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A Study In Terror [1965] [DVD]

John Neville , Donald Houston , James Hill    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Neville, Donald Houston, Robert Morley, Anthony Quayle, Barbara Windsor
  • Directors: James Hill
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D5GBI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The famous detective brings his skills to bear on the bloody crimes of Jack the Ripper, in Victorian London's notorious East End. With the whole city in a panic, Holmes (John Neville) receives a mysterious clue in the form of a surgical box, marked with an aristocratic family crest. From this, Holmes, assisted as ever by Dr Watson (Donald Houston), begins his investigations to uncover the identity of the period's most dangerous mass murderer.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Sherlock Holmes Story 11 July 2006
A study in terror revolves around Sherlock Holmes up against the infamous Jack the Ripper in the backstreets of Victorian London. A cast of well-known stars including Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley, Frank Finley and stage actor John Neville as the notorious sleuth. The harsh colour and ghostly music adds to the gritty realism of the period. Another similar and maybe more sophisticated movie is Murder by Decree which deals with pretty much the same plot but delves deeper into the workings of the Masonic conspiracies. A good transfer onto DVD including the original theatrical trailer makes this a recommended purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All circumstantial evidence is conjecture. 12 Jun 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
A Study in Terror is directed by James Hill and written by Derek and Donald Ford. Based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, it stars John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser, Anthony Quale, Frank Finlay and Adrienne Corri. Music is by John Scott and cinematography by Desmond Dickinson. Out of Compton Films it's an Eastman Color production. Plot pitches intrepid sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Neville) against notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper.

On paper it's a filmic match made in heaven, two characters as well known as they are invariably different. One a great work of fiction, the other infamously true and dastardly. Yet the story is flat, not that it doesn't lack for quality in execution, it just lacks any suspense or dramatic verve to fully make it worthy of further visits. Cast are mostly very good, especially Neville, who makes for a lithe and autocratic Holmes, while Alex Vetchinsky's sets are period supreme. The Eastman Color, too, is a plus point, British horror always tended to have a better sheen to it in the Eastman Color lenses, so it be here for the dark deeds played out in Whitechapel, London, 1888. But ultimately, and in spite of it being an intelligent spin on the Ripper legend, story doesn't play out well enough to make it a classic of either the Ripper or Holmes cinema adaptations. 6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Study in Sherlock 15 Jun 2013
Format:DVD-R|Verified Purchase
A good Holmes story, with an interesting plot and Played well by John Neville.
On this U.S. import the picture is presented in the right format and is good quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A study in terror 21 April 2012
By Nicola
The characters are well-rounded and entertaining, the plot is interesting and the film very well put together. Starring the ever popular sherlock holmes, 4 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars study in terror 23 Feb 2012
By jed
this is easily my favourite ripper film,its not in anyway factual but is the most enjoyable film of this kind.a good cast and good story with a brilliant ending put this movie top of my list,babs windsor is great and a bumbling watson is enjoyable to watch.this is a must have dvd for horror fans of the classic kind,its not cheap to buy but worth every penny.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to life Victorian London thriller 20 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Sherlock is hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper. The likely suspects are all gradually eliminated until the final blazing confrontation. The director of this movie has created a true work of brilliance. Never have the sights, sounds and eeriness of a dark, dingy and smog filled London been depicted so authentically in a movie. There is a gritty realism thoughout that is superbly supported by a pompous Holmes/Watson combination. All the sets are terrific as are the performances. Perhaps the plot could have been deeper but this is a minor criticism which just prevents a 5/5. This film shines because of the exceptional recreation of a time and a place long since lost to progress. This is a must see if you like atmosphere and realism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film. 3 Feb 2014
By Pete.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Many people might find this film a little slow and timid by modern standards. However, people who like Hammer style horror should enjoy this film. There are decent performances from the main cast ( Barbara Windsor aside) and a good plot. Worth buying for a bit of old fashioned horror.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "I would hardly describe this as fun, Lestrade."
A Study in Terror was Sherlock Holmes' first big screen encounter with Jack the Ripper - they would lock horns again a couple of decades later in the much better Murder by Decree -... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful, awful, awful
Quite possible one of the worst Sherlock Holmes films I have ever seen. I could tell from the first ten minutes that it was going to be bad - but watched the whole thing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by oscarb
3.0 out of 5 stars 'An Enjoyable Sherlock Holmes Ripper Tale'
'A Study In Terror' may be an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half but it is far from convincing on a number of levels. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Antony May
1.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Terror (1965) DVD
A Study In Terror [1965] [DVD]
DVD ~ John Neville

I don't know if it was a joke or what, but I ordered the DVD, "A Study in Terror", and I guess I was sent "A Study... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by LINDA PASS
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock v Jack!
The 'Fiend' is on the foggy streets of Whitechapel, dispatching harlots aplenty. Who can stop him? Enter Holmes & Watson!

I love this film. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by C. Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Babs is Brill!
I saw this on the tele about a year ago and had to get the DVD. Noir/Hammer pastiche - yes, brillinat and enjoyable - yes
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by Al_ D
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll never see anything like it this side of Hell...
Far inferior to Bob Clark's later Murder By Decree (1979), this first cinematic attempt to pit Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper is a reasonably entertaining horror thriller... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2008 by Matthew Mercy
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