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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more reason to buy this DVD, 15 Aug 2008
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Ian Jones - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD] (DVD)
If you're only familiar with these episodes from catching repeats on ITV3 or (a few years back) Granada Plus, you're in for a treat. It turns out the versions in syndication have several cuts in them, whereas the ones on these DVDs are complete and unexpurgated. I didn't realise episodes like The Resident Patient and The Red-Headed League have entire scenes missing when you watch them on TV; it's been wonderful to discover the full-length versions here.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Adaptations To Stand The Test Of Time, 29 Nov 2006
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Mr. I. Clarke "wellerard_21" (Leeds UK) - See all my reviews
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The problem with Holmes on screen has always been two fold. Firstly that most productions have always been based on pastiches, or like, many of the Bond films bore similarity to the stories they were 'based on' virtually in title only. The second has been the portrayal of Doctor Watson. The middle aged bumbling idiot of Nigel Bruce's portrayal has always detracted from Basil Rathbone's performances, and is completely at odds in Doyle.

When Granada set out to do it in 1984, they did it the right way, and in these two series in particular, working heavily from the original texts and illustrations to guide them, and through the guidance of John Hawkesworth, who brought the nineteenth century to light in Duchess of Duke Street, they managed to work magic.

While the dramatisations are %90 faithful to the text, the characterisations are %100 solid. Brett doesn't just hold a candle to Rathbone, he burns him up, looking deeply into the soul of the sleuth and biting into the role, creating a self disciplined reasoner, whose only weaknesses surface when the work is not there. Filled with charm, yet steel, humour, and yet deep seriousness, and capturing all the Bohemian eccentricity of the character. Burke as the first Watson is enthusiastic, passionate, loyal, intelligent (though not as much as our hero) and steadfast. Hardwicke is a nice contrast, older, wiser, nd yet still capturing Burke's qualities.

Highly reccommeded.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last a decent transfer to DVD, 4 Mar 2005
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C. Goodall "vardekuk" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This excellent series was previously let down in the 23 disk set by poor transfers in the first two series.
This new collection has good transfers from the first episode. There are no extras and barely any information included with the disks but that is a minor point. The joy is to be able to see the incredible Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes clearly.
Wonderful!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise, 19 Mar 2005
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I can only agree with the previous reviewer, the transfers are, indeed, a huge improvement upon the earlier editions, including the American one. The subtitles(that are nicely done) will definitely please many, particularly the foreign viewers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor audio quality in some episodes, 20 May 2006
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These are excellent dramatisations of the Holmes stories. I had been put off by the comments on poor picture transfers and agree that these are good. The audio is very poor in several episodes however. There is either too much data compression on the soundtrack or too much noise gating. My experience with the "Jeeves and Wooster" DVDs is that the picture and sound were poor. This suggests that Granada have poor quality control.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection item for sherlock homes fiction lovers, 31 May 2006
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N. Kori (Somerset UK) - See all my reviews
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splendid performance by Jeremy Brett And David Burke. Wonderfully dramatized to the 19th century life stle and language. Must see collection
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MASTER AT WORK, 12 Oct 2009
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SPURS (HEATHFIELD, EAST SUSSEX United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD] (DVD)
NO ONE HAS COME NEAR BRETT OR WILL HE IS HOLMES AND HOLMES IS BRETT,
WATCH THE MASTER AT WORK PLAYING THE MASTER AT WORK
SUCH A SAD LOSS
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for the ladies out there..., 6 Nov 2007
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD] (DVD)
Ladies, buy this set for your husbands, boyfriends, etc. And if not for the man in your life, then buy it for YOU. Then sit back and marvel at the handsome and magnetic Jeremy Brett (as Sherlock Holmes). I have read much of the Doyle canon, and don't think I would have imaged that Sherlock Holmes could be such a sexy man. But Jeremy Brett turns his amazing acting talent on full force for these episodes, and what we get are funny, riveting, tremendously entertaining films. You will watch these again and again, and find something new to marvel at every time. And I cannot leave out the stellar performance of Watson by David Burke in Return. Brett and Burke act so well together -- it makes for such a delicious treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like period dramas, 3 Feb 2013
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I like period dramas
The various stories keep ones attention to the very end and the explaination is always fairly
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sherlock Holmes The Adventures, 4 July 2009
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Philip H. Petford (Shropshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This DVD collection is an excellent compilation of the original
TV series and manages to convey the mystery and atmosphere of
Conan Doyles books.
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