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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [DVD]
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Sherlock Holmes, the creation of novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of the world’s greatest and most popular 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 and as ever Dr Watson is on hand as his indispensable assistant. Featuring guests appearances from stars such as John Thaw (Inspector 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. This 16 disc boxset contains the entire Sherlock series. Episodes include:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes :
A Scandal In Bohemia
The Dancing Men
The Naval Treaty
The Solitary Cyclist
A Crooked Man
The Speckled Band
The Blue Carbunkle
The Copper Beeches
The Greek Interpreter
The Norwood Builder
The Resident Patient
The Red Headed League
The Final Problem
The Return Of Sherlock Holmes:
The Empty House
The Priory School
The Second Strain
The Musgrove Ritual
The Abbey Grange
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Six Napoleons
The Sign of Four
The Devil’s Foot
The Bruce Partington Plans
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes:
The Disappearance Of Lady Frances Carfax
The Problem of Thor Bridge
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Illustrious Client
The Creeping Man
The Master Blackmailer
The Last Vampyre
The Eligible Bachelor
The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes:
The Three Gables
The Dying Detective
The Golden Pince-Nez
The Red Circle
The Mazarin Stone
The Cardboard Box
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
The two "Adventures" series include some of Doyle's most intriguing stories, like "The Naval Treaty" and "The Resident Patient".Read more ›
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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Have always loved these. My favourite on screen Holmes. Very true to the original books.
A must for any fan. Read more
There's no better Holmes than Jeremy Brett, and there are no better Watsons than David Burke and Edward Hardwicke..Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It seems I'm just another voice in the 'amen corner', testifying with many an amen and hallelujah to the excellence of this terrific series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sebastian Palmer