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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (1944)

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Alfred L. Werker , John Rawlins  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon, Frederick Worlock
  • Directors: Alfred L. Werker, John Rawlins, Roy William Neill, Sidney Lanfield
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertram Millhauser, Brenda Weisberg, Edmund L. Hartmann
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 974 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXZFRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six Audio Commentaries including an all new Dressed to Kill Commentary with Actress Patricia Morison
  • An Interview with Robert Gitt of the UCLA Film and TV Archive
  • Footage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Production Notes
  • Still Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailers

Editorial Reviews

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection stars Basil Rathbone as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the venerable Dr. John H. Watson. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection is comprised of all 14 classic films on 5 discs: "THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES: ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES," "SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR," "SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON," "SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON," "SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH," "SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE SPIDER WOMAN," "SHERLOCK HOLMES THE SCARLET CLAW," "SHERLOCK HOLMES IN PEARL OF DEATH," "SHERLOCK HOLMES HOUSE OF FEAR," "SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WOMAN IN GREEN," "SHERLOCK HOLMES PURSUIT TO ALGIERS," "SHERLOCK HOLMES TERROR BY NIGHT," SHERLOCK HOLMES DRESSED TO KILL."

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611 of 626 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Elementary, this is a Must Purchase! April 10, 2006
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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
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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.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes on Blu-Ray -- Be Sure to Support It! March 23, 2011
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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 Five Stars
Very good. Completely happy with these.
Published 1 day ago by james a lemay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this DVD package. No body plays "Sherlock Holmes" like Basil Rathbone.
Published 9 days ago by Daznron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great set of movies.
Published 11 days ago by Carl E. Bates II
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good old black and white thriller that is a joy ...
Watching right now. It is a good old black and white thriller that is a joy to watch. Can't wait to finish the series of movies with Basil Rathbone.
Published 11 days ago by Russell D. Riegel
4.0 out of 5 stars The person liked it much
I gave this as a gift. The person liked it much.
Published 13 days ago by babloo Sharma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Excellent
Published 23 days ago by Speedy
5.0 out of 5 stars The BOMB.
This reformatted movies are fantastic. Clear on screen performance. sounds great.
Buy this, its a fantastic series of old.
Published 23 days ago by MWMW
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY collection you'll ever need
One of the best investments I ever made. Incredibly great films! All 14 movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in one good-looking box. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Duckworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes - now as then, a wonderful collection
This collection includes all of the classic Sherlock Holmes series. 14 movies that are still, as then, so exciting today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Manolita6
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 1 month ago by dinie48
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closed captioned or english subtitles?
Yes I would also like to know this - in fact I think Closed Caption should be part of the standard product description.

Just looked at DeepDiscount.Com - close caption is a standard part of their product description and no this collection does not have closed captions. There is a Charlie Chan... Read More
Dec 20, 2007 by Kathy |  See all 8 posts
identical set on amazon's u.k. site for $21 shipped
True enough, but many people don't realize multi region players are so affordable. Sad but true.
Dec 31, 2010 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
Commentaries
It contains MORE! Buying the films individually (as I did) you only get commentaries on "Hound of the Baskervilles" and "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". If you had bought the previous 3 Collections of these episodes, you would have gotten a commentary on one episode in each... Read More
May 24, 2006 by Gary O. Larson |  See all 4 posts
contents
The films were shot during the World War II era. Color film was in short supply and expensive. They are shot in "glorious black and white" and should remain that way. Only Ted Turner would think of taking a perfectly good movie and colorizing it. I've been a fan of this collection... Read More
Jan 3, 2008 by Charles J. Taraboletti |  See all 3 posts
sound Quality
I have the 14 individual discs (actually I have the 12 Universals in 3 box sets of 4 discs each). The sound quality of all 14 discs is first rate and a half :-)
Sep 6, 2008 by Eric Pregosin |  See all 2 posts
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