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Second Stain/Six Napoleons

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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Harry Andrews, Patricia Hodge, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: John Bruce
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, John Hawkesworth
  • Producers: June Wyndham-Davies, Michael Cox
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: June 30 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00008XS0U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,223 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By A Customer on June 23 2003
The Second Stain is a great straightforward mystery, as is The Six Napoleans, in which we get to see Marina Sirtis before her Star Trek days. But these episodes are not better than many of the others, and in my book not as good as my favorite of all, The Blue Carbuncle. Just the same you will find no Sherlock Holmes better than the late lamented Jeremy Brett. If you don't have this DVD and you like Holmes stories, then buy it. It's that simple. My only warning is to stay away from most of the 2-hour episodes (one of them is alright, but I've forgotten its name). But The Eligible Bachelor and The Last Vampire (or The Sussex Vampire), are terrible, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, sadly, is almost as bad. Stick with the one-hour episodes, though, and you can't go wrong.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Jeremy Brett -- enough said Aug. 24 2005
By M. Waldman - Published on Amazon.com
If you have already seen any of the Holmes mysteries starring this wonderful actor, you need not read further. Purchase this one as well. If you haven't yet seen them, this is a great place to start. Brett could do more with a twist of lip or shift of an eyebrow than other actors can with their entire body. He was not only the best Holmes ever, but one of the best actors in the world (IMO).
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By AL - Published on Amazon.com
I fully agree that this episode is one of, if not THE best in the Jeremy Brett series. They did an excellent job of portraying the gravity of the situation that Holmes, Watson, & Lord Salisbury? would have felt. Very worth watching.
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Very good Sept. 7 2013
By dhumble - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good Sherlock thought I prefer Basil Rathbone. However, one can never get enough Sherlock. I like the old black and white films with shadow play.
The Classic Short Stories June 26 2014
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2

These are based on Sir A. Conan Doyle's famous short stories and adapted to these movies. See the individual movies for more details.

The Second Stain.
Two high government officials visit Holmes on an important matter, a missing official document. Mr. Trelawney Hope explains its importance. "Who else knew about it?" Its publication could mean war! [Note their restrained language.] Mrs. Hope arrives later. A foreign agent was found murdered! A coincidence? Why is this letter held bak? Holmes and Watson visit the murder scene to see a stained rug. Who shifted it? Constable MacPherson explains. Holmes and Watson visit Mrs. Hope for a talk. She tells what happened! Later Mr. Hope finds the letter in his dispatch box! How did this happen? "We too have our diplomatic secrets" says Holmes. [Was this Doyle's comment on the personal lives of the aristocracy?]

The Six Napoleons.
A young woman sponges herself in front of an open window. Across the street a man argues with a woman, then an older man. He rushes off to fight another man, but loses. [Subtitles would be helpful here.] The winner runs away and is chased by the police who capture him. Lestrade visits Holmes about some crimes, smashed statues. Next there is a body by a doorstep, and another smashed statue by an empty house. Holmes visits the shop where they are made. Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade keep watch at night. They catch a man, Holmes finds the sixth statue and the cause of the crimes. Scotland Yard is proud of Holmes. "E finito." [Why did Doyle use immigrants in this story?]
Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 April 1 2014
By Norma S. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this volume. These productions of Sherlock Holmes are very well produced and acted. They stick very close to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing and the English studio did them very well.

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