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MPI Press Release: The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection (Blu-ray) – March 29

THE MOST BELOVED MOVIES ABOUT THE GREATEST SLEUTH OF ALL TIME ARE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE MAGNIFICENT BLU-RAY SET

SHERLOCK HOLMES:THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

All 14 Films Starring the Legendary Basil Rathbone Are Available on Five Blu-ray Discs

For the First Time This Must-Have Set Arrives on March 29, 2011


New York, NY  The tremendous critical and box-office success of Guy Ritchie’s recentSherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, has sparked renewed interest in all things Holmes – and it all rests on the 14 classic Holmes mysteries from Hollywood’s Golden Age starring the inimitable Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. On March 29, 2011, MPI Home Video will release the definitive, high-definitionSHERLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a five-disc Blu-ray set containing all 14 films. The handsomely packaged box set, which includes hours of bonus material, will carry a fan-friendly SRP of $129.98.

This one-of-a-kind collection marks the first time all of the films have been available on Blu-ray, and it features the dozen Holmes movies digitally restored and remastered by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

South African-born British actor Basil Rathbone was a star of such classics as The Adventures of Robin Hood, David Copperfield and Romeo and Juliet before achieving screen immortality playing Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant Holmes, beginning with The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939. Those instant hits led to 12 more mind-bending mysteries over the next seven years, each also starring Nigel Bruce (Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion) as Holmes’ loyal, if often befuddled, friend Dr. Watson.

While several of the Rathbone movies were based on Conan Doyle’s original stories, others pitted Holmes against contemporary villains, including the Nazis. But Rathbone’s personification of literature’s most famous crime solver remained a constant source of wonder and delight throughout the series.

Included in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION are:

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 (1943)

Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)

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 (1945)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

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