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Sleuth (Ws)
Actors: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     1998     2hr 18min

Wicked, nasty, delicious fun. Laurence Olivier is a wealthy, veddy English mystery writer. He invites Michael Caine to his elaborate country house, in order to settle some rather unpleasant business between them: Caine is ...  more »


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Actors: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews, Eve Channing
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Creators: Oswald Morris, Richard Marden, David Middlemas, Edgar J. Scherick, Morton Gottlieb, Anthony Shaffer
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 03/03/1998
Original Release Date: 12/10/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 12/10/1972
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 2hr 18min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 26
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Don't waste your money!
J. Fredricks | Clemmons, NC USA | 07/16/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great movie - I have it on VHS and I saw it on Broadway. The DVD version is shovelware! No bonus material at all. No subtitles - no alternate languages - no bios - nothing! It is listed as the widescreen version, but it is presented in standard format with the picture and credits running off the side of the screen. To add insult to injury, you have to turn the disc over midway though the movie. Wait for somebody to bring out a better pressing."
Still marvelous despite technical flaws
M. Nichols | West Chester, OH United States | 07/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Reading the reviews here, they all seem to make two points: 1) this is a wonderful film, and 2) this is a terrible DVD.

Well, #1 is definitely true. This is a wonderful film, deliciously dark. Marvelously written, directed, and acted. To tell much would endanger giving away the plot, but the basis of the story is a proposition by Olivier's aging writer to Caine's virile salon owner (who happens to be sleeping with Olivier's wife)of a scheme to rid Olivier of his wife for good and guarantee Caine financial security. The ride starts there and never stops. Cynical viewers (like myself) who think they're clever enough to stay two steps ahead will think they can anticipate all of the twists and turns, and they may catch a few ahead of time, but I can guarantee that any viewer will be delighted with the surprises this film has in store. Just when you think you know which way it's going it turns again. Just when you think it's over, there's a bit more.

As far as #2 goes, I don't have too many bad things to say about the DVD presentation. Yes, the ratio is barely 1.66:1. Yes, the sound is of middling quality. And, yes, you do have to flip the disc halfway through. BUT - it appears as if this DVD has fallen out of print, so I'm sure an improved reissue is around the corner. This film is worth having in any form regardless - it's the type of picture you won't mind paying for twice."
J. Fredricks | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most of the reviews here refer to the OLD DVD edition (notice they are all from 2000 or before). The edition offered here is NEW, and a vast improvement. Don't let the old reviews prevent you from buying this new DVD."
New and Improved DVD!
William M. Begert | New York, NY USA | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those of you who have been disappointed by the version of Sleuth in the white box, take heart and trade up to the black one. The film is widescreen, entirely presented on one side, and the sound is excellent. In addition, the DVD includes an interview with playwright Andrew Shaffer about the conception, original staging and film adaptation of "Sleuth." If you haven't already seen this most brilliant of screen thrillers, please kill yourself now."