|Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series (12 DVD)
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Studio: Mpi Home Video Release Date: 09/25/2007 Run time: 2580 minutes Rating: Nr
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- Wonderful Collection
We love this collection of DVDs. We had actually bought it from another supplier and the whole experience with them was exasperating. When we finally got the DVDs from them, they were horrible copies that were made in China! Then we bought this set from Amazon. The set is like what you would buy at a store and we have had no problems with them. We really love this series. Jeremy Brett's acting is superb!...more info
I bought all five former box sets a year ago, and have watched them multiple times, but I would always watch some episodes feeling cheated. The Adventures, and The Return box set (roughly the first 24 episodes, and two fill films) were in bad shape: it looked like they were transferred to DVD from an old VHS someone had in their basement, and it sounded like it too. The picture was grainy, and on some episodes the audio warbled.
This box set it what I was waiting for: I got in the mail from MPI yesterday, and have checked out some of the worse looking episodes from the old set...and they look marvelous. MPI transferred all of the episodes from the original negative, and cleaned up the menus: every single episode and film, cleaned up, and on 12 discs, and in two, high quality cases with a wonderful, heavy duty, cardboard slipcase. It even comes with a booklet which has information about every episode: an summary of the story, plus behind the scenes information about the making of. This is the box set I wanted to buy a year ago, and this is the set MPI should have released in the first place. But its better late than never. Fantastic: anyone who is a fan should buy it, and anyone who has the first five box sets should sell them, and buy this. It is, truly, the Complete Granada Series. ...more info
- Save yourself 100.00 dollars
Go to amazon.co.uk and get Sherlock Holmes - The Complete Collection for about 53.00 shipped. Then buy the PHILIPS DVP3140 - ALL REGION CODEFREE MULTI SYSTEM DVD PLAYER for 49.00 and save yourself about 100.00.
As for the product - as others have said - THE DEFINITIVE SHERLOCK HOLMES. How can anyone ever follow Brett....more info
- Jeremy Brett, The Best Sherlock Holmes
I'm so glad I got this DVD collection. Not much else to say. Get it if you love watching Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. I lose myself in the time period and can imagine myself living in the late 1800's. What would Sherlock do? I look forward to MANY hours of enjoyment with this collection. And you get every episode. I would definitely purchase this if I could afford it. ...more info
- The Crown Jewel of my DVD collection!
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series is a wonderful video presentation of a body of work that is sublime in it's entirety. Everything about this series is luxuriously drenched in quality. The acting, writing, direction, photography , sets and costumes along with top notch musical scoring makes this series a must have for fans of Sherlock Holmes and of British mysteries in general.
Much has been written in these reviews about the quality of performance by the great Jeremy Brett and his two Watson's , David Burke and Edward Hardwicke. Their performances are ,without a doubt, impeccable. Without fail each episode features supporting casts of truly fine actors and their performances constantly ring true , episode by episode.
The packaging for the most part is very nice indeed. The outer and inner hard boxes seem built to last. The discs sit firmly in their spindles within two inner fold out boxes, but are easily removed unlike the Poirot collection from Acorn video. The art work on the discs do not completely match up with the episodes, although the titles do. My only real complaint about the packaging are the inner fold out boxes themselves, knowing they will in time wear out and split after folding and unfolding over the years. All in all, a very good looking box.
The video quality of the transfers help to make this the 'Crown Jewel' of my DVD collection. (Blu Ray and HD DVD notwithstanding) As advertised, these programs have been taken directly from the original negatives and it shows. Having seen this series many times on both PBS and then A&E I have personally never seen it look this good. These are standard definition DVD's of course and they have their limitations, but considering the films were made starting back in the earlier 80's I was extremely pleased to see for myself just how good a nice solid clean transfer can look. They are a feast for the eyes and make watching this program so much more enjoyable than a semi blurry repeat from A&E.
I own perhaps 20 television series on DVD and this one gets my highest marks in each category by which quality can be measured. If you have read this far, you probably already know you want it. By all means, take the plunge and immerse yourself in some quality television that can be enjoyed many times over. ...more info
- Work of Genius
It is difficult to find superlatives to describe Jeremy Brett's performance as Sherlock Holmes. These episodes are some of the most watched in my DVD collection.
Brett's performance is so compelling you will hear his voice in other works, such as Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson, and other tributes to Holmes....more info
- Definitive Holmes
Beautifully reconstructed. First class attention to detail and the period.
Excellent performances by the entire cast especially Brett.
I watched the entire series telecast in India in the '80's and '90's and am indeed have been recently watching the episodes again on History Channel.
