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The Sherlock Holmes Collection (2009)

Robert Stephens , Colin Blakely  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 318 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OMIKV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Faces of Holmes March 4, 2010
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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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hi January 10, 2010
By lawson
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Watson Fan October 18, 2011
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.

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.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Sherlock Holmes Treasures February 12, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent collection August 25, 2013
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This is a great collection of Sherlock Holmes movies. Hammer's Hound of the Baskervilles is Cushing and Lee doing the Hammer version of the classic tales. Without a Clue is a very funny movie with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. My favorite of the three is one my favorite movies The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes which is clever and funny and once again has Christopher Lee in it. Good price, great collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The Caine movie was OK but left me a little bewildered as to the point. I expected more.
Published 22 hours ago by Jon B. Paley
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice try but...
This was a great idea, but one of the disks is the dreaded double sided DVD. The DVD looked used rather than new, and had some kind of sticky substance around the outside edge. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gary R. Kilburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning about cropping and letterboxing
Some notes about the size and shape of the images:

(1) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - This one is presented properly in a 2. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars great
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan you will really enjoy watching this collection of Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed the collection a lot.
Published 21 months ago by WUFFMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
Was so very pleased with this set! The actors are spectacular, and I am such a fan of the whole series.
Published 22 months ago by SouthernBelle2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes Collection
This Sherlock Holmes DVD is a great addition to any collection of the Great Detectives work. The three films on this DVD are all classics and very enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by Greg Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars The Sherlock Holmes Collection
the worst movies we've ever spent monies on - gross, disgusting - there should be an explanation that these movies are NOT family oriented - we've never seen anything like it where... Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by N. V. L.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock collection review
I prefer Jeremy Brett as Sherlock, but this was a good distraction and not a waste of time.
Published on March 8, 2010 by Heather A. Sweeten
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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..."
Oct 29, 2009 by Sigerson |  See all 5 posts
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