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Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection
Sherlock Holmes The Archive Collection
Actors: Arthur Wontner, Boris Karloff, John Longden, Eille Norwood
Director: Various
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
UR     2009     6hr 0min

First time ever on home video! DeLuxe EDITION, 3-Disc Set, Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection: Disc 1 includes The Sleeping Cardinal (a/k/a Sherlock Holmes Fatal Hour, 1931) with Arthur Wontner, Lost in Limehouse (a 2...  more »


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Actors: Arthur Wontner, Boris Karloff, John Longden, Eille Norwood
Director: Various
Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Synergy Ent
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/20/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A trunkload of hard-to-find goodies
Walter B. Conger | California central coast | 10/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The DVD market is now suddenly flooded with reissues of Sherlock Holmes material in anticipation of the upcoming Guy Ritchie SHERLOCK HOLMES movie. But here's something really special...

First of all, none of the items packed into these three DVDs has ever before been released on VHS, let alone DVD.

Second, there are films here that I've been panting to see for 35 years...and now I can not only see 'em, I own 'em!

Third, everything in this package has been very nicely restored, obviously with great care.

And fourth, the whole experience this set offers hardcore Sherlockians is delightful. Going through this set is like opening up an old trunk in your grandmother's attic. The further down you dig, the better the stuff you find.

HIGHLY recommended to fans of Sherlock Holmes and old and obscure movies and TV."
Sherlock Holmes The Archive Collection
P. Hopkins | USA | 09/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

restored/transferred from
original archival film vault materials
DeLuxe Edition with Bonus Features
Premiere Release with Bonus Features
First Time Ever on Home Video
Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection
* SHERLOCK HOLMES' FATAL HOUR - Arthur Wontner, 1931.
* LOST IN LIMEHOUSE - Olaf Hytten as Sheerluck Jones, 1933.
* LIMEJUICE MYSTERY - Herlock Sholmes marionettes, 1930.

* STING OF DEATH - Boris Karloff as the mysterious Mycroft, 1955.
* THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED - John Longden as Sherlock, 1951.
* A CASE OF HYPNOSIS - Prof. Lightskull the chimpanzee! 1952.
* STRANGE CASE OF HENNESSY - Cliff Edwards as Silo Dance, 1933.

* THE SPECKLED BAND - Alan Napier as Sherlock, 1949.
* THE COPPER BEECHES - Georges Treville, 1912, with special musical score.
* MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP - Eille Norwood, 1921, with special musical score.
* THE SCREAMING BISHOP - Hairlock Combs cartoon, 1944.
* BONUS FILM - BASIL RATHBONE - as an army officer in "The General's Boots" from 1954.

Worth the price, but only for Holmes fans.
L. J. Gray | New York, NY USA | 12/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 5 stars are for Holmes fans ONLY.
I enjoyed this 4 disc set, as I enjoy Sherlock Holmes. If you are NOT a Sherlock Holmes fan I would avoid purchasing this set.
Low price makes it acceptable that what I gleamed for my library from all of the 4 discs were:
a 30's movie in fair condition, (the only item of worth on the first disc),
gave the second and third disc to my library,
and from the fourth and final disc of the set I found 4 very nice items including two Brit silent shorts, both in fair to good condition, a very "period" and enjoyable black and white cartoon from 1944, in very good condition, and,
while not a Sherlock Holmes short, I was very pleased to find, and thoroughly enjoyed, a short early t.v. drama in excellent condition, with good production values, direction and cast, starring Basil Rathbone.

Restoration has been minimal, but it appears all are complete and were chosen for their initial overall quality, The added music to the silent pieces are weak, almost ruining them, but not quite.
Main menu is pleasing.

Finally, of interest to die hard Karloff fans, included is an early t.v. drama, starring Karloff as Sherlock's brother Mycroft. It was produced sooooo cheaply, I did not save it for my library.
I am indeed a Karloff fan, but only have his appearances in quality movies which I enjoy, such as "The Mummy", "Bride of Frankenstein, "The Lost Patrol", the silent movie "The Bells", "The Mask of Fu Man Chu", "The Body Snatcher", etc."
A treasurable anthology
Fercoq | France (europe) | 03/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Sherlock Holmes, The Archive Collection" is an absolute treasure! I had previously seen some of the films from this compilation but "The Sting Of Death" (with boris Karloff as Mr Mycroft) is a gem plaid with first rate actors. Of course one can see the painted backgrounds shake when the actors brush against them but well, it's part of the fun. And I had just finished reading "A Taste For Honey" from which the film was made..
The cartoon is crazy but well animated, The string-puppet show (Lime Juice Mystery) is a catastroph, but naïve enough to be lovable.
Arthur Wontner and Ellie Norwood episodes are quite good too and absolutely new to me.
I only regret the last thirtyish minutes bonus put there just to have something of Basil Rathbone in the bunch.
It is essential for a true Sherlockian, to have this 3-disc set in his files!"