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The classic BBC run of Sherlock Holmes starring Douglas Wilmer is finally available on DVD! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective has enthralled generations since his first appearance in 1887. In 1964 BBC commissioned a series with Douglas Wilmer as Holmes and Nigel Stock as his faithful friend Dr. Watson. This DVD, never before released, includes some of the best stories from the canon. Whether it’s the horrifying case of The Speckled Band or the fascinating story behind The Red Headed League, this is a DVD must have for all Sherlock and mystery fans. Note: Of the original 13 episodes in this series, no source material exists for "The Abbey Grange" or "The Bruce-Partington Plans," so they are regrettably not included here.
The 1960s BBC series Sherlock Holmes has all the virtues of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective--shrewd and efficient, with flashes of visual panache but never at the expense of sturdy, straightforward storytelling. The 13 episodes on this DVD set include such favorites as "The Red-Headed League" and "The Six Napoleons," as well as lesser-known stories like "The Beryl Coronet" and "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax." Douglas Wilmer plays Holmes with all the traditional accouterments: the deerstalker cap, the pipe, the aquiline nose, the obsessive and abrasive nature, the mix of haughty superiority and moral compassion. Nigel Stock is a typically affable but dense Watson. The supporting casts feature an abundance of unknown but capable character actors who bring flavor and zest to their roles. Some episodes have a hint of film noir or the pulp surrealism of Fantomas, with good use of shadows and things not quite seen. The best stories traffic in the macabre. In "The Devil's Foot," a woman dies overnight while playing cards with her brothers, who each went mad; they sit at a round table, the woman's hand covered in melted wax from the candle, the men grinning, twitching, and laughing. Holmes, of course, will suss out the truth--but the truth is less likely to stick in the mind than that weird domestic image. Sherlock Holmes walks that fine line between morbid imagination and complete faith in the power of the rational mind. --Bret Fetzer
My twin sister was a great fan of Jeremy Brett's 1980' series as the great detective. And there is much to be said for her view. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gerard D. Launay
A most interesting piece to be added to any Sherlock Holmes collectionPublished 21 days ago by Daniel A. Antidormi
I did not enjoy the series, but then as a "Dyed in the Wool" fan of Sherlock Holmes I look at any actor in the numerous characterization of Doyle's great sleuth and this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert H. Boyer
This is a really interesting Sherlock Holmes BBC series from the early 1960's. There are 11 episodes and more than watchable but, of course, the video is not perfect. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DM Tucson
Another great Sherlock - highly recommend, particularly if you like British entertainment, and I do.Published 4 months ago by Tag68
Surprisingly very good, well acted and big time interesting also. If you like Holmes you need thisPublished 5 months ago by Bill Towle
Sorry, Douglas Wilmer was not the definitive Sherlock Holmes and neither was Nigel Stock the definitive Doctor Watson. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Miri Riva
As others have noted, the video quality is not the best – definitely recorded on old tape. But the audio quality isn't too bad and there are English subtitles for the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D.B.K.