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Sherlock Holmes - The Sign Of Four / Blue Carbuncle [DVD] [1965]

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001P1B98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,901 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two episodes from the 1968 TV series based on the famous stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, starring Peter Cushing as Holmes and Nigel Stock as Dr Watson. In 'The Sign of Four', Holmes and Watson are intrigued by the case of Mary Morstan, whose father disappeared ten years previously. Every year since, Mary has received a pearl from a mystery benefactor, and she now requires the Baker Street detective to act as her escort in a meeting with the unknown patron. In 'The Blue Carbuncle', a priceless jewel with a sinister history has been stolen from its owner, the Countess of Morcar. When it is found in a goose's crop, the events surrounding how it got there and who the true thief is are puzzles only a genius such as Sherlock Holmes can unravel. This was the last episode in this series (which was one of the first TV series ever to be shot in colour), and was originally screened on 23rd December 1968.

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I watched this after a terrible day at work and was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. Some of the lighting effects and camera angles are rather dated but the acting was first class and I soon forgot about this. Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock did an excellent job as Holmes and Watson and the friendship between the two men shone through. The Sign of Four is obviously truncated to fit into the episode time slot but no less enjoyable for that. The Blue Carbuncle was equally enjoyable, despite poor old Watson never getting a Christmas present from Holmes! It is a shame that so few episodes remain of this series as I would have liked to have seen more.
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AS much as I like Cushing, the production values are poor by BBC standards. Nevertheless Peter gives a good depiction of the great detective.
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Two very good stories well acted and well directed could not go wrong
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What do you expect from a Holmes story. Better than Basil.
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The Sign of Four is a very strange story that reflects the exoticism of life in London at the end of the 19th century. A father could disappear in no time leaving a daughter behind. A messenger could reappear later in life and cause no surprise. A present could have come every year to the girl and no one would have found it bizarre. A quite normal Englishman would live in a Hindu temple in a street of semi-detached brick houses without anyone saying anything, nor by the way seeing anything either. Some Polynesian dwarf could run around half naked in the cold streets and that would look normal and a man with a wooden leg trampling the avenues of the city would be just everyday humdrum news. Not to speak of all the boats going up and down the Thames as if it were a free passage between nowhere and nowhere else. That's the atmosphere created in this story and the poor daughter who would like to get the treasure of her father, what about her? Not much except that the promise is strong enough for her to do something about it. But will it be too late? Never with Sherlock Holmes but at times his sense of justice is quite different from ours and lying at the bottom of the Thames seems a decent prospect to a gentleman like him.
The blue Carbuncle is another story entirely. Here Conan Doyle, Sir if you please Sir thank you, is settling his accounts with the aristocracy and at the same time with some mediocre intellectual, or what he calls an intellectual. The noble lady is a guano pack of macaroni in the middle of a three thousand old China service dish from some Chinese Emperor. She stinks and radiates high heavens her down-treading and forbidding hatred for those who are not at her entire service without asking the slightest question and for her no one is worth not serving her.
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