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Sleuth (2007) (Ws Dub Sub Ac3 Dol) [Blu-ray] [US Import] [Region A]

Michael Caine , Jude Law , Kenneth Branagh    Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter, Kenneth Branagh, Carmel O'Sullivan
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Writers: Harold Pinter, Anthony Shaffer
  • Producers: Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Ben Jackson, Marion Pilowsky, Simon Halfon
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001221DTW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Thirty-five years after Michael Caine played the role of crass boy-toy Milo Tindle in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s screen adaptation of Anthony Shaffer’s hit play Sleuth, the actor takes over his 1972 co-star Laurence Olivier’s role of rich cuckold Andrew Wyke in Kenneth Branagh’s updated remake of the same story. Where Olivier brought a seething, upper-class disgust to mystery-novelist Wyke’s attitude toward Tindle - who is having an affair with the former’s wife and has come to the writer’s mansion to request that Wyke divorce her - Caine basks in the comic absurdity of a superficial man like Tindle (Jude Law) led by the nose into one or another illusion of happiness. The new film’s script by Harold Pinter has the arid air of expectation familiar to his work, the weight of things not said whenever someone speaks. That’s a considerable weight indeed, in Sleuth’s story of a psychological contest between two very different men who despise one another beneath outward civility. The story finds Tindle arriving at Wyke’s home. Following various small humiliations, he is invited by the older man to steal his wife’s jewels in a scheme that benefits everyone. There’s more than meets the eye to Wyke’s proposal, however, leading to unexpected developments and surprises in the film’s second half. Branagh’s direction is suitably cool and sleek in the beginning, when the characters’ emotions are still in check and the oddness of Wyke’s gadget-filled world is still entertaining to behold. (The film’s set design is one of its strongest elements.) But once voices rise and threats appear and the like, Branagh can’t seem to penetrate the surface of things. Unlike Mankiewicz’s take, the new version is caught up in the insularity of the characters’ tit-for-tat gamesmanship, lacking the intriguing, class-warfare subtext of the earlier work. A gay angle thrown into the last half-hour sits uncomfortably and irrelevantly with the rest of the material. The best thing about this Sleuth are the performances of Law and Caine, who could have been even better with a great script. --Tom Keogh

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first 40 minutes are great! 17 Dec 2007
I recently went to see Sleuth at the cinema, didn't really know what to expect. I haven't seen the original either but heres my take. Hope this helps if you're considering buying the DVD:

I think the first 40 minutes are brilliant, Michael Caine and Jude Law are suberb. They share a great chemistry and really enjoy the roles. Other highlights are the tension building score, Harold Pinter's bruising, although humourous script (some great black laughs), Kenneth Branagh's assured direction, great angle shots and the heavy interior visuals of Caine's house.

The first half of this film is probably the most fun I've had in a cinema this year and is the very reason for me giving it four stars. A stumble in the last half hour or so can (just) be forgiven.

In the final third, Pinter just fails to dig out anything worth doing, mainly because theres only so far you can stretch an idea with one setting and only two main actors.

About the performances, Caine is flawless throughout and like I said, Law is also brilliant for an hour or so but slowly goes downhill until the end. The third act just doesn't give him enough to chew on and show what he can do.

Overall, I think Sleuth is a very good mystery movie with plenty of twists along the way to keep you guessing. The performances and screenplay are excellent and is definitely worth checking out on DVD if you missed it at the cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 24 Mar 2013
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Especially for those who love to watch stage plays this is a must: great acting, intriguing plot, slightly disturbing ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing remake, great acting 31 Aug 2013
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Superb acting in this battle of wits, one might see it as a film of 3 acts. The first 2 acts are spot on and well paced and moody; they stay close to the original story too though there are no flashes of the whimsy or light heartedness the original provided. The final act however deviates from the original story and tries to change what it's about, rather unsuccessfully in my opinion. If you like taught thrillers then this is worth a look, but if you're a big fan of the original with Olivier and Caine then you may be disappointed as was I.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Foul mouthed remake of an original masterpiece. 30 Jan 2013
By jimmcn1
Simply put, don't waste your time or your money on this trash. Instead you should purchase the original 1972 release of this movie. The two roles are portrayed by Laurence Olivier and Micheal Caine and is sure to become one of your hidden gems. Sleuth [DVD] (1972)
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3.0 out of 5 stars 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 to Caine 19 Mar 2008
The first time I watched this, I'm not embarrassed to say, I just didn't get it at all. Being a huge fan of the Anthony Shaffer/Joseph L. Mankiewicz version, all I noticed -- through my tears, and between sighs -- were Harold Pinter's drastic alterations and the frosty overall tone. "Surely there's enough misery in the world," I told my cat, "without necessitating the surgical removal of every ounce of pleasure from two hours of delightfully witty entertainment." The cat concurred: "CCTV and homoerotic overtones are no substitute for good, old-fashioned belly laughs. Meow!"

It was only when I watched it a second time that I realised there are more good things than bad on offer, and I began to appreciate Pinter's novel tinkering with the character relationships. For instance, Andrew Wyke's (Michael Caine's) adulterous spouse is now an old man's trophy wife, rather than a toy boy's meal ticket. More interesting still, Pinter turns the love-triangle completely on its head, leaving the woman out in the cold, for a time at least.

The use of CCTV to internalise the outside world is ingenious, but it creates a glaring problem that the script fails to address: prospective burglar Milo Tindle (Jude Law) doesn't think to ask Wyke about the ubiquitous cameras, and strangely but conveniently, Detective Inspector Black never asks to see any surveillance footage of Tindle's visit. The 1972 "Sleuth" was a fascinating summit meeting of two very different acting schools; the 2007 version is more David versus Goliath than a clash of titans, and Jude Law definitely forgot to bring his slingshot. Seemingly aware that he is being acted off the screen, Law overplays to the hilt. Caine, however, is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
Simply brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 27 Jun 2014
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I have seen this twice now and both times found it quite spell bounding! It amazes me that such a great film has only two actors in it! It's engaging, clever, has brilliant acting by both Michael Caine and Jude Law and has a superb unexpected twist to it. Would highly recommend it!
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A clever Two hander from these outstanding Actors with a brilliant twist in the tale.
We particularly enjoyed the outrageously modern set and the way they were manipulating one another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in acting
Pinter's more accessible piece, played to perfection. It shows how you do not need big budget CG to make a great film. Slips a little towards the end.
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Humiliation binds you....
Milo Tindle, a struggling actor and a chauffeur, doesn't know what to expect when he comes to visit rich and successful novelist, Andrew Wyke. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
Here's a switch - this remake of the 1972 Joseph Mankiewicz film is nearly an hour shorter than the original. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gustavus
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange!
I first saw this as a rental film and decided I had to buy it! It has a strange twist to the film which had me gripped :)
Published 12 months ago by Sam_C
3.0 out of 5 stars remake
not really as good the original as a film the only really good thing was mr caine but it arrived in good time
Published 17 months ago by marsay
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER!
This film has so many strange twists and turns, and the actors are amazing. Can only say good things about this film, it will take your breath away and have you sitting at the edge... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mia
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better
It is a remake of an older film with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. I will not compare the two because I have only seen excerpts from the first one. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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