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Mystery Classics: 50 Movie Pack (12DVD)

Basil Rathbone , Boris Karloff    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Get An Instant Library Of Some Of The Greatest Mystery Classics Ever To Come Out Of Hollywood On Twelve Double-Sided Dvds. Never Has Such A Comprehensive Collection Of Great Classic Mystery Features Been Assembled In One Exciting Package - All For An Amazingly Low Price!

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a collection! What a price! May 7 2004
I stumbled upon this DVD collection in the local Borders Bookstore and immediatley bought it. I am an afficionado of old movies, having grown up with many of them and I especially like the old war, mystery and sci-fi films. So, great was my excitement when I saw this fabulous collection. I couldn't believe the price and I wondered about the quality of the prints used and the DVD production. However, for the price I decided to take a chance and I have NOT been disappointed! This is one fabulous set with great films. The quality is excellent. I do not see how Treeline Films, the manufacturer, can do it. I realize most, if not all, of the films are in the public domain, but the process of recording 50 movies on 12 DVDs of this quality at this price is unbelievable. Many of these films have been on other DVDs and sets for much more!
These are not some obscure cheapies with unknown actors. They range from second features or 'B' films from the old double feature days in theaters, some of which were better than the first feature, to classic 'A' movies, such as "Suddenly" with Frank Sinatra, "Scarlet Street" with Edward G. Robinson (I watch anything he is in) and "He Walked By Night" with Richard Basehart, not to mention Glenn Ford, Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, William Powell, and, well, the list goes on.
Then there are the great Bulldog Drummond films and the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes features. Rathbone was always THE Sherlock Holmes to me until the advent of Jeremy Brett but he still holds a place near the top.
My only complaint about this set is it has only one of the Topper films, but, how can I really complain? Thank you Treeline Films! Please bring on more of the same! On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this set a 20!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Classic and Great Mystery Classics Oct. 21 2006
50 Movie Pack Mystery Classics

This package is one of the great movie bargains ever. It contains 50, count em 50, black and white movies in the mystery genre from the decades of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The collection represents a solid cross section of the genre from straight detective films such as Bull Dog Drummond to the dark, film noire of He Walks by Night and the incredible ruthless Detour. There is even a bit of humor with films such as Topper Returns and Nancy Drew, Reporter. One gets to watch many of the heroes of this era strut their stuff. There are samplings from Sherlock Holmes, (both Reginald Owen and Basil Rathbone), the Shadow, Dick Tracy and even The Mysterious Mr. Wong. The picture quality ranges from good to very good and the sound, while mono, is fine. If you like black and white films, this collection is for you. If you are 45 years old or older, these are the films you have not seen since those late shows as a kid. This would make a perfect gift for someone of this age group. The films come on 12 double sided DVD each of which has its own sturdy case. All twelve cases are contained in handy book like box which fits easily on a shelf, ready to be watched at a moments notice. This is a super collection at an excellent price. Well worth it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Deal... June 24 2004
These "50 Movie Packs" are a "Deal". 50 movies on 12 double sided DVDs for a lot less than $1
each. Some of these same movies are being sold in retail stores for between $5 to $15 each.
As to the movie quality, "your mileage will vary". Some are good, most are watchable and there
are a few stinkers {"The Sign Of Four"}. These are NOT classics, like the "Maltese Falcon" is
a classic. They are classics, just because they are old (and marketing by TreeLine).
These are black & white "B Movies" from the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s.
TreeLine Films does a good job of transferring them to DVD. They appear to have found films in
the best condition to do the transfers from. However it appears TreeLine did NOT do any
post-processing to the DVDs; to clean up past imperfections. The Historical Purists, will be
glad to know all the scratches in the films, lighting problems and audio aberrations have been
faithfully preserved, intact. There is only one option, "Scene Selection". The movies are
only broken into four separate scenes. It barely beats "Fast Forward". But, adding options
and doing post-processing clean up would have added to the overhead of production and resulted
in a lessening of "The Deal".
"A Picture" movie stars are sprinkled throughout all these movies. Remember, from the 30s to
early 50s, the Movie Studios ruled. For this period (before TV) outside of the movies, your
evening entertainment options were; going out to a nightclub/bar or staying home to listen to
the radio, read a book or watch the grass grow from your porch. The studios cranked out a lot
of pictures during this period.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super fun! May 3 2004
Already an owner of the 50 - Horror set, and the 50 - Sci-Fi set, I jumped for joy when I got this collection. I love those hokey old B&W mysteries. Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, Brian Donlevy, Bela Lugosi, James Cagney - even Frank Sinatra!
These are gems, some not so nifty, but still fun films, you have long forgotten or never thought you would see again.
A great addition to any B&W mystery fan. Well worth the price.
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