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Sherlock Holmes Box Set - Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, The Woman in Green, Terror by Night, Dressed to Kill [DVD]

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Renee Godfrey
  • Directors: Roy William Neill
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertram Millhauser, Edmund L. Hartmann, Edward T. Lowe Jr., Frank Gruber
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Orbit Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 262 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NSZ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Special Features
Interactive menus
Hosted by Christopher Lee, who introduces a galaxy of stars that have played the great detective, including Basil Rathbone, Christopher Plummer and Peter Cushing. Lee also leads us through Holmes's London and on to a rare interview with the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is a treasure trove of information ranging from the mundane to the arcane, a fascinating time capsule bursting with the endless incarnations of the most popular fictional character of our time.

From the Back Cover

The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
Four classic films introduced by Christopher Lee

The Woman In Green
In The Woman In Green, Holmes and Watson must solve the greatest crime wave since Jack the Ripper. Based on the Conan Doyle short stories "Adventures of The Empty House" and "The Final Problem", Woman In Green marks the last screen appearance of the character of Professor Moriarty in the Basil Rathbone series. Henry Daniell plays Moriarty and creates "The greatest screen representation of the legendary evil genius".

A series of strange murders baffle the police. Holmes is called onto the case discovering the existence of a blackmail ring that uses a lady hypnotist to further their skulduggery!

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Based loosely on Conan Doyle's "The Dancing Men". This excellent Holmes mystery introduces the character of Inspector Lestrade (Dennis Hoey) to the Basil Rathbone series.

Sherlock Holmes shows his mastery of disguise in this film set in 1940's war torn London. Our sleuth is now involved in foiling an attempt by the Nazis to steal an experimental bomb sight. Holmes battles the evil Professor Moriarty to save the British war effort and utters the famous lines "This fortress-built by Nature for herself, this blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England". No one read these lines with such perfection as Basil Rathbone does in this memorable film.

Terror By Night
This film is considered to be one of the most impressive of the Sherlock Holmes series and the best 'murder on a train' movie ever made. Once the train gets under way, so does the plot. Holmes has not only a theft but a murder to deal with. "The Star of Rhodesia" a precious jewel has been stolen and the railway guard is murdered as the train makes its way between London and Edinburgh.

The master detective is forced to use all his powers of deduction and with the help of his trusty aid Dr. Watson, solves the crime in this fast paced thriller.

Dressed to Kill
This is the last in a series of fourteen features starring Basil Rathbone in the role of Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. A gang of criminals lead by a beautiful woman is foiled when they match their wits with Sherlock Holmes in this murder/mystery set in Dartmoor and London's antique auction rooms.

Rathbone and Bruce gave the screen's greatest interpretation of the legendary detective duo created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the American release! 31 Aug 2004
I have got both, the European version from Orbit Media and the American version from MPI Home Video. Orbit Media's version, which has not been digitally remastered at all and taken from an awful source, is horrible compared to the American verison!!! So be warned!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movies but terrible quality 25 Jan 2004
I love all the old Sherlock Holmes movies, although not faithful to the books they still capture the spirit of the character well, they are probably the best on screen duo to have ever played Holmes and Watson.. better than Jeremy Brett and co in my opinion.
Sadly the quality is not good at all and I am sure my old VHS copies are a lot better, however you have to take into account that they are very old films, I would have liked to seen some effort to restore some of the visual and audio quality though.
The Documentary presented by Christopher Lee is quite entertaining but it is also terrible quality, surely it can't be that old? It must be 1980's surely. Also this one documentary is the only extra on the 4 disc set and it is repeated on each disc! Lazy very lazy =/
Worth buying for the stories but expect poor presentation, lacking in extras and terrible visual and audio quality.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rathbone & Bruce 13 Oct 2001
By IM Daly
Format:VHS Tape
The greatest Holmes & Watson by a mile (Rathbone & Bruce). Even though the films are very dated and are not the best quality the unbeatable style of these 2 actors shines through.It is such a shame that the other classic Sherlock Holmes films featuring Rathbone & Bruce are not available on such a compilation as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes box set 24 Feb 2004
By A Customer
The best gift ever! No longer do you have to wait for a wet christmas holiday afternoon to enjoy the classic whodunnits of Holmes and Watson. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are without a doubt the best Holmes and Watson with some stirling performances on these DVD's. Christopher Lee's commentary is a little wearing but worth ploughing through because here you have some of Holmes' best cases with Terror by Night surely being on of his best. I'm simply waiting to receive the rest!
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