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Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (7 Discs - 14 Films) vs.

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection [5 X Blu-rays - 14 Films]

directed by Sidney Lanfield, Alfred L. Werker, John Rawlins, and Roy William Neill
USA 19
39 - 1946

The character of Sherlock Holmes is to date the character most often portrayed on screen. According to Guinness, per 1988, he had appeared in 193 films (today its well over 200), and of all actors ever to portrait Sherlock Holmes, one stands above the rest: Basil Rathbone. Thus, while the Granada adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, starring Jeremy Brett, is considered near perfect adaptations of both the novels and the character, Rathbone remains the iconographic Sherlock Holmes, not only because he resembles the original Sidney Paget illustrations, but also because Rathbone brought passion, intelligence and idiosyncrasies to the character, thereby creating a visual icon of the worlds greatest detective, which actors only dare dream of.

The great detective was the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in the story “A Study in Scarlett” in 1881, and over the next decade appeared in numerous stories, until Doyle grew tired of him and killed both him and his archenemy, Professor Moriaty, off, by having them both fall to their deaths at the Reichenbach Falls. Thus, when Holmes appeared in “The Hound of the Baskerville” in 1901, Doyle wrote the story to take place before the death of Holmes.

As a character, the Sherlock Holmes of Doyle suffered from bipolar disorder, had serious mood swings, was addicted to cocaine, and would break the law if he saw fit. The latter is largely explained by the Victorian notion of “right”, as a gentleman could do so, if the purpose was noble. Contra to this, the classic Sherlock Holmes of the films was far more distinctive, and one might say, that the Sherlock Holmes of the films was distilled to a few simple trademark: The deerstalker, the calabash pipe, and above all his arrogant, often erratic, behavior and deductive intelligence. Yet it wasn’t until Rathbone portrayed Holmes these elements found a human face.

Rathbone became Sherlock Holmes almost by chance. During a Hollywood party, the talk fell upon making a Sherlock Holmes film, and when the question, who should play him, was asked, Rathbone said, “Me, of course”. Rathbone admired the character to such a degree, that he in his memoirs wrote, “I rather play Sherlock Holmes once, than ten Hamlets.”

The first Rathbone Sherlock Holmes film became “The Hound of the Baskerville”, filmed for 20th Century Fox in 1939. Opposite to Holmes, Nigel Bruce was cast as Dr. Watson. Bruce had made a career out of playing a buffoon and gave Watson a nave yet faithful quality, which created a unique dynamic between the two characters. A grand and authentic production, “The Hound of the Baskerville” became such a success, that Fox the same year made “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, this time with top billing for Rathbone and Bruce. But instead of continuing the success, Fox dropped the series, as the studio felt that the adventures of a Victorian detective was too anachronistic in a world about to go to war.

However where Fox left off, radio picked up. Over the next three years, Rathbone and Bruce made 43 half-hour radio episodes, based upon the novels by Doyle, and if it hadn’t been for those, Universal might have looked for a new couple to portrait Holmes and Watson. But Rathbone and Bruce had become such icons, spellbinding radio listeners for now three years, that it would have been foolish not to take advantage of their already established fans.

In 1942, having signed a seven year contract with the Doyle estate, Universal began production of their Sherlock Holmes series, now contemporizing Holmes from Victorian setting to wartime London, and gave both Rathbone and Bruce above the title credits. Over the next four years, Universal would make a total of 12 films, each of them classics today. It was not so much for the reasons Fox gave up the series, but more because it was an unwritten rule when adapting Holmes, that Universal had the films take place in the same year as they were produced. And a contemporized setting had many advantages: the audience could easier identify themselves with period, productions were cheaper and finally freedom in adaptation of the stories.

