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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection

It's ironic when you think of it, that given the abilities of the blu-ray format in producing stunning visuals and audio, it is vintage movies that are making the best use of the format. And the new complete Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes collection is a case in point.

The increased disc size is utilised by squeezing fourteen movies across four discs. Not that the movies are greatly compressed and the black and white images are crisp with not a digital artefact to be seen. The soundtrack is also impressive for titles of this vintage. There's a fine selection of bonus material - including commentaries and several featurettes. There is also some rare footage of Conan Doyle himself.

I'll be reviewing these films individually but for now I leave you with a listing of the complete contents.

  • The Hound Of the Baskervilles [1939]
  • The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes [1939]
  • Sherlock Holmes and The Voice Of Terror [1942]
  • Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon [1942]
  • Sherlock Holmes in Washington [1943]
  • Sherlock Holmes Faces Death [1943]
  • The Spider Woman [1944]
  • The Scarlet Claw [1944]
  • The Pearl Of Death [1944]
  • The House Of Fear [1945]
  • The Woman In Green [1945]
  • Pursuit To Algiers [1945]
  • Terror By Night [1946]
  • Dressed To Kill [1946]

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