The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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 3 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 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love watching Sherlock Holmes, It is one of my best mystery movie.Published 8 days ago by Barbara Carlos
All fourteen excellent Basil Rathbone - Holmes movies nicley restored.Published 11 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 14 days ago by MSw235
This was a gift and have not received any complaints so far.Published 19 days ago by K. L. Kirsteuer
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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
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
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
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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