Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
"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.
SUMMARY OF PROS AND CONS OF 2006 BOX SET:
PROS: (1) much less expensive--$129.99 list ($119.99 Amazon in 7/06) versus $249.90 list ($224.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This remastered classic series is a treasure for Sherlock fans. The charm of black and white cinema, and old world English scenery adds greatly to the fun. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Craig Chapman
We enjoy these movies and watch them at least once each year. They are nicely restored, and this makes a very convenient collection.Published 2 days ago by RPL
Sherlock Holmes The Complete Collection, 5 DVD
These Sherlock Holmes Movies feature Basil Rathbone as “Sherlock Holmes” and Nigel Bruce as “Dr. John H. Watson”. Read more
You have to remember thee are old black and white movies, but they are everything I expected and wanted.Published 6 days ago by Craig Wellnitz
If your only going to watch one portrayal of the famous detective (which is a real waste) this is the Sherlock you need to watch!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love watching Sherlock Holmes, It is one of my best mystery movie.Published 11 days ago by Barbara Carlos
All fourteen excellent Basil Rathbone - Holmes movies nicley restored.Published 14 days ago by Statman
This set is absolutely wonderful. Hands down, the best quality of these films I've seen. Basil and Nigel are my favorite Holmes and Watson. Very happy.Published 17 days ago by MSw235
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Nov 24, 2012 by D. Solomon | See all 54 posts
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More detail of course.
Less contrast. Lighter black level. You can see more of the world that was too dark in the DVD.
However, I got tired of watching it like this and turned the black level down 20 percent on my Panasonic plasma.
This way it looks more like the DVD and I think better.
It does... Read More
Aug 1, 2015 by Matt | See all 2 posts
According to the review from the blu-ray.com: MPI has provided English subtitles for all 14 features.
Oct 11, 2011 by mouseeneer | See all 2 posts
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Yep. It's been out for many months now!
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