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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Colin Jeavons, Edward Hardwicke, David Burke, Rosalie Williams
  • Directors: Brian Mills, Alan Grint, David Carson, Howard Baker, John Bruce
  • Producers: John Hawkesworth, June Wyndham-Davies, Michael Cox, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 2356 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z40TQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Sherlock Holmes - The Complete Collection DVD box set features all forty-one episodes (36 X 60 minutes and 5 X 120 minutes) taken from "The Adventures", "The Return", "The Casebook" and "The Memoirs" series.


Based on the crime novels and short stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this acclaimed series recreates the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries of murder and theft in Victorian times. Jeremy Brett stars in the lead role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, with David Burke playing the role of his assistant, Doctor John Watson, in Series One. In the second series, Burke is replaced by Edward Hardwicke.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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769 of 780 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
In his foreword to Bantam's "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories," Loren Estleman called the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson literature's warmest, most symbiotic and most timeless: rightfully so. Not surprisingly, film history is littered with adaptations of Conan Doyle's tales and Holmes pastiches (using the protagonists but otherwise independent storylines). Yet - and I'm saying this with particular apologies to the fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce canon - none of these prior incarnations can hold a candle to the ITV/Granada TV series produced between 1984 and 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and first David Burke, then, beginning with the second ("Return of Sherlock Holmes") cycle and in near-seamless transition, Edward Hardwicke as a refreshingly sturdy, pragmatic, unbumbling Dr. Watson.
Jeremy Brett was the only actor who ever managed to perfectly portray Holmes's imperiousness, bitingly ironic sense of humor and apparently indestructible self-control without at the same time neglecting his genuine friendship towards Dr. Watson and the weaknesses hidden below a surface dominated by his overarching intellectual powers. The series takes the titles of its four cycles of shorter episodes - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" - from four of the five short story collections featuring London's self-appointed only "consulting detective" (published 1892, 1905, 1894 and 1927, respectively); thus nominally omitting the 1917 collection "His Last Bow," which is, however - but for its title story - completely represented in individual episodes spread out over the other four cycles.
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359 of 364 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2009
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For me, Jeremy Brett was the definitive Sherlock Holmes and this fabulous box set shows just how good he was as the legendary detective. He appeared in four series for Granada Television and every episode is included in this 16 disc set. All of the feature length movies are also on show and though I prefer the shorter episodes, it is good to have everything in one collection.

The discs come in an attractive and reasonably compact box and there is a full episode listing on the back of the two cases. The picture looks pretty sharp from what I have seen so far and the sound is in mono or stereo. There are no extras to speak of which is a pity but there are English subtitles for the hard of hearing. It is hard to find any fault with this latest release and it is well worth five stars.

I suppose that many of you will have thier own favourite episodes but in general the quality of the stories is very good and this is television drama at a high level. It is sad to see the obvious struggles with his health that Jeremy Brett had while watching 'The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes' but he was always extremely watchable and even unpredictable. He got the role of a lifetime and did a superb job and you can't ask for any more than that. Although I also own an earlier release of the complete collection, this is the best one yet as the picture seems better and it is highly recommended.
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265 of 269 people found the following review helpful By R. Reed on 22 April 2005
Format: DVD
This re-released complete collection of "Sherlock Holmes" DVDs has been smartly re-packaged and now boasts subtitles, but there are still no extras of any kind; it's just the stories. The cleaned-up picture is indeed appreciably sharper and less muddied than in the earlier version, but the set as a whole is not radically different from that released in the 1990s. However, if you've yet to see these adaptations, don't let the paucity of improvements dissuade you from buying them because, for the most part, they're absolute crackers. The complete set comprises Adventures 1 and 2, Return, Casebook and Memoirs as well as the feature length films, and I'd agree with the widely-held view that the first two series were the best. David Burke is perfectly cast as the genial, unassuming Watson, who despite his state of continual perplexity is neither the oaf nor the dimwit that other actors played him as. Much has been written about Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Holmes, the vast majority of it favourable, though with some criticism levelled at the later 90s episodes. But in "Adventures", Brett is simply astonishing. Physically ideally suited for the part, he inhabits and commands the world of 221B to such a degree that you can scarcely imagine him playing or even being anyone else. With his slicked-back dark hair, sonorous voice and extraordinary razor-sharp face, Brett combined Holmes' intelligence and logic with all the nuances of neurosis, arrogance, humour, integrity and even hints of vulnerability and sexuality to create the most compelling screen characterisation to date.
The two "Adventures" series include some of Doyle's most intriguing stories, like "The Naval Treaty" and "The Resident Patient".
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark P. Williams VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
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.
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