Sherlock Holmes Collection
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A must-have collection for every avid Sherlock Holmes fan
Features nine classic Sherlock Holmes films PLUS the complete 39-episode TV series. Starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Arthur Wontner, Raymond Massey, Reginald Owen, Ronald Howard, and more!
DISC 1 The Woman In Green (Basil Rathbone) Terror By Night (Basil Rathbone) Dressed To Kill (Basil Rathbone) Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon (Basil Rathbone)
DISC 2 Triumph Of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Wontner) Murder At The Baskervilles (Arthur Wontner) The Sign Of Four (Arthur Wontner) The Speckled Band (Raymond Massey) A Study In Scarlet (Reginald Owen)
DISC 3 6 39 episodes of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete TV Series Starring Ronald Howard as the world famous sleuth and H. Marion Crawford as the unflappable Dr. Watson, this critically acclaimed TV series is hailed as the most faithfully filmed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s legendary characters.
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1-It is extremely cheap and a great value for the money.
2-It presents the complete 39 episode TV series.
3-I've purchased a number of DVDs from other manufacturers presenting the Ronald Howard TV series (Mill Creek, Madacy, Echo Bridge, etc.), and believe everything is sourced from the same poor quality prints, this included, but comparing this PopFlix release to those other ones, the video quality here seems to be just slightly better than anything previously released. If you can't get the full series on DVD from PopFlix, the Echo Bridge 4-disc set is next best, but it only provides 33 of the 39 episodes.
4-The PopFlix company did something unusual on each of the 4 discs of the TV series, by including the complete opening title, credits and theme music, then just the episode titles for the remaining episodes on that DVD. At first I didn't like this approach, but later came to like it a lot. Although I like the memorable theme music, you don't have to sit through it when you want to watch multiple episodes and get right to the story.
The TV episodes were shown on public TV stations in the mid-1970s and the video quality seemed to be better, in my memory, than what has ever been available on VHS and DVD over the past 30 years. The original prints must exist somewhere and it's unfortunate the owner has evidently not allowed their release so we could enjoy this great series with better video. Until then, I really believe this PopFlix release has the best available video quality. It's not great by any means, but it's better than the rest.
I bought it for the Ronald Howard complete TV show episodes. The remaining 2 discs show several other actors' portrayals of Holmes in films of varying quality, and of course the Basil Rathbone portrayals are the best, but these are taken from public domain prints. It's a nice bonus though to buying the TV show.