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Sherlock Holmes Coll
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Many British films have neither subtitles nor closed captions. This set does.....so those of us with hearing deficits can enjoy these wonderful mysteries, too.Published on Feb. 23 2004
Picture, sound and everything was well done. I was extremely happy with this purchase.Published on Jan. 28 2004 by J. Lewis
These are the BEST Sherlock's you'll ever find.
NO ONE has come close to playing the characters as well as these two gentleman.
I was nervous to part with my Key Video copies of the Sherlock Holmes movies - but this set certainly exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Karen D. Larry-Moyer
FINALLY! Having all these wonderful films in a single collection is great. I never missed watching these films on Sunday afternoons from 1:30pm - 3pm on WGN (when the cubs... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
I have seen most of the films made with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively. Rathbone is very good as Sherlock Holmes. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
These restored films are a real pleasure to watch. Both sound and picture are excellent. The only mar is the sometimes inaccurate close-captioning; otherwise, a fine product.Published on Jan. 4 2004
No one can play Sherlock Holmes like Basil Rathbone. Although these movies are set outside the original time period for Mr Holmes they are none the less excellent. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003
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