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Sherlock Holmes - Triumph of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Wontner , Ian Fleming , Leslie Hiscott    Unrated   DVD
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Sherlock Holmes confronts the insidious Professor Moriarty at a spooky castle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD transfer Oct. 28 2003
Format:DVD
This is a film adapation of The Valley Of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It stars Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes and Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson. Wontner is a very laid back Holmes, which makes sense as it's established at the beginning of the film that he is retiring. It's not a very faithful retelling of the story, but it's watchable enough...well, it would be if the quality of the DVD was better.
Unfortunately the quality of the audio was so poor that it made watching the film almost impossible. This is the worst transfer I have ever seen on DVD. The sound is abysmal...there is a constant warbling noise that distorts the soundtrack all the way through the film. It sounds like the sound was recorded underwater! The picture isn't much better as the contrast is so high that certain scenes are completely washed out which makes following the story extremely difficult.
I have seen this film recently on television and the sound was much better on the print I saw. The picture was an improvement as well. It's also worth noting that there some brief opening establishing shots that are not on the DVD version.
It's a shame that more care wasn't taken with the presentation of this film. This film and others in the series are of great interest to many Sherlock Holmes fans and it would be wonderful if a company who cared what they were doing managed to present restored editions of the Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes films on DVD.
If you want to see restored versions of early Sherlock Holmes films, you'd be better off purchasing the Universal Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce films on DVD from MPI that are available to order from Amazon. They are available in box sets as well as individually.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible DVD transfer Oct. 28 2003
By Sean Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a film adapation of The Valley Of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It stars Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes and Ian Fleming as Dr. Watson. Wontner is a very laid back Holmes, which makes sense as it's established at the beginning of the film that he is retiring. It's not a very faithful retelling of the story, but it's watchable enough...well, it would be if the quality of the DVD was better.
Unfortunately the quality of the audio was so poor that it made watching the film almost impossible. This is the worst transfer I have ever seen on DVD. The sound is abysmal...there is a constant warbling noise that distorts the soundtrack all the way through the film. It sounds like the sound was recorded underwater! The picture isn't much better as the contrast is so high that certain scenes are completely washed out which makes following the story extremely difficult.
I have seen this film recently on television and the sound was much better on the print I saw. The picture was an improvement as well. It's also worth noting that there some brief opening establishing shots that are not on the DVD version.
It's a shame that more care wasn't taken with the presentation of this film. This film and others in the series are of great interest to many Sherlock Holmes fans and it would be wonderful if a company who cared what they were doing managed to present restored editions of the Arthur Wontner Sherlock Holmes films on DVD.
If you want to see restored versions of early Sherlock Holmes films, you'd be better off purchasing the Universal Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce films on DVD from MPI that are available to order from Amazon. They are available in box sets as well as individually.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Is Birdy Edwards here?" Nov. 27 2007
By Larry Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Well, maybe -- it would be difficult to tell, with this DVD transfer...

Any discussion of the artistic merits of "The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes" (a 70% faithful, 30% wildly unfaithful adaptation of Conan Doyle's "The Valley of Fear") is rendered irrelevant by the breathtakingly horrible picture and sound quality of this DVD. The picture in some scenes looks like it has been recorded by a camera phone off a computer screen where the film was playing on YouTube, while the soundtrack sounds like a video game machine was in continuous use in the room where it was recorded. Needless to say, there are no subtitles, nor any special features other than a catalog of other available DVDs.

If the DVD reflects the quality of the best print of "The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes" available to the manufacturers, then this important Sherlock Holmes film is in desperate need of a full restoration. Otherwise, the DVD manufacturers ought to be ashamed of themselves for charging money for this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at Birlstone Castle Sept. 28 2012
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, 1935 film

This is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Valley of Fear". Dr. Watson is moving in, Holmes is moving out for his retirement. Professor Moriarity visits to wish him "a pleasant and permanent retirement". Moriarity commands respect from his client, and is offered $50,000 for the job (about £10,000). The owner of a house goes downstairs to check the doors and windows. A letter to Holmes has a coded message. "Something sinister is afoot." Inspector Lestrade visits with news of a murder at Birlstone Castle. Holmes and Watson go there to investigate. The body of Mr. Douglas has a brand on the arm. The murderer took the wedding ring from Douglas. Lestrade questions the people there. [Does the wife seem sad?] That brand is the mark of the "Scourers", a secret society. Widow Douglas tells their history in America.

She met Jack Murdock in America. Ted Bolding didn't like him. Jack hears about the Ancient Order of Freemen, and how the local branch differs from every other town. Jack is there to see McGinty and make his acquaintance. A policeman warns Jack, this makes him acceptable to the others. They plan to work over the local newspaper editor. Councilman McGinty visits him just before the police arrest him. Murdock gets in tight with the Scourers, but he can't leave just yet. The arrival of a Pinkerton Detective causes Jack to leave town quickly. He warns the others and gathers them all into a room for a showdown. There is a big surprise! Birdy Edwards arrives with the police. The gang went to the gallows, Bolding alone got life but later escaped. So "Mr. & Mrs. Douglas" fled to another country. So is this case settled? What about the missing dumbbell?

