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Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Sidney Lanfield , Roy William Neill    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Roy William Neill, John Rawlins
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 974 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006M4S46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Basil Rathbone stars in this collection of 14 Sherlock Holmes films: 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon', 'Sherlock Holmes in Washington', 'Sherlock Holmes Faces Death', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman', 'The Scarlet Claw', 'The Pearl of Death', 'The House of Fear', 'The Woman in Green', 'Pursuit to Algiers', 'Terror by Night' and 'Dressed to Kill'.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Posters, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC... Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943) Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services... The Spider Woman (1944) Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called 'pajama suicides'. He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. The Pearl of Death (1944) When a valuable pearl with a sinister reputation is stolen, Sherlock Holmes must investigate its link to a series of brutal murders. The Scarlet Claw (1944) When a gentlewoman is found dead ...Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection - 7-DVD Box Set ( The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror / Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon / Sherlock Holmes in Washingto

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558 of 560 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rathbone & Bruce Film Collection 25 Feb 2005
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This set is absolutely stunning. And at the price - its also a 100% bargain.

As a big Sherlock/Rathbone fan, in a mad attempt to get decent copies of these films, I've been buying Sherlock DVDs on many different labels since I've had a DVD player. Most of the ones I have acquired originate from USA. They've all been released in this country by Orbit Media. The quality of the pictures & sound is generally poor. Some of the copies I've paid out for are nothing short of miserable.

This set absolutely wipes the floor with EVERY other Rathbone Holmes DVD on the market. For picture quality & sound clarity it is positively without rival. Quality is simply pristine.

As for the films themselves - you probably know! I'm aware the Brett fans will argue til the cows come home that he was the best (and I can see why), but for me, Rathbone WAS Holmes. Nigel Bruce's bumbling Watson has been an iritant of serious Sherlockians since these films were made, but as someone who largely came to Holmes through this series, I personally have a lot of affection for both the actor and his clumsy, pompous Watson.

One of the discs contains a short documentary, detailing the lengths that the producers went to get this set as brilliant as it is. It was 10 years in the making!

There are expert and insightful audio commentaries by David Stuart Davies on 5 of the films. These were full of fascinating facts about a whole range of subjects connected to the pictures you were seeing; from subtle props (that I hadn't previously spotted) through to mini biographies of the actors who pop up throughout the 14 films. It's honestly just wonderful!
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215 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holmes Series Restored. 5 Dec 2005
There’s hours of enjoyment to be found in this valuable package. It contains all 14 Sherlock Holmes films featuring Basil Rathbone and Sir Nigel Bruce dating from 1939 to 1946. There’s also a fascinating account of the films restoration history, in which we are told that the work occupied almost a whole year for each film, and also that one or two of the films, including one of the last of them, “Pursuit to Algiers”, were almost ready to disintegrate. The resultant visual quality is amazingly good – I can distinguish the various tweeds from which the coats of Holmes and Watson are made.
Mainly produced and directed by Roy William Neill, the series originated in England where the first 2 films were made. Each used “period’” costume and setting, although only the first was based on a Conan Doyle story. Then production was transferred to Hollywood where mainly British cast members were still used, but the settings were now contemporary and sometimes the films were unashamedly war propaganda.
With a presence, appearance and inimitable diction, Basil Rathbone is unsurpassed as an exponent of Sherlock Holmes in film. His wish to be relieved of the role and the death of regular producer and director Roy William Neill terminated the series. Nigel Bruce, as Doctor Watson, replicates the bluff, doddery English buffoon that he played so well in numerous films of those years. It’s nothing like Conan Doyle’s original, but wonderfully endearing.
These were never more than B Grade film productions in their day, most lasting little more than one hour. Somehow, their appeal remains strong. If the opportunity arises, and visitors and relatives of all ages survey my shelves, one or other of these films is often chosen in preference to something of more substance. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is the most often chosen, but my favorite is “Pursuit to Algiers”.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just to say........ 4 Nov 2006
By Jezz
Just wanted to comment on the quality of the transfer. Who ever decided to go through and remaster these films deserves a pat on the back.

Some of the older films whilst still having an appeal are spoilt by the distraction of the quality. This is not the case here!!

Whilst watching them you could all most believe they were filmed recently. Even on LCD and plasma they still stand out as quality.

Even if you have the earlier unmastered copy's I would say still get this copy you will be amazed at the difference, and the price amazon have them at it won't break the bank either!!

Roll on to them winter afternoons with the snow outside and fire inside, watching one of these, there is no better way to spend an afternoon.
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434 of 449 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So what's on it???......So, HERE'Swhat's on it! 25 Feb 2006
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For the benefit of the reviewer above here's a list of all 14 films:
1. The hound of the Baskervilles
2. The voice of terror
3. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes
4. The secret weapon
5. Sherlock Holmes in Washington
6. Sherlock Holmes faces death
7. The spider woman
8. The pearl of death
9. The scarlet claw
10. The house of fear
11. Pursuit to Algiers
12. The woman in green
13. Terror by night
14. Dress to kill
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159 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 Rathbone/Bruce Movies in one superb set 1 Sep 2005
The 14 movies (on 7 discs) are:
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939
The Voice of Terror 1942
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 1942
Sherlock Holmes in Washington 1943
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943
The Spider Woman 1944
The Scarlet Claw 1944
The Pearl of Death 1944
The House of Fear 1945
The Woman in Green 1945
Pursuit to Algiers 1945
Terror by Night 1946
Dressed to Kill 1946 (Known in the UK as Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code)
Yes, I think Jeremy Brett is the best onscreen Holmes, but I grew up watching Basil Rathbone and these films are still wonderful, atmospheric movies that capture the spirit of Holmes the master detective.
The box set makes a great addition to any DVD collection.
Picture it; an open fire in midwinter, a glass of something in your hand and one of these movies flickering away on the TV. Bliss.
I also recommend the Sherlock Holmes radio shows that Rathbone and Bruce made in the 30s and 40s, they're great too - and the whopping great 23 DVD set of the Granada TV/Brett series (another excellent buy from Amazon).
I love being transported back and losing sight of the 21st century for an hour or two, and this DVD box set does that wonderfully.
The DVD transfer is excellent. The films look better than I have ever seen them.
Come on, get your credit card out... the game's afoot!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 hours ago by Bric Brac
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpieces
Beautiful collection of magnificent black-and-white films, starring the perfect Holmes/Watson team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Read more
Published 1 day ago by penname
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Holmes Collection!
Great job on the remastering of the films,now who needs any of the others.
Published 6 days ago by Rod Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent boxed set
Excellent boxed set. Even though it was second hand it still had all the original postcards that came with it when new, all DVDs were perfect as new. Read more
Published 10 days ago by John Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary my dear fellow
Best Sherlock Holmes collection classic black and white films with the legendary Basil Rathbone
Published 10 days ago by TC27
1.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my man as a thank you for ...
Got this for my man as a thank you for the holiday n all the driving he did. IT WONT PLAY ON ANYTHING...ANY OF THEM...... waiting to see what to do next???
Published 10 days ago by Highlandrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
what you see is what you get
Published 16 days ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed them thank you - Highly recommended
Published 18 days ago by mk sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a yes for Sherlock fans, even if you already have some of...
Rathbone is the best Sherlock just like Connery WAS Bond. An dthe UCLA crowd have done an amazing job of restoration.
Published 1 month ago by Craigmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars holmes
was purchased as a xmas present so dont what quality was like however have not heard anything bad about them
Published 2 months ago by anon
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