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  • Actors: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh
  • Directors: Rodney Gibbons
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 265 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SRNNRU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a longstanding curse that has followed the Baskerville family for two hundred years. Enigmatic sleuth Sherlock Holmes is on the case to uncover the truth about a monstrous, supernatural hound who roams the moors, waiting to attack the latest heir to the Baskerville estate.

THE CASE OF THE WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE
The scene of the crime is Whitechapel, the very same London district notorious for the recent attacks of Jack the Ripper. Now, someone else is out for blood. Or is it something else? The answer is left to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find. Brother Marstroke of the Hermitage of St. Justinian the Martyr has turned to Sherlock Holmes (Matt Frewer, The Royal Scandal) to investigate a ghastly crime. An Anglican monk has been found dead in the abbey, the apparent victim of a vampire. The death has a horrifying resonance for Marstroke. Years before, an outbreak of rabies took its toll on his mission in British Guyana. Believing that bats were responsible, Marstroke ordered all of them destroyed. Then two monks were found dead, bearing the bite marks of a vampire. What's more, at each crime scene were macabre messages from Desmodo, a legendary vampire demon swearing to avenge the death of "his children." Has Desmodo struck again? To Marstroke, the answer is obvious. To Holmes, the notion is preposterous - certainly the killings must be the work of a human hand. Yet even Holmes's trusted friend, Dr. Watson (Kenneth Welsh, The Third Twin), is considering the possibility that the South American demon is indeed nesting in Whitechapel. As bizarre events unfold, Holmes also finds himself questioning what he holds most dear: logic. He may be a natural when it comes to solving crimes, but without divine intervention, how can he ever hope to solve one as unnatural as this?

THE ROYAL SCANDAL
Legendary opera star Irene Adler (Liliana Komorowska, The Art of War) is threatening to destroy the King of Bohemia's (Robin Wilcock, The Day After Tomorrow) reputation with proof of their illicit affair. The evidence? A photograph. Her ransom? The king's hand in marriage. But not only does investigating detective Sherlock Holmes (Matt Frewer, The Hound of the Baskervilles) already know Irene from the past, he also knows that the queen of manipulation would never resort to such a common crime. After uncovering her true ambitions, Holmes draws the cunning songstress into a well-matched game of cat and mouse.

Customer Reviews

The actors playing Holmes and Watson make a great team, but Holmes is not what I expected.
William
I don't understand why the company just didn't put the entire movie on the second disc instead of breaking up the story the way they did.
William L. Cox
The cinematography, costumes and stage design were all very good, with enough eerie atmosphere to satisfy any horror film lover!
Barbara B.