Ive also collected each and every one of this series on DVD via ebay. First class quality.
Well worth the expenditure to add to your home dvd collection if you are a "holmes-ian" or Sherlock Fan. Highly recommended, in my opinion.
Except for a few episodes - Last Vampyre, Eligible Bachelor etc, every other episode was brilliant. These two mentioned above, were slightly implausible and only based on Conan Doyle's work - not very good adaptations because too much license was granted to the directors/ screenplay.
Otherwise, a "simply Must Have!"
- Brilliant work.
Without any doubt, Jeremy Brett brilliantly captured the essence of Sherlock Holmes. The arrogance, the sly humor, the over-the-top outlandish mannersims and reactions (that enigmatic quick smile) were perfect. I love Basil Rathbone's Holmes, especially since many portraits favor him; however, Brett's performances are par excellence...there has been none better and I would imagine no one will ever be able to top it.
Not only is his Holmes perfect, Hardwicke as Watson and Charles Gray as Mycroft are also brilliant. If I could rate Brett as 10 stars, I would. If you like Sherlock Holmes and have never seen Brett's portrayal, you are in for a fantastic treat! ...more info
- Excellent, my dear Watson!
It is a joy to have the Jeremy Brett interpretation of Holmes available again. It is certainly, from my point of view, the definitive interpretation and to have this beautifully presented and high quality set available is good....more info
- Thrilled to see entire Granada series on DVD
Was thrilled to see the entire Granada TV series on DVD. Quality is first rate, we play the disks on a PS3, which upscales to 1080, connected to our HD TV and WOW.
I'll repeat what others have said about Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. Change the "as" above to "is" and you'll have it right.
If you enjoyed viewing this series when it was broadcast back in the 80s and 90s, this is a must have. ...more info
- Sherlock Holmes 12-DVD set
I am absolutely thrilled with this set! I've been hoping for this for years! I got this for my Christmas present, but, well, I HAD to review them, right? I mean, what if one of the discs was scratched or otherwise defective? So I spent all of October rapturously engrossed in watching the excellent performances of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. Magnificent! Supporting casts are just as good. Backgrounds, props, clothing, all beautifully authentic. There is no flaw to be found in this collection! Worth every farthing!
This set is a must-have for any Sherlock Holmes fan. I know I'm not the first to say this, but Brett IS the definitive Sherlock Holmes. The scripts are very true to the books (except some titles have been changed). It's as much a pleasure to view these stories on DVD as it was to read them in print...and I think will even be more fun to read again, after having the Granada production images in my brain....more info
- say what you will...
about transfer quality and following the storyline. This is by far the best depiction of Holmes that has ever been put on film. Jeremy Brett does a fantastic job of portraying him with all his little quirks and facial expressions. So perhaps they strayed a little from the original storyline...so be it. Personally, it makes the whole thing more interesting....more info
- Jeremy Bretts' the bomb-best Holmes ever!
I am an old Sherlockian and can say with the most surety that Granada Television's Sherlock Holmes is the best interpretation I have ever seen. It's a pleasure watching the actors (esp. Jeremy Brett) think while they act. Totally Stanaslovski!...more info
- Brett is the best Holmes! Amazing quality and even better performances!
What can I say here? The quality of these dvds are excellent, but the material on them is even better. For those of you who loved Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, this is a must have. It's only unfortunate that all other Holmes films may be ruined for you once you see Brett in action. He's the perfect Holmes-- his performance is truly unrivaled.
Besides Jeremy Brett's Holmes, both Watsons are also wonderful to watch. I got used to Edward Hardwicke's performance of Watson first. However, now I prefer David Burke's more serious take on the role. Either way, both of them play Watson with none of the pomposity or silliness that you may have seen in their predecessors.
If you are a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, rather than just the films, these cannot be beat. Although many prefer Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett, only 2 of the Rathbone stories are taken from the Doyle canon. The other films are WWII stories with the Greatest Detective breaking up Nazi spyrings and mobilizing the citizens of England during their greatest fight (well, greatest fight next to the current one going on against Muslim terrorists who are now a fifth column in the UK-- but that's another matter entirely-- maybe we need to see some new Holmes films breaking up terror cells. Oh, but I digress!) And, regardless of your feelings about the Rathbone films, he should be credited with raising Holmes' popularity during this era.
In contrast, all of the stories here are taken directly from the Doyle stories. As a matter of fact, when Strand magazine serialized the Holmes' stories, they were accompanied by wonderful illustrations. In every episode of this series, the actors briefly pose and re-enact each illustration! If you're a fan, this is a real treat to see. Actually, everything on these dvds is a real treat to see. The direction is perfect, the sets are luscious, and the costumes are beautiful.
