A Study in Terror (1965) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: James Hill
Starring: John Neville, Donald Houston, John Fraser, Anthony Quayle
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
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!
A Study in Terror was a movie that really peaked my interest due to it’s blending of two different things I had heard a lot about, but never together. This 1965 movie blends Sherlock Holmes in with Jack the Ripper. While the movie isn’t a perfect film by any means, it at least tried something different and didn’t do it in the corny and comedic way a matchup like that would probably be done in today. I honestly feel a bit of a Hammer vibe in this one as Sherlock and Watson are on the case with cuts of violent deaths in London are happening in between the plot movement. You can also get the idea that this movie inspires such people as Dario Argento and has a lot of the same qualities you’d find in Giallos later on down the road. Like I said, it isn’t a perfect film but it’s creative enough and keeps a good flow rolling from start to end.
I’ve heard some question the acting in this one before and I’m not sure I see what they are seeing. I feel everyone does a nice job in what they are doing. Sure, you might not find Oscar-worthy performances or anything like that, but I still think A Study in Terror entertains all around and that is what counts. Also what counts here is how the movie looks in HD and I think it looks very nice. I also appreciate the slipcase we get with it as well. I just wish we had some extras as this disc is as bare-bones as one could get. It makes up for that a bit by just releasing this film in HD with a nice transfer, but it is always nice to have something there. At least we can be happy with the film.
Quality of Transfer: 85%