With the exception of the very first film, “The Voice of Terror” from 1942, which was directed by John Rawlins, Roy William Neill was the director and the creative genius of the series. And with the exception of the three first films, “The Voice of Terror”, “Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon” and “Sherlock Holmes goes to Washington”, and the somewhat confused “Pursuit to Algiers”, who dealt with the war and espionage, the remaining eight films were standard detective films, involving murder and grand theft. Once the films dropped the war related stories, everything fell into place and turned of the best Sherlock Holmes films, like “The Scarlet Claw” from 1944. The series was a huge success and Sherlock Holmes became a household name, a hero, even with his own trading card series.

But as Doyle before him, Rathbone had begun to feel, that Holmes kept him from doing other, greater things. Before Holmes, he was respected character actor, but having portrayed Holmes in, at that point, thirteen films and well over 200 radio episodes, Rathbone decided that “Dressed to Kill” would be his last film as the great detective. And as Doyle, he didn’t realise that Holmes was his legacy, the character he was meant to play. Rathbone never managed to re-establish himself as a character actor and ended his career playing parts he loathed. The very last homage to the character and the great actor came in form of a posthumous appearances as the voice of Sherlock Holmes in Disney’s “The Great Mouse Detective” from 1986, where Disney used recordings from the radio episodes to simulate Rathbone.

Bruce continued to portrait Watson for another three years in 39 more radio episodes, this time with Tom Conway as Holmes, as Universal had signed a seven year contract with the Doyle estate, but after the contract ran out, Bruce also left the part of his life behind. On a sadder note, 1946 also became the year where the creative mind behind the films, director Roy William Neill, died.

Today, the Rathbone / Bruce Sherlock Holmes films are considered classics, minor masterpieces, who despite their limited budgets and series nature, are surprisingly inventive. However, what really make them stand out is with what intelligence and passion both Rathbone and Bruce portrayed their characters. These films are treasures of cinema.

Henrik Sylow

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles      The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes      Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 

    Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon      Sherlock Holmes in Washington      Sherlock Holmes Faces Death  

   Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman      The Scarlet Claw      The Pearl of Death      Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear     

Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green      Pursuit to Algiers      Terror by Night      Dressed to Kill

 

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Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (7 Discs) vs. Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection [5 Blu-rays]

 

 

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Time: Total Duration: 15:55:04 (4% PAL Speed-Up) Total Duration: 14 films almost 17 hours - theatrical running time
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles None English, None

Features

Release Information:
Studio:
Optimum Classic

 

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

 

Edition Details:
NUMBER OF DISCS: 7
• Disc 1: The Hound of the Baskervilles / Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
• Disc 2: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
• Disc 3: Sherlock Holmes in Washington / Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
• Disc 4: Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman / The Pearl of Death
• Disc 5: The Scarlet Claw / Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear
• Disc 6: Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green / Pursuit to Algiers
• Disc 7: Terror by Night, Dressed to Kill

DVD Release Date: J
anuary 31st, 2005
Digipak (with 4 art cards of posters)

Release Information:
Studio: MPI

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc 1 Size: 49,480,282,894 bytes

Feature Average: 18,314,975,232 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
NUMBER OF
Blu-rays: 5
• Disc 1: The Hound of the Baskervilles  / The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
• Disc 2:  / Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon / Sherlock Holmes in Washington / Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

• Disc 3: Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman / The Scarlet Claw / The Pearl of Death
 Disc 4: Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear / Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green / Pursuit to Algiers
• Disc 5: Terror by Night, / Dressed to Kill / extras

Blu-ray Release Date:
March 29th, 2011
Standard (thicker) Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: MPI - Region 'A' Blu-ray - March 2011: Same 14 Basil Rathbone / Nigel Bruce - Sherlock Holmes films. Briefly - the image is very good - stronger than the captures indicate. The image is brighter (true - not manipulated), shows more detail (and more information in the frame). The biggest factor I noticed was the limited noise that was always an issue with the more compressed SD-DVDs. There is still noise but it is far less prevalent. The image is clean but when the very infrequent scratches appears they are of greater prominence as is all detail in the 1080P resolution transfers. Grain has been smoothed - maybe too much for some but overall I would say this is a success.  MPI did these discs up properly - dual-layered - less than 4 hours (2-3 films) of feature per disc, decent bitrate and lossless linear PCM audio. The films, now in their theatrical running time (no PAL speedup) are quite old and hence imperfect in many senses but these presentations are far in advance on the DVD package.