Anyways, the four films included in this set are phenomenal. I am not crazy about the Hound of the Baskervilles story, and that one is my least favorite on the set, but it's still a great story. All of the hour-long episodes are lots of fun to watch. Every time I watch one of these episodes I immediately feel like I am getting a big treat and I immediately mourn the fact that there will never be any more. Brett's death was untimely and came all too soon.
- A Wonderful Series!
Such a fine production. It doesn't get any better than this. We've been fans of the series for years, but had no idea that what we had seen had been shortened with scenes deleted. To see the entire episode without commercial cutting is wonderful. We'll enjoy this collection for many years to come....more info
- Get This for Great Acting Whether or not You're a Holmes Fan
Watching Jeremy Brett perform in the Sherlock Holmes series is like watching Michael Jordan play in the NBA finals. Whether or not you were a sports fan, you knew he was special and the moments were extraordinary. Brett's performances are like that -- he could communicate more with a subtle series of expressions than most actors with an entire oration. Brett gives us a window into Holmes, without beating us over the head with it. His work is beautiful and graceful. The rest of the show is also first rate -- the recreation of London, Dr. Watson (I always thought that Rathbone's Holmes was cruel to Watson, which was surely not what Conan Doyle intended!) Fans of Holmes already know about this series -- all fans of great acting should watch it....more info
- thanks for steering me right with your reviews
your reviews were right on with this one,,this is a great series,,your critiquing was very thourough and detailed,,as far as it being a little slower,,i can't tell the difference,,,thanks...more info
- London's Only "Consulting Detective."
In his foreword to Bantam's "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories," Loren Estleman called the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson literature's warmest, most symbiotic and most timeless: rightfully so. Not surprisingly, film history is littered with adaptations of Conan Doyle's tales and Holmes pastiches (using the protagonists but otherwise independent storylines). Yet - and I'm saying this with particular apologies to the fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce canon - none of these prior incarnations can hold a candle to the ITV/Granada TV series produced between 1984 and 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and first David Burke, then, beginning with the second ("Return of Sherlock Holmes") cycle and in near-seamless transition, Edward Hardwicke as a refreshingly sturdy, pragmatic, unbumbling Dr. Watson.
Jeremy Brett was the only actor who ever managed to perfectly portray Holmes's imperiousness, bitingly ironic sense of humor and apparently indestructible self-control without at the same time neglecting his genuine friendship towards Dr. Watson and the weaknesses hidden below a surface dominated by his overarching intellectual powers. The series takes the titles of its four cycles of shorter episodes - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" - from four of the five short story collections featuring London's self-appointed only "consulting detective" (published 1892, 1905, 1894 and 1927, respectively); thus nominally omitting the 1917 collection "His Last Bow," which is, however - but for its title story - completely represented in individual episodes spread out over the other four cycles. While the grouping of instalments doesn't necessarily correspond with Conan Doyle's original story collections, and the series's premise - Holmes's and Watson's shared tenancy of rooms at 221B Baker Street - was no longer true even at the beginning of the "Adventures," this excellently produced series is a must-have for any mystery fan. This is particularly true for the first two cycles ("Adventures" and "Return") and the movie-length versions of the novels "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Sign of the Four," which alone makes this set well worth the purchase; even if the movie-length dramatizations of the short stories "The Eligible Bachelor" (a/k/a "The Noble Bachelor") and "The Last Vampyre" (a/k/a "The Sussex Vampyre") are less than faithful to Conan Doyle's originals: in fact, their quality rests almost exclusively on an already ailing Jeremy Brett's shoulders (as well as in "Vampyre" on the extraordinary guest performance of Roy Marsden in the episode's title role), thus emphasizing even more the significance of Brett's achievement.
