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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke, Eric Porter, Charles Gray
  • Directors: David Carson, Alan Grint, John Bruce, Paul Annett
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Mono
  • Subtitles: 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 Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 2358 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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
Silver Blaze
Wisteria Lodge
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.

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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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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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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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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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