Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Collection

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Sherlock Holmes fans are divided as to who was the best on-camera interpreter of "The Master": Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett. Partisans of Brett should get their fill, and more, from the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes TV series. Produced in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, these irresistible 60-minute Conan Doyle dramatizations are just as popular as they were when first telecast. This box set collects six episodes from the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes TV series. "The Creeping Man" is a reclusive hunchback who has ...
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Overview

Sherlock Holmes fans are divided as to who was the best on-camera interpreter of "The Master": Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett. Partisans of Brett should get their fill, and more, from the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes TV series. Produced in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, these irresistible 60-minute Conan Doyle dramatizations are just as popular as they were when first telecast. This box set collects six episodes from the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes TV series. "The Creeping Man" is a reclusive hunchback who has been making surprise appearances of late. Most recently, the shadowy figure has been nosing around the home of a respected professor. The professor's daughter seems to be the object of the hunchback's snooping...but why? Better ask Sherlock Holmes who's been called in to get to the bottom of things. In "The Illustrious Client" Holmes accepts a case involving a sinister Austrian baron and the man's bizarre fiancée. He does this on behalf of a man whose position in the British government is so high that he dare not use his own name in engaging Holmes' services. The Great Detective discreetly saves the Empire from ruin and brings the villains to heel. "Shoscombe Old Place" deals with Holmes spending several days at the races. Holmes' client is an English lord who faces ruin at the hands of an old enemy. "The Problem of Thor Bridge" involves a pretty governess, her master and his invalid wife. The wife dies under highly questionable circumstances. Before the husband can be brought to the police to "assist them in their inquiries," he disappears. It's up to Holmes to put all the pieces in place. In "Boscombe Valley Mystery" a farmer's son is accused of murdering his father. The circumstantial evidence is all against the boy, but Holmes and Watson Edward Hardwicke are seldom inclined to accept matters at face value. And finally, in "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" the gorgeous and graceful Lady Frances Carfax has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth. Holmes suspects foul play, but he has only a minimum of evidence to go on.
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Special Features

Commentary track with director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin); 'Daytime Live' - an interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke; Sherlock museum short; Production notes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Not since Basil Rathbone has an actor been so closely identified with the immortal detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as has Jeremy Brett -- the star of the BBC favorite that chronicled the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with admirable fidelity to the canon. This three-disc box set collects six episodes from the series. In truth, the stories of Doyle's Casebook, written in the 1920s, were not his best: He had long since tired of the infallible sleuth from Baker Street, and he wrote this final group of short mysteries -- singularly lacking the zest and sparkle of earlier tales -- solely to placate his fans. But the relative weaknesses of the original yarns didn't prevent director John Madden from filming first-rate adaptations of them. Like earlier entries in this series, these six installments scrupulously follow their printed-page versions and capture the period with unusually careful attention to detail. And, of course, Brett and costar Edward Hardwicke as Watson exhibit the same chemistry that made previous episodes so delightful; their byplay alone makes the Casebook shows worth watching. The stories include "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax," "The Problem of Thor Bridge," "Shoscombe Old Place," "Boscombe Valley Mystery," "The Illustrious Client," and "The Creeping Man."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 030306717890
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mpi Home Video
  • Time: 6:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,632

