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- DescriptionTwo Features. In 'The Adventures' Sherlock Holmes investigates thirteen cases, from a blackmailed king to an abandoned goose. Also features 'The Return'.
- Leading Role 1Jeremy Brett
- Leading Role 2David Burke
- Leading Role 3Edward Hardwicke
- ProducerMichael Cox,June Wyndham-Davies
- AuthorArthur Conan Doyle
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2005
- Running Time999 minutes
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- vanessosborn-014 Jun, 2017by
A terrific classic made to perfection.
These are without doubt a truly classic adaptation of yet another classic. In my opinion a must have to own, to have in your collection of DVDs. Perfectly executed by consummate actors. Full of atmospheric splendour of an age almost a distant memory of how things were, but all the while showing us how the father of forensics, built up his conclusions. A Joy to watch Sherlock Holmes unravel each mysterious case.
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- bergamot123408 Sep, 2015by
Do not buy for reasons detailed above.
There is a seventy second warning with bright flashing lights and loud music inferring that the user is about to pirate the disc by copying the disc. This occurs every single time the user puts the disc in the player. It is unavoidable. So the whole box was donated to a charity shop within a short period. It is disgusting and outrageous that GRANADA the television company can treat customers in such a cavalier fashion.
- pthicken19 Sep, 2009by
Sherlock Holmes DVD (2005)
I have watched the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series repeatedly since they were first filmed in the 80s and 90s (1984-1994), they are that addictive! Jeremy Brett plays a superb Sherlock Holmes and David Burke and Edward Hardwicke are excellent Dr Watsons (I didn't realise there had been a change in Dr Watsons until quite a while after this occured, the transition was that good!). There is also some excellent acting from the clients/villians/police inspectors, Mrs Hudson the housekeeper, Mycroft, Sherlock's brother, and other supporting actors. Jeremy Brett plays a more open and understanding Sherlock Holmes but still maintains the ruthless clinicalness, and the Dr Watsons are much more competent and intelligent, than previous reincarnations. The town and country scenes, set in the Victorian era, are excellent and realistic. This DVD set (2005) includes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes and the accompanying DVD set has the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to complete all the episodes and films. I think the picture and/or transfer quality is excellent in comparison with older viewing material, i.e. VHS tapes and DVDs pre 2005, especially when played on a DVD player with HD up-conversion which improves picture quality (I bought the 2003 DVD sets featuring Jeremy Brett and they are much poorer quality). I think there is a HD DVD set out now to play on HD DVD players, although I havn't bought this because I don't know if the quality is a lot better. It would be nice to have the sets in 16:9 ratio for widescreen instead of 4:3 but I don't think this is possible because the episodes and films were recorded in 4:3. Read full review
- sgitheanach0908 Mar, 2007by
Sherlock Holmes DVD
Brett and Burke make a splendid Holmes and Watson. The scenes are brilliant and very realistic. They make brilliant watching except for the faint hearted (they are quite vivid in places). Well worth it!
- storyteller118428 Jan, 2007by
Sherlock Holmes and the First Class DVD Collection
I encountered Sherlock Holmes fairly recently when I had to read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a university course. I found myself absorbed into an enthralling world of crime and intelligence, and was delighted when I found that ITV 3 were screening the series. When the run ended, I decided to track down the DVD and watch the episodes I had missed. The Adventures and The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the first part of a Granada series of Holmes stories that ran from 1984 to 1994, collectively known as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The role of the brilliant detective is played by Jeremy Brett - in my view, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes. He brings warmth and humour to a role which is described even by his colleague Dr. Watson as cold and calculating. Watson himself is portrayed by David Burke in The Adventures, and Edward Hardwicke in The Return, and moves away from the comic, bumbling sidekick he has become in other adaptations, back to the intelligent doctor, friend and chronicler Doyle wrote him as. Eric Porter guest stars as Professor Moriarty, Holmes' arch enemy. Holmes' landlady and housekeeper Mrs. Hudson is also given a fair amount of screen time, whereas in other adaptations she can be ignored. Locations and music add to the atmosphere of smog-ridden Victorian London, and the open countryside, which Holmes admittedly dislikes. The costumes appear accurate and stunning. I have yet to come across a better adaptation of Doyle's work, as the writers have tried to remain as faithful to the original text as possible. What did throw me a little was the order of the episodes. It differed from the versions I had read, the chronological and the publication order. Stories which were included in my book version have been moved to the second Holmes collection (The Casebook/Memoirs), or missing entirely. There were plans to film all of Doyle's stories, but this was rendered impossible by the death of Brett in 1995. This 9 DVD set contains 24 episodes at approximately 50 minutes and 2 full-feature length dramas (The Sign of Four and the Hound of the Baskervilles) at almost 2 hours. Unfortunely the Region 2 (European) edition contains no Special Features at all. However, crystal clear DVD picture and sound quality in addition to the gripping storylines and fantastic performances make up for this. All in all, this collection is first class and I would recommend it to all Sherlockians out there. Read full review