32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 13: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Le Chien des Baskerville

Well, today’s been a fairly crap day. We had to say goodbye to our very own Hellpuppy Kora, after an extended battle with cancer. In her honor and memory, we present an array of hound-related media for your enjoyment.

We begin with a cheese-ridden favorite: Zoltan: Hound of Dracula, in which man’s best friend becomes man’s best fiend. It’s sort of like Benji but with more vampires. After that trailer, we switch over to a given: the Twilight Zone most appreciated by animal lovers everywhere–“The Hunt.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:07+00:00 October 12th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween V, Movie Night No. 16: The Lost World (1925)

Lost World 1925

Movie Night #16! Holy crap, we’re halfway through this madness. And tonight is the night we delve into silent films. Granted, some are more silent than others. But this time we’re going for the actually good film called The Lost World from 1925 and based on the Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Stop motion dinosaurs were a novelty in 1925. Reportedly, the first time people saw footage of a train speeding towards the camera, they flipped out because they had simply never seen it before. Now imagine people from 1925 watching Jurassic Park and how they would react. Ah, it makes me smile. When we invent time travel, I’m totally going and doing that. Anyway, this one’s a classic. Enjoy.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:30+00:00 October 15th, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Cruellest Month #14: Man’s Limitation

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Day 14 of National Poetry Month. And for 30 Days of Poetry Audio we pass the mic to Dom, who brings us some Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s “Man’s Limitation.”

You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here. Enjoy.

Last year at this time we were listening to Wallace Stevens and “The Emperor of Ice Cream.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:42:11+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Cruellest Month, Podcasts|0 Comments

Halloween Audio Day 16: How It Happened

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

For tonight’s story, a bit from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “How It Happened.” Hope you enjoy it.

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Find it directly here. Or subscribe to the feed to get all the 32 Days audio. If you’re already subscribed to our Needcoffee.com general podcast feed, you already get them, so you’re good.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:20+00:00 October 15th, 2010|32 Days of Halloween, Podcasts|0 Comments

Win The Great Detectives Anthology on DVD!

Great Detectives Anthology

It’s twenty-six hours of detective goodness from A&E on The Great Detectives Anthology. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

There’s a murderer on the moors. Terror on the train. Villains in the village! Only the world’s greatest deductive minds can save the day. Fortunately, Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple are together, for the first time ever, to confront their most confounding cases in A&E Home Entertainment’s GREAT DETECTIVES ANTHOLOGY.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:37+00:00 October 9th, 2010|Contests|0 Comments

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – 27 Second Review

Sherlock Holmes poster

Written by: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham & Simon Kinberg, based on a story by Johnson & Lionel Wigram, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

Review: After the putrid retch that was Revolver, it’s good to see that Guy Ritchie is back making them awesome. I’d waited for this movie for a long time, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. The kicksplode was a special type of Victorian brand…and extensive to boot. Also: Doilies!

Time: 13 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:55:53+00:00 January 1st, 2010|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

Bloomsbury Auctions Lit Goodness

Yours Sincerely, T.S. Eliot

Bloomsbury is auctioning off two rounds of kickass books and letters and such. It will make you want to pull a heist in order to be able to effectively bid on some of these things. Like a signed limited first edition of Uncle Bill. Or first edition Dahl. Or first edition Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Or letters from T.S. Eliot. That’s happening this Thursday in New York at 2pm. Check out the lots here.

Then there’s the Children’s Book Auction. Featuring scads of first edition Frank Baum. A signature from Lewis Carroll. A first edition Pooh from 1926. Again, one weeps with how poor one is. rel=”nofollow”Check out those lots here. That one is happening Wednesday, June 25th, at 2pm. Also in New York.

Book fiends, take note. And…hey, has anyone seen Doc? He tore out of here with a ninja squadron and then headed for the jump jet. Odd.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:17:28+00:00 June 17th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

The Lost World Exploration Case by AlexCF

Lost World case by AlexCF

AlexCF, that mad genius who keeps making replicas and props and things (all of which make me cry my geek heart to sleep at night because I got no dinero to bid on his goods) is at it again. Mercilessly he creates wicked shit and then dangles out in front of the the whole internet. And we, masochists that we are, wouldn’t have it any other way.

This time out he’s tackling Professor Challenger from The Lost World. No, this is the Arthur Conan Doyle Lost World not the craptastic Spielberg sequel. It’s a case from where Challenger ascended to a plateau in the rainforest where dinosaurs still lived. The case was found in 1951.

The list of what’s in the case is formidable (as you might expect), but a brief sampling of the bits follows:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:50+00:00 October 27th, 2007|Art|0 Comments

The Sherlock Holmes Collection (2000-2002) – DVD Review

Sherlock Holmes Collection DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Joe Wiesenfeld, based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Rodney Gibbons
Starring Matt Frewer and Kenneth Walsh

Released by: Hallmark Home Entertianment
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Pick up the Jeremy Brett series DVDs instead.

In my ongoing research into the effluvia of popular culture, I have achieved a breakthrough. I have discovered a corollary to Widgett’s Law of Relative Development. I call it the Law of Perpetual Development, or Sherlock‘s Law. It states, quite simply, that no more than two years can pass without someone attempting a new adaptation of one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s works. This time around, Hallmark takes its turn, cranking out a quartet of 90-minute pieces starring Matt Frewer of Max Headroom fame. They fall back on some of the most popular of Doyle’s works, with the exception of “The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire,” which is a thorough departure from Doyle’s canon penned by director Rodney Gibbons.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:49:25+00:00 February 7th, 2006|Reviews|2 Comments

The Sherlock Holmes Feature Film Collection (1988-1993) – DVD Review

sherlock holmes feature film collection dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Jeremy Paul, T.R. Bowen, and John Hawkesworth, based on the writing of Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Tim Sullivan, Peter Hammond, and Brian Mills
Starring: Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke

Released by: MPI
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for most audiences
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Fans of the sleuth shouldn’t miss it.

After a pair of successful TV series, the gang at Granada realized they had a certifiable phenomenon on their hands by the name of Jeremy Brett. His portrayal of Doyle‘s master sleuth was lauded by both the world of literary fans of the original work and critics of television. It seemed only natural, then, to produce a few feature-length adventures for Sherlock and his faithful sidekick Watson to undertake. Despite (or perhaps due to) Brett’s ongoing struggles with bipolar disorder, these feature performances are some of his most impressive, despite working with stories that really weren’t the strength of Doyle’s canon.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:01:26+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments