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Sherlock Holmes: 1964-1965 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Douglas Wilmer , Nigel Stock    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Douglas Wilmer, Nigel Stock, Peter Madden, Grace Arnold, Jimmy Ashton
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NF97NA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The curious case of the negligent corporation. 24 Sep 2011
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This set comprises eleven of the thirteen Douglas Wilmer/Nigel Stock canon. These are featured on two double sided discs and are as follows;
The Speckled Band
The Illustrious Client.
The Devils Foot.
The Copper Breeches.
The Red Headed League.
The Six Napoleons.
The Man With The Twisted Lip.
The Beryl Coronet.
Charles Augustus Milverton.
The Retired Colourman.
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax.
There is no episode guide featured on the DVD cover. The episodes; 'The Abbey Grange' and 'The Bruce Partington Plans' are not included as they are apparently lost.
The negligent corporation I refer to on my title is, of course, the BBC who have neglected to release their collection in this, the country of origin, so my copy was purchased from the US on region 1. I have placed my complaint with the BBC, as has the Sherlock Holmes Society I gather, but the cat would take more notice.
Picture quality is fine considering the scource being black and white telerecordings transfered to film, which actualy adds, in my opinion, to the atmosphere in the stories. Only black and white phobic youngsters would object, though I think they would appreciate the excellent Wilmer and Stock portrayals.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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It marvelous being able to see this definitive 1960's black and white BBC television dramatisation of some of the best Sherlock Holmes Canon finaly on official BBC dvd,though I confess to having had most of the series in my possesion for many years via the collecting circuit.

Douglas Wilmer (who is still alive) is the only Holmes worthy of ranking alongside Jeremy Brett.They were both brilliant in their own way Wilmer plays Holmes as a matter of fact unemotional thinking machine and the late great Jeremy Brett played him as a rather more emotional unraveller of mysteries.Both got as close to the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as is imaginably possible.

Gawd knows why the BBC have released this classic series on dvd in America before the country they were made and financed in the UK no doubt for financial reasons the American market being so vast,but take it from me anybody remotely interested in Sherlock Holmes cannot afford not to see this series. You will never see a better telling of these tales.

Sadly the BBC havent done even the smallest amount of restoration of these recordings that have survived by virtue of it being preserved on telecine film used in the sixties to distribute tv recordings to other countries as it overcame the difficulties of broadcast formats.

Some sharpening of the picture quality and cleaning up of the hissy low volume sound would have made these vintage recordings much more palatable to the younger audience spawned on digital clarity.

Theirs no extras at all, even though the brilliant Douglas Wilmer is still alive and has recently been videoed discussing the series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series 15 Feb 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This 1964 series starring Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes (who had a cameo role in a 2012 episode of the BBC's "Sherlock" series) is a superb series and not as well known as it ought to be. Sadly it has not so far been released on DVD in the UK - however this superb set of double-sided American discs is great for anyone with a multiregion player.

Apart from the obvious fact of this being 405-line black & white, it holds up brilliantly well today and seems far less dated than many other contemporary (and later) productions - including the second series of Sherlock Holmes starring Peter Cushing. The direction, pacing, acting and incidental music make it a very enjoyable series, and it never seems to drag like some of its contemporaries can to modern eyes.

Brilliant location work for "The Devil's Foot" (looked a lot like Port Isaac in Cornwall as used in Doc Martin and Saving Grace - I wonder if it was) really enhance the production, though not all the episodes have location filming. "The Retired Colourman" has some satisfying steam train scenes, whilst the final episode, "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" even appears to have a little French location filming. The budget clearly wasn't enormous and there are some shaky sets, but they don't detract from the enjoyment. Apart from the wobbly walls the sets are attractively furnished and enhance the period feel.

Douglas Wilmer's Holmes is one of the best I've seen, playing it with warmth and humour but also the required Holmesian characteristics. His urbane portrayal is one of my favourites and helps makes this episodes supremely watchable. Perhaps it plays to cliches a little too much - Holmes is often pictured with pipe, deerstalker and cape - but nevertheless it's very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Piece of Sherlock History 18 Nov 2013
By M
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I have a vast Sherlock Holmes collection and it wouldn't be complete without Douglas Wilmer. I only gave 4 stars because the dvds are on 2 sided discs and I hate when the distributors are cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage BBC
Nice to see this for the first time, classic BBC quality drama, my earliest memory was thePeter Cushing series that followed, Nigel Stock is vintage Watson
Published 1 month ago by Ken Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining version rescued from limbo
I do not remember this series at all, despite having an excellent recollection of the Peter Cushion version which continued this series on the BBC back in the 1960s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gareth Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, with slight reservations
I was delighted to see that most of this series survived and has been reissued on a DVD set. I was attracted to the Sherlock Holmes stories when I watched these programmes back in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Midlander
4.0 out of 5 stars Our collection
It now completes our collection of Sherlock Holmes DVD's. we are enjoying seeing the old black & white versions thanks
Published 1 month ago by Mr Trevor W Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Sherlock!
Although Alan Wheatley was tv's first Sherlock Holmes in 1951, and, three years later, Ronald Howard donned the mantle for 39 episodes (widely available on DVD), Douglas Wilmer's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tony Byworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A scandal in the BBC
Like other reviewers, I really can't understand why the BBC have released this in America but not in UK. But worth the effort of finding a way of playing Region 1 discs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by UK Scribe
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