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When Sigmund met Sherlock

The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976).

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The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976).

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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"End of Watch" a film directed by David Ayer.


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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña are LAPD officers doing their best to protect and serve their rough precinct, albeit with a certain matter-of-factness, and some goofing for the cameras they tote as part of the movie’s found-footage aesthetic. The pair give strong, convincing performances — they’re not screen cops, just young workingmen mostly doing their job capably, and sometimes exceptionally. You’ll wish they were sent up against more credible bad guys than the broadly sketched gang types we get here (rapper Flakiss, etc.). Extras: Writer-director David Ayer (“Training Day”) supplies worthwhile commentary on his camerawork and police research. (Universal, $24.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)



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Lauren Miller stars as Lauren and Ari Graynor stars as Katie in Jamie Travis' “For A Good Time, Call...”


Never mind cultural-icon crossovers or cop movies shot YouTube-style. The most gimmicky concept arriving on disc this week is a girl-frenemies version of “The Odd Couple” — in which the unlikely roomies (Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller) pay the rent by running a phone-sex line. Both actresses are likable, but the movie’s tone and character arcs feel distractingly inconsistent — a case of co-writer Miller and pals having a fun, racy pitch, maybe, but not as much bona fide story as they should have. With Justin Long. Extras: Unrated footage; Graynor and Miller giggle through cast and crew commentary. (Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

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