Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
MPI Blu-ray
14 films on 5 Blu-ray discs
16 hours

Try this experiment: ask most people who they think of when they hear the words “Sherlock Holmes actors” and they’ll likely say Benedict Cumberbatch. You might get a few Robert Downey Jr.s here and there, but more than likely, it’ll be Cumberbatch, and understandably so: the BBC’s Sherlock is an excellent series. But if you could go back in time and conduct your experiment between 1940 and 1985, there would be only one answer: Basil Rathbone.

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Roy William Neill

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Roy William Neill
Produced by Howard Benedict, Roy William Neill (uncredited)
Screenplay by Bertram Millhauser, Lynn Riggs
Based (loosely) on “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cinematography by Lester White
MPI Media Group Blu-ray
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On a transatlantic journey from London to Washington, a British agent (Gerald Hamer) carrying a secret government document is abducted. Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) are hired to find the agent and – more importantly – the document before it falls into the hands of the Nazis.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) Sidney Lanfield

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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Produced by Gene Markey, Darryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay by Ernest Pascal
Based upon the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cinematography by Peverell Marley
MPI Media Group Blu-ray
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I’ve had several leanings towards all things Sherlock Holmes during the past few years, re-reading some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fiction, watching the BBC show Sherlock and enjoying the graphic novel Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi. I’d also been eyeing Blu-ray box set Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection since it was released in 2011. The price of that set – which includes all 14 of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films – has now dropped below $50, so I jumped on it.

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