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The Sherlock Holmes Collection (2003)

Matt Frewer , Kenneth Welsh , Rodney Gibbons  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Frewer, Kenneth Welsh, Jason London, Emma Campbell, Gordon Masten
  • Directors: Rodney Gibbons
  • Writers: Rodney Gibbons, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joe Wiesenfeld
  • Producers: Irene Litinsky, Michael Prupas, Pedro Gandol, Steven Hewitt
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXEX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sherlock Holmes Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire, and The Royal Scandal

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Four mysterious cases for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to solve…

The Hound of the Baskervilles - The mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville is blamed on a long-standing 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 Sign of Four - Once every year, exceedingly proper Englishwoman Mary Morstan receives the same anonymous package in the mail: a single pearl of extraordinary beauty and untold value. Most women would be flattered and intrigued, but for Mary it's an unnerving experience. She enlists the aid of the great and legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The Sign of Four is engaging, deductive storytelling at its thrilling best.

The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are now up against the unnatural forces of evil as an apparent vampire killer flies loose in London's impoverished Whitechapel district. 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 - The King of Bohemia is being blackmailed by legendary opera star Irene Adler, threatening to destroy his reputation with photographic proof of their illicit affair. her ransom? The king's hand in marriage. Watson believes a case of sexual blackmail is beneath the talents of Sherlock Holmes. But Holmes knows better, he knows the woman in question. Irene has much loftier ambitions, and when murder becomes part of the game, Holmes moves in on the extraordinarily cunning songbird.

Starring Matt Frewer as Sherlock Holmes and Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Watson. Hallmark Home Entertainment 2000-2002, 360 minutes.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Versions NOT FOR PURISTS August 27, 2003
By Jim Jr
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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comedic, but superb May 7, 2004
By A Customer
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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, family-oriented August 20, 2003
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a Holmes for the whole family March 10, 2004
By A Customer
I've tried Brett, Cushing, Lee, and Rathbone, but always there were members of my family who were less than captivated...until this DVD set. These interpretations may not be entirely by the book, but they are entertaining viewing for family gatherings after Church. Frewer's Holmes may not be entirely serious, but he will certainly entertain the small ones and that's commendable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars family fun for sure July 3, 2004
By A Customer
I bet Mr Frewer knew that kids would be watching so he gave them a very funny version of Holmes that they would love. It worked. My kids can't get enough of this guy. I've now introduced them to kid friendly versions of Doyle's works and they love reading them too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars New Versions of Old Stories
The Sherlock Holmes Collection, 2005 film

These movies were produced for television by a greetings card company. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version of Sherlock Holmes
This is one of my favorite collections of Sherlock Holmes and Matt Frewer may look different, but acts just as I would expect. Wonderful set!
Published 3 months ago by Christine Staats
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes for Matt Frewer fans
If you like Matt Frewer then you will like this. If you are interested in Sherlock Holmes stories, stay away as there are so many others that are so much better.
Published 10 months ago by Bonnie Paduan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Atmospheric Renditions of Sherlock
I'm surprised that these three films (British made I think?) are excellent in production, accuracy to the Doyle stories, and acted aren't commonly known in America. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Howard E. Borck
3.0 out of 5 stars Hound of the Bakervilles
Hound of the Baskervilles, which is the movie I order this collection for is SO DARK you can barely see what is going on....the others are fine
Published 12 months ago by Classic Romantic
1.0 out of 5 stars "Holmes, you never cease to amaze me."
I should have paid closer attention to the one and two star reviews posted here before buying this DVD `collection.' My only consolation was the low price. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Einsatz
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
though the stories are well known, are also not well done and more so, another movie is added at the end that you will NOT want your children to see - it really makes no sense that... Read more
Published 19 months ago by N. V. L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
Was so very pleased with this set! The actors are spectacular, and I am such a fan of the whole series.
Published 21 months ago by SouthernBelle2010
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Holmes, but not the worst!
This was a rather unusual interpretation of Sherlock Holmes character and, of course, it wasn't up to the level of Jeremy Brett. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Barbara B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Want some eggs with that ham?
Dreadful! I couldn't watch it. I had to turn it off. The over-acting was painful to witness. I have seen dozens of different adaptations of the Sleuth of sleuths but this one was... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Greg Wehr
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