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Posted on 08/16/2011 2:46:16 PM PDT by DGHoodini
Netflix has added the 1955 Sherlock Holmes series, with Christopher Lee, to their 'Watch Instantly' library. All 38 episodes .
I’ve really become a fan of the Jeremy Brett version. I think I heard about it here on FR? He’s quite fruity, but I like it. Guilty pleasure, I guess. I haven’t watched any other versions of Sherlock—was always more of a Columbo/Kojak kinda guy. My wife doesn’t like Sherlock, but I’ve been watching a lot of it on netflix.
I have a book about Sherlock Holmes and I noticed the forward was written by Christopher Lee. He was a great Sherlock Holmes tho I still like Basil Rathbone who was great despite some pretty cheap productions.
The Jeremy Brett series is probably the best ever done.
If you have children, check out “Shaun The Sheep”, a Claymation, no language, and hysterically funny!
Also recently added to NetFlix is the BBC/Masterpiece Theater production of an updated to current times version of Holmes and Watson, with Watson as a wounded Afghanistan vet. Holmes uses nicotine patches to aid his thinking: “It’s impossible to maintain a proper smoking habit in London these days.” My wife and I watched the three episodes on NF last week. There will eventually be a total of six episodes available and imdb.com says another season is coming.
I’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes books and short stories. Some I can almost recite verbatim.
The Jeremy Brett series is most faithful to the literature, and in many cases uses the same dialogue. I have a good many of them on VHS tape from when A&E ran the series twenty years ago.
Sweet! Addng to que asap.
Uhhhm, My typing goy a little ahead of my roof reading. While Lee introduces this series, it was Ron Howard who played Sherlock Holmes. for many years I used to watch this series, before going to sleep. I was sad when my local PBS channel stopped airing it. Watching it now, is like slopping into a long lost pair of comfortable slippers.
Yes, PBS aired ot a few months back. There are at least 3 more “updated” episodes already filmed, but not yet shown in the US as far as T know...Been keeping an eye out for them.
I will have to watch them quick because I am cancelling before I get a price increase of 60% on Sept 1st.
I like Watson in the Rathbone movies as well.
I am not familiar with that series but Christopher Lee did portray Sherlock Holmes in at least one movie.
Jeremy Brett was born for the part. I’m not sure about fruity, I thik it’s all part and parcel with his interpretation of the character. Adding to your instant queue now lets you add the entire dvd, all the episodes. I watched two last night and will probably do the same later.
Jeremy Brett was born for the part. I’m not sure about fruity, I think it’s all part and parcel with his interpretation of the character. Adding to your instant queue now lets you add the entire dvd, all the episodes. I watched two last night and will probably do the same later.
Nigel Bruce is who I see in my mind whenever I think of Watson. He also resembles Conan-Doyle a bit. My Daughter gave me a set of old Sherlock Holmes dvd’s. It also included a short video of Conan-Doyle. He actually reminded me a good bit of the character Watson except of course he was not at all bumbling.
For me, it was a fait accompli. I had already switched to only ‘Instant’ a couple of months before they started the whole separate pricing schedule. And I can’t complain. They have steadily increasing the number of shows available so, I’m still good with it.
I really enjoy Brett’s Sherlock ( but like I say, it’s the only one I’ve seen.) I like the chemistry between him and Dr. Watson, also very well played. And I like the time period, the sets, etc. Just some light fun.
“Jeremy Brett was born for the part. Im not sure about fruity”
Jeremy Brett was a homosexual man. Not that it makes a difference though. He was an excellent Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately he is no more. Hopefully they will find a new Sherlock Holmes equal to Brett’s character.
Watson always was a wounded Afghanistan vet
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Worst. Sherlock. Holmes. Ever!
I think you mean Ronald Howard (who ws apparently under the impression Holmes was a clergyman)
Is this the character done by Nick Park, of Wallace and Gromit fame? I've seen "A Close Shave", in which Shaun the Sheep is a main character.
Park is just brilliant! "A Grand Day Out" is terrific, and "The Wrong Trousers" is just hilarious!
I love the Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett. I never got “fruity”... I would describe his character as “proper British” and “sometimes intellectually cold”. I thought the series was true to the story line. I guess it is a guilty pleasure. I also enjoyed the “Brother Cadfael” series as well. Another “who-dunnit” type series.
Cadfael was pretty good, too. Derek Jacobi is quality. Sherlock’s a little fruity. I mean, no girlfriends? And what’s up with Dr. Watson. He admires the babes, but never goes for it. Just sayin’.
In the stories, Dr. Watson is pretty much of a ladies man. He also gets married. Sherlock is mostly non romantic except for “the woman” Irene Adler. Even with her it is mostly admiration rather than love.
“Sherlock’s a little fruity... no girlfriends?”
I may be wrong but Holmes’ character never married or was linked romantically (as far as I can remember). There was one story about a female character that actually beat him intellectually. My memory isn’t serving me on the title but it had to do with a letter. I remember that Watson stated that Holmes always referred to her as “the woman”and not “a woman”. Obviously he had great respect and admiration for her. Here is an interesting point that a English teacher told us: the reader only truly learns of Holmes’ brilliance via Watson. Essentially, the reader gets an impression that Holmes is a genius but only through Watson’s description about Holmes do we understand his true brilliance. (See that! All this time you thought I was just a pretty face! LOL!!)
“A Scandal in Bohemia”... was the title of the story with Irene Adler. Or, “the woman”. (I had to look it up or it would have driven me crazy all night!)
yes...and ewe dont need to have kids to enjoy watching it...
In the new interpretation on PBS Holmes is accused of being a psychopath by one of the Police Detectives.
Holmes quips “I am a high functioning sociopath, do your research !”.
One of the best lines in an outstanding adaptation. The cab ride with Watson and Holmes in the first episode was a joy to watch.
“That, was, ,,amazing”.
If you are a Holmes fan I strongly urge you to check it out in Netflix.
I think Britt was the closest to the literary Holmes. However I enjoy them all. For “ something new and different”, I recommend the current Sherlock on BBC translated into the 21st century. It is funny and fast paced. Not to be taken too seriously.
Last season is on Net flicks.
Thanks for the tip... I will definitely check it out. I laughed at the “high functioning sociopath, do your research!” I do remember one episode where he solved a case for a widowed woman with children. The little girl thanked him and briefly... just for a second, he smiled. He then returned to his “normal” face. That is why I like this interpretation.. it makes the viewer really watch the episode and interpret things on their own.
I’ve actually never read any of it. Just started watching the Jeremy Brett shows a couple months ago.
I have always liked Sherlock Holmes since I saw one of the “Hound of the Baskervilles” movies as a child. Around 20 years ago I bought a thick book titled something like “The Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories”
I read them all only to discover several years later that the book did not actually have them all. I still haven’t read every single one. There really are a lot of them.
yep, the one and the same. Brilliant indeed.
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