- Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
- Directors: Sidney Lanfield, Roy William Neill, John Rawlins
- Format: Box set, PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 7
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2005
- Run Time: 974 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0006M4S46
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
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Basil Rathbone stars in this collection of 14 Sherlock Holmes films: 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon', 'Sherlock Holmes in Washington', 'Sherlock Holmes Faces Death', 'Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman', 'The Scarlet Claw', 'The Pearl of Death', 'The House of Fear', 'The Woman in Green', 'Pursuit to Algiers', 'Terror by Night' and 'Dressed to Kill'.
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As a big Sherlock/Rathbone fan, in a mad attempt to get decent copies of these films, I've been buying Sherlock DVDs on many different labels since I've had a DVD player. Most of the ones I have acquired originate from USA. They've all been released in this country by Orbit Media. The quality of the pictures & sound is generally poor. Some of the copies I've paid out for are nothing short of miserable.
This set absolutely wipes the floor with EVERY other Rathbone Holmes DVD on the market. For picture quality & sound clarity it is positively without rival. Quality is simply pristine.
As for the films themselves - you probably know! I'm aware the Brett fans will argue til the cows come home that he was the best (and I can see why), but for me, Rathbone WAS Holmes. Nigel Bruce's bumbling Watson has been an iritant of serious Sherlockians since these films were made, but as someone who largely came to Holmes through this series, I personally have a lot of affection for both the actor and his clumsy, pompous Watson.
One of the discs contains a short documentary, detailing the lengths that the producers went to get this set as brilliant as it is. It was 10 years in the making!
There are expert and insightful audio commentaries by David Stuart Davies on 5 of the films. These were full of fascinating facts about a whole range of subjects connected to the pictures you were seeing; from subtle props (that I hadn't previously spotted) through to mini biographies of the actors who pop up throughout the 14 films. It's honestly just wonderful!Read more ›
Mainly produced and directed by Roy William Neill, the series originated in England where the first 2 films were made. Each used “period’” costume and setting, although only the first was based on a Conan Doyle story. Then production was transferred to Hollywood where mainly British cast members were still used, but the settings were now contemporary and sometimes the films were unashamedly war propaganda.
With a presence, appearance and inimitable diction, Basil Rathbone is unsurpassed as an exponent of Sherlock Holmes in film. His wish to be relieved of the role and the death of regular producer and director Roy William Neill terminated the series. Nigel Bruce, as Doctor Watson, replicates the bluff, doddery English buffoon that he played so well in numerous films of those years. It’s nothing like Conan Doyle’s original, but wonderfully endearing.
These were never more than B Grade film productions in their day, most lasting little more than one hour. Somehow, their appeal remains strong. If the opportunity arises, and visitors and relatives of all ages survey my shelves, one or other of these films is often chosen in preference to something of more substance. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is the most often chosen, but my favorite is “Pursuit to Algiers”.
1. The hound of the Baskervilles
2. The voice of terror
3. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes
4. The secret weapon
5. Sherlock Holmes in Washington
6. Sherlock Holmes faces death
7. The spider woman
8. The pearl of death
9. The scarlet claw
10. The house of fear
11. Pursuit to Algiers
12. The woman in green
13. Terror by night
14. Dress to kill
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939
The Voice of Terror 1942
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 1942
Sherlock Holmes in Washington 1943
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943
The Spider Woman 1944
The Scarlet Claw 1944
The Pearl of Death 1944
The House of Fear 1945
The Woman in Green 1945
Pursuit to Algiers 1945
Terror by Night 1946
Dressed to Kill 1946 (Known in the UK as Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code)
Yes, I think Jeremy Brett is the best onscreen Holmes, but I grew up watching Basil Rathbone and these films are still wonderful, atmospheric movies that capture the spirit of Holmes the master detective.
The box set makes a great addition to any DVD collection.
Picture it; an open fire in midwinter, a glass of something in your hand and one of these movies flickering away on the TV. Bliss.
I also recommend the Sherlock Holmes radio shows that Rathbone and Bruce made in the 30s and 40s, they're great too - and the whopping great 23 DVD set of the Granada TV/Brett series (another excellent buy from Amazon).
I love being transported back and losing sight of the 21st century for an hour or two, and this DVD box set does that wonderfully.
The DVD transfer is excellent. The films look better than I have ever seen them.
Come on, get your credit card out... the game's afoot!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BASIL RATHBONE IS SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE SAME AS SEAN CONNERY IS JAMES BOND AND ROGER MOORE IS THE SAINT. Read morePublished 1 day ago by briansaxjones
Bought as a gift for my husband,brilliant box set.Arrived on time and good condition.Very pleased !Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer