Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series
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Jeremy Brett was the only actor who ever managed to perfectly portray Holmes's imperiousness, bitingly ironic sense of humor and apparently indestructible self-control without at the same time neglecting his genuine friendship towards Dr. Watson and the weaknesses hidden below a surface dominated by his overarching intellectual powers. The series takes the titles of its four cycles of shorter episodes - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" - from four of the five short story collections featuring London's self-appointed only "consulting detective" (published 1892, 1905, 1894 and 1927, respectively); thus nominally omitting the 1917 collection "His Last Bow," which is, however - but for its title story - completely represented in individual episodes spread out over the other four cycles.Read more ›
I have seen the original MPI releases, as well as a Japanese/Chinese collection, and without question, this new set features the best picture and sound quality. (Perhaps the PAL version released a couple years earlier in the UK is slightly superior, but I doubt anyone could really see the difference.) The uniform menu screens and the sharp design of the packaging are also an improvement upon previous releases.
My complaints are few and rather inconsequential, but they are as follows:
1) There are no additional special features, but in fact *fewer* special features than the original DVD releases.
2) The pictures on the faces of the DVDs were chosen somewhat haphazardly, e.g. Hardwicke is featured on Disc 1 where surely Burke belongs. And
3) as to the series itself, during the second half of its run, more and more stories were merely "based" on Conan Doyle's work, and with questionable results. "The Last Vampyre" is a prime example.
In short, if you already own the original DVD releases and you are satisfied with that picture quality, you may want to pass on purchasing this set. For all other admirers of the series, this is a must have.
By contrast, Basil Rathbone was a fencing swashbuckler, athletic and dashing; a talented actor who loved the stage. Rathbone made a fine Holmes in my opinion and most of his 14 films as this famed sleuth are most enjoyable. But when reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one's mind, I'd say, surely conjured up a far more complicated man than that played by Mr. Rathbone. Mr. Brett brought much of that man to life, I'd argue, and, at least in part, some of that was no doubt helped along by Mr. Brett's own experiences as a talented, but troubled, individual. After all, geniuses do not seem to be cut from the same cloth as most folk; in the sense that abnormality, in some measure, seems to make extraordinary talent a bit more possible. Sherlock Holmes was such a extraordinary character. That's what makes Mr. Brett's performances herein so interesting. Jeremy Brett most certainly brings to the fore the depth of a true Sherlock Holmes type character and makes Mr. Holmes a lot more real. After watching any of these fine episodes you too ought be inclined to be happy that Mr. Brett's audition to replace Sean Connery as James Bond was less than successful, allowing Mr. Brett to eventually find the role measurably more suitable for him and one in which he thoroughly excelled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone but Jeremy Brett is my second. He was brilliant in these t.v. show dvds. I have all the works by Sir Doyle.Published 23 hours ago by Mystery2decor
In my opinion, still the best Holmes interpretation...and always will be.Published 6 days ago by William Lester
Absolutely the best Sherlock Holmes and worth every penny for 41 episodes.Published 11 days ago by Statman
Love it, note that it's only Vol 1 though, I thought it was the complete series. Still awesome, and my fave Sherlock Holmes. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Rachel
Jeremy Brett is the definitive Sherlock Holmes in my opinion. I first saw this series on PBS in the 1980s and 1990s, and I was hooked on it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for more than 45 years. My first introduction was the legendary versions starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Read morePublished 25 days ago by andi
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Dec 4, 2012 by LoBo | See all 5 posts
|A region free player is your friend...||
Buying from the UK if you have a region free dvd player is the way to go.One big thing is that as you are living outside the UK, you are not charged VAT (sales tax) and believe it or not, buying these dvd's with shipping to the USA is cheaper than buying them in the UK with free shipping.Gotta... Read More
Nov 27, 2011 by Terence Richards | See all 5 posts
Yes! So happy to tell you, there are Spanish subtitles included. (Audio is English (2.0) language only; Optional subtitles in English and Spanish.) Be Well!
Dec 12, 2012 by AverageJane123 | See all 6 posts
|Have to ask: English Subtitles?||
Yes, it does.
Jan 9, 2010 by Jason | See all 5 posts
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I don't know? I own every Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes film, and I do not remember any film following your description. I know many films in the Brett series deal with jewels: "The Blue Carbuncle" and "The Mazarin Stone" to name a few.
Unfortunately, there are many actors... Read More
Jun 20, 2009 by Andrew Raker | See all 9 posts
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