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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series

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He is known as the Greatest Detective Who Never Lived. Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and transferred from the original negatives, Sherlock Holmes comes alive on film in this landmark 1980s television series starring Jeremy Brett. All the classic tales are here, as the Great Detective and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, tangle with the terrifying Hound of the Baskervilles, the beautiful adventuress Irene Adler, and the dastardly villains Colonel Sebastian Moran, Charles Augustus Milverton, and the Napoleon of Crime himself, Professor James Moriarty. Disc 1: A Scandal In Bohemia, The Dancing Men, The Naval Treaty, The Solitary Cyclist Disc 2: The Crooked Man, The Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle, The Copper Beeches Disc 3: The Greek Interpreter, The Norwood Builder, The Resident Patient, The Red-Headed League Disc 4: The Final Problem, The Empty House, The Abbey Grange, The Musgrave Ritual Disc 5: The Second Stain, The Man With The Twisted Lip, The Priory School, The Six Napoleons Disc 6: The Devil's Foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge, The Bruce-Partington Plans Disc 7: The Disappearance Of Lady Frances Carfax, The Sign Of Four Disc 8: The Hound Of The Baskervilles, The Problem Of Thor Bridge, The Boscombe Valley Mystery Disc 9: The Illustrious Client, Shoscombe Old Place, The Master Blackmailer Disc 10: The Last Vampyre, The Eligible Bachelor Disc 11: The Three Gables, The Creeping Man, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez Disc 12: The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone, The Cardboard Box

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Special Features

Sherlock Series Promo
Three commentary tracks
Daytime Live
Elementary My Dear Watson: An Interview with Edward Hardwicke
An Interview with Adrian Conan Doyle
Sherlock Museum Short

Product Details

  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 2580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (501 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPCJB6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In his foreword to Bantam's "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories," Loren Estleman called the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson literature's warmest, most symbiotic and most timeless: rightfully so. Not surprisingly, film history is littered with adaptations of Conan Doyle's tales and Holmes pastiches (using the protagonists but otherwise independent storylines). Yet - and I'm saying this with particular apologies to the fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce canon - none of these prior incarnations can hold a candle to the ITV/Granada TV series produced between 1984 and 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and first David Burke, then, beginning with the second ("Return of Sherlock Holmes") cycle and in near-seamless transition, Edward Hardwicke as a refreshingly sturdy, pragmatic, unbumbling Dr. Watson.

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.
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This review has been updated on Sept. 18. I received my Sherlock Holmes set from MPI today and as I hoped, it looks and sounds FANTASTIC! I already have watched a lot from the set. You won't be disappointed! I have been sending e-mails for a few years now to MPI Home Video, asking that they remaster this series and make it available on DVD. I am so glad they finally have. Two episodes in their original release of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," notably "The Dancing Men" and "The Naval Treaty," had audio problems in some of the soundtrack music. They have remastered this series from the original Granada tapes in England. This resulted in an awesome picture and sound quality. Thank you MPI! What more can be said about Jeremy Brett? Many people, including myself, consider him to be the definitive Sherlock Holmes. His manner, gestures and overall portrayal shows us clearly that he read Conan Doyle and became very well acquainted with his alter ego. The stories are great and this series had that fortunate combination of great acting, writing, music, and production value. How nice to be able to own the entire series in one set. For twelve discs, including bonuses, the price is fair. If you like this series or simply enjoy Jeremy Brett, you should purchase this set.
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To a great number of Sherlockians--or Holmesians, if you prefer--Jeremy Brett's performance as the world's first consulting detective was the definitive portrayal. And while this series has its flaws and deviations from the original text, it is still arguably the best filmic representation available.

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.
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It's a tale of contrasts of two fine actors, Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett. Brett joked that, as an actor, he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. In many ways he was a throw back to an earlier era; in personality amongst other traits. He was also one to suffer from manic depression. In addition, Brett had a speech impediment as a child for which he had to have surgery and subsequently had to seriously work on his diction and enunciation (that's why, no doubt, thanks to his dedication in this regard, his command of each was something others eventually envied him for).

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.
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