The Sherlock Holmes Collection, Volume One
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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR (1942) - When taunting saboteurs warn of a Nazi invasion of the British Isles through a horrific radio menace, the British Intelligence's Inner Council calls in Sherlock Holmes to help in the crisis.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (1942) The great detective must stop the Nazis from getting their hands on a new bombsight, wrapped in a code of dancing men.
SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON (1943) Top-secret documents are missing and a British secret service agent is dead. Holmes and Watson go to Washington to recover the documents before they fall into the wrong hands.
SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH (1943) - Holmes and Watson are summoned to Musgrave Manor to investigate a murder. Holmes solves a complicated puzzle of an ancient family ritual to expose the murderer.
Commentary from renowned British author David Stuart Davies
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The first thing to be mentioned is how clear the picture and sound are on these restorations. Films of this age can be hit or miss when released on DVD, but these prints are in remarkably good shape.
I'll now quickly offer an opinion on each of the four movies. Note that these are the first four films in the series. When Universal bought the rights to Holmes, they decided to update the great detective. They not only brought him to the then-current time, they also decided that he should face what was the greatest threat of the day. So, for the first three movies, Holmes is aiding the Allies during WWII, a setting that he seems (at least to me) to fit into comfortably.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR is the first "spy catcher" that Holmes is involved in. It works. However, it attempts to be a triumph of style over substance and that's fine until one starts looking at the plot too closely. Still, it's a fiendishly stylish production with the fine lighting and careful choreography that would be a hallmark of the series.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON is based upon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" and the code-breaking aspect of the original fits very comfortably into the WWII setting. This was one of my favorites as a child and I am happy to see that its just as much fun now.Read more ›
Being a Basil and Bruce purest, I was terribly upset when Jeremy Brett received all the acolades for his impersonal portrayal of the great detective....Brett had the one missing ingredient that Basil didn't have....the original mysteries as written by the Master......instead he was subjected to Hollywierd rewrites and screen plays that could never hold a candle to Doyle.....
That aside, now the world will once again understand why Basil and Bruce's images are still the quintessential images of the Dr. and his friend, and once again America will get to see the ultimate performace of the the Great detective in immacualte form: restored 35mmm on DVD......
Now and forever: Basil Rathbone in the role he was born to play.
Previous reviewers have already commented on how Universal moved Holmes ahead into the WWII era, and had him chasing down Nazi's, spys, and assorted modern "evil-doers." Never-the-less, the series appeal lies not in the historical context, but in the charisma of Rathbone and Bruce as the series' Holmes and Watson.
These films are not great cinematic milestones, but they are great fun - pure entertainment, and as each new generation discovers Holmes, they always key in on this series as the all-time favorite. If you haven't seen these films before, or even if it's been awhile since you saw them on TV as a kid, do yourself a favor and pick this set up - you won't regret it.
The set could easily have been called "The Wartime Collection," as the fist three films in the set touch on espionage and Nazi plots, while the fourth concerns a convalescent home for returning soldiers. Holmes was one of the few exports Britain had that could affect American sentiment on World War II. By shifting the story to the current crisis, Holmes (and by association, the war effort), became relevant for a whole new audience and in a whole new way.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror" is a stunning exercise in cinematography. The first entry in the Universal series has a noir-ish lighting scheme that adds to the crackling suspense of wartime intrigue.
The much maligned "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon", long abused as public domain fodder, has never looked better.
"Sherlock Holmes in Washington", another film long-condemned by followers of the canon, is a surprisingly good mystery with Hitchcockian overtones.
"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" lifts the plot of "The Musgrave Ritual" for incorporation into a new mystery, which is effectively gothic and atmospheric.
Excellent support is offered by a myriad of bad guys, each chilling in their own way (Lionel Atwill is excellent as the evil Moriarty in "Secret Weapon").Read more ›
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The Sherlock Holmes Collection, Volume One
In the 1940's Hollywood produced fourteen movies that featured Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Read more
Product was as advertised. Worked well with the seller. Would recommend to others.Published 13 months ago by Donald Robert Gotto
Did not receiveis feature, got the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes instead with Ronald Howard. It stinks.Published 14 months ago by JudyHoward
Sherlock Holmes Collection from WWIi digitallly restored to look like modern films...The films were perfectly restored...The colection is from about 1944..... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jerry A. Wappula
All of the 12 Basil/Nigel Sherlock movies are the standard that has never been beat as far as I am concerned. Being digitally remastered makes it appear as though it is brand new. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Constantino Tata
WELL IT ALL STARTED WHEN I WAS A SMALL CHILD AND FOUND OUT THAT FANTASY BEAT THE SOCKS OFF OF REALITY.Published on December 16, 2013 by dave
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