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jr on August 27, 2003
Format: DVD
Baker Street Regulars will have epileptic seizures over these adaptations of Holmes. They are not exact reproductions of Conan Doyle, but they are very enjoyable if you are willing to suspend belief. Each story could most accurately be said to be "suggested" by the Doyle original, than a strict version. So if you know the stories well, be prepaired for a few surprises.
Matt Frewer at first seems to be giving a a very mannered version of Holmes, almost as if he is doing a comic impression, but on closer examination he is a Sherlock who is laughing at what he considers inferior humans. It is a very different Holmes and once you get used to it, a valid impression of a person who considers that he has a superior intellect to every other person.
Keneth Welsh is an exceellent Watson. He is the perfect counterpoint to Frewer's Holmes. Some of the looks he gives Holmes are priceless.
All the casting is excellent. Canada does a great job of substituting for Victorian England.
For anyone looking for some enjoyable mysteries and puzzels, these are good stories. It is a real bargin to get 4 hour and a half productions for this price.
For Holmes purists, don't rip them apart, just forget them and watch other versions.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I have suffered through many less than entertaining Holmes efforts in my 63 years. There's been Doyle's shoddy later works, awful prints of Arthur Wontner's films, lumbering Jeremy Brett episodes that were too heavily padded, the dull deadly necklace, the recent muddled case of evil, and Reginald Owen's study in slumber. The Sherlock Holmes Collection, on the other hand, is a godsend. It may not be pure Doyle, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Have you tried reading the Three Gables lately? How about the Creeping Man?
Matt Frewer has his detractors, but things are never dull or dreary with him involved. He seems to be having fun. I did the same while watching him. He reminded me of the comedic tone of the better Rathbone and Bruce efforts, the humorous moments in Caine and Kingsley's Without A Clue, and the sense of fun of the Ronald Howard series. Kenneth Welsh is a splendid Watson. Welsh has become my favorite of all cinematic Watsons. His interpay with Frewer is delightful.
The relationship between Mycroft and Sherlock is most interesting. It's a tangled skein to be sure. It shows that Frewer's Holmes can be more that just humorous. The same is true of Holmes' interaction with the alluring Irene Adler. Frewer is wonderful in those scenes. Miss Adler knows just how to get under his skin. This is a fine collection. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I found it to be an extremely lively and entertaining set.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lady Blakeney on August 20, 2003
Format: DVD
These four films, which originally aired in the US on the Hallmark/Odyssey Channel, look (for all intents and purposes) to be targeted at family audiences. They are bright and viewer-friendly, and hopefully have just enough to get younger viewers interested in the fascinating adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Though they have many positive attributes, they also have a few flaws. Arguably the weakest of the series is the first entry, "The Hound of the Baskervilles". It suffers from a serious lack of atmosphere, a thoroughly modern Sir Henry, a peculiar-looking Hound, and a Holmes so off-the-wall you have to look twice to make sure it's not Jim Carrey donning the deerstalker. Matt Frewer certainly has the right look, but in his debut he exaggerates Holmes's eccentric tendancies to the extreme. He tones it down considerably in the later three movies, however, and as a result his performance improves a great deal. This "Hound" benefits from an excellent Dr. Watson and suitably mysterious Barrymores, who may or may not be behind the murder that took place at Baskerville Hall.

"The Sign of Four" sticks close to the original source, except for a few details. One wishes for a stronger Mary Morstan and a more eccentric Thaddeus Sholto, but a comically antagonistic Inspector Jones more than makes up for this lack. The appearance of the Baker Street Irregulars is a treat, as is an alternate, action-packed ending. Although it deviates from the ending described by Doyle in the original novel, it makes for a far more interesting one--especially for younger viewers.

"The Royal Scandal" combines two original Conan Doyle stories, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Bruce-Partington Plans" and molds them into a fairly decent 90 minutes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on August 10, 2010
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There were four productions of Sherlock Holmes mysteries starring Matt Frewer as Holmes. The first was the Hound of the Baskervilles, the second the Sign of Four, then the Royal Scandal and the Whitechapel Vampire. I have to deduct a star from this DVD collection, because the Sign of Four is inexplicably replaced with an old Basil Rathbone movie which I already have on another DVD. Unfortunately, I did not notice this when purchasing, which is my mistake, of course, but an easy mistake to make since Frewer's face appears on the cover and Rathbone's does not. However, now I have to contemplate whether I want to make another purchase in order to have the complete Frewer collection. I deduct another star because it is a cheaply produced set with all four movies crammed onto one DVD and no DVD extras.

Many people seem to not care for Frewer's depiction of Holmes, but one must admit that he looks the part much more than many other actors who have attempted the role. Frewer is Canadian, and these productions are Canadian, but Frewer evidently spent 11 years in England studying theatre and acting on stage. Unfortunately, some people just cannot get past seeing Frewer as Max Headroom, the role that made him famous in the 80's. However, I don't see any reason to hold that against him.

Anyway, it's not just about who plays Holmes. I like Basil Rathbone as Holmes, but his movies are all set around the 1930's or 1940's, which always seems odd to me. (The new BBC Sherlock series also places Holmes into modern times.) As one who has read all of the stories by A.C. Doyle, placing Holmes into modern times seems just as odd as taking any real famous person out of the context of the times in which they lived.
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