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4pc:An Evening With Sherlock H

Basil Rathbone , Nigel Bruce , Roy William Neill    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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4-DVD set including these classic films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce: ""Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon"" (1942), ""The Woman in Green"" (1945), ""Terror By Night"" (1946), ""Dressed to Kill"" (1946). DVD Extras include: Extremely rare On-Camera interview with 'Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Theatrical Trailers, Still Photo scrapbook, Original Radio Broadcasts with the original cast of ""The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes""!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes July 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This set has its good points and its bad points. As other reviews have stated, the quality of the films isn't great. However, some of the reviews tend to exagerate the poor quality of the discs. The movies certainly don't look and sound perfect, but the quality is not atrocious either. "The Woman in Green" and "Terror by Night" are the best in quality. They actually look and sound quite decent, although there is a scene missing from "Terror by Night". "The Secret Weapon" varies in quality. About half of it looks and sounds fairly good but then other parts look a bit grainy or have black dots on the screen. However, the picture problems are not so bad as to make the film unwatchable. "Dressed to Kill" is the worst in quality. It looks a little fuzzy and the sound, while audible, could be better. This one is watchable as long as you don't demand perfect quality. The extras included in the set are great. The radio shows and the interview with Doyle have already been mentioned so I won't go into that in any detail. But this set is worth buying if you're interested in the extras. If not, then I wouldn't recommend it as the films themselves are not really worth the money.
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Format:DVD
First of all, I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. In the early 1980's a local LA television station played the entire Basil Rathbone series, one per Sunday, over a period of months. I taped the entire series. I purchased this DVD collection believing that I would have equal or better technical quality than my 20+ year old tapes. WRONG!! The sound quality is so poor as to be difficult to hear. Video is worse. I attribute this to lack of interest by the technicians. In this age of digital manipulation, the sound could, at a minimum, have been stabilized from the source. It actually should have been remastered. No, unfortunately, this set is a production by folks who just didn't care. Really disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! July 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'm really glad that I ignored all the negative reviews of this product and bought it anyway. I could not be happier with the purchase. First of all, the set is worth buying for the extras alone. Each disc contains 3 1/2 to 4 hours of radio shows with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce reading the parts of Holmes and Watson. The shows are awesome and the sound quality is excellent. It was worth the money just for the radio shows. This set also contains the interview with Arthur Conan Doyle in which he discusses, among other things, why he created Sherlock Holmes. Each disc also contains a movie trailer and a photo gallery. And secondly, the overall quality of the films is not that bad. It's certainly not great. Don't get me wrong. But I did not find it to be as bad as some of the other reviews say. The films are quite watchable. This set is definitely worth buying, assuming that you want the radio shows and the interview with Conan Doyle. However, if you are looking for great quality movies and aren't very interested in the extras, then don't buy this.
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Format:DVD
I'm surprised a higher rating hasn't been assigned to this boxed set of 4 Rathbone adventures.
If you're interested in old time Radio Drama, there are 15 hours of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" with classics like "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" along with "The Notorious Canary Trainer" spread throughout the DVDs.
I had some time ago seen an old movie of Sir Arthur on TV, and lo - here it is on the DVD! I'm really quite delighted by the whole set; very satisfying for my Sherlock Holmes Collection
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it for the films Oct. 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The other reviews already point out the reasons not to buy this set. The ONLY reason to own it is for the 15 hours of radio shows starring Rathbone & Bruce. There are plenty of radio shows available with others playing Holmes & Watson, but the Rathbone/Bruce shows are hard to find. Is it worth over $... for these shows? Only for the die hard fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by Transfer Aug. 26 2001
By IDB
Format:DVD
This is a case of great episodes shame about the quality of the transfer. I had been awaiting the release of these on DVD for a long time and was thrilled when they were released but.... on receipt I discovered the DVD's were unwatchable. Previously, I had recorded all the episodes from TV onto VHS and the sound and picture were 10x better than the DVD which was overexposed and so hissy you could hardly hear what was being said. To summarise, don't waste your money. I hope these are properly remastered and restored onto DVD by another studio to do the series justice. If so, I will be amongst the first in the queue to buy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this! Aug. 14 2001
Format:DVD
I love the old Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce adventures. Actually, I own all of them on VHS, so when they were going to be released on DVD I quickly placed an order. To say that this is a disappointment is to put it mildly.
First off, the movie quality is incredibly bad. Sound and visual is all a mess. And in the "restoration" they have edited key scenes! A great example is in Terror By Night when they don't introduce us to Watson's friend (Who plays an important part later).
The VHS copies I have of the old films show that there are prints out there of high quality. It's too bad they just didn't transfer those prints to DVD as compared to this mess they created from the old stock.... If you enjoy these films, avoid these DVDs and head over to the VHS editions released by Key Video.
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