I had already got the limited BBC Learning DVD release of this story and was quite pleased with it. Cushing is on good form and Nigel Stock makes a very good Watson showing that the Granada "get Watson right" ethic had been tried already but then again I think that the Granada TV series did cement that for all time. Obviously this version is much more in line with the novel than the excellent but tailored to theatrical Hammer version. For example this Hound uses a young Dr. Mortimer and has the novel version of Beryl Stapelton's relationship with her "brother" as well as Laura Lyons. The realization of the ending could have been a little more dramatic but I guess time ran out as usual. Of course more fidelity to the novel means less of Mr. Cushing onscreen.
The series was filmed in colour and has the usual video/film mix
of BBC series of the time. While no restoration was done that I am aware of the show looks fine.The menus before were a little basic and one hopes that the new version will be better in that regard.
The series had 16 episodes. Unfortunately only 6 survive. The two-part Hound, A Study in Scarlet,The Sign of Four, The Blue Carbuncle and The Boscombe Valley Mystery which are all being released on DVD. Lost stories are The Second Stain, The Dancing Men, The Greek Interpreter, The Naval Treaty, Thor Bridge (That was the title used), The Musgrave Ritual (I don't know if it was updated as the Granada version was), Black Peter(Really unfortunate as this is the only TV dramatization of this story), Wisteria Lodge, Shoscombe Old Place and The Solitary Cyclist.
Let's hope that other classic BBC series of which only a few episodes exist also come to light.