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Jeremy Brett. Includes some of Holmes' finest moments: A Scandal in Bohemia," The Naval Treaty," The Greek Interpreter," The Red-Headed League" in 13 episodes and more on 5 DVDs. 1984-85/color/11 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.
Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the best filmed version of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, showcasing Holmes's dazzling brilliance without ignoring his unnerving intensity or drug dependencies. First aired on Britain's Granada Television in 1984, the series offered perfect casting (David Burke, replaced later in the run by Edward Hardwicke, played Dr. Watson as Holmes's sturdy companion and chronicler rather than as a buffoon), marvelous period music by Patrick Gowers, and a running time of almost an hour per story, which allowed superior detail and faithfulness to the original source.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes marked the beginning of the long-running series. Highlights of these 13 episodes include "A Scandal in Bohemia," which introduces Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt), whom Holmes uncharacteristically describes as having "a face a man might die for"; the chilling locked-room mystery "The Speckled Band"; the introduction of Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Charles Gray) in "The Greek Interpreter"; and "The Final Problem," in which Holmes confronts his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty (Eric Porter) at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. The five-disc boxed set is a great bargain compared to previous VHS releases, although bonus features are limited to English subtitles and galleries of Sidney Paget's famous illustrations. The series would continue on Granada with The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as well as the stand-alone treatments of The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. --David Horiuchi
As a big Sherlock fan, this set was much better than I expected. I'm very glad I ordered it.Published 1 day ago by Druscilla Armistead
Jeremy Brett is the best Sherlock Holmes of this or any other age. We really have missed seeing this classic series on TV -- PBS used to show it way back in the '80s.Published 3 days ago by pgb0517
Outstanding! Each story is unique and fascinating with great plots and insight into Holmes and Watson's character. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Linda beall
Jeremy Brett offers one of the best Sherlock creations ever done. It is faithful to the original stories, but it is acted with such sly wit and grace. Read morePublished 16 days ago by T. Crow
Easily the best works done that stayed true to the stories. Have enjoyed these videos for almost 30 years, and now in HD!Published 23 days ago by Mark Simons
I am planning on buying all of Jeremy Brett's seasons in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Each episode is well done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie S Allen
A classic collection of fabulous episodes performed by my all time favorite Holmes actor, Jeremy Brett. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin Donie
There is no other person who plays Sherlock Holmes like Jeremy Brett.Published 1 month ago by Wade Wasserman
I could barely make out what the characters were saying. Their English is very antiquated and heavily British. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nibble the Bear
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Yes, an artist's model. Not at all pornographic or excessive in my opinion.
Jul 24, 2012 by John M. Kertis | See all 2 posts
|CC and/or subtitles ?||
I own The Return of Sherlock Holmes in this series. Lemme check... ok. The one I have does have subtitles in white at the bottom of the screen. To activate them you have to click yes or no at the bottom of the screen that first comes on when you start the disc. The time lag is a bit annoying with... Read More
Mar 15, 2011 by A. Billings | See all 2 posts
|Is this series suitable for viewing by a 10 year old boy?||
Depends on the child. As I recall, there's more implied violence than what's shown. I.e. you hear gunshots off-camera, stuff like that.
This is 1980s British TV; certainly, compared to anything you'd see at the movies (or even on American TV) today, it's fairly mild. There are people being... Read More
Oct 3, 2010 by John M. Kertis | See all 4 posts