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Sherlock Holmes: The Illustrious Client/The Creeping Man [DVD]

Jeremy Brett , Edward Hardwicke , Tim Sullivan    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Anthony Valentine, David Langton, Abigail Cruttenden
  • Directors: Tim Sullivan
  • Producers: Michael Cox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00008N74Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,796 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Two more cases for the Baker Street sleuth. In 'The Illustrious Client', Holmes (Jeremy Brett) places himself in great danger when he investigates the sinister Baron Gruner's plans to wed innocent Violet Merville. 'The Creeping Man' sees Holmes making a connection between the disappearance of an ape from London Zoo and Edith Presbury's claim that a strange figure has been lurking at her window.

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5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant! 14 Sep 2004
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The Illustrious Client is one of the most shocking Holmes stories and I remember when I first read it the feeling of horror as Watson describes what has occurred. I doubted that television could provide the same sensation. However, Granada have produced a wonderful version of this story, with Anthony Valentine giving an excellent, understated performance as the villain, Baron Gruner. Edward Hardwicke is brilliant as Watson, having to deal with the threat to Holmes's life (without giving too much away) and his friend's insistence that he become an expert in Chinese pottery in 24 hours (don't ask!). This is a beautifully shot, atmospheric piece and the use of Don Giovanni as a background score was particularly inspired, especially at the end. Perfect for dreary winter evenings.
This adaptation of the Creeping Man has been criticised in some quarters, but I think it is an improvement on the original story, with Holmes being given more detective work to do than in the story. It is also particularly enjoyable as Watson is in a bad mood with Holmes for most of it (having been summoned in so peremptory a fashion at the beginning, it's hardly surprising) which Holmes puts down to Watson's war wound. Watson thinks there is nothing for Holmes to investigate, but Holmes has other ideas. As usual, all the performances are excellent, but the star players are Brett and Hardwicke.
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