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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! July 3 2002
By A Customer
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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1.0 out of 5 stars :"Excruciating, my dear Watson" Nov. 22 2000
The box set, "An evening with Sherlock Holmes", holds some of the worst film to video transfers ever seen. Exceeded in inferiority only by the sound tracks. I purchased my first VCR in 1981 and immediately set about to capture all 13 of the Rathbone/Bruce collaborations. I literally have more complete, better preserved copies of all the films taped from my then, local T.V. channels...and the newest one is fifteen years old. I take extremely good care of my tapes. Even though I can still enjoy them, age will catch up sooner or later. The prospect of snatching them up on DVD had me chomping at the bit. I had never heard of Focus Film, the company responsible for this sham, but now that I know it I WILL run the other way everytime it excreets new product. There is a new double feature DVD with two of the same titles in this collection by yet another seemingly small time poser trying to pluck the rose of public domain. Do I know if this offering has been digitally enhanced ? Nope, sure don't and I will require proof before I jump off the same cliff twice. By the by, the first two S.H. films were done for 20th Century Fox in 1939. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Universal picked up the franchise in the early fortys and from 1942 to 1946 released the other eleven films. Please forgive the order. I'm going to try to list them from memory... Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Missing Pieces Sept. 30 2000
The rating is for the collection, not the movies!
I've only recently viewed one title,"Terror by Night", one of my favorites, and within the first 6 minutes was astonished by a large gap in footage. Holmes has just said that he's going to wait for Watson who's late and suddenly, BANG, we're on the train with Holmes and Watson. Lost is a whole sequence where Watson breathlessly runs down the platform and jumps aboard the moving train with his "friend" who later turns out to be the infamous Colonel Sebastian Moran and the prime villain. I haven't timed it but the gap must comprise 2 or 3 minutes! I haven't watched past that gap nor have I watched any of the others. I don't trust the copies. What else is missing?! A copy should be faitful to the original and not edited. I've seen the film on TV several times and have a VHS copy. In all of those the film is intact so there must complete sub-masters (at least) available. I'm not sure what I should do except return the collection as flawed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tenth-generation VHS on DVD! July 9 2000
This boxed set is a video joke, correction, a "boxed-set" video rip off. Unless, of course, you like to watch old-time radio on DVD (more on this later). In very small print at the bottom of the back of the box is this warning: "The enclosed four DVD titles were miraculously restored from the only known surviving prints, which were extremely damaged." This would surely be news to Universal who holds the copyright on each film as well as, say, buyers of the pristine, "Hi-Fi" VHS prints released in the late 1980's by CBS/Fox on the Key Video label! All four DVD films are derived from NON-DIGITAL source materials, and sure look like boot-leg versions--all the usual tip offs are present including damaged frames (lots), unwatchable over exposed frames (lots and lots), totally unwatchable under exposed frames (beyond lots), garbled/garbage sound (when you can actually hear something), etc. All that seems to be missing are the back of heads in the way of the screen and people blocking the screen as they come and go from their theater seats. (Curiously, some of the film previews/trailers look and sound better than the films!) The only item of possible interest in the video domain is a 1930 filmed lecture by Holmes-creator (and frequent destroyer) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (using Bill Fox's MovieTone sound-on-film process) with video and audio that far surpasses the films themselves! (This lecture was originally released commercially on 16mm film by the long-defunct Blackhawk Films.) Then there are the 30 half-hour radio shows done by Rathbone and Bruce (while they were making the Holmes films at Universal) sponsored by a long defunct wine company--the commercials are included for reasons known only to the box-set producer! Read more ›
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Most recent customer reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing quality from a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.
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. Read more
Published on July 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with Basil Rathbone, and Extra DVD Features
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... Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Nik Grant
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it for the films
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by Transfer
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2001 by IDB
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by Scott Southard
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
I passed on purchasing VHS versions of the Sherlock Holmes movies, looking to the promise of DVD. Well, I should have purchased VHS. Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by "mikestg"
1.0 out of 5 stars Hardly worth 1 star
The quality of this DVD collection is extremely poor. Films are missing segments. The sound is very poor and occasionally out of synchronization with the video. Read more
Published on July 2 2001 by "oregonjs"
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Sherlock Holmes & Have for Years
Many Enjoyable Hours have been spent watching Sherlock Holmes & I Am Looking Forward to More Episodes being offered. Read more
Published on June 13 2001 by al phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars A delighful evening every Sherlock Holmes fan would enjoy.
I must admit my benevolent addiction to Sherlock Holmes which has lasted many years. This package provides visual enjoyment as well as audio adventure. Read more
Published on March 29 2001 by gary o. o'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality Transfer
I grew up watching Basil Rathbone in Sherlock Holmes and the old Charlie Chan series every Sunday afternoon on WGN. Read more
Published on March 13 2001 by BlackCoffee
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