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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

I suppose who you imagine as Sherlock Holmes (if you know, you think about that sort of thing), depends on when you were raised.

For me, Jeremy Brett will always be Sherlock Holmes. He brought a real sense of humanity to the brain that lurked in the pages of Doyle’s stories. This Holmes isn’t a calm center. He crackles with energy and shifts of mood. He’s brilliant, but it’s horribly, wonderfully clear that there is a price for that brilliance.

In this collection of the wonderful Granada series, we’re introduced to the Great Detective and his not so bumbling friend Doctor Watson. Granada made, I think, an excellent choice to portray this veteran of wars and medical school as a curious intelligent man. If he isn’t quite as swift as Sherlock Holmes, well, really, who is?

This set includes the following episodes:

A Scandal in Bohemia, The Dancing Men, The Naval Treaty, The Solitary Cyclist, The Crooked Man, The Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle, The Copper Beeches, The Greek Interpreter, The Norwood Builder, The Resident Patient, The Red Headed League, The Final Problem

I’d be hard pressed to pick a particular favorite.

A Scandal in Bohemia is, of course, fun for introducing “the Woman”, the (in)famous Irene Adler. I’ve always had a fond place for the Blue Carbuncle as a fun Christmas mystery. After all, no one dies. Brett is in particularly fine form in the Norwood building, leaping over beams and examining the minutest of details, as he dons costume in his pursuit. Ah the Red Headed League, both really very funny and odd and exciting. Ah, and then, the Final Problem, well, not so much, but the battle between Holmes and Moriarty is quite, quite…satisfying.

 
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