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Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Collection in January

Optimum Releasing have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Basil Rathbone in The Sherlock Holmes Boxset for 31st January 2005 priced at £49.99. For many people, Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes is the definitive screen version of Arthur Conan Doyle's much-loved character. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce starred as Holmes and Watson in a total of fourteen films together, dating from The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939 to Dressed to Kill in 1946. All fourteen of these classic titles will be available to own in a DVD boxset with re-mastered prints and bonus material from January 31st.

The Sherlock Holmes Boxset will include:

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)
Sherlock Holmes and 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)

Special Features:

  • Featurette with Robert Gitt, Head Preservation Officer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Discusses the multi-million dollar film restoration project for the series. (5 minutes)

  • Audio Commentaries with Sherlock Holmes Expert David Stuart Davies (author, publisher of numerous books on Holmes and Rathbone) on the following films:
    -The Scarlet Claw
    -The Woman In Green
    -Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
    -The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Audio Commentary with Sherlock Holmes Expert Richard Valley (Acclaimed author and publisher of Scarlet Street Mystery Magazine, currently penning a book on Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes).
    -The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

  • Extensive Production Notes by Holmes Expert Richard Valley for all 14 films.

  • Photo Gallery/Original Movie Posters

    More on these films from the press release...

    In 1939, Basil Rathbone made his first appearance as Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Sidney Lanfield for Twentieth Century Fox. Sporting the trademark deerstalker and pipe, Holmes sets out to uncover the legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles amidst the moody, atmospheric landscape of the moors. The pair re-united as Holmes and Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes this time with director Alfred Werker.

    In 1942 Universal decided to revive the Sherlock Holmes' films, bringing back the successful partnership of Rathbone and Bruce in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, directed by John Rawlins. This time the films were re-vamped for modern audiences. The deerstalker was cast aside and Sherlock Holmes entered the twentieth century in this film set during WWII. Roy William Neill, described by Time Out as having 'a gift for sinister atmospherics', directed the following eleven Sherlock Holmes titles for Universal which include Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman, The Scarlet Claw, The Pearl of Death, The House of Fear, The Woman in Green, Pursuit to Algiers, Terror by Night, Dressed to Kill.

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