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A Fantastic Boxset Of These Classic Iconic Films
on 1 August 2007
This was a collection that I had waited years for and it didn't disappoint. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce will always be Holmes and Watson for me and the chance to see these great 1940's films in a clear remastered form was too good to miss.
I'm not going to go into plot details of each film as that has already been done, the boxset's highlight apart from the remastering of the films themselves is the great documentary on the restoration of the series, the amount of work that went into restoring these old prints was staggering and took years but the results show, depending on the original condition of each film a handful of them look as if they were filmed yesterday while the others have been improved enormously. The one downside is that I would have prefered a mini documentary on each of the film's restoration rather than the same general overview of all the films that is repeated on every disc, good though it is.
A selection of the films has the original movie trailers attached and these have not been restored but are so interesting and rare that I don't really care and in a way being presented in their raw form as it were does invoke a strange kind of Pathe newsreel type footage feeling and I can imagine being in the old cinemas watching this, another great special feature.
There are audio commentaries on selected episodes by various Holmes experts and they are among the best that I have ever heard, the amount of information that they provide is astounding, not only about the Holmes films but movies of the time in general. There are also reproductions of a selection of the movie posters on postcard that are varied in each boxset, a friend's set of 5 cards are completely different from mine.
These films are classic and brilliant and for the remastered footage alone any Holmes or old movie fan simply must own this boxset, with the excellent and rare special features making it even more indispensible.