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Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection Vol. 1

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First time ever on home video! Deluxe Edition, 3-Disc Set of Sherlock Holmes content! The titles in this DVD box set have all been copied from original archival film elements, chosen for their quality and rarity.

Disc 1 includes The Sleeping Cardinal (aka Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour, 1931) with Arthur Wontner, Lost in Limehouse (a 2-reel burlesque, 1933), and The Limejuice Mystery (a British 1-reel comedy, 1930).

Disc 2 includes The Sting of Death (an episode of the TV series The Elgin Hour, 1955) starring Boris Karloff as Mr. Mycroft, The Man Who Disappeared (a British TV episode with John Longden as Holmes, 1951), and the comedy shorts A Case of Hypnosis (1952) and The Strange Case of Hennessy (1933).

Disc 3 includes The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1949, with Alan Napier as Holmes), The Copper Beeches (1912 French film with Georges Treville as Holmes), The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921, with Eille Norwood as Holmes), The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944 Columbia cartoon), and a bonus episode of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars called The General s Boots (1954, with Basil Rathbone).


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Product Details

  • Actors: Arthur Wontner, Boris Karloff, John Longden, Eille Norwood
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The DVD market is now suddenly flooded with reissues of Sherlock Holmes material in anticipation of the upcoming Guy Ritchie SHERLOCK HOLMES movie. But here's something really special...

First of all, none of the items packed into these three DVDs has ever before been released on VHS, let alone DVD.

Second, there are films here that I've been panting to see for 35 years...and now I can not only see 'em, I own 'em!

Third, everything in this package has been very nicely restored, obviously with great care.

And fourth, the whole experience this set offers hardcore Sherlockians is delightful. Going through this set is like opening up an old trunk in your grandmother's attic. The further down you dig, the better the stuff you find.

HIGHLY recommended to fans of Sherlock Holmes and old and obscure movies and TV.
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--- SHERLOCK HOLMES ---
THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION
restored/transferred from
original archival film vault materials
DeLuxe Edition with Bonus Features
Premiere Release with Bonus Features
First Time Ever on Home Video
Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection
DISC ONE:
* SHERLOCK HOLMES' FATAL HOUR - Arthur Wontner, 1931.
* LOST IN LIMEHOUSE - Olaf Hytten as Sheerluck Jones, 1933.
* LIMEJUICE MYSTERY - Herlock Sholmes marionettes, 1930.

DISC TWO:
* STING OF DEATH - Boris Karloff as the mysterious Mycroft, 1955.
* THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED - John Longden as Sherlock, 1951.
* A CASE OF HYPNOSIS - Prof. Lightskull the chimpanzee! 1952.
* STRANGE CASE OF HENNESSY - Cliff Edwards as Silo Dance, 1933.

DISC THREE:
* THE SPECKLED BAND - Alan Napier as Sherlock, 1949.
* THE COPPER BEECHES - Georges Treville, 1912, with special musical score.
* MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP - Eille Norwood, 1921, with special musical score.
* THE SCREAMING BISHOP - Hairlock Combs cartoon, 1944.
* BONUS FILM - BASIL RATHBONE - as an army officer in "The General's Boots" from 1954.
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The 5 stars are for Holmes fans ONLY.
I enjoyed this 4 disc set, as I enjoy Sherlock Holmes. If you are NOT a Sherlock Holmes fan I would avoid purchasing this set.
Low price makes it acceptable that what I gleamed for my library from all of the 4 discs were:
a 30's movie in fair condition, (the only item of worth on the first disc),
gave the second and third disc to my library,
and from the fourth and final disc of the set I found 4 very nice items including two Brit silent shorts, both in fair to good condition, a very "period" and enjoyable black and white cartoon from 1944, in very good condition, and,
while not a Sherlock Holmes short, I was very pleased to find, and thoroughly enjoyed, a short early t.v. drama in excellent condition, with good production values, direction and cast, starring Basil Rathbone.

Restoration has been minimal, but it appears all are complete and were chosen for their initial overall quality, The added music to the silent pieces are weak, almost ruining them, but not quite.
Main menu is pleasing.

Finally, of interest to die hard Karloff fans, included is an early t.v. drama, starring Karloff as Sherlock's brother Mycroft. It was produced sooooo cheaply, I did not save it for my library.
I am indeed a Karloff fan, but only have his appearances in quality movies which I enjoy, such as "The Mummy", "Bride of Frankenstein, "The Lost Patrol", the silent movie "The Bells", "The Mask of Fu Man Chu", "The Body Snatcher", etc.
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Much of the bits used as filler here are best forgotten. The efforts would've been better spent on good transfers of the major films. Save your money until someone does it right.
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I just finished forcing my way through the last of the pieces in the alleged SHERLOCK HOLMES ARCHIVE COLLECTION. Out of 12 titles in this collection, only five are Sherlock Holmes films and/or TV shows...and two of them are silent films so abbreviated that they bear little to no resemblance to the stories on which they're based.

Several selections are animated shorts, which are as short on laughs as they are on connection to Holmes. One comedy short, starring Cliff Edwards and featuring that incredibly annoying gimmick of rhymed speech that came and thankfully went fairly quickly in the early 30s, isn't even about Holmes. The lead character is called Silo Dance and is thus a parody of Philo Vance, not Sherlock Holmes.

Two strange entries are a 30-minute drama starring Basil Rathbone that, aside from its star, has no connection with Holmes whatsoever. The other is a TV comedy/drama from 1955 called "Sting of Death" that stars Boris Karloff, included probably because the name of Karloff's character is Mycroft and somebody must have thought it referred to Sherlock's elder brother. It doesn't!

This is so disappointing because there must be so much more that they could have included...and certainly so much here that they shouldn't have. The stuff here that actually does relate to Holmes could have been fit onto one DVD at one third the price.

There is a second volume of this series. I shall not be suckered into buying that one.
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