133 of 145 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2010
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)
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.
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
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). As far as this being only "half" of Wilder's vision, movies are always cut for length and the cut scenes did not really add anything to the movie. As it is, "Private Life" is almost too long. And though the story is uncanonical, the movie as a whole stands up well compared to the bulk of Rathbone & Bruce's output, or the last few episodes of Jeremy Brett's otherwise virtuosic series.
WITHOUT A CLUE
The jewel in this crown for the Watson fan. Ben Kingsley plays a Watson who actually solves the crimes. When he first wrote his stories he hoped for a serious medical appointment, so he invented Holmes to star in his tales while satisfying himself in a supporting role. This meant he was no longer allowed near crime sites without Holmes, so he hired a drunken hack actor (Michael Caine) to play the part. No spoilers here, it's all in the exposition. "Without a Clue" starts when Watson and Holmes are at a crisis in their relationship and Watson decides to write stories about "The Crime Doctor" featuring himself. But when Watson throws the drunken bum out, does he need him again when Moriarty reappears? Michael Caine is hardly the image of Holmes, lacking that hawklike, Rathbone/Cushing/Brett appeal. But the point is, Caine isn't Holmes, he's only an actor playing Holmes. No Christopher Lee this time around, but the film has excellent support from Peter Cook as Watson's publisher; Pat Keen as a rather different take on Mrs. Hudson; and Jeffrey Jones as an hilarious Lestrade. The always watchable Lysette Anthony also livens the proceedings. Henry Mancini's buoyant music is almost a character in itself. On a personal note, when I first saw this movie on DVD, I had the flu and my defenses were down; but even though this is the only movie in the bunch with a joyous ending, I cried a bit. "Without a Clue" is the perfect ending for this Watsonian triple play.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
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
on May 7, 2015
The Sherlock Holmes Collection three movies and Sherlock Holmes I think at his best and funnest The Hound of the Baskervilles truly a great film from Hammer films (aren't they all) I'm sure we all know the story so moving along The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, A beautiful woman claims that her husband has disappeared, and (the game is afoot) the investigation takes Holmes & Watson to Scotland where they uncover a shocking plot involving a clandestine society, Her Majesty's Secret Service, and the Loch Ness monster yes I said Loch Ness monster a good film worth a watch. Without A Clue is one of funnest films that I've ever viewed Dr.John Watson (Ben Kingsley) plays the part of the author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories and is the crime solving genius, but to protect his reputation as physician hires a gambler, womanizer, and a drunkard out of work actor Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine) to play the part of his fictional character Sherlock Holmes the film is107 minutes of pure fun but don't take my word for it check them out for yourself