The last of the Rathbone Sherlock Holmes series, Prelude to Murder was likewise the last of an era for British filmmaking. By this time, the actors and writers had begun to show their age, and their enthusiasm for the characters they were portraying had noticeably slipped--such is the case for any film series that extends on for fourteen installments (imagine if James Bond never cycled actors, for instance). Prelude to Murder is also the last and latest Legend Films entry into the Sherlock Holmes world, for the time being. By this point in time, having three other Holmes films under their belt, Legend has perfected its application of their colorization technology, resulting in a quite beautiful job that is among their best. Judging from the relatively poor quality of the public domain versions of the film, Legend had their work cut out for them in cleaning up this classic to the presentable state it finds itself.
But just because this may be one of the best colorizations of a classic film doesn't mean that you have to watch it that way, because Legend has included the cleaned-up black and white version on the same disc. This way, those who prefer to watch their films in the traditional, nostalgic way can do so, while those of us might enjoy a little added spice of color can have our druthers as well.