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Sherlock Holmes: Greatest Mysteries Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2010
  • Run Time: 1560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BWN54C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By len noble on 21 Jun. 2013
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great value for money and great service arrived within 10 days, hours of viewing quick fire half hour cases then the films what more do you want cheers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chris s. on 23 Feb. 2012
Best sherlock holmes series by far , and at this price its a must buy ,+ extra films as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IF on 30 Oct. 2013
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These are the Sherlock Holmes films that I remember from childhood, and it's wonderful to see them again. Quality is poor in places, but these are old films now, and it doesn't detract too much when watching them. I can recommend this collection.
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On the plus side, with 39 half-hour episodes and 8 full-length films, you can't complain if its quantity you're after. Also, despite being 'region 1', NTSC, it works fine with my dvd player that's about 12 years old, in conjunction ]with even older CRT 32-inch colour t.v. ,via an ordinary scart lead. NTSC is not compatible with PAL so I fully expected it not to work.

On the downside, by modern-day standards, the acting is rather stilted and the technical quality of each black and white episode, very poor. I'm still struggling my way through them and look forward to getting rid of it on eBay.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Sherlock Holmes Collectors Edition 31 Mar. 2010
By J4A72 - Published on Amazon.com
A COLLECTION OF SHERLOCK CLASSICS!

The greatest mysteries of the world's most recognized sleuth!

The legacy of the investigative mastermind Sherlock Holmes has transcended through three centuries and appeared in books, television series, films and so much more. This deluxe 5 DVD collection features 8 feature films and the entire 39 episode American television series featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
master sleuth in some of his greatest mysteries and adventures.

STARRING:

RONALD HOWARD, HOWARD MARION-CRAWFORD, BASIL RATHBONE, ARTHUR WONTNER,
REGINALD OWEN, ARCHIE DUNCAN...and many more!!

The only DVD release to feature all 39 episodes of the series PLUS 8 Sherlock Holmes MOVIES!

TITLES:

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Starring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes
Follow the adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes (Ronald Howard) and his faithful assistant Dr. Watson (Howard Marion-Crawford) as they solve one baffling case after another with the aid of the bumbling Inspector Lestrade (Archie Duncan). Including the entire 39 episode series, this engaging television show infuses the wonderful Holmes mysteries with fresh energy and vigor, providing hours of captivating entertainment. BONUS: Featuring introductions by Christopher Lee who reinvigorated the role of Holmes in later features.

DRESSED TO KILL
Starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
(1946) - B&W - 108 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are on the trail of a plot that threatens to destroy the financial fabric of England.

MURDER AT THE BASKERVILLES
Starring Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
(1937) - B&W - 71 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Ian Fleming) are on vacation and pay a visit to Baskerville Manor to solve the kidnapping of Sir Henry's prized horse, Silver Blaze, and the murder of the young stable boy.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON
Starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
(1943) - B&W - 68 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are searching for a kidnapped scientist whose invention may decide the fate of World War II where both the Allies and the Nazis are in a desperate race to possess it for their own benefit.

THE SIGN OF FOUR
Starring Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
(1932)- B&W - 75 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Ian Hunter) are determined to protect Mary Morstan (Isla Bevan), a frightened young woman who is threatened by an escaped murderer.

A STUDY IN SCARLET
Starring Reginald Owen as Sherlock Holmes
(1933) - B&W - 77 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes is charged with investigating the slayings of members of an organization known as "The Scarlet Ring". When he visits the stately home Mrs. Pyke (Anna May Wong), the widow of one of the deceased victims, Holmes must face his ultimate challenge.

TERROR BY NIGHT
Starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
(1946) - B&W - 59 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes has been commissioned to track down the thieves of the fabulous Star of Rhodesia diamond that is owned by Lady Margaret Carstairs (Mary Forbes) and find those responsible for the murder of her son.

THE TRIUMPH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Starring Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes
(1935) - B&W - 75 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Ian Fleming) travel to Birlstone Castle to unravel a mysterious murder which leads to a secret American society of coal-miners called the Scowlers.

THE WOMAN IN GREEN
Starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
(1945) - B&W - 65 Minutes
Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are attempting to help Scotland Yard in solving a series of strange, seemingly random murders.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Decent Value For The Price 4 Oct. 2010
By Saxman - Published on Amazon.com
As noted in the first review of this set, there are 8 films and the complete 1954 Sherlock Holmes television series starring Ronald Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as a Watson much closer to the character Doyle depicted in his novels and stories than the Fox/Universal film series. No brain-dead Nigel Bruce version of Watson is to be found in that TV series. All in all a very enjoyable series with some clever original stories for once set in the time period of the original stories. Howard plays Holmes with a rather impish and delightful sense of humor, a man helping out the underdog and the oppressed.

The three films starring Arthur Wontner as Holmes depict the Great Detective as smug, insufferable and superior to everyone. There is none of the humor Jeremy Brett or even Basil Rathbone brought to the character. Reginald Owen plays Reginald Owen in one film. In fact, to me, he ALWAYS played Reginald Owen in whatever film he was in.

There are four films with the Rathbone/Bruce team from their days with Universal studios where the stories are set in the then current time period of the 1940s. Rathbone was always a very good Holmes, but Bruce, a fine actor stuck with a one-note comic relief role, leaves a lot to be desired as Watson. This is the fault of the scripts where he is bumbling comic relief, not the actor, who is skilled enough to make this version of Watson somewhat likeable, if not the way Doyle intended him.

So why the 3 star rating? The quality of these public domain films and the 1954 television series are poor, with lots of surface noise, occasional dialog skips and absolutely no work done to clean them up. In the case of the Wontner and Owens films, the prints are sometimes so dirty it's hard to make out what is going on. However, I paid $6.99 for this set at Target and that is a good buy for this many hours of entertainment, particularly the 1954 series with Howard and Crawford.

However, the Holmes fanatic is probably best served by the never-to-be-topped but not inexpensive Jeremy Brett Granada Sherlock Holmes television series/films of 1984-1995.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Value Sherlock 25 Aug. 2010
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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The feature movies as has been presented in the March 2010 Amazon review (above) are a nice sampling of the earlier movie portrayals of Sherlock Holmes. But for me the TV serial of Sherlock Holmes was a surprising favorite. Ronald Howard - no relation to U.S. Actor/director Ron Howard but rather the son of Leslie Howard - is a less creepy but believable Sherlock Holmes - and he and the cast clearly had a good time on the set. The quality of the TV series is surprising - and occasional on-location filming is fun and interesting to view (including the inserts from early silent film of London and Paris). Really a clever TV program that I am glad can be seen today. The quality is pretty good - not great - and not terrible.

Well worth the low price of 5 DVDs...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed! 18 Jan. 2011
By BagOTricks - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and after reading one of the reviews
that mention Dr. Watson was treated intelligently and not like a
buffoon in the English television episodes, I was anxious to order
this collection. The sound quality is horrible. There is an
underlying hum that is maddening. But at $5.99 it would cost
more to send it back than keep. Save your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Satisfying Sherlock Compendium 12 Jan. 2012
By Robert C. Meadows - Published on Amazon.com
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At this bargain price, no Sherlock fan should hesitate to own this collection. The 39 TV shows star a very competent lead actor (Ronald Howard) who does no disjustice to the legendary detective. In addition, there are 8 full-length movies included, filmed between 1932 and 1946. In all, this is a great supplement to the more commonly-available Sherlockian canon.

The lack of a 5th star results, unfortunately, for some trouble with the discs. Some of the episodes "stuck" on my player. Nevertheless, while annoying, this occasional technical problem still left me with many hours of enjoyable experiences.
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