Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

DVD - 2010
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective has enthralled generations since his first appearance in 1887. Includes some of the best stories from the canon. Whether it's the horrifying case of The Speckled Band or the fascinating story behind The Red Headed League.

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Mar 11, 2019

Douglas Wilmer's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is, in some ways, the truest to the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, e.g. of all the actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, Wilmer most closely physically resembles the drawings of Sidney Paget in the original "Strand"-published-stories from the 1890's, the actor's demeanor and affectations are also reminiscent of Sir Arthur's Sherlock, Wilmer's unflappable style/mood is, in my view, like Basil Rathbone's, close to the original author's depiction.
In short, if you liked Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, you'll probably like Wilmer's portrayal, too.

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wendyjotaylor
Apr 02, 2018

Starring Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock and Nigel Stock as Watson, this early 1960's BBC version of the Conan Doyle canon is very good. On the plus side, while the stories are necessarily condensed to fit the 45 viewing minutes/episode allotted, they are still quite consistent in content with Doyle's original. This 2 DVD set contains am eclectic set of episodes; not the usual suspects in other words. Some have only rarely been reproduced in TV format. Both the Sherlock and Watson characters are faithfully portrayed. Wilmer's Sherlock is true to the canon, and isn't nearly as over-the-top as Jeremy Brett's or Benjamin Cumberbatch's later BBC versions. Stock's Watson, perhaps not as equally so, but still an excellent portrayal. On the downside, for some viewers the true-to-the-original Sherlock and Watson duo may seem to have a little too much thinking and not enough action packed adventure. But that's the mood Conan Doyle wanted for his stories. For Sherlock fans, these eleven episodes are definitely a must-see. My favorite episode is "The Retired Colourman" .

theorbys Feb 02, 2013

Although somewhat dated, these mid 60s episodes are quite watchable. They are a bit slow and theatrical, but sincere, generally well acted by principles and supporting actors, and there is a good look and feel of Victorian England. I think Sherlockians will enjoy this, but I would recommend watching them now and then rather than checking them out and watching all of them in a week. Color would have really improved the production.

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swyckl
Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. It is the old fashioned way of life. Well acted. Strong story.

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Loravika
Dec 29, 2010

If you like films that are in some way far from the book source take it.
It is BBC. It is English spirit. Is it really?
But one defenitely should see it! Just to know what it is!

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