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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper")

Directed by James Hill
UK 1965


Three of 19th Century England's most famous characters come together for the first time in this sumptuous, exciting mystery, as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson set out to bring down history's most notorious serial killer: Jack The Ripper!

When a suspicious package arrives at the master sleuth's Baker Street home, he and his old friend must join the hunt before more murders are committed... even though the trail may lead to places they'd rather not go. John Neville is one of the most authentic Holmes portrayers ever, and he's ably supported by Donald Houston as Watson, as well as such British acting royalty as Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley, Frank Finlay, Barbara Windsor, Cecil Parker and, in one of her earliest screen roles, Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench (1998, Best Supporting Actress, Shakespeare in Love)


In A Study in Terror the ever popular Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson search for the Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper in this well-made and exciting mystery produced, written and directed by James Hill. In this adaptation of the popular character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes (John Neville) aided by Dr. Watson (Donald Houston) and his brother Mycroft (Robert Morley) are called in to help catch the crazed killer of prostitutes. This film combines all the elements beloved by fans of Sherlock Holmes resulting in a satisfying and well-acted mystery. John Neville is good as the cool, logical Holmes and Robert Morley adds a nice dash of humor to liven up the story. A Study in Terror is highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes and should be enjoyed by any viewer who loves vintage mysteries..

Excerpt from Barnes + Noble located HERE


Theatrical Release: August 6th, 1965

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Review: Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Also available on Blu-ray from Odeon Entertainment (UK) Region 'B'


Distribution Mill Creek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:57.566     

Disc Size: 23,779,430,478 bytes

Feature Size: 23,687,331,840 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, none

Release Information:
Studio: Mill Creek

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Disc Size: 23,779,430,478 bytes

Feature Size: 23,687,331,840 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video   

Edition Details:


Blu-ray Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Blu-ray Case Inside cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 10




NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Mill Creek give a single-layered, bare-bones Blu-ray with a decent single-layered transfer of an appealing 'Holmesian' film. There are minor speckles but it does advance over SD and generally looks quite pleasing in-motion. Colors have some richness, there is modest detail and some depth with heaviness that looks film-like in 1080P.

The linear PCM 2.0-channel mono audio track here is presented in 16-bit. It's fairly unremarkable but seems to benefit the London-era atmosphere.
The score is by John Scott who, in his career, had composed for restored silents like the 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Ted Kotcheff's classic Wake in Fright, Billy Two Hats, plus Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Cop-Out, Symptoms, Satan's Slave, and Cult Camp Classics like 1970's Trog with Joan Crawford.  There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray Disc.

No extras - not even a trailer.

Mill Creek give a bare-bones Blu-ray release that is reflected in the reasonable price. The film is definitely worth it and, in many locations, half the price of the DVD. Yes, I enjoyed this and for less than $10 gets a strong recommendation despite its bare-bones status. There is a lot to like with a Brit crime, mystery, thriller with Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper!


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