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The Sherlock Holmes Collection [Import]

Matt Frewer , Kenneth Welsh , Rodney Gibbons    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Worst Holmes Effort I Have Ever Seen Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I knew little of this offering, but am such a Holmes freak I had to order it. Frewer is absolutely awful, and certainly responsible for making these four movies unbearable.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars family fun for sure July 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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. I've now introduced them to kid friendly versions of Doyle's works and they love reading them too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Fun Films June 27 2004
Format:DVD
This collection of Canadian is a lot of fun, and well worth the $18.
There are only a few minor problems:
1. London seems too clean, and gives away the fact that ti is filmed on a soundstage.
2. The Dr. Watson character is too old.
3. Matt Frewer, who plays Holmes, is a bit of an overactor.
Otherwise, all four films are a lot of fun to watch, well made and inexpensive movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a collection of quality family fun May 10 2004
Format:DVD
My nine year old nephew loves this collection of Holmes mysteries. These episodes are mysterious, funny, action packed, and down right creepy at times. These adventures don't always follow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, but as family oriented versions they are very good. Kids who are interested in Sherlock Holmes, and those who are still kids at heart, should enjoy this collection. I adore it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comedic, but superb May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have suffered through many less than entertaining Holmes efforts in my 63 years. There's been Doyle's shoddy later works, awful prints of Arthur Wontner's films, lumbering Jeremy Brett episodes that were too heavily padded, the dull deadly necklace, the recent muddled case of evil, and Reginald Owen's study in slumber. The Sherlock Holmes Collection, on the other hand, is a godsend. It may not be pure Doyle, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Have you tried reading the Three Gables lately? How about the Creeping Man?
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Frewer skewers Holmes! May 6 2004
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Format:DVD
Matt Frewer is completely miscast as SHERLOCK HOLMES in these valiant attempts to bring Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters to life. Frewer's interpretation of the great detective borders on the ludicrous, made all the more obvious because everything else in these films works just fine. Excellent settings, photography and supporting cast are all wasted due to Frewer's amateurish, high-school level acting, filled with eccentric ticks and facial twitches that approach comedic proportions. These films are worth seeing just to experience Frewer's abysmally fake British accent.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! May 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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. Frewer and Welsh make a marvelous pair as the Great Detective and the Good Doctor. These are excellent stories too. The game is afoot once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What! An eccentric Sherlock Holmes ! What next ?
The various reviews of this release indicate some slight disagreement as to its worth. The cause of the dispute is clearly the portrayal of Holmes. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Sam Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but quite fun!
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 more
Published on April 28 2004 by HannahR
4.0 out of 5 stars fun viewing and a real deal
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 more
Published on April 8 2004 by William
4.0 out of 5 stars a Holmes for the whole family
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 more
Published on March 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Frewer is thrilling as Holmes
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 more
Published on March 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars DIFFERENT BUT ENJOYABLE
Having grown used to Sherlock Holmes as either Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Britt (and in my opinion they are both EXCELLENT), at first I did not like Matt Frewer's interpretation of... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best--but ok
These storys are apparently put out by Hallmark. The filming is fine and provides a nice atmosphere and the performance by Kenneth Welsh as Dr. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by "vanhubris"
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