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Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXZFRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. DONLAN on 16 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This is a set of the four feature length adventures which followed the original one off Murder Rooms, following Dr Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor Dr Joseph Bell who he used as the basis for Sherlock Holmes.

There are four adventures in total over the two discs, The Patients Eyes where a young woman is pursued and haunted by a cloaked figure, The Photographers Chair where victims of a Serial killer are found to have distinct markings, The Kingdom of Bones where an Eyptian Mummy is unwrapped to reveal a modern day man and The White Knight Strategem where two men with knowledge of a suicide are murdered.

There is a dark edge to these films hence The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes as the duo of Doyle and Bell use deductive reasoning to solve the mysteries. The two lead actors are wonderful, Charles Edwards plays Doyle a young Doctor, kind, honourable but emotional, unlike his mentor Bell played by the excellent Ian Richardson who keeps his emotional detachment and sticks to the facts, leaving no stone unturned or any loose thread.

If you are a fan of the Jeremy Brett, Sherlock Holmes series you must get this, as it is just as good. The four adventures are also available on individual discs but you don't need to get these as this is the same price as just one of them so its a real bargain and is ALL region and in widscreen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
When we last saw the great forensic professor of medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell (Ian Richardson), from the University of Edinburgh, it was 1873. He and his callow young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle, had just solved a horrendous series of murders, but at great cost. The young woman Doyle had loved was the last victim and the murderer had escaped. It's now a few years later. Doyle has his degree and is trying to establish his own practice. Bell has chosen to become friends with Doyle, drawn by Doyle's eagerness to learn, his intelligence and his concern for the sick and weak. Bell also is touched by the knowledge of Doyle's great loss. He is sensitive enough not to comment on Doyle's physical change. Instead of a callow youth, Doyle, while still tentative in manner, now looks something like a Hollywood hunk. Where earlier Doyle had been played by Robin Laing, a fine actor but no matinee idol, now he is played by the handsome actor Charles Edwards. Bell and Doyle have become friends, something on the order of mentor and student, and Bell continues to help Doyle when mysteries arise. In Murder Rooms, four do.

This series of four 90-minute episodes has some of the greatest production values I've ever come across in British period dramas and mysteries. It must have cost a bundle to mount them and may account for Murder Rooms not being renewed for further episodes. We don't simply have dark, wet cobblestone streets, foggy nights and horse-drawn carriages. There are great dining rooms and entrance halls, a lavish banquet, Victorian velvet settees and well-groomed riding horses, lecture halls sided by carved, polished dark oak with seats filled by prosperous elderly gentlemen in evening clothes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2009
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The followup series to David Pirie's excellent two-part Christmas special speculating on the origins of Sherlock Holmes in the young Arthur Conan Doyle's increasingly Watson-like relationship with the real life Dr Joseph Bell (superbly played by Ian Richardson, a former small screen Holmes), a brilliant physician with a keen sense of deductive reasoning, Murder Rooms had a sadly brief run: four episodes, two of them excellent, two less so. Never given much of a push by the BBC despite strong ratings for the original `pilot' story, it was never picked up for a second series, and the UK DVD release was something of a botched job with all four episodes only available in cropped fullframe transfers with curious layer changes seemingly every 15 minutes or so (though it fared better than the first special, which was heavily cut for its UK DVD release and is only available uncut in the USA under the title Dr Bell and Mr Doyle). Luckily, the US Region 1 NTSC DVD release of the series is a distinct improvement - decent transfers of all four 90-minute episodes in their original widescreen ratio on two discs. No extras - though neither does the UK 4-disc set - but the series is definitely well worth seeing, and the US edition is definitely the best way to see it.
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I had forgotten how very good this series was, when I first viewed it on TV back in the early 2000's. Casting, research and atmosphere were all excellent, and it is a reminder of the days when the BBC was second to none in producing this kind of drama. The late Ian Richardson was brilliant as always, it is so sad to think he is no longer with us, he died far too young. I had also forgotten that one of my favourite actors of today, Charles Edwards played the part of Conan Doyle. Mr Edwards has delighted me since in the brilliant stage adaptations of 'The 39 Steps' and 'The Kings Speech'. Sadly he is not doing justice to his talents in 'Downton Abbey' but view this boxed set to see his early promise. Hopefully he'll get another great TV series of his own in the near future. My favourite episode is 'The Photographer's Chair' in which we get a taste of Conan Doyle's well known interest in the afterlife. Interesting too to spot the actors some of whom are often on our screens today, but unknown then. All in all this is an extremely good alternative to the adventures of Conan Doyle's great detective, and makes fascinating viewing on dark winter evenings with the lights out.
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