The Hound of the Bakservilles / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes / Without a Clue (Triple Feature)
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The collection contains three films, each with a very different take on the Great Detective. Aside from the grim looking Holmes on the box cover, only one of the films is an adaptation of an actual Doyle story, and two of the films are actually quite light-hearted in nature with one being an out-and-out spoof. All three films are quite good on their own right for those who enjoy variety in their Holmes.
All three films are available individually. The three films are:
The Hound of the Baskervilles - This 1959 film is the first Holmes movie in color. This is the Hammer Horror version of the classic tale, featuring Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville. Hammer films pumped up the gothic elements and added some tarantulas here and there, but ultimately Cushing delivers a surprisingly good Holmes and that is what makes this one worth owning.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - The original 1970 film of Billy Wilder's light-hearted look at what went on between the stories barely survives, due to heavy studio editing that chopped his vision of four different aspects of Holmes' private life into two. This DVD attempted to reassemble as much of the intended film as possible, but too much of it is lost to time.Read more ›
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)
Peter Cushing is a fine Holmes, if a little too smug in his deducing. Cushing went on to play Holmes on television to better effect. This Hammer movie casts another horror favorite, Christopher Lee, as Sir Henry Baskerville. Andre Morell is a solid, if rather stodgy and dull, Watson. That may make him close to the way Doyle intended him. The story deviates from the true, and it's all rather stage-bound. Still, it's marginally preferable to Jeremy Brett's dreary version, even if it's nowhere near the quality of Basil Rathbone's. This is the only film in the set that is done without its tongue in its cheek.
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
Billy Wilder's spoof has its tongue sticking out at times. Robert Stephens, and excellent actor, comes across as an effete Holmes. Colin Blakely's Watson is a marvel. He's played for laughs, but he's no buffoon. Blakely does a masterful job of limning a funny Watson who nevertheless is a serious character. And Christopher Lee makes his second appearance in this set, this time as Mycroft Holmes(though Robert Morley, if available, would have been a better choice). The movie isn't perfect. And -- a bit of a spoiler -- Wilder ends his movie ends on a rather sour note instead of the smile he would have gotten by reprising Clive Revill's ballet impresario for a bow at the end (which was one of his options).Read more ›
Both of which are enjoyable movies in my opinion, though I have no experience with the earlier books or the novels.
For instance, the musical score for the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is outstandingly romantic and haunting -- one of Miklos Rozsa's finest; and the depth and quality of a Holmes' affair with Irene Adler is the plot line.
Without a Clue is one of the wittiest, laugh-out-loud takeoffs on Holmes and Watson ever filmed -- infinitely better than Downey and Law -- and feature one of Michael Caine's best performances. It also has one of the best original Holmes scripts not written by Doyle.
As for Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and "The Hound," it has stood the test of time and is still considered by many to be the best version ever filmed.
I have not bought this particular set, so I cannot comment on the quality of the transfers. Take the chance.
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Love this movie!!!! Would highly recommend. Very entertaining and funny.Published 3 days ago by nikki
Fantastic double pack of the 2 Sherlock Holmes films! Blu-Ray copy is beautiful and oh so nice to have both together in one case.Published 2 months ago by traveler77
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I believe the collection includes the Hammer Films "Hound of the Baskervilles" with Peter Cushing and "Without A Clue" with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley as well as "The Private Life..."
Oct 29, 2009 by Sigerson | See all 5 posts