The Sherlock Holmes Collection (23 Disc Box Set) [DVD] 
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Sherlock Holmes is the greatest of all fictional detectives, as famous for his deerstalker and pipe as his legendary powers of observation and deduction. He is an aloof and private man driven by a fierce intellect that gives him astounding brilliance and unfathomable eccentricity in equal measure. The late Jeremy Brett, the definitive Holmes, stars in these beautiful adaptations taken from the classic ITV1 series.
The complete collection, includes 5 feature length episodes (2 brand new to DVD) and 36 one hour episodes (2 episodes per volume).
Featuring guest appearances from stars such as John Thaw (Morse), Robert Hardy (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets), Natasha Richardson (Maid In Manhattan), Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2), Peter Vaughan (Remains Of The Day) and many more.
The Sherlock Holmes Collection is a comprehensive box set containing all 36 hour-long episodes plus the five feature-length specials of Granada TV's classic series starring Jeremy Brett. Originally screened in 1984, the series ran intermittently until the mid-1990s, when the leading actor's chronically failing health forced a final end (he died in 1995). Still hailed by many as the definitive Holmes, Brett presented the great detective as a solitary, nervous and depressive personality whose brilliant flashes of inspiration were interrupted by long bouts of introspection and drug-induced lethargy. In the later feature-length episodes, the actor's own ill-health added a poignant extra dimension that both deepened and darkened his portrayal of Holmes.
In a welcome departure from earlier adaptations, Dr Watson (originally played by David Burke, then by Edward Hardwicke) is a thoroughly sensible, pragmatic--if rather unimaginative--companion, not at all the bumbling sidekick made famous by Nigel Bruce in the Basil Rathbone era. Aside from impeccable central casting--bolstered by a host of distinguished thespian guest stars--and scripts that remain remarkably faithful to Conan Doyle's original stories, the series also boasts lavish period production design and a haunting music score from Patrick Gowers. Although latterly they both err too far on the side of melodrama, overall both the series and Jeremy Brett's tour de force performances are likely to remain unsurpassed.
On the DVD: The Sherlock Holmes Collection DVD box set might be complete, but the individual discs themselves are disappointingly spartan, with no additional features of any kind nor any attempt to clean up the rather scratchy 4:3 picture quality or the dull mono sound. --Mark Walker
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The two "Adventures" series include some of Doyle's most intriguing stories, like "The Naval Treaty" and "The Resident Patient". But even in the less imaginative cases such as that of "The Copper Beeches", the direction, acting and particularly the attention to detail is so accomplished that the story instantly comes to life. What a beguiling moment it is when Holmes, possibly aroused by a flicker of desire as well as by mere curiosity, reaches out and briefly touches Natasha Richardson's hair.Read more ›
The boxset comes in a large, cardboard carrier, which is not luxurious but is eminently capable of storing them all. You get over 20 discs for your money too and it is cheaper than buying them all singly. Picture quality is good TV standard - as one would expect, the earlier episodes are the most prone to some graininess and colour loss, but this is by no means a problem and the image is absolutely fine - and, besides, only a real stickler would complain (I believe some of the mastertapes were damaged in some way, so we are lucky all episodes look this good). Sound quality is excellent too and the problems which marred the 80s/90s video releases of these programmes have been eradicated.
All in all, a superb collection of wonderful dramas - great locations, great period costume and setting, great supporting roles from a host of well-known British actors. And the great Jeremy Brett in his greatest triumph.
Production of the first two series was excellent, with high-quality sets, a haunting score, adaptations as close to the stories as you are ever likely to get, and some brilliant performances by the various cast members in each episode. David Burke proved a superlative Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, portraying the original character of a decorated, highly intelligent former Army, turned private doctor of medicine to perfection, and Edward Hardwicke in the later series picking up brilliantly as the (slightly) older Watson after David Burke left to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. The latter two series were less good (The Casebook and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) with some occasionally dreadful melodramatic direction, and soundtracks that boosted the music levels to such a degree that it is nearly impossible to hear the dialogue. Not so good. I'd agree too that Granada has made no effort whatsoever with the DVD's sadly -they haven't cleaned up the picture, or sorted out the music levels in the later series. No special features either -I rarely use them, but some would have been nice. Like chapters in the individual episodes for example! Not a lot to ask. Still, I'm thankful that we've got them all back, for it is Jeremy Brett's performances that are the true measure of the series.
Flawless.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An utterly addictive series, worth every penny, Jeremy Brett the fabulously flamboyant Holmes beats even the more modern versions and we are addicted to Sherlock Holmes in any... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. Helen E. Miles
For me, there is only one screen Sherlock and that is the inimitable Jeremy Brett, an actor for whom I’ve always had a special fondness after seeing him play, Freddy Eynsford-Hill... Read morePublished 9 months ago by still searching
Jeremy brett what more can one say they don't come any better than himPublished 9 months ago by Stuart Smith
Not as good as I remember, but that's probably my memory of it. It's really showing it's age!
That being said, it's good value for money.
what can i say sherlock holmes never fails to impress me saw them on tv and i enjoyed them.Published 11 months ago by L. Baldwin
Enthralling, excellent selection. I would have bought the entire series, but this was far cheaper and is also a good introduction to the series if you only want it for, say Hound... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Martin