This set contains (in "volumes" or episodes grouped on discs as originally released):
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
* A Scandal in Bohemia
* The Dancing Men (from "Return")
* The Naval Treaty (from "Memoirs")
* The Solitary Cyclist (from "Return")
* The Crooked Man (from "Memoirs")
* The Speckled Band
* The Blue Carbuncle
* The Copper Beeches
* The Greek Interpreter (from "Memoirs")
* The Norwood Builder (from "Return")
* The Resident Patient (from "Memoirs")
* The Red-Headed League
* The Final Problem (from "Memoirs")
THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
* The Empty House
* The Abbey Grange
* The Second Stain
* The Six Napoleons
* The Priory School
* Wisteria Lodge (from "Last Bow")
* The Devil's Foot (from "Last Bow")
* Silver Blaze (from "Memoirs")
* The Bruce-Partington Plans (from "Last Bow")
* The Musgrave Ritual (from "Memoirs")
* The Man With the Twisted Lip (from "Adventures")
THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
* The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (from "Last Bow")
* The Problem of Thor Bridge
* The Boscombe Valley Mystery (from "Adventures")
* The Illustrious Client
* Shouscombe Old Place
* The Creeping Man
THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
* The Three Gables (from "Casebook")
* The Dying Detective (from "Last Bow")
* The Golden Pince-Nez (from "Return")
* The Red Circle (from "Last Bow")
* The Mazarin Stone (from "Casebook")
* The Cardboard Box (from "Last Bow")
THE FEATURE FILMS
* The Sign of Four (adaptation of the 1890 novel)
* The Hound of the Baskervilles (adaptation of the 1901 novel)
* The Last Vampyre (adaptation of the short story "The Sussex Vampyre" from "Casebook")
* The Eligible Bachelor (adaptation of the short story "The Noble Bachelor" from "Adventures")
* The Master Blackmailer (adaptation of the short story "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" from "Memoirs")
For completion's sake, this leaves only the first and last Holmes novels ("A Study In Scarlet," 1887, and "The Valley of Fear," 1915) as well as the following short stories unrepresented in this series:
From THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES:
* A Case of Identity
* The Five Orange Pips
* The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
* The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
From THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES:
* The Adventure of Black Peter
* The Adventure of the Three Students
* The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
From THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES:
* The Blanched Soldier
* The Lion's Mane
* The Veiled Lodger
* The Retired Colourman
FROM THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES:
* The Yellow Face
* The Stock-broker's Clerk
* The "Gloria Scott"
* The Reigate Puzzle
From HIS LAST BOW:
* His Last Bow
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories
Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen
Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street
Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett As Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
Murder Rooms - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle, Detective: The True Crimes Investigated by the Creator of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur and George...more info
- The Definitive Sherlock Holmes....
Grenada Television's superb dramatizations of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories are now available in a single large DVD collection, featuring Jeremy Brett as the master sleuth and including the made-for-TVs movies.
Jeremy Brett is surely the definitive Holmes of this generation. He portrays Holmes as a complex, multi-faceted, sometimes off-putting genius. The enthusiasms, quirks, theatricality and moodiness of Arthur Conan Doyle's private detective are on vivid display. Equally gratifying is Edward Hardwicke as an authentic Doctor Watson, steady, loyal and a contributer to the cases, not the buffoon favored in the old Basil Rathbone movies (David Burke does a solid turn as Watson in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes").
The stories themselves are reasonably faithful to the originals. Adaptation to the screen has produced some trimming of storylines, but the original plots are clearly visible in nearly every case. A few, like "The Last Vampyre", are significant departures from Arthur Conan Doyle's versions, but the end product in each case is still very worthwhile. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is especially noteworthy; it is as good a dramatization of that most famous Holmes story as has been done.
The production values on the episodes are uniformly excellent. Location shooting is the rule, as the series explores a series of authentic country homes, old schools, and other appropriate locations around England. Carriages, furniture, clothing and other props are equally well-chosen.
This DVD collection is very highly recommended as absolutely superb entertainment for fans of the Sherlock Holmes tradition....more info
- I love it!
This is a very high quality product. It is well thought out and extremely artistic in the design of the DVDs, booklets and jackets. It is a collectors prize. The DVD's picture is excellent and the menus easy to navigate. I would buy it again....more info
- The Perfect Sherlock Holmes!
Jeremy Brett Plays The Incomparable Sherlock Holmes With The Forcefulness And Resourcefulness That The Real Holmes Would Have Used. Brett Brings Holmes To Life With The Drama/Mystery That The Original Stories Showed Me As A Child.
Would I Recommend This Dvd Set, YES!!!...more info
- Very VERY Good!!!
I'm only half way through and I must say that this series is excellent!!! The actor who plays Sherlock Holmes is almost perfect and sticks to character every episode. There is a casting change after about the 3 disk for Watson and it takes a few episodes to get use to the change (mostly because the former actor was so good), but the replacement fills in nicely and you will hardly notice by the third episode or so. What makes these shows so special is the casting around the main characters. There are many memorable performances by guest stars and the directing work is stylistically performed in many episodes. This collection is more thanworth the money if you enjoy either great acting or well written stories. ...more info