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The Sherlock Holmes Collection [Import]
The Sherlock Holmes Collection [Import]
Top Customer Reviews
These films are only slightly better than Christopher Lee's German production of "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace".
Don't be tempted by the low price. This set is not worth the price of postage. Save your money for the MPI Rathbone series.
Matt Frewer has his detractors, but things are never dull or dreary with him involved. He seems to be having fun. I did the same while watching him. He reminded me of the comedic tone of the better Rathbone and Bruce efforts, the humorous moments in Caine and Kingsley's Without A Clue, and the sense of fun of the Ronald Howard series. Kenneth Welsh is a splendid Watson. Welsh has become my favorite of all cinematic Watsons. His interpay with Frewer is delightful.
The relationship between Mycroft and Sherlock is most interesting. It's a tangled skein to be sure. It shows that Frewer's Holmes can be more that just humorous. The same is true of Holmes' interaction with the alluring Irene Adler. Frewer is wonderful in those scenes. Miss Adler knows just how to get under his skin. This is a fine collection. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I found it to be an extremely lively and entertaining set.
They're like the "Plan 9" of Sherlock Holmes movies.
Since these Sherlock Holmes TV movies were filmed in Canada, Frewer might have been chosen for the lead role because, as a Canadian, he fulfilled the quota of casting Canadians in key roles which allowed the producers to get certain tax breaks in the production. He certainly wasn't chosen because of his suitability to play the part. Thankfully, Frewer's acting becomes slightly less ridiculous as the series progressed, but he still remains the goofiest Holmes ever!
This series is best suited for people who think Kevin Sorbo's "Hercules" was faithful to the ancient Latin texts.
Firstly I consider myself a dedicated and serious Sherlockian. As such I believe that Matt Frewer is an excellent Holmes - in fact one of the best that I have seen (perhaps second only to Jeremy Brett). His main eccentricity is his youth - but experts declare that at the time of the Hound escapade Holmes was less than 35 years of age. Mr. Frewer fits this requirement perfectly. His physical appearance also is ideal. This Holmes seems to possess considerable nervous energy and is downright playful at times with Dr. Watson. We know that Holmes was subject to considerable mood swings; this Holmes is preponderantly upbeat.
This Dr. Watson, while himself satisfactory, makes an odd mix with this Holmes. Watson was supposed to be about 7 years older than Holmes; here he looks more like 25 years his senior. Indeed it sometimes seems that it is Watson who is the solid voice of reason, calming his occasionally overemotional associate. Anyone who likes a human Holmes will appreciate this arrangement. A simplified prÃ©cis of Frewer/Holmes is that it is the exact opposite of Rathbone/Holmes.
The comment of one reviewer regarding incompetence of the acting I consider as purest twaddle from someone who simply didn't like this representation of Holmes. All the acting is professional and creditable.
My rating of the four episodes presented here: Hound - 5 stars, Sign of Four - 5 stars, Royal Scandal - 2 .5 stars, Whitechapel Vampire - 4 stars.
The two canonical novels are surprisingly good, due to excellent story editing and scripts.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bet Mr Frewer knew that kids would be watching so he gave them a very funny version of Holmes that they would love. It worked. My kids can't get enough of this guy. Read morePublished on July 3 2004
This collection of Canadian is a lot of fun, and well worth the $18.
There are only a few minor problems:
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My nine year old nephew loves this collection of Holmes mysteries. These episodes are mysterious, funny, action packed, and down right creepy at times. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Moriarty
Having enjoyed the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson for decades, I recently discovered the Frewer and Welsh versions and gave them a viewing. Read morePublished on May 3 2004
Although Jeremy Brett will always be my ideal Sherlock, Matt Frewer gives an absolutely terrific performance as the great detective in this 4 episode DVD collection. Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by HannahR
The four Holmes adventures in this set are all fun viewing. The actors playing Holmes and Watson make a great team, but Holmes is not what I expected. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by William
I've tried Brett, Cushing, Lee, and Rathbone, but always there were members of my family who were less than captivated...until this DVD set. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
I have never been a Matt Frewer fan, but his interpretation of Holmes is extraordinary. How nice it is to see new life brought to the character of Sherlock Holmes! Read morePublished on March 10 2004