Everyone who's ever muttered "Elementary, my dear Watson" (which, by the way, Holmes never actually says in so many words) should buy this extremely well-priced edition and read it through. It's not only jolly fun, but enlightening: the Hollywood stereotype of Holmes and Watson is a gross caricature of Conan Doyle's characters. Watson is an average man with an average intelligence, and the point of his being there is to serve as a foil for Holmes' vastly superior intellect; if he's depicted as a fool, the point is lost. Likewise, Holmes and Watson are about the same age and grow old together, whereas in the movies Watson often looks like Holmes' grandfather. And as for the usual film plots -- forget it; Conan Doyle came up with far more ingenious, fiendishly difficult mysteries than the scriptwriters ever conceived, and solved them far more plausibly. These stories are true classics, and should be on everyone's list of must-reads.