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The Hound of the Bakservilles / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes / Without a Clue (Triple Feature)

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This set collects three different takes on the master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. First comes Billy wilder's The Private Life Of Sherlock holmes - chronicling the first time Holmes falls in love. Next up is the lauded 1959 British version of the Hound Of The Baskervilles, with Peter Cushing as Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville. Lastly, is the marvelous Holmes parody, Without A Clue, which supposes that Holmes was a fictional character devised by his chronicler Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley). When would-be clients clamor to meet Holmes, a desperate Watson hires an unknown actor (Michael Caine) to portray the Great Detective.

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  • Actors: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 318 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OMIKV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By lawson on January 10, 2010
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Be very careful this is not as advertised .this is not a collection of holmes movie by robert stephens .But is triple feature dvd set.the hound of the baskervilles starring peter cushing and andre morell. the private life of sherlock homes starring robert stephens and colin blakely. and without a clue starring michael caine and ben kingsley.all good in there own way but very different from a collection by robert stephens.
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For some, Sherlock Holmes is a character open to interpretation, while to others there is The Canon and the "real" Sherlock Holmes. This three-DVD boxset collection is definitely those who don't mind a silly Sherlock and don't insist on staying close to Doyle's original stories.

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.
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The three Sherlock Holmes films included here are a mixed bag. But they are all theatrical releases of a fairly high quality. And if, like me, you are more a connoisseur of Watson than Holmes, these films will be a treat. They have three different takes on Watson, two of them predating David Burke, and none of them fools.

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).
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There is some confusion the the reviews that I am seeing for this set. I received the Blu Ray set of Sherlock Holmes(2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows(2011).
Both of which are enjoyable movies in my opinion, though I have no experience with the earlier books or the novels.
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I went to significant lengths to procure these three individual films. To find them collected in a set is a feast. Assuming anyone reading this is a Holmes buff, and has probably collected all the traditional sets, these films add wonderful depth to aspects of the Canon.

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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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - 319 Minutes?
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..."
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