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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr.
  • Directors: John Rawlins, Roy William Neill
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertram Millhauser, Edmund L. Hartmann, Edward T. Lowe Jr., John Bright
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 28 2003
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AOV8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,375 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Contains four classic feature films:
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR (1942) - When taunting saboteurs warn of a Nazi invasion of the British Isles through a horrific radio menace, the British Intelligence's Inner Council calls in Sherlock Holmes to help in the crisis.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON (1942) – The great detective must stop the Nazis from getting their hands on a new bombsight, wrapped in a code of dancing men.

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON (1943) – Top-secret documents are missing and a British secret service agent is dead. Holmes and Watson go to Washington to recover the documents before they fall into the wrong hands.

SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH (1943) - Holmes and Watson are summoned to Musgrave Manor to investigate a murder. Holmes solves a complicated puzzle of an ancient family ritual to expose the murderer.

Commentary from renowned British author David Stuart Davies
Photo Gallery
Original Movie Posters

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First, let me start by saying I've owned all 14 movies on VHS for years and enjoyed all of them, and now that the dvd's are out, I'll be buying them again, but not all of them.
In my humble opinion the best 9 titles in the series are: The Hound of the Baskervilles(1), The Adventures or Sherlock Holmes(2),The Voice of Terror(3), The Secret Weapon(4), Faces Death(6),The Scarlet Claw(8), The House of Fear(10), Pursuit to Algiers(12), and Terror by Night(13).
The remaining 5, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, The Spiderwoman, The Pearl of Death, The Woman in Green, and Dressed to kill are
all decent, but not stellar like some of the other titles, especially after repeated viewings. Surprisingly, Pursuit to Algiers and Terror by night, the 12th and 13th entries respectively, are the two sleepers late in the series, GREAT!!, while Dressed to kill is kind of a let down for the series finale! I think Basil Rathbone had had his fill by this time, and it shows in his somewhat lackluster performance, compared to earlier entries. "The Hound" and the "Adventures of" (both 1939, and offered only separately), are clearly the two best in the series, and also the longest at about 80-85 minutes, while the rest of the series clock in between 60-74 minutes, depending on the title. It's a shame these movies weren't longer, like 90 minutes or so.
Any of the three volume sets offered here by MPI are a good place to start for any fan, but I'm choosing individual tiltes this time to get the cream of the crop. I'm also ordering my first of the Jeremy Brett series, which are superb, and a nice refreshing change, but I'll always come back to Rathbone, still the ultimate Holmes!! Buy them all!, or at least the 9 I've suggested, I think they're the best of the series.
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Voice of Terror is the only one I have seen so far. It was almost a joy to see this fine war-time piece. However, when the voice and lip movements are out of sync one must ask how this was allowed to happen. Not only is it a distraction in full shots, but the close ups are truly disconcerting. At fifteen dollars a disc, I certainly want more professional results. Also when my package arrived there was rattling in the box. It turned out that all of the discs were loose in their container. I ordered vols two and three at the same time and the discs in their boxes were also free to move about, making the possibility of scratches and bumps to happen. The packaging of these classics is appalling. If the sync problem exists in all the discs then the "experts" that put these together fall far short of their responsibilities. The fact that it should happen even once to these classic movies is bad enough. Enough! Amazon Books has always been top notch, but I fear the DVD department is far below what one expects. The clarity and sound is very good. Now if they could just get it together.
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Despite having to endure washed out, spliced-up, grainy 16mm prints pumped up with 30 minutes of commercials on TV, the Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes films were a special treat on a rainy Saturday afternoon. These are beautiful preservations (with some limited restoration). I was skeptical when I saw they were being distributed by MPI who have been releasing atrocious DVDs of the Jeremy Brett Holmes films. I have seen the first two DVD sets (volumes 1 & 2) as of this writing and look forward to volume 3. Although Mr. Brett's Holmes is more faithful to Doyle's writings, there is no doubt that Rathbone's interpretation is more fun to watch. Although we think Rathbone as the straight man of the Rathbone-Bruce duo, he exhibits astonishing comic skills in scenes like the encounter with Spider Woman (Gale Sondergaard) where, in the disguise of an Indian soldier, Rathbone praises the Spider Woman's décor as a reminder of his native India. Then he does a double take upon seeing a "London Costume" label on the false furnishings and then adds wryly, "It is all so real, so nostalgic." Buyers should beware that the individually packaged DVDs apparently do not include any extras. The popular "Scarlet Claw" installment does not include the extras found on the same disc in the collectors set. As for the three collections, the extras are less than the cover art suggests but each of the first two volumes include a full commentary on one of the four discs. (With all of the Sherlock fans and experts available, one wonders why there weren't commentaries on each film). Volume One also includes a very short documentary on the preservation effort. The subtitles on these discs are a mystery worthy of Holmes himself. First, why do they default on? And the misspellings and misinterpretations are rampant.Read more ›
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The first three films in Universal's Sherlock Holmes series find the great detective battling Nazi spies and other contemporary (for 1942) villains, a reflection of the studio's belief that Conan Doyle's master sleuth, as conceived by his creator, was an anachronism in the horrific early days of World War II. Despite the success of the initial outings, the fourth film, "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death," deemphasized the modern aspects of the films and returned the focus to more traditional mysteries, perhaps because the studio realized that audiences turned to Holmes for an escape from Hitler and his atrocities, rather than reminders.
Though Conan Doyle purists tend to sneer at them, the first three films are very entertaining. Despite the fact that the game was now afoot in an era quite unlike the Victorian age in which Holmes and Watson were most at home, a dark, foggy atmosphere was maintained in all but "Sherlock Holmes In Washington." Basil Rathbone, despite a bizarre hairstyle that might have been leftover from his role in "The Last Days of Pompeii," puts an indelible stamp on Holmes that no other actor has been able to erase. Nigel Bruce's Dr. Watson may be a tad too bumbling for such an educated man, but in later entries he would show himself to be more than a buffoon.
The fourth film is the best in this set, and "Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" sets the pattern for the eight to follow. Holmes continued to eschew his famous deerstalker (was amusingly admonished by Watson when reaching for it in "Voice of Terror") and smoked cigarettes more often than his traditional pipe, but the weird gladiator hairdo was, thankfully, gone.
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