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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Brett
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £21.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 30 Sept. 2010
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This box set is outstanding value. The Jeremy Brett/Edward Hardwicke incarnations of Holmes and Watson will never be bettered. The scripts are very faithful to the original stories and there are guest appearances from many fine actors. Buy it!


Rumpole of the Bailey The Complete Collection [DVD] [1978]
Rumpole of the Bailey The Complete Collection [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Leo McKern
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain!, 23 Sept. 2010
What a fantastic bargain this box set is. John Mortimer's wry and witty scripts are a delight. The eponymous character is perfectly portrayed by Leo McKern and in the same way that Jeremy Brett 'is' Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet 'is' Hercule Poirot and Joan Hickson 'is' Miss Marple, it is difficult to imagine anyone else in the role. Obey your instincts and buy this.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!, 23 Sept. 2010
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A wonderful piece of kit, but bibliophiles beware of its seductive charms. It's so easy to buy and download books you can't resist it. Only kidding. It's great!


Sherlock - Series 1 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
Sherlock - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £6.45

5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Holmes, 23 Sept. 2010
I was initially doubtful whether I would enjoy this series, as I have always felt that the superb Jeremy Brett/Edward Hardwicke incarnations of Holmes and Watson could never be bettered. I still think that, but nevertheless found this latest 21st century interpretation absorbing and entertaining in its own right. There is room for them both in the Holmesian world. The Victorian Holmes would, I am sure, have been fascinated by and made full use of modern technology had it been available to him. I look forward to a second series.


Secret Army: The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD] [1977]
Secret Army: The Complete Series 1-3 [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Bernard Hepton
Offered by Gift_Of_Sound
Price: £85.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful, 22 Sept. 2010
What can you say? This wonderful series cannot be bettered for writing or acting. You may like to know that another great early 1970s BBC series, from the same producer and writers, 'Colditz' was released on 15 November 2010.


Colditz - The Complete BBC Collection (with 5 Limited Edition Art Cards & Collector's Booklet) [DVD] [1972]
Colditz - The Complete BBC Collection (with 5 Limited Edition Art Cards & Collector's Booklet) [DVD] [1972]
Dvd ~ Jack Hedley
Price: £25.69

83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention!, 22 Sept. 2010
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At last, after years of waiting, this fantastic series from the early 1970s is now available. It's very well written with historical accuracy (from the same stable as that other great series, Secret Army). Character driven, with fine acting from many well known actors of the time, including a notable and moving performance from Michael Bryant, as Wing Commander George Marsh, who feigns (or is it real?) insanity in episode 10 'Tweedledum'. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.
The cast includes:-

David McCallum (Flight Lt. Simon Carter)
Michael Bryant (Wing Commander George Marsh)
Paul Chapman (Capt. George Brent)
Edward Hardwicke (Capt. Pat Grant)
Jack Hedley (Lt. Col. John Preston)
Richard Heffer (Capt. Tim Downing)
Bernard Hepton (Kommandant)
Hans Meyer (Hauptman Franz Ulmann)
Christopher Neame (Lt. Dick Player)
Peter Penry-Jones (P.O. Peter Muir)
Anthony Valentine (Major Horst Mohn)
Robert Wagner (Flight Lt. Phil Carrington)

Watch out for a young Dennis Waterman as a German Propaganda Ministry man in episode 6. Other familiar faces include Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Gough, Patrick Troughton, Peter Barkworth, Kenneth Griffith, Ronald Lacey, Ray Smith, Willie Rushton et al. The list is almost endless. A veritable Who's Who of acting talent of the time. Peter Penry-Jones is the father of Rupert Penry-Jones(Spooks).

The picture quality of the DVD is perfectly acceptable, if perhaps not quite up to modern day standards. Most studio scenes are video, with filmed inserts in the 'courtyard' etc. In fact, I find that any slight imperfections there may be actually add to the 'period' atmosphere of dark claustrophobia.

On the final disc, there is a short interview, from the early 1970s, with the late Major Pat Reid MBE MC, Colditz escaper and author of 'The Colditz Story' and 'The Latter Days', upon which the TV series was based. Major Reid was consultant to the series and Edward Hardwicke's character, Pat Grant, is based on him. The interviewer is Frank Gillard, himself a famous BBC radio war correspondent during WWII.

Sadly, Edward Hardwicke, a fine actor also well known as Doctor Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes,died on 16 May 2011.
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