMAZON KIT.
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Although rather low-budget and somewhat slow-paced, it's not a bad little mini-series for kids. The villains' plot is rather complicated for what they're trying to accomplish, but not so much that kids can't follow it.

The story is presented as a series of recordings made by Sherlock Holmes to be played by Dr. Watson after his death. It starts as the young Holmes arrives home from boarding school for the holidays. He is earlier than his family expected because of an epidemic of typhoid at the school. To his shock, he finds that the manor house where he and his family have lived is inhabited by strangers who drive him away. He runs into his Uncle Gideon, who explains that Sherlock's father lost a great deal of money and was forced to sell the family home. Sherlock's parents have gone to France, and he will be spending the holidays with Uncle Gideon, Aunt Rachel, and his obnoxious cousin Charity. The new inhabitants of the manor house are the Turnbulls (a military man who has just returned from India and his wife, who suffers from poor health and rarely goes outside), a young man named Jasper Moran, and their Indian servants. Sherlock is depressed about losing his family's home and having to live with his strict aunt and uncle. However, he takes comfort from being near old friends, such as the local doctor (whose eccentric habits Sherlock later mimics himself), a young poacher called Newbugs, and Natty Dan, a traveling story-teller. When Natty Dan is found dead under mysterious circumstances soon after visiting the manor house, Sherlock becomes suspicious of the Turnbulls. His suspicion deepens as other strange things happen in the area, including the repeated theft of clothing store dummies and the footprints of a dog that no one admits to owning. The clues lead up to a plot that threatens Queen Victoria and first introduces Sherlock to Professor Moriarty.
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This was better than I thought it would be. The picture on the cover of this DVD did not do it justice. The young actor did a good job portraying an older, teenage Sherlock Holmes. I could not find any reviews at the time of my purchase, so I took a chance. I’m glad that I did. Be aware that date wise, this is an older movie. Old-fashioned, good fun.
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