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Prelude to Murder '46 [Import]

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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon, Frederick Worlock
  • Directors: Roy William Neill
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Frank Gruber, Leonard Lee
  • Producers: Roy William Neill, Howard Benedict
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • 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: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0009X75JC
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The legendary Sherlock Holmes must apply his keen ear for music to help solve this thrilling case. A trio of music boxes contains the hidden secret to vast riches, and a group of criminals is willing to kill for them. When a friend of Dr. Watson’s is the first victim, Holmes is on the case. This is the last of Basil Rathbone’s portrayals of the iconic Sherlock Holmes, and certainly one of the best.

The amazing colorization, created with a new cutting-edge digital technology, breathes new life into this classic film. Also included is the original black-and-white version, beautifully restored. This is the definitive DVD edition of Prelude to Murder.

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20th Century Fox present "PRELUDE TO MURDER" (aka: Dressed To Kill) (Released: 7 June 1946/72 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- Under Roy William Neill (Director / Producer), Arthur Conan Doyle (Short Story Author),Frank Gruber (Screenwriter), Leonard Lee (Screenwriter), Maury Gertsman (Cinematographer), Jack Brooks (Songwriter), Milton Rosen (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Score), Hans Salter (Composer (Music Score),Saul A. Goodkind (Editor), Martin Obzina (Art Director), Jack Otterson (Art Director), Howard Benedict (Executive Producer), Russell A. Gausman (Set Designer), E.R. Robinson (Set Designer), Edward Ray Robinson (Set Designer), Vera West (Costume Designer), Glenn E. Anderson (Sound/Sound Designer), Bernard B. Brown (Sound/Sound Designer), Jack Pierce (Makeup), Melville Shyer (First Assistant Director) - - - - - - the story line and plot, The last in a wonderful run of 14 films by a different major production company but always kept the brilliant duo of lead actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. Watson --- as this is another marvelously scripted and professionally directed detective adventure! --- an old school friend of Dr. Watson is found murdered, Sherlock Holmes immediately suspects that this has something to do with his latest collector's item purchase, namely a wooden musical box --- Two other identical boxes were made by a convicted burglar in prison and the altered melody hides a secret code that leads his accomplices to the location of two stolen Bank of England printing plates! --- another very compelling mystery and loaded with intriguing dialogue --- As usual, Bruce's character Dr.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary, my dear Watson! Jan. 20 2010
By R. Smith - Published on
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There were fourteen Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and all but the first two directed by Roy William Neill by Universal Pictures. The atmosphere,the suspense, the camera angles and shadows which capture all the details of the Sherlock Holmes series are simply magnificent. The colorized,restored version of the movie produces a stunning modernistic effect to this timeless classic, but if you prefer the original black and white version,it is available as well. There are no other movies I would rather watch from the '40s era than our detective duo doing their thing. In Prelude to Murder ( also known as Dressed to Kill ), there are three music boxes, each of which contain musical code which together reveal the secret to missing Bank of England currency plates. An evil socialite and her henchman are desperately seeking the music boxes and Holmes along with the trusty Dr. Watson haven't much time to find them first and try to solve their musical mystery. This was the last movie of the Sherlock Holmes series and every bit as enjoyable as all the others. I have just about completed my collection of Sherlock Holmes DVDs starring Rathbone and Bruce and will treasure them for many days to come!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prelude to Murder March 30 2009
By Catherine Singleton - Published on
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Once again we find a wonderful mix of humor and intrigue as Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson match wits to uncover clues found in simple music boxes that could affect the stability of their empire. Murder is of course at every turn and, if you are new to this film, you will love it. Please beware, however, that this film has been renamed from the original title "Dressed to Kill". If you already have that film in your collection, you will be purchasing a duplicate, though one that has been beautifully remastered.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but a little disappointing March 28 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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I love all the Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes movies. I was a little disappointed when I received this one because I thought I was ordering one I didn't have. The information on the DVD did not make it clear that "Prelude to Murder" was another title for "Dressed to Kill". It was a good colorization of the original black and white version, however, so it was worth the purchase price.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Prelude to Murder" and "Dressed to Kill" are the same movie March 2 2010
By BJG - Published on
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"Prelude to Murder" and "Dressed to Kill" are the same movie. Don't be lured into buying both. That is never mentioned on the jacket or in the description.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressed to Kill Nov. 26 2008
By Teresa Anson - Published on
Format: DVD
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.