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke Watson
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening/Watson Sets the Stage [8:00]
2. Good Will and Brotherly Love [5:57]
3. "Grave Danger Lady Frances" [3:56]
4. "Disappeared, Watson. Disappeared." [5:05]
5. Bishop Takes Pawn [7:34]
6. "Out of the Ordinary" [5:35]
7. Grave Undertaking [3:50]
8. "The Terrors of the Grave" [5:59]
9. Eclipse [2:24]
10. Program Credits [2:08]
1. Opening/Curtains [4:45]
2. The Facts in the Case [7:09]
3. The Gold King [9:58]
4. Bridge Work [4:25]
5. Brazilian History [6:33]
6. The Second Gun [6:22]
7. Watson's Solution [3:22]
8. Holmes' Solution [3:45]
9. Program Credits [1:31]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Opening/Jockeying Into Position [4:39]
2. A Handy Guide to the Turf [4:38]
3. The Prince and the Lady [6:40]
4. Fishing Expedition [7:32]
5. The Dog in the Daytime [2:37]
6. Buggy Ride [8:27]
7. The Old Church [6:43]
8. Lifting the Veil [6:46]
9. The Race Is Run [1:39]
10. Program Credits [1:22]
1. Opening/Holmes Hooks Watson [2:57]
2. "A Grave Miscarriage of Justice" [9:39]
3. "A Dying Reference to a Rat" [3:17]
4. Brother and Sister [5:48]
5. Father and Son [8:55]
6. Groundwork [4:09]
7. Varieties of Ash [2:35]
8. Black Jack [6:39]
9. "I Did It, Mr. Holmes" [5:50]
10. Program Credits [1:14]
Side #3 -- Disc 3
1. Opening/ After the Fall [4:03]
2. "The Most Dangerous Man in Europe" [9:14]
3. "A Hand With No Cards" [4:02]
4. Kitty Cornered [6:27]
5. Booked [2:41]
6. Vitriolic Women [6:46]
7. "Murderous Attack on Sherlock Holmes" [5:36]
8. Watson Undercover [7:37]
9. Acid Test [3:46]
10. Program Credits [1:25]
1. Opening/Going Ape [2:47]
2. "Darwin's Fundamental Error" [2:40]
3. "A Tangled Skein" [7:16]
4. "A Hired Snoop" [5:07]
5. "The Traditional Enemy of the Monkey" [6:32]
6. Bonzo Goes to College [4:19]
7. Monkey Business [9:36]
8. Animal House [3:17]
9. Bedtime for Bonzo [6:44]
10. Program Credits [1:39]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax: Play
   The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax: Scene Selection
   The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax: Bonud Feature
      Director's Commentary with John Madden: Play
      Director's Commentary with John Madden: Off
   The Problem With Thor Bridge: Play
   The Problem With Thor Bridge: Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Shoscombe: Old Place: Play
   Shoscombe: Old Place: Scene Selection
   The Boscombe Valley Mystery: Play
   The Boscombe Valley Mystery: Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
Side #3 -- Disc 3
   The Illustrious Client: Play
   The Illustrious Client: Scene Selection
   The Creeping Man: Play
   The Creeping Man: Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Daytime Live: An Interview With Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke
      Sherlock Holmes Museum Short
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A. Conan Doyle would be pleased with this rendition of his work.

    Every episode of the Jeremy Brett series of Sherlock Holmes is a winner. The costumes and sets transport you to an era that lends itself to mystery yet is surprising in its timeliness regarding the human condition. The acting is intense but not the "campy" approach of some earlier versions, while Brett's interpretation of Holmes impresses as the most authentic yet. Those scenes where he seems to wilt if there is nothing on which his amazing mind can feed are almost unsettling. Dr. Watson is an able and worthy companion in this series, not a bumbling know-nothing but an astute observer and contributor to Holmes' adventures. Even after one's first viewing, each mystery can be revisited without hesitation because there's always some detail that was missed, some nuance that adds flavor to the story. These are highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sinister Problems with Confounding Solutions

    As with other sets of this BBC/Grandada series Jeremy Brett once again displays his talent and flair for playing the electric character of Sherlock Holmes: and Edward Hardwicke simply owns the role of the conductive Dr. Watson. ACD's tales are vividly brought to life in this series, with great staging of scenes, and backdrops as well as the superb acting. I once belived that Basil Rathbone was the definitive Holmes even above Arthur Wonter, since viewing Mr. Brett's portrayals I can add my voice to many which believe that he is indeed the "definitive Sherlock Holmes"! Recommended highly. Elementary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth watching again and again.

    While I don't think this set compares to "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", it is very enjoyable for fans of the series. In particular "The Problem of Thor Bridge" stands out, also the set has an interview with Jeremy Brett which fans will find interesting.

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