NOTE: We didn't link to 1080 resolution captures in this review.

Extras are the same with the commentaries, photo galleries and trailers (on the last disc) and there is a minutes footage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Holmes fans won't want to miss out - the entire 14 films on 5 Blu-rays. Something you can watch at any time - always charming - recommended!

***

 

ON THE DVD PACKAGE: Prior released on Region 1 by MPI Home Video as “The Complete Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Collection” on 14 individual DVDs, Optimum has now released a discount version of that box set on Region 2 on 7 DVD, two features on each DVD. Possible differences in the quality of the picture aside, the price of the Optimum box is less than one third of the MPI box. Dearly missed are subtitles. Some of the dialogue, especially the mumbling of Dr. Watson, is hard to hear, and would benefit from subtitles. But they would also allow those hard-of-hearing or deaf to enjoy the films.

The source are the recently by UCLA restored features, and all things aside, the image, while somewhat soft, lacking a distinct sharpness in detail, is stunning. This is not a frame by frame restoration. There are minute signs of damage, but overall very impressive. Blacks are solid and basically no signs of artifacts.

Each film comes with extensive production notes, in total 118 pages, by Sherlock Holmes expert Richard Valley, author of several books on Sherlock Holmes and the editor of www.scarletstreet.com. Each note goes into great detail about the production of the film in question and given background about actors.

Five of the films have an audio commentary. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Richard Valley, “The Scarlet Claw”, “The Woman in Green”, “Sherlock Holmes Faces Death” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies, author of several books on Holmes and editor of “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Detective Magazine”.

The quality of these commentaries are extremely high. Both commentators give full historical background and lots of anecdotes. As such, they remind one of the historical commentaries of Rudy Behlmer and Bruce Eder.

Combined, the amount of information given thru the very detailed production notes and the commentaries provides one with such knowledge, that one feels overwhelmed. Considering this and the volume of the box, which is on sale for 37,49 at Amazon UK, this is a 'must-have' box.
 out of  

Henrik Sylow

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directed by Alfred L. Werker

USA 1939

 

Based upon the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, this the first entry in the Rathbone series, tells the story of how Holmes and Watson foils the plans to kill Sir Henry Baskerville by a vicious trained dog.

Posters

Theatrical Release:  March 31st, 1939 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:16:31 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

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Extras:

• Audio Commentary by David Stuart Davies

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (10 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Alfred L. Werker

USA 1939

 

Failing to put his archenemy, Professor Moriaty, behind bars for good, Moriaty concocts a fiendish plan to ruin the reputation of Holmes by sending him on a false trail, in order for himself to do the crime of the century: To steal the crown jewels.

 

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Theatrical Release:  September 1st, 1939 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:18:26 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

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Extras:

• Audio Commentary by Richard Valley *(misprint on menu – commentary noted as by David Stuard Davies)

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (14 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by John Rawlins

USA 1942

 

When “The Voice of Terror” terrorizes the British public by broadcasting events of Nazi terrorism within the UK, the defense ministry is helpless, thus summons Sherlock Holmes to find the voice. Based loosely on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “His Last Bow”.

 

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Theatrical Release:  September 18th, 1942 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:02:40  (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1942

 

On a secret mission for the defence ministry, Sherlock Holmes safeguards the inventor of a bombsight to London, only to discover that Professor Moriaty has stolen the secret and intends to sell it to Nazi agents. Now begins a race to foil Moriaty and to save the inventor of falling into Nazi hands. Loosely based upon the story “The Dancing Men”.

 

Poster

 

Theatrical Release:  Dec 1942 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:05:40 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1942

 

When a secret agent, carrying, for the war, vital information, is kidnapped on his way to Washington, the ministry calls upon Sherlock Holmes to retrieve the documents and uncover the Nazi spies.

