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The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother [1975] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Leo McKern
  • Directors: Gene Wilder
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL18K4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gene Wilder plays Sigerson Holmes, the great sleuth's younger brother, in this spoof of Sherlock Holmes stories, which was Wilder's first try at acting, directing and writing. More by good luck than clever deduction Sigerson solves his brother's case. Madeleine Kahn, Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise co-star.

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After co-writing and starring in Mel Brooks' smash hit Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder graduated to his own directing debut with another spoofy take on a cultural icon. The 1975 Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother gives Wilder some great trademark meltdowns, even if the movie doesn't sustain its initial comic energy. Wilder plays Sigerson Holmes, third (and bitterly resentful) brother to the more fabled Sherlock and Mycroft. Two Young Frankenstein co-stars help bring the game afoot: Madeline Kahn, as an opera singer with a problem in distinguishing truth from lies, and Marty Feldman, as a Scotland Yard man with "photographic hearing." The long early sequence that introduces all three characters to each other--and culminates in a lunatic song-and-dance number, "The Kangaroo Hop"--is truly funny, and Dom DeLuise summons up some broad laughs as a singer with a bad toupee. The British are represented by Leo McKern and Roy Kinnear, as well as a mysterious cameo by Albert Finney. (Mel Brooks isn't around, but you can spot his unmistakable pipes in a moment of voiceover.) Things become routine fairly quickly, and the last half-hour is something of a slog, so you'll have to be a Gene Wilder fan to love this one. Still, the rapport of Wilder and Kahn is something to behold: two expert comedians who always suggested an undercurrent of melancholy beneath their clowning. --Robert Horton

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother isn't Mycroft but the `forgotten' third brother Sigerson (actually the assumed name Holmes used in The Adventure of the Empty House), and there's a lot to forget about this failed attempt to do for the Holmes family what Gene Wilder did for the Frohnkensteens. Without a collaborator on the screenplay and taking the directorial reins himself, as well as the starring role, there's far more unfettered self-indulgence here than wit. There's thankfully a little less pointless hysteria from Wilder than usual, although this is sadly more than compensated for by excessive yelping from Leo McKern and tedious showboating from Dom De Luise (now there's a surprise). Indeed, this may well be the only film in which chronic overactor Aubrey Morris gives the most restrained performance. There's also an excess of messy eating and childish humor to contend with, not to mention the unforgivable waste of Marty Feldman's unique talents in a dull sidekick role. There is one funny sequence in a ballroom and a couple of moments where the ideas are good enough to survive the sledgehammer execution, but when Albert Finney, in a one-shot cameo in the film's Night at the Operatic finale, turns to the camera to ask "Is this rotten or is it all terribly brave?", it's not difficult to come up with an answer.

Fox's PAL DVD offers a decent 1.85:1 widescreen transfer with the original trailer, but doesn't include the trailer, the additional fullframe version of the film or Gene Wilder's audio commentary that are included on the Region 1 disc - admittedly the latter is no great loss since it's so sparing and uninformative and filled with dead air pauses of several minutes at a time that you'll wonder if you clicked the wrong button on your menu!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Piffle on 27 Dec. 2009
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The funniest film ever, and the only one that I rate 10 out of 10 on the imdb movie database. We - me and friends, after retiring gracefully from the local clubs at around 2am in the late 1970s - watched it repeatedly with absolute delight. OK, the chocolate scene is completely unfunny, and I'm amazed that this was shown in the trailer to the initial release of the movie, but the rest of the action and songs is just sublime hilarity and/or insanity, with hints of inanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richardson on 28 Dec. 2012
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Just to let all in the USA know... this DOES work on traditional USA blu Ray players! It does not have the brilliant commentary that Gene Wilder added to the DVD in USA but the picture is sublime!

I grew up with Gene Wilder as a favorite and while I found this film a bit uneven the highlights for me still put me on the floor... his calling or yelling at Madelin Kahn "Miss Liar!!" and I'm afraid I lose it seeing "the Kangaroo Hop" ...bring me to happy tears of laughter.

the other reviews go into greater detail but Marty Feldman and other character actors make this a must have for me and I mostly wanted to announce the blu ray's workability in our country as it is a European import!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By farm boy on 28 Mar. 2008
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Previous reviews have perhaps given a better critical view of this film, but if you are a fan of Wilder and Feldmann you will enjoy this. Leo Mckern makes a fine villain who is both believable and insane, both important to the credibility. Too many of the jokes are simple such as chocolate on the face, but some are sublime such as the wonderful ballroom scene (I will not spoil the joke). For an English audience there is the added 'reassurance' of Roy Kinnear and other 'usual suspects'. The singing, dancing and fencing are unexpectedly good and the whole film becomes an enjoyable romp with some quite dramatic moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2014
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A dreadful film. Sadly Gene Wilder, was miscast as the detective in this film. He was over the top and could not save this film. The plot was not great. It was not a great movie, nothing like the very funny, Young Frankenstein.
Only Marty Feldman and Leo McKern kept my attention. But saying that Mr McKern's character was under rated and always seemed like he was on the wrong set.
My husband fell asleep ,15 minutes in, that's how good it was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shrewlord on 25 Aug. 2011
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Well meaning and occasionally funny comedy from Gene Wilder delivering a slightly disappointing sub-Mel Brooks experience. The musical interludes don't work for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesper Kjaer on 26 Feb. 2009
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I remember seing this movie in the eighties - but I never forgot about it. I have always been a fan of the movies that came out of the insane ability that Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder possesses - to create absolutely hilarious movies. Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother is however a work Gene Wilder created on his own - together with a cast that are perfect for the job. Madeline Khan and Marty Feldman does it splendidly
I can only recommend people to see it. It's filled up with great laughs and not to forget Dom de luise as a operasinging italian wannebe.
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At times this film is beyond funny, hilarious only comes close to describing it. After reading the rather mixed reviews I was a little reluctant to buy but I am so glad I did. The plot is original and the acting sublime, the writing incredibly funny. If you are a fan of 70s Feldman and Wilder then not to have this film on your rack would be the saddest movie oversight in the world! And that ain't funny pal.
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