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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Vol. 3) - The Priory School/Wisteria Lodge

Jeremy Brett    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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"The Priory School"
One of the most interesting stories from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon makes for a particularly taut and exciting episode in the Granada Television series about the famous detective. Holmes (the outstanding Jeremy Brett) and Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) are summoned by the desperate founder of an exclusive prep school for boys to locate the missing son of a duke. The investigation uncovers a nefarious plot, and the major clue (a controversial one at the time Doyle wrote the story) involves nothing more than the direction of bicycle tracks. The suspense never lets up in this excellent program, and Brett and Hardwicke are at their best.

"Wisteria Lodge"
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are drawn into the investigation of the murder of Garcia (Arturo Venegas), for which Scott Eccles (Donald Churchill), a guest of Garcia's at Wisteria Lodge, has been arrested--possibly mistakenly. An extreme rarity in the Holmes canon, a policeman of real competence named Inspector Baynes (Freddie Jones), is also on the case, making this tale all the more interesting for Holmes fans interested in comparing and contrasting investigative styles. Brett and Hardwicke, as always, are exceptionally good as the Great Detective and his famous ally. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes never played better Aug. 23 2011
By Bessie
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If you want to see an excellent performance of Sherlock Holmes watch this series.
Must be Jeremy Brett playing Sherlock.
Great mysteries excellently done. A set of five in the Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Get the whole series. I did and I won't part with them.
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While neither installment on this DVD really showcases Holmes' abilities, they are both very well drawn portraits of the man. Both Holmes and Watson are in good form here, and Brett and Hardwicke are solidly in character.
"The Priory School" shows us an interesting case of kidnapping, although in my opinion they reveal who the villain is a bit too soon. Excellent use of locations and the fascinating use of a school choir in the soundtrack make this a satisfying episode.
If one has an interest in learning the art of cinematography, you couldn't choose a better place to start than by studying the excellent work on display in "Wisteria Lodge". Director Peter Hammond, cinematographer David Odd, and production designer Tim Wilding truly excelled in the spectacular use of shadows, colored lighting, and the subtle placement of mirrors throughout the episode. Mirrors pop up in odd places throughout the Granada series, but never more so than in "Wisteria Lodge". The misty, frosty countryside is also nicely photographed here.
The idea that a simple country police inspector can rival Holmes' insight puts a new twist on the case that is unusual in the canon.
For those not yet familiar with the Granada series, you may first want to check out some of the earlier installments in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". However, while not famous cases like "The Red-Headed League," both installments on this disc deserve a spot in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capital portrayal of the famous consulting detective! Aug. 16 2003
By Mark Savary - Published on Amazon.com
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While neither installment on this DVD really showcases Holmes' abilities, they are both very well drawn portraits of the man. Both Holmes and Watson are in good form here, and Brett and Hardwicke are solidly in character.
"The Priory School" shows us an interesting case of kidnapping, although in my opinion they reveal who the villain is a bit too soon. Excellent use of locations and the fascinating use of a school choir in the soundtrack make this a satisfying episode.
If one has an interest in learning the art of cinematography, you couldn't choose a better place to start than by studying the excellent work on display in "Wisteria Lodge". Director Peter Hammond, cinematographer David Odd, and production designer Tim Wilding truly excelled in the spectacular use of shadows, colored lighting, and the subtle placement of mirrors throughout the episode. Mirrors pop up in odd places throughout the Granada series, but never more so than in "Wisteria Lodge". The misty, frosty countryside is also nicely photographed here.
The idea that a simple country police inspector can rival Holmes' insight puts a new twist on the case that is unusual in the canon.
For those not yet familiar with the Granada series, you may first want to check out some of the earlier installments in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". However, while not famous cases like "The Red-Headed League," both installments on this disc deserve a spot in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Sept. 24 2009
By John A. La Boone III - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent DVD of the now classic Sherlock Holmes stories starring Jeremy Brett. The visual and auditory quality is perfect. No defects or disappointments. Very faithful to what was originally shown on PBS television. There have been a number of good portrayals of Sherlock Holmes over the years but Jeremy Brett has surpassed everyone else by far. All these producitons are entirely consistent with how the stories were originally written by the author. The period sets and costumes as well as the speech and mannerisms are entirely faithful the later part of the Victorian Era. A feast for those of us who feel quite at home with imagining Victorian England. These shows will delight both seasoned Holmes afficianados as well as people new to the stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Short Stories July 2 2014
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol 3

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 Priory School.
A man walks into Holmes' room and collapses. Principal Huxtable tells of an abduction of a student. [Holmes is crass here. The boy's father is the Duke of Holdernesse, one of the richest men in Britain. What kind of tires were on the bicycle? Holmes and Watson reconnoiter the neighborhood. Tracks from cattle obscured the trail. Holmes finds the body of the German master. Holmes studied those family portraits, then talks to the Duke about his secretary. The Duke's staff searches the lands. They find a cave, an accident happens, the mystery is solved, the son saved. [Doyle tells about a scandal in the aristocracy. Did this story remind you of "The Hound of the Baskervilles?]

Wisteria Lodge.
Men watch at a train station, then travel to a country house. Scott Eccles visits Holmes about a visit to a new friend, a foreigner. The next morning all had vanished during the night! No one knows Garcia. The police are there because of the death of Garcia. Someone bludgeoned Garcia to death with a sandbag! Holmes inspects what was left behind. Watson sees a man outside who runs away. Watson walks in the countryside and visits and old house. Was the wrong man arrested for the murder? We learn about "Henderson" or Murillo, the "Tiger of San Pedro". Does the English Law affect this man? The Governess tells what happened. Will Justice be served? [Why would a dictator be given asylum in England? Did he serve their Imperial policies?] Was this plot confusing?
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! March 11 2014
By LautuLoman - Published on Amazon.com
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It's very hard to find Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, and at such a great price. I'd recommend it to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Sherlock Fans Aug. 20 2013
By Dr. Richard H. Knee - Published on Amazon.com
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Jeremy Brett is one of the best! He captures the written Sherlock and captures your attention from beginning to end. I am addicted to his presentation of the written Sherlock and I must admit I have purchased the entire collection - watch them often and never get tired of them.
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