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Crucifer of Blood [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Charlton Heston , Richard Johnson , Fraser Clarke Heston    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson, Susannah Harker, Edward Fox, John Castle
  • Directors: Fraser Clarke Heston
  • Writers: Fraser Clarke Heston, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Giovanni
  • Producers: Fraser Clarke Heston, Lynne Stuart, Peter Snell, Richard Horner
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036BDQ7Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heston Not Right for Holmes 27 May 2010
Format:DVD
This is a disappointing effort, given that it was made by the same production company - and around the same time - as the masterful 1990 "Treasure Island," which is just about the most perfect rendition of that classic story imaginable. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes was simply not the right role for an aging Charlton Heston. (Though if you think he couldn't pull off Long John Silver, you would be wrong.) Here, he's simply too ponderous, too American and too lacking in Holmes' mercurial temperament. It might possibly have worked if he'd played Holmes in retirement, but this is set in the heyday of Holmes' career. Nor does Heston's portrayal mesh with the flagrant melodrama of much of the story, though Richard Johnson does a solid Watson and there is support from a good to excellent team of classically trained actors. At the excellent end, I'd put Clive Wood as Jonathan Small (at least in the prologue, as later he is so covered in grotesque make-up and his voice so distorted as to be unrecognizable). The prologue, set during the Indian mutiny and also featuring John Castle and Edward Fox as the most obnoxious of officers, is worth a repeat viewing for Wood's nuanced portrayal of a sturdy private who tries to do his duty and is keen on protecting his men (despised natives though they may be) but is caught up in the spiral of death and greed. His "Sir, ye must not abuse my men..." is really a wonderful moment.
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When a lovely young woman (Susannah Harker) arrives at Baker Street to plead with Sherlock Holmes (Charlton Heston) to discover the source of her father's (John Castle, THE LION IN WINTER) terror and disappearance, it leads to a pact in blood with a curse on it dating back to the 1857 rebellion in India. Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's THE SIGN OF THE FOUR which served as the basis for Paul Giovanni's 1978 play, THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD. Heston had played the role in the Los Angeles production and after the success of TREASURE ISLAND, he chose this for his next project utilizing some of the same cast from ISLAND. As far as Sherlock Holmes movies go, this is well done though Heston is all wrong for Holmes. The quintessential American actor can't disguise his Yankee origins. Other than that, he does well enough. It's fun though it's not terribly difficult to discover the real culprit though the journey is enjoyable. Nicely directed by Fraser Heston. The underscore is by Carl Davis. With Richard Johnson as Dr. Watson, Simon Callow as Inspector Lestrade, Clive Wood and Edward Fox.

The Warners region one DVD is a nicely rendered transfer with an anamorphic 1.85 wide screen aspect ratio though I believe since it was shot for TV in the early 90s, the correct aspect ratio is most likely 1.33.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sherlock holmes adventure 2 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
another sherlock holmes adventure charlton heston playing
the sleuth ably supported by richard johnson
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful rendition of Sir Arthur's "Sign of the Four" 5 Sep 2000
By Willaim A. Mileo - Published on Amazon.com
As an avid reader of the stories of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this movie exceeded my expectations. The screenplay, although somewhat modified from the original novel, was a fine adaptation to the TV film medium. The characters were both real and well acted by this international cast. I especially enjoyed the portrayals of Shelock Holmes and Dr. John Watson by Actors Heston and Johnson respectively. This movie is a must see for all fans of Sherlock Holmes.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Always Nice to See Charlton Heston 3 May 2010
By Gary P. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I saw "The Crucifer of Blood" when it opened on Broadway during the 1980s. I remember thinking that it was enjoyable although nothing great. I later read that Charlton Heston was starring in the play in Los Angeles and thought how much I would have liked to see him play Holmes. Well I got my chance when this made-for-tv version was produced for TNT. This film was produced, written and directed by Heston's son Fraser. I remember thinking it was okay when I originally saw it on tv and my opinion hasn't changed after seeing it on dvd last night.
The plot is basically a rerun of Conan Doyle's "The Sign of the Four." Even though it was filmed in London and has some decent sets and large amounts of fog rolled in, this is obviously not a big budget production. Heston is basically miscast as Holmes. However he was such a fine actor and a great American that I really didn't mind. Richard Johnson is terrible as Watson, back to portraying the good doctor as a pathetic buffoon, falling madly in love with and making goo-goo eyes at a young woman half his age, after knowing her for about an hour. (It was so wonderful not to see Watson portrayed as a fool in the Grenada Sherlock Holmes films with Jeremy Brett, the greatest Sherlock Holmes ever.) The actor who portrays Inspector Lestrade portrays him as a low-grade moron. (Holmes even refers to him as "comic relief.")Edward Fox and John Fraser overact outrageously as the two main victims of the curse. The one true bright spot is an actress named Susannah Harker as the femme-fatale of the plot (and Watson's budding love interest.) She is very good (and looks quite fetching at the conclusion.) I'm not sure if I have seen her in anything other than this.
As stated, this is a fairly enjoyable way to spend an hour and forty minutes, nothing more and nothing less. And while Heston was probably the most miscast Sherlock Holmes since Roger Moore in "Sherlock Holmes in New York," it still was a pleasure to see this great actor again. He is missed.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a great sherlock 12 Oct 2009
By Mrs. Kathleen A. Pond - Published on Amazon.com
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It took us a long time to get this film region free so we were very happy with this company and the fact that most of there films are region free. Charlton Heston makes a fine Sherlock Homes,although the normal americanisations of sherlock stand out in abundance, for instance the deerstalker hat, the mearsham pipe. If only they had stuck to the story and had not gone of in a different direction this film would have rated 5 stars instead of 3,but did we enjoy it? you bet we did.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crucifer 27 Aug 2010
By Brian Brownell - Published on Amazon.com
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I may not be unbiased enough to give a fair review of this product. I am a lover of all things "Sherlockian" so that each and every new story or DVD I come to I will add it to my collection. Now there is a little bit of a stretch of the imagination to see Charlton Heston as Sherlock Holmes since Heston was a pretty large and sturdy man and Holmes was described as "over 6 feet tall and slender. BUT I like Heston too. So, I say buy it and enjoy it. It's worth the cost for a couple of hours entertainment on a rainy day or a cold wintery evening.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Right for Holmes 26 Nov 2009
By Peggy Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a disappointing effort, given that it was made by the same production company - and around the same time - as the masterful 1990 "Treasure Island," which is just about the most perfect rendition of that classic story imaginable. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes was simply not the right role for an aging Charlton Heston. (Though if you think he couldn't pull off Long John Silver, you would be wrong.) Here, he's simply too ponderous, too American and too lacking in Holmes' mercurial temperament. It might possibly have worked if he'd played Holmes in retirement, but this is set in the heyday of Holmes' career. Nor does Heston's portrayal mesh with the flagrant melodrama of much of the story, though Richard Johnson does a solid Watson and there is support from a good to excellent team of classically trained actors. At the excellent end, I'd put Clive Wood as Jonathan Small (at least in the prologue, as later he is so covered in grotesque make-up and his voice so distorted as to be unrecognizable). The prologue, set during the Indian mutiny and also featuring John Castle and Edward Fox as the most obnoxious of British officers, is worth a repeat viewing for Wood's nuanced portrayal of a sturdy private who tries to do his duty and is keen on protecting his men (despised natives though they may be) but is caught up in the spiral of death and greed. His "Sir, ye must not abuse my men..." is really a wonderful moment.
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