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This review is from: Sleuth [DVD]  (DVD)
I re-discovered 'Sleuth' a couple of years ago on a cable movie channel - I barely remember having seen it on TV over 30 years ago! It's truly a masterpiece with superb writing, and it's literate yes, theatrical yes, but brilliant all the same! It's a movie that's waiting to be newly discovered by so many.
'Sleuth' has to be one of the single best examples on the murder/mistery genre, with its multiple twists and turns, while it's also satirizing it. It's also about the bitter class war typical of British society, particularly at that time, and a wonderful character study. Both Olivier and Caine are fantastic in their performances, the direction by Joseph L. Mankiewicz is subtle but razor sharp, and Shaffer did a marvelous job adapting his own play for this film.
This old 2002 edition from Anchor Bay UK, now sadly out of print, does a great job of putting together background material on the film. Thus, it includes film notes, photo galleries, a trailer and, of special notice, a loving featurette with the late Anthony Shaffer reminiscing about the origins of the play, its long and successful run both in England and in the US, plus the making of the film adaptation.
In sum, this is a DVD that does justice to the superior overall quality of 'Sleuth', which again I feel is just waiting to be re-discovered by newer generations of movie buffs and general viewing audiences alike.