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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Collection (1991)

Jeremy Brett  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeremy Brett
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HODE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Daytime Live": an interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke
  • Sherlock Museum short
  • Production notes

Editorial Reviews

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The six episodes of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes continue Granda Television's excellent series starring Jeremy Brett as as the ideal incarnation of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional hero, while Edward Hardwicke brings stellar support as the courageous, good-hearted Dr. Watson. The suspense is strong and the acting superb in The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. Watson is taking a holiday in the English countryside, where he meets the charming Lady Frances and then worries after she vanishes from sight. As in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes puts Watson on the case and instructs him from afar. In The Problem of Thor Bridge, Holmes is approached by an American senator (Daniel Massey, Brett's one-time, real-life brother-in-law) to clear the name of a governess in his employ, the lady having been accused of murdering the senator's wife on his estate and leaving her body on Thor Bridge. The solution is among the most complex and satisfying of the Great Detective's career.

Watson's proclivities toward gambling on horses open the door to the sprawling mystery The Shoscombe Old Place, which finds a famous playboy and equestrian, Sir Robert Norberton (Robin Ellis), in multiple jeopardy. In Boscombe Valley Mystery, Holmes and Watson are brought into an investigation of the murder of a farmer, whose body is found in the woods adjoining land owned by a wealthy property magnate. Holmes's investigation pulls the search in a wide direction, but the revelations are no less ghastly.

In the next story, based on one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's personal favorites from his Holmes canon, Sir James Damery approaches Holmes with a special request from an "illustrious client" (read: King Edward) to intercede in the marriage of an Austrian nobleman who almost certainly murdered his first wife. When Holmes is himself the object of a murderous attack; an outraged Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) has to channel his thoughts of revenge into a bit of undercover work on behalf of the detective.

Finally, Holmes and Watson tackle one of their strangest cases in The Creeping Man, which borders on science fiction. The Great Detective meets an eminent, aging physiologist who has been behaving oddly of late, but the greater mystery concerns who or what may be behind the nocturnal appearances of an ape-like figure that moves rapidly through trees, terrifying the locals. Holmes's pursuit of the solution leads to a stunning revelation in this taut and imaginative thriller that Edgar Allen Poe himself might have appreciated. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

The celebrated duo of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are back as the masterful Sherlock Holmes and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson. Based on the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES features six tales of mystery, deduction and suspense. Join the famous sleuth and the good doctor on yet another round of adventures. Quick, the game's afoot!

Includes:
Disc 1 Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax The Problem of Thor Bridge Disc 2 The Boscombe Valley Mystery The Illustrious Client Disc 3 Shouscombe Old Place The Creeping Man Bonus Features: Commentary Track with Director John Madden (Shakespeare In Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) 1980?? Interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke Sherlock Museum Short Production Notes


Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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178 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! July 28, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Finally, MPI media is releasing the fourth installment of the critically-acclaimed Granada Television "Sherlock Holmes" series on DVD! Suffice it to say these are the finest and most "authentic" productions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes ever made. Most fans consider the late Jeremy Brett to be the quintessential Holmes, and Edward Hardwicke is a fine actor in his own right and a most excellent Dr. Watson.

Sadly, Jeremy Brett was in quite bad health when these final episodes were created and would die several years after. Too bad. He was a gifted actor and should rightly be credited with "bringing to life" one of the 20th Century's most beloved fictional characters.

People may quibble about liberties taken here and there with the stories, but for the most part the "Casebook" series, like all the others, is very high quality, well-written, produced, and acted. Again, I'm anticipating techno-files may complain about the "transfer" as they have on past releases, but I believe MPI has done the best they can and the DVD is still FAR superior to owning these on videocassette.

Don't purchase these as an introduction to the series, start with the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." However, if you're here, its probably because you already own the 3 prior DVD packages, "Adventures," "Feature Film Collection," and "Return," all of which are excellent.

