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Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection Vol. 1 (2009)

Arthur Wontner , Boris Karloff , Various  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arthur Wontner, Boris Karloff, John Longden, Eille Norwood
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First time ever on home video! Deluxe Edition, 3-Disc Set of Sherlock Holmes content! The titles in this DVD box set have all been copied from original archival film elements, chosen for their quality and rarity.

Disc 1 includes The Sleeping Cardinal (aka Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour, 1931) with Arthur Wontner, Lost in Limehouse (a 2-reel burlesque, 1933), and The Limejuice Mystery (a British 1-reel comedy, 1930).

Disc 2 includes The Sting of Death (an episode of the TV series The Elgin Hour, 1955) starring Boris Karloff as Mr. Mycroft, The Man Who Disappeared (a British TV episode with John Longden as Holmes, 1951), and the comedy shorts A Case of Hypnosis (1952) and The Strange Case of Hennessy (1933).

Disc 3 includes The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1949, with Alan Napier as Holmes), The Copper Beeches (1912 French film with Georges Treville as Holmes), The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921, with Eille Norwood as Holmes), The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944 Columbia cartoon), and a bonus episode of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars called The General s Boots (1954, with Basil Rathbone).

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trunkload of hard-to-find goodies October 28, 2009
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The DVD market is now suddenly flooded with reissues of Sherlock Holmes material in anticipation of the upcoming Guy Ritchie SHERLOCK HOLMES movie. But here's something really special...

First of all, none of the items packed into these three DVDs has ever before been released on VHS, let alone DVD.

Second, there are films here that I've been panting to see for 35 years...and now I can not only see 'em, I own 'em!

Third, everything in this package has been very nicely restored, obviously with great care.

And fourth, the whole experience this set offers hardcore Sherlockians is delightful. Going through this set is like opening up an old trunk in your grandmother's attic. The further down you dig, the better the stuff you find.

HIGHLY recommended to fans of Sherlock Holmes and old and obscure movies and TV.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes The Archive Collection September 2, 2009
restored/transferred from
original archival film vault materials
DeLuxe Edition with Bonus Features
Premiere Release with Bonus Features
First Time Ever on Home Video
Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection
* SHERLOCK HOLMES' FATAL HOUR - Arthur Wontner, 1931.
* LOST IN LIMEHOUSE - Olaf Hytten as Sheerluck Jones, 1933.
* LIMEJUICE MYSTERY - Herlock Sholmes marionettes, 1930.

* STING OF DEATH - Boris Karloff as the mysterious Mycroft, 1955.
* THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED - John Longden as Sherlock, 1951.
* A CASE OF HYPNOSIS - Prof. Lightskull the chimpanzee! 1952.
* STRANGE CASE OF HENNESSY - Cliff Edwards as Silo Dance, 1933.

* THE SPECKLED BAND - Alan Napier as Sherlock, 1949.
* THE COPPER BEECHES - Georges Treville, 1912, with special musical score.
* MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP - Eille Norwood, 1921, with special musical score.
* THE SCREAMING BISHOP - Hairlock Combs cartoon, 1944.
* BONUS FILM - BASIL RATHBONE - as an army officer in "The General's Boots" from 1954.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price, but only for Holmes fans. December 7, 2009
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The 5 stars are for Holmes fans ONLY.
I enjoyed this 4 disc set, as I enjoy Sherlock Holmes. If you are NOT a Sherlock Holmes fan I would avoid purchasing this set.
Low price makes it acceptable that what I gleamed for my library from all of the 4 discs were:
a 30's movie in fair condition, (the only item of worth on the first disc),
gave the second and third disc to my library,
and from the fourth and final disc of the set I found 4 very nice items including two Brit silent shorts, both in fair to good condition, a very "period" and enjoyable black and white cartoon from 1944, in very good condition, and,
while not a Sherlock Holmes short, I was very pleased to find, and thoroughly enjoyed, a short early t.v. drama in excellent condition, with good production values, direction and cast, starring Basil Rathbone.

Restoration has been minimal, but it appears all are complete and were chosen for their initial overall quality, The added music to the silent pieces are weak, almost ruining them, but not quite.
Main menu is pleasing.

Finally, of interest to die hard Karloff fans, included is an early t.v. drama, starring Karloff as Sherlock's brother Mycroft. It was produced sooooo cheaply, I did not save it for my library.
I am indeed a Karloff fan, but only have his appearances in quality movies which I enjoy, such as "The Mummy", "Bride of Frankenstein, "The Lost Patrol", the silent movie "The Bells", "The Mask of Fu Man Chu", "The Body Snatcher", etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it purports to be December 19, 2010
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I just finished forcing my way through the last of the pieces in the alleged SHERLOCK HOLMES ARCHIVE COLLECTION. Out of 12 titles in this collection, only five are Sherlock Holmes films and/or TV shows...and two of them are silent films so abbreviated that they bear little to no resemblance to the stories on which they're based.

Several selections are animated shorts, which are as short on laughs as they are on connection to Holmes. One comedy short, starring Cliff Edwards and featuring that incredibly annoying gimmick of rhymed speech that came and thankfully went fairly quickly in the early 30s, isn't even about Holmes. The lead character is called Silo Dance and is thus a parody of Philo Vance, not Sherlock Holmes.

Two strange entries are a 30-minute drama starring Basil Rathbone that, aside from its star, has no connection with Holmes whatsoever. The other is a TV comedy/drama from 1955 called "Sting of Death" that stars Boris Karloff, included probably because the name of Karloff's character is Mycroft and somebody must have thought it referred to Sherlock's elder brother. It doesn't!

This is so disappointing because there must be so much more that they could have included...and certainly so much here that they shouldn't have. The stuff here that actually does relate to Holmes could have been fit onto one DVD at one third the price.

There is a second volume of this series. I shall not be suckered into buying that one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars quality is awful and too much filler of no consequence November 12, 2010
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Much of the bits used as filler here are best forgotten. The efforts would've been better spent on good transfers of the major films. Save your money until someone does it right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, some junk.
This could have been 2 DVDs and still had the good stuff.
The Sleeping Cardinal (Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour, in the USA) is a movie adaptation of The Empty House and The... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!!! This DVD is a must for ...
Extraordinary!!! This DVD is a must for all serious Sherlock Holmes aficionados. The film quality of the Arthur Wontner movies leaves a little to be desired but this is a minor... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Xrahdio
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes DVDs
Great movie and all sherlock fans will love the rare films very rare footage worth having. A must have for Sherlock Fans and Doyle fans alike 5 Stars
Published 6 months ago by Scott Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unique
Enjoyed the different takes on Sherlock Holmes especially the cartoons. The Silent films also entertaining. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Evelyn B. Marion
1.0 out of 5 stars poor
I am a lover of Sherlock Holmes movies and was extremely disappointed in this collection. I do not recoomend anyone buying this.
Published 21 months ago by WUFFMAN
1.0 out of 5 stars not sherlock
This is not an archive of sherlock holmes. It has "some" sherlock movies in this "collection", but the title is very misleading. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Columbo 11
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete subterfuge.
Using Sherlock Holmes name to acquaint some of the poorest prints maliciously attributed with Holmes is nothing but a rip-off and an insult to all Sherlockians. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Robert M. Mckinley
Published on September 16, 2011 by BILL
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Sherlock Homes
The made for British tv Sherlock Holmes is good but not great like the movies staring Basil Rathbone. The transfer to DVD is rather poor on a lot of the episodes.
Published on November 18, 2010 by Kimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolate Box Holmes
This collection of Sherlock Holmes films is for those who really can't get enough of Conan Doyle's detective. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by E. Tatum
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