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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (Blu-Ray)

Basil Rathbone    Blu-ray
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection stars Basil Rathbone as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the venerable Dr. John H. Watson.

All 14 films in one set now available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Twelve of these classic tales were painstakingly restored to their orginal theatrical condition by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. By combining old and enw film elements, new 35mm masters were created to emulate the appearance and audio quality of a first-run motion picture. These restored versions also include war bond tags and the Universal Pictures logos that were removed from the original elements in the 1950s.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

"Sherlock Holmes, the immortal character of fiction created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859 to 1930], is ageless, invincible, and timeless.
In solving significant problems of the present day he remains--as ever--the supreme master of deductive reasoning."

The above printed introduction is found the in the first couple of movies in this fully restored collection of fourteen classic black and white movies (released in 2006) starring Basil Rathbone as the great detective with his loveable sidekick Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce). All movies were preserved by the UCLA film and television archive. They are presented on five discs with three movies per disc (except for the fifth disc that contains two movies).

The movies are presented in the order in which they were originally released. There titles are as follows:

(1) The Hound of the Baskervilles (a personal favorite)
(2) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (a personal favorite)
(3) Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (I liked this least)
(4) Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
(5) Sherlock Holmes in Washington
(6) Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
(7) The Spider Woman
(8) The Scarlet Claw (a personal favorite)
(9) The Pearl of Death
(10) The House of Fear (a personal favorite)
(11) The Woman in Green
(12) Pursuit to Algiers
(13) Terror by Night
(14) Dressed to Kill (a personal favorite)

All the movies were released between 1939 and 1946. The advantage of having these movies presented in order is that the viewer can see how the series evolved over time.

For example, the printed introduction mentioned above was phased out early.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sherlock Holmes Complete Collection July 29 2012
By Wayward
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This collection of remade Holmes movies is outstanding. I could never have imagined that they could clean up those old movies and sound to this level. This is a technological marvel.
I have collected Basil Rathbone movies of Holmes over the years by copying from TV but they don't compare in any way to the quality of this DVD.
I heartily recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in seeing Basil Rathbone and Holmes at their very best.
It is worth every penny of the cost and more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elementary! Feb. 22 2007
There have been only two long-running Sherlock Holmes actors who were really memorable: Jeremy Brett, and Basil Rathbone. And Rathbone is showcased at his best in "The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection," which collects all the excellent Sherlock movies (although the ones not cased on Arthur Conan Doyle's stories aren't quite as solid).

It opens with "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," which introduces us to the main characters. Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone) arrives at the courthouse a minute too late, and angrily watches his nemesis Professor Moriarty (George Zucco) go free because of a lack of evidence.

Sick of Holmes' investigations, Moriarty decides to utterly ruin Holmes with the most dastardly crime ever -- by distracting him with a bizarre threat to a young woman. Holmes becomes wrapped up in the potential murder, as the stressed-out police try to get him to pay attention to a threat to the Crown Jewels.

And after that, Holmes and his pal Watson (Nigel Bruce) solve all sorts of mysteries -- a string of bloody murders in a Canadian village, the theft of music-boxes, a stolen diamond on a train, the Hound of the Baskervilles on a lonely estate, World War II spies and kidnappings, a cursed pearl, the suicides of gamblers, castle murders, and a bizarre serial killing where the fingers are being removed.

Some of these Holmes movies are based on Doyle stories, and some aren't. Unsurprisingly, the ones that are based on Doyle stories ("Hound of the Baskervilles") tend to be a bit stronger than the ones that aren't ("Dressed to Kill"), and it's a little weird to see Holmes and Watson doing their patriotic duty in... World War II? Okay, whatever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sherlock of all time Aug. 23 2014
Just the best of ALL Sherlock Holmes series. Basil is the best suited for the role of Sherlock. The series was a boost to the morale of our allied troups during the war. Very nice details of clues in each films.Very nicely restored and never saw thoses in a pristine view. My memory was of films that was poor to mediocre view and plenty of sound and films defects. Just perfect in my eyes
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Quick, Watson! The game's afoot!" Jan. 31 2007
If you remember the old Sherlock Holmes films with fondness, you're sure to enjoy this DVD set. It contains all 14 films made by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, nicely restored, with an introduction, four commentaries, trailers, and still photos. I like all of the films, but my favorites are the gothic thrillers dealing with legends and superstitions in rural settings: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (set in the original Victorian period), "The Scarlet Claw," and "The House of Fear." Here Holmes is at the top of his game, single-handedly solving crimes with his brilliant powers of deduction. His comic sidekick, the always-foggy Dr. Watson, is the perfect balance to Holmes' arrogance and severity. Watson is charmingly dim, unfailingly loyal to Holmes, and even, once in a while, manages to be helpful. Blustering, helpless Police Inspector Lestrade pops up occasionally and is always fun.

The least engaging films for me are those in which Holmes battles spies during WWll: "The Secret Weapon," "The Voice of Terror," and "Sherlock Holmes in Washington." I think Holmes is more effective in intimate settings dealing with one protagonist and one villain. The most dastardly villain of all, of course, is evil Professor Moriarity, who is in three of the films, played by three different actors. There are half a dozen others who appear in almost all of the films, rotating from small to important parts, and t's fun to spot them.

Rathbone and Bruce are such a pleasant pair, providing puzzle-solving panache and sweet comedy relief. The dialogue is always sharp, the costumes elegant, and the films short (at just over an hour long), which keeps the action brisk. This collection is indeed a feast for Holmes fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy.
Love Sherlock Holmes. The quality of the restored films is fantastic.
Published 10 days ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by lingar007
5.0 out of 5 stars I received this is good order and good time
I received this is good order and good time, but have not yet viewed it. I am very much looking for to watching this.
Published 3 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb restoration
Most of the films are unbelievably clear and sharp - like a mint print on its opening night. I was astounded when I watched them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Asgeirsson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by sammidog
5.0 out of 5 stars a real treasure
this is a real treasure. Sherlock Holmes fans should have this in their library.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. P. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sherlock ever
I love Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson, I don't think any other actor portrayed the as well as they did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Rathbone!
This is the best collection of the definitive Sherlock Holmes movie series! Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce shine in these frugally made pictures. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronald O. Pfaff
5.0 out of 5 stars a great keepsake
nobody played Holmes and Watson like Rathbone and Bruce. The quintessential pairing in my opinion and I loved every minute of every film.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Macfarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sherlock Holmes.
I bought all the Sherlock Holmes movies on DVD because I'm replacing my VHS copies. I have watched all of the Sherlock Holmes movies again and again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diane Edwards
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