Are these worth purchasing? Absolutely. High quality, intelligent, and family-friendly entertainment you can enjoy for a lifetime. Pull out every couple of years to watch them over and share with friends and family.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "These are deep waters, deep and rather dirty." October 15, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As stated in previous reviews, this set is by far the best from a film quality standpoint. They all should have been transferred this way. That being said, Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes. I have read all of the Holmes mysteries 100 times since I was 7 or 8 years old and these film versions come the closest to what Doyle portrayed in his writings. I was SOOO saddened to hear of Jeremy's death in 1995 and would have loved to see the stage version of THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES that he and Edward Hardwicke toured the UK with in the late 80's (discussed in bonus interview on disc 3). All of these DVD's (Adventures, Return, Movies, Casebook & Memoirs) are required viewing for any Holmes fan. They are by far the best depictions of Holmes & Watson and will be viewed by me as many times as the stories have been read. You will not regret this purchase and suprisingly, Amazon had the best price on the net for this set.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Set, Both Artistically and Technically October 3, 2004
Format:DVD
The stories featured in this set are every bit as entertaining and fun as those on "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." Technically, the set is even better. The picture quality is much higher and isn't grainy like the previous sets. And the packaging itself is higher quality. The case doesn't feel like it's going to come apart when you open it. Jeremy Brett was by far the best Sherlock Holmes. It is a real treat having these collections on DVD.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best set yet! October 13, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
They must have been filmed on 35mm or MPI have changed their transfer process. These are sharp with subtle colours. A lesson for those who rush to digital/video, by using film we now have the best ever view of these classic Jeremy Brett episodes. If you're thinking of the other sets, don't be deterred, but if only they could be as good as this one.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 19th Century Girl Caught up in the 21st February 28, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
Fantastic! That is the word I describe Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke together in the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. My dad and I love these series and I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to sharpen their skills of deduction. I'm speechless on how these great actors can set up a scene together and not to mention, Holmes' ablility to solve the most strangest cases England could come up with.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!!! October 18, 2005
Format:DVD
Once again, as with the rest of the Sherlock Holmes dramatizations starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke, this collection closely follows the original storylines in the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Victorian Era settings and costumes are portrayed quite well and the characterizations are excellent. Most appealing to me, is Hardwicke's Dr. Watson. He is portrayed as the quite able (though not as astute as Holmes) friend and assistant rather than the buffoon as portrayed by Nigel Green in the films with Basil Rathbone. The video and audio quality of the DVDs is great. I would definitely recommend this collection, as well as the others in this series, to Sherlock Holmes aficianados as well as to those who enjoy good mysteries.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementery!!! Jeremy Brett is outstanding! August 22, 2005
By Frank
Format:DVD
Having seen the original series on pbs years ago-I was reaquainted with the series on dvd last month ordering the first 3 dvd's from Amazon. These episodes have not been on public tv for years, in NYC at least. so I was overjoyed to see them. Even seeing Jeremy older and bloated and more haggard-with what he had to endure -no wonder!!,his dynamic and mercurial persona are undiminished.

All kudos to Basil Rathbone, who was a different Holmes-his radio episodes and films were excellent in their time.!!

The stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are not as strong and dynamic in these later episodes-taken from after the turn of the century-so it is not fair to blame the somewhat diminished quality on these episodes on Jeremy and Edward. The acting is superb. Frankly, There really was no was no story with the dynamic appeal of the adventure of the Adventure of the Speckled Band written by Conan Doyle after 1900.

I would like to think Jeremy's Brett stuggle with life's hurdles would somehow mirror Sherlock Holmes. Perhaps it does, since Holmes is a work of fiction, we can imagine his end in any way we wish. But I wish to imagine Jeremy, like Holmes fighting the good fight to the end. God bless you Jeremy for the gift you gave us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good collection by Granada
My wife and I love these DVDs. Brett and Hardwicke are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, the stories engaging. Read more
Published 28 days ago by David M. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sherlock Holmes fan from way back!!!
I have always loved the Sherlock Holmes series, but until I got to see Jeremy Brett playing the part, I did not realize how much more authentic his character was. Read more
Published 29 days ago by GwendolynGreene
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Experience
The Jeremy Brett series of Sherlock Holmes stories is the best I've seen. You really get immersed in the culture of the time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TL in SB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great season
I love Jeremy Brett as Holmes. I find his rendering of the classic character to match what I see in my mind when I read the books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by okiedan
5.0 out of 5 stars New to SH Series 1
Enjoyed watching the series even though it is somewhat old in terms of 'modern' tv series, it still captivated my attention because the acting is wonderful and thought provoking as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GGil
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the original
I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. He does a great job of portraying the genius detective. These shows are not as fun or fast passed as the newer Sherlock Holmes re-makes, but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by hitchin9
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances
Though this last set of the Granada series is small at only six episodes, it is a must have as some of them are part of the best performances of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Istariel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic BBC
Jeremy Brett was the best TV Sherlock Holmes based on the books. He played him exactly as I always pictured him. These are great.
Published 2 months ago by charmnday
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sherlock to watch
I really enjoy all Sherlock stories and this one was a good one. I think anyone who likes good old detective tales will enjoy it.
Published 3 months ago by V. Holl
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes.
Having,over the years read all the Sherlock Holmes stories,my opinion is that Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes,not acting as him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sksrilanka
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