As noted in the first review of this set, there are 8 films and the complete 1954 Sherlock Holmes television series starring Ronald Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as a Watson much closer to the character Doyle depicted in his novels and stories than the Fox/Universal film series. No brain-dead Nigel Bruce version of Watson is to be found in that TV series. All in all a very enjoyable series with some clever original stories for once set in the time period of the original stories. Howard plays Holmes with a rather impish and delightful sense of humor, a man helping out the underdog and the oppressed.
The three films starring Arthur Wontner as Holmes depict the Great Detective as smug, insufferable and superior to everyone. There is none of the humor Jeremy Brett or even Basil Rathbone brought to the character. Reginald Owen plays Reginald Owen in one film. In fact, to me, he ALWAYS played Reginald Owen in whatever film he was in.
There are four films with the Rathbone/Bruce team from their days with Universal studios where the stories are set in the then current time period of the 1940s. Rathbone was always a very good Holmes, but Bruce, a fine actor stuck with a one-note comic relief role, leaves a lot to be desired as Watson. This is the fault of the scripts where he is bumbling comic relief, not the actor, who is skilled enough to make this version of Watson somewhat likeable, if not the way Doyle intended him.
So why the 3 star rating? The quality of these public domain films and the 1954 television series are poor, with lots of surface noise, occasional dialog skips and absolutely no work done to clean them up. In the case of the Wontner and Owens films, the prints are sometimes so dirty it's hard to make out what is going on. However, I paid $6.99 for this set at Target and that is a good buy for this many hours of entertainment, particularly the 1954 series with Howard and Crawford.
However, the Holmes fanatic is probably best served by the never-to-be-topped but not inexpensive Jeremy Brett Granada Sherlock Holmes television series/films of 1984-1995.