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Sherlock Holmes - A Study in Scarlet & The Boscombe Valley Mystery [DVD] [2004]

Peter Cushing , Nigel Stock , Henri Safran , Victors Ritelis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock
  • Directors: Henri Safran, Victors Ritelis
  • Writers: Hugh Leonard, Bruce Stewart, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Producers: William Sterling
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006G3NW9G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock star as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Watson as the great detective faces two of his most challenging cases.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is the only sound version of A Study in Scarlet and although the story is necessarily truncated (the famous meeting between Holmes and Watson is sadly missing), it is well handled and pacy and there are some nice moments between the two friends. The Boscombe Valley Mystery is rather more dated, especially with Watson being made to look stupid on more than one occasion but is enjoyable enough. The dated camera angles and some less than polished performances do grate occasionally, but the chemistry between Cushing and Stock rescues the episode more than once.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Holmes and Watson 11 Dec 2009
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Well, I must confess to having been a bit disappointed in both of these. Not because of the adaptations, and certainly not because they are studio-bound, rather than shot on location with a feature-film budget. TV drama is TV drama, and is often magnificent - never mind what the date-stamp might be.

My disappointment lies more in the performances than anything else. Cushing is a lovely Holmes, and Nigel Stock an excellent Watson - but they are surrounded by some pretty bad acting from the rest of the cast. Unusual, when telly drama of the '60s and '70s was such a powerhouse of talent.

There is a toe-curlingly bad opening scene to kick off 'A Study in Scarlet' - and I don't think the episode quite recovers; 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery' looks nice, but is ultimately rather dull - a pity.

Having said that, I don't think reviewers need be brutal. Yes, Jeremy Brett is probably the definitive Holmes now, and Edward Hardwicke easily the best and most three-dimensional Watson, but Cushing and Stock have their considerable merits, and the BBC discs are certainly worth a look. Or two. Or three.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funnily typical 16 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Criminals in Sir Conan Doyle's stories are rather simple people, not because they are simple but because the world that is imagining them is simple. Victorian and then Georgian England did not like complicated problems. These two stories are typical of that style in two different directions. "A Study in Scarlet" is a love affair that turns sour because two young men abduct the young woman and she is forced to marry one of them, till she dies of real death as much as of sadness. Then vengeance produces the crime. These stories are so simple that we know from the start what it is about, but the interest is in the details and the intricate way the details are revealed for us to be misled and to just accept to follow the lead. Doctor Watson is there to be the bait and the ploy, or even the decoy, so that we fall in the trap. Then add some disguises, some night darkness, some lamps, some transvestites and some other rather weird and somber things and situations and you have it all. And you fall. The police is dumb, I mean Scotland Yard of course, and Sherlock Holmes is a genius, who survives on cocaine, though they forget to tell you that. The "Study in Scarlet" introduces another element that Conan Doyle used all the time: the American criminal who of course disturbs the mind of our Scotland Yard protectors because they are different and work with another logic. If they had a Queen, these Americans, they would have found a way to finally have a black Prince of Wales, or at least Princess of the same place. The second short film, The Boscombe Valley Mystery introduces another favorite theme of Sherlock Holmes's. The colonial empire, and in that case Australia. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holmes and Watson save the day! 9 Jun 2007
By Buddy
Format:DVD
This adaptation is rather condensed, making the viewer feel a huge void in both the narrative and context. Nevertheless, Peter Cushing does play a very pleasant Holmes well accompanied by a believable Nigel Stock as Watson (and that ends saving the whole lot). Pitty the picture is way outdated with too much shine and spotlight showing. With only 45 minutes and a theatre-like sound it makes you sigh for the good old Granada series where Jeremy Brett incarnated Holmes as no one has or will ever do. If you're a Holmes fan, it's a nice buy as memorabilia goes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! Buy Jeremy Brett instead! 26 April 2007
Format:DVD
The film is produced in the 1960's. We can not expect much in that time but the series can not be compared with the Jeremy Brett series. I bought "A Study in Scarlet" especially because of the episode taking part in Mormon America but there is no mention of it whatsoever.Not mentioned either Holmes and Watson's first meeting.The film has completely changed the written adventure. The film was also disappointing. The roleplay is average, like a school play. It was a mistake on my part to depart from Jeremy Brett's series of Sherlock Holmes.
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