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When Sigmund met Sherlock

Maybe you’re looking for even more Sherlock Holmes revival fare after catching Robert Downey Jr.’s franchise, CBS’s “Elementary,” and the BBC’s own, highly entertaining update, “Sherlock.” Or maybe you’re looking for revisionism not quite so bent on throwing over the quaint stuff for the contemporary. Either way, this seems like fine timing for a Blu-ray reissue of the Sherlock-meets-Sigmund Freud novelty “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution” (1976), adapted by writer Nicholas Meyer and director Herbert Ross (“Goodbye, Mr. Chips”) from Meyer’s novel. The film establishes Holmes (Nicol Williamson) as a drug-addicted head case whose involvement with Freud (Alan Arkin) is part team-up, part intervention engineered by a concerned Dr. Watson (Robert Duvall). Something must be done, after all, to stop Holmes’s crazed ranting about not-so-nefarious Professor Moriarty (Laurence Olivier). Imperiled innocents (notably Vanessa Redgrave) need those famed ratiocination skills sharp. The action is, again, quaint, but there are plenty of diverting bits here, from inevitable dialogue — “Elementary, my dear Freud” — to Duvall trying on a British accent. Arkin’s game turn makes us inclined to suggest a Freud double bill with “A Dangerous Method” to complement your Sherlock-fest. And it’s interesting to catch Meyer honing the mash-up flair he’d later employ in his standout directing debut, the H.G. Wells-Jack the Ripper yarn “Time After Time” (1979). Extras: In an engaging interview, Meyer smiles as he recalls publicists’ cluelessness that this wasn’t a classically styled Sherlock mystery, but a Sherlock deconstruction. And yes, Meyer teases, he might have another one in him. (Shout! Factory, $26.99)


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