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Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (1939)

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , n , a  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection stars Basil Rathbone as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the venerable Dr. John H. Watson. Comprised of all 14 films on 5 discs in high definition.

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607 of 621 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Elementary, this is a Must Purchase! April 10, 2006
MPI Home Video has made a terrific decision here, combining all of its previously released DVD boxed sets of this classic 14-film series into one affordable package. It is a must buy for any Sherlock Holmes fan, or anyone who enjoys classic mysteries, who does not already have all of these wonderful films.

When these were first released on DVD it was truly a cause for celebration, as it represented the completed painstaking restoration of all 14 classic films by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

The UCLA Theatre Archives did an award-winning job in restoring and thus preserving these great films from 35mm master copies into the digital format, sometimes literally being forced to piece together the celluloid remnants that they found.

It took the archivists several years to complete the entire project, but was well worth the wait. The result is that the black and white images seem as fresh today as when the films were released to theatres more than 40 years ago. The archivists deserve a hearty thanks from all movie fans concerned with preserving America's classic cinema heritage for future generations to enjoy.

This boxed set includes a facinating feature on what it took to restore the films. Well worth watching, it's wonderful that it's included.

Atmospherically, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is arguably the best of the 14 Holmes films, and the only one based specifically on a Conan Doyle story. It, and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," are the only two "period" films in the series and run longer, the remainder taking place in then modern-day England and America of the late 30s and early 40s and run about 90 minutes each.
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343 of 355 people found the following review helpful
Philip St. John Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892, Johannesburg--21 July 1967, New York) and William Nigel Bruce (4 Sep. 1895, Ensenada--8 Oct 1953, Santa Monica) starred in 14 Sherlock-Holmes films as, respectively, Holmes and Watson. The first two films (1939) are period pieces whereas the last 12 (1942-46) are contemporary ("modern").

"The complete Sherlock Holmes collection" is a 6/06 reissue on 5 DVDs of a 14-DVD set (in 5 boxes) previously issued by MPI 10/03-4/04. The reissues by MPI, which involve restorations of the 1942-46 films, have been critically acclaimed. This review thus just compares the 2006 and 2003-04 sets of reissues (this review also supplements the previous two reviews by R. Smith, 7/18, and E. Hornaday, 4/10):

OVERVIEW: 2006 reissue = 14 films on 5 DVDs (see below for track listing) in 1 box 1 1/4" wide VERSUS 2003-04 reissue = 14 films on 14 DVDs in 5 boxes totaling 4 3/8" wide.

DVD CONTENT: Same in both reissues except the 2006 box set has for "Dressed to kill" an added (i.e., unfortunately, not on the earlier issues) commentary by actress Patricia Morison and Holmes scholars David Gregory and Richard Valley.

BOOKLET/INSERT AND TEXT CONTENT: The 2006 box set has 2 pages of text besides the front cover. The 2003-04 reissues have 5 booklets ("production notes") written by Richard Valley, 8 pages each for "Hound" and "Adventures," 16 pages each for volumes 1-3. Although there is some overlap material, these 64 pages have many pictures and have much information on the 14 films, including cast listings.


PROS: (1) much less expensive--$129.99 list ($119.99 Amazon in 7/06) versus $249.90 list ($224.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes on Blu-Ray -- Be Sure to Support It! March 23, 2011
THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION (MPI): HD enthusiasts with a passion for the Golden Age need to do themselves a favor next week by picking up MPI's Blu-Ray box-set of the "Sherlock Holmes Collection," which not only will encourage the release of more titles like it but also infuse your collection with terrific HD presentations of the 14 vintage Holmes mysteries starring Basil Rathbone as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective and Nigel Bruce as his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson.

The five-disc BD set offers the duo's first two series entries - "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the outstanding "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" - which were produced at Fox as Grade-A productions in 1939, as well as the following 12 pictures Rathbone and Bruce starred in for Universal Pictures beginning in 1942.

Universal's entries differed from the Fox films in a number of ways: the studio produced the films on a lower (though not entirely bargain-basement) budget and, most notably, initially shifted the stories away from Victorian era England to the then-present day of the 1940s. This enabled the producers to offer more "contemporary" WWII-era stories (most evidently seen in "Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror," "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon," and "Sherlock Holmes in Washington"), designed to appeal to populist sentiment of the time with anti-Nazi themes permeating the respective mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great old mysteries
had these all on vhs and had to have them on dvd..great old mysteries.
Published 4 days ago by dinie48
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful walk down memory lane
I am dating myself, but my brother and I grew up in the sixties watching these old black and white movies on Saturday nights with our parents. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Karen Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I may use again
Published 6 days ago by H. A. Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars all the best Sherlock Holmes movies in one
Finally, all the best Sherlock Holmes movies in one collection
Published 8 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyably watching all the old SH movies.
Published 12 days ago by Ron Lange
Published 14 days ago by dr. paul a. kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Grate job!
Excellent restoration of the Holmes movies. Also liked the commentary for several of the films. Good buy, so get it if you are a Holmes fan.
Published 14 days ago by Tony Da Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quality is good for these older movies, UCLA did a good job. I love the war bond ads.
Published 15 days ago by darlene d lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan or a Basil Rathbone fan this is a MUST HAVE.
Published 17 days ago by geeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as always.
Published 1 month ago by Marit Kehr
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lightning deal not right, supposed to be $34.99??
I also sent them an e-mail complaining about this obvious case of "Bait and Switch." This tactic is illegal in California. I don't know about the other States. I purchase a lot from Amazon, but that could end if this issue is not resolved satisfactorily.
Nov 24, 2012 by D. Solomon |  See all 54 posts
According to the review from the MPI has provided English subtitles for all 14 features.
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