 

Poster

 

Theatrical Release:  April 19th, 1942 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:08:27 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (7 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1943

 

While doing volunteer work at a convalescent home for retired officers, Doctor Watson discovers a series of strange murders and calls upon his friend, Sherlock Holmes, to help solve the crime.   

 

Poster

Theatrical Release:  September 17th, 1943 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:05:18 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.18 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

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Extras:

• Audio Commentary by David Stuart Davies

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (10 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1944

 

When a series of “suicides” haunt London, the curiosity of Holmes leads him on the track of a sinister plot and the female Moriaty. Loosely based on a series of Sherlock Holmes stories, amongst others “The Sign of Four”, which was so successful, that the Spider Woman returned in a film of her own, “The Spider Woman Strikes Back” from 1946.

 

Posters

 

Theatrical Release:  January 21st, 1944 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 59:33 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.16 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1944

 

While attending a seminar about the supernatural, Holmes and Watson comes upon a series of killings by what appears to be a ghost. A very liberal adaptation of “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, this is the best of the Universal Sherlock Holmes films.

Poster

 

Theatrical Release:  May 26th, 1944 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:10:51 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.92 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Extras:

• Audio Commentary by David Stuart Davies

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (10 pages)

• Photo Gallery

• Theatrical Trailer (1:13)



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1944

 

When a valuable pearl is stolen, because of Holmes showing-off, his reputation is at stake and he puts all efforts into recovering the pearl, which leads him to uncover a series of brutal murders and “The Creeper”. Loosely based on the story “The Six Napoleons”.

 

Posters

Theatrical Release:  August 1st, 1944 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:05:44 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.32 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery

• Theatrical Trailer (1:06)



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(AKA: The House of Fear)
 

directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1945

 

When the members of the Good Comrades Club, mysteriously die one by one after receiving an envelope containing the remaining number of members in orange pips, Holmes is called upon to solve the crime.

 

Posters

Theatrical Release:  March 16th, 1945 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:06:21 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.93 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (10 pages)

• Photo Gallery

• Trailer (1:06)



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(AKA: The Woman in Green)

 

directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1945

 

A series of strange murders haunt London and the Yard seek the help of Holmes, who uncovers a devilish scheme, masterminded by Professor Moriaty. Soon Holmes finds himself within inches of his own life.

Posters

 

Theatrical Release:  June 27th, 1945 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:04:52 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.33 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

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Extras:

• Audio Commentary by David Stuart Davies

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1945

 

Holmes and Watson are employed to safeguard the heir to the throne of Ruritania to Algiers. But assassins insist on making the task difficult.

 

Posters

Theatrical Release:  October 6th, 1945 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:02:28 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (10 pages)

• Photo Gallery



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directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1946

 

Holmes is hired by Lady Carstairs to escort her, and the Star of Rhodesia, a 700-karat diamond, from London to Edinburgh. The voyage has hardly begun, before her son is murdered and the diamond is stolen. Along with Watson and Lestrade, Holmes investigates the crime, while the train is passing thru the night, and comes face to face with Moriaty’s second in command, Colonel Sebastian Moran.

Posters

Theatrical Release:  February 1st, 1946 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 57:16 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.26 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery

• Theatrical Trailer (1:34)



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(AKA: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code)

directed by Roy William Neill

USA 1946

 

When one of Watson’s school friends is murdered over a cheap music box, Holmes begins to investigate and soon he is on the track of some stolen 5 printing plates, stolen from the Bank of England. The last entry in the Rathbone series, both its UK and US title is rather cryptic and has really nothing to do with the plot itself.

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Theatrical Release:  June 7th, 1946 - USA

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Distribution

Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection

Optimum Classic

Region 2 – PAL

Sherlock Holmes: Complete Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Optimum stats
Runtime 1:08:57 (4% PAL Speed-Up)
Video

1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.26 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Chapters : 8

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Extras:

• Restoring Sherlock Holmes (4:37)

• Production Notes by Richard Valley (8 pages)

• Photo Gallery

• Theatrical Trailer (1:22)

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