Can an umbrella be used in fishing? Barker and Mrs. Douglas laugh over their behavior. [Suspicious?] Holmes looks into the moat. Watson explains his certainty that Mrs. Douglas and Barker did the murder. The missing dumbbell solves the mystery! The passage of time can be measured by a candle. Recreating the crime exposes the time element and the flaw in their story. At night Holmes resolves the crime by finding a missing person. [This was done better in the book!] Holmes explains his deduction. Then they wait for another visitor. Can Moriarity escape capture? There is a long drop to the moat.

The original story was changed in its details. [This is to attract the audience that read the book.] Doyle heard about this story by talking to the owner of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and used it to create this long story. If you research the history of the 1876 Coal Wars in the Anthracite region you will learn the real history of this era and the Reading Railroad. This clever story points out how easy it is to jump to a wrong conclusion when you depend on circumstantial evidence. Holmes does not make such mistakes. [Do you wonder how a private detective amassed a great fortune so he could buy a castle in England? Was the hidden agenda of this story and "A Study in Scarlet" designed to discourage emigration to America?]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at Birlstone Castle April 9 2010
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, 1935 film

This is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Valley of Fear". Dr. Watson is moving in, Holmes is moving out for his retirement. Professor Moriarity visits to wish him "a pleasant and permanent retirement". Moriarity commands respect from his client, and is offered $50,000 for the job (about £10,000). The owner of a house goes downstairs to check the doors and windows. A letter to Holmes has a coded message. "Something sinister is afoot." Inspector Lestrade visits with news of a murder at Birlstone Castle. Holmes and Watson go there to investigate. The body of Mr. Douglas has a brand on the arm. The murderer took the wedding ring from Douglas. Lestrade questions the people there. [Does the wife seem sad?] That brand is the mark of the "Scourers", a secret society. Widow Douglas tells their history in America.

She met Jack Murdock in America. Ted Bolding didn't like him. Jack hears about the Ancient Order of Freemen, and how the local branch differs from every other town. Jack is there to see McGinty and make his acquaintance. A policeman warns Jack, this makes him acceptable to the others. They plan to work over the local newspaper editor. Councilman McGinty visits him just before the police arrest him. Murdock gets in tight with the Scourers, but he can't leave just yet. The arrival of a Pinkerton Detective causes Jack to leave town quickly. He warns the others and gathers them all into a room for a showdown. There is a big surprise! Birdy Edwards arrives with the police. The gang went to the gallows, Bolding alone got life but later escaped. So "Mr. & Mrs. Douglas" fled to another country. So is this case settled? What about the missing dumbbell?

Can an umbrella be used in fishing? Barker and Mrs. Douglas laugh over their behavior. [Suspicious?] Holmes looks into the moat. Watson explains his certainty that Mrs. Douglas and Barker did the murder. The missing dumbbell solves the mystery! The passage of time can be measured by a candle. Recreating the crime exposes the time element and the flaw in their story. At night Holmes resolves the crime by finding a missing person. [This was done better in the book!] Holmes explains his deduction. Then they wait for another visitor. Can Moriarity escape capture? There is a long drop to the moat.

The original story was changed in its details. [This is to attract the audience that read the book.] Doyle heard about this story by talking to the owner of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and used it to create this long story. If you research the history of the 1876 Coal Wars in the Anthracite region you will learn the real history of this era and the Reading Railroad. This clever story points out how easy it is to jump to a wrong conclusion when you depend on circumstantial evidence. Holmes does not make such mistakes.
[Do you wonder how a private detective amassed a great fortune so he could buy a castle in England? Was the hidden agenda of this story and "A Study in Scarlet" designed to discourage emigration to America?]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Valley of Fear Dec 29 2007
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Despite playing a henchman in Arthur Wontner's previous Sherlock Holmes outing The Sign of Four, Roy Emerton turns up again as the principal villain in The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, a fair adaptation of The Valley of Fear. Like most of the novels, it relies heavily on a prolonged backstory that takes up most of the drama - in this case a thinly disguised retelling of the Molly Maguires with the social politics removed and the melodrama upped - with Holmes absent from much of the drama, but it ticks over pleasantly enough and doesn't outstay its welcome. Leslie Hiscott's direction is more efficient than inspired, though Ian Fleming (no, a different one) makes a better fist of Watson than Hunter, but is still enough of a wolf to spruce himself up before going to console the widow. Sadly the public domain DVD takes a bit of effort: although decent prints do exist on UK TV, every expense has been spared for this DVD release, so don't be surprised if you have to rewind to catch the odd line of dialogue thanks to a noisy soundtrack.
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