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Study in Terror [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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On paper it's a filmic match made in heaven, two characters as well known as they are invariably different. One a great work of fiction, the other infamously true and dastardly. Yet the story is flat, not that it doesn't lack for quality in execution, it just lacks any suspense or dramatic verve to fully make it worthy of further visits. Cast are mostly very good, especially Neville, who makes for a lithe and autocratic Holmes, while Alex Vetchinsky's sets are period supreme. The Eastman Color, too, is a plus point, British horror always tended to have a better sheen to it in the Eastman Color lenses, so it be here for the dark deeds played out in Whitechapel, London, 1888. But ultimately, and in spite of it being an intelligent spin on the Ripper legend, story doesn't play out well enough to make it a classic of either the Ripper or Holmes cinema adaptations. 6/10
John Neville was a fine actor but is a strangely anonymous Holmes on first acquaintance, though his performance grows on you with subsequent viewings (he would be much closer in spirit in his guest starring role as a Joseph Bell-like doctor in ITV's The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes a few years later) while Donald Houston makes an easily pleased Watson, overdoing the delighted hero-worshipping schoolboy act at times.Read more ›
Predictably, this is a flawed re-telling of the Ripper case in terms of a factually accurate account, but there is a running comedy element throughout which does make a fairly entertaining film. Personally, I'd say that this was a 'Sherlock Holmes' movie primarily, with the Jack the Ripper elements coming in second. This was the first time that Holmes would encounter Jack, the next would be in 1979 with the superior movie 'Murder by Degree', which benefited from a bigger budget.
John Neville stars as our Holmes, and plays him respectfully, along with Donald Houston as Watson, who is portrayed here as a generous hearted buffoon. Other famous faces in the impressive cast include John Fraser, Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley, and Frank Finley, as well as a young Judy Dench looking lovely, and the soon to be Dame Barbara Windsor in her pre-'Carry On' days as a ridiculous caricature of the Ripper's unfortunate victim Annie Chapman. Ms. Windsor's so-called 'acting' is just as awful as virtually everything I've seen her in, but then that's Babs for you. Thankfully, she isn't in it for very long, and at least the rest of the players do turn in good performances.
The low-budget 'A Study in Terror' certainly falls into a higher category of B movie, and is genuinely atmospheric with it's garish shots of the good Victorian London setting. It's also engaging, fast-paced, and ends with a satisfying conclusion.Read more ›
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Great atmosphere and sets!, Neville looks the part as Holmes but is a more "balanced" and subtle Holmes , the subject matter of the Ripper case is a great idea and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ADAM BLOXHAM
This is neither a great film about Sherlock Holmes nor Jack the Ripper. However, it is reasonably entertaining and keeping the viewer guessing until the end because there are... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Junius
I first heard about this film from reviews that I had read in various magazines and internet sites. I noticed that there were some very glowing reviews on this site too, so I... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2013 by FJY
A good Holmes story, with an interesting plot and Played well by John Neville.
On this U.S. import the picture is presented in the right format and is good quality.
Quite possible one of the worst Sherlock Holmes films I have ever seen. I could tell from the first ten minutes that it was going to be bad - but watched the whole thing. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by oscarb