I first became interested in the Sherlock Holmes stories in the centenary year 1987, celebrating 100 years since the first story ( A Study in Scarlet) was published.
The re-runs of Rathbone's Holmes were shown and I was hooked, however, it was when I caught Brett's portrayal that I realised Granada had produced something truly special.
I have the original box set which doesn't differ from this version, it is a shame that no attempt to remaster the films has been attempted as some of the film is grainy, though the sound is perfectly acceptable.
Brett's portrayal is just superb, and I cannot see any actor past (or present) ever bettering it, though it was ultimately at a cost to his mental health with the way he totally immersed himself into the character. The TV series in the main remained very true to Doyle's stories, with very authentic settings capturing the Victorian period exceptionally well - it is in this respect that Granada were rightly commended
Two actors faithfully portrayed Watson (David Burke and Edward Hardwicke), and both are a million miles removed from the idiotic portrayal of Watson by Nigel Bruce in the Rathbone films.
If you have enjoyed the novels then I cannot recommend this box set highly enough.
A pity that no detailed booklet comes with the set, however, if you can obtain it, then a glossily produced softback book entitled 'A Centenary Celebration of Sherlock Holmes 1887-1987' was produced by Granada under ISBN:0-9513000-0-8. This compliments the set perfectly, as it provides an insight into the making of the series, however, it appears this is out of print as the ISBN number is not recognised, so Ebay might be the way forward.