DVD-Review: The Case-Book & The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Is Sherlock Holmes still fit for modern television? This was the question in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Granada continued to produce its amazing adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels with the brilliant Jeremy Brett in the title role. Despite several problems including the failing health of the lead actor, the last twelve episodes with the collective titles The Case-Book and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes brought the adventures of the master detective magnificently to life and although they could not quite reach the brilliance of the earlier episodes, they were a wonderful finale to series. In Germany, these last episodes had never been broadcast on television until 2009, when Koch Media had commissioned a German dub and finally released them on DVD four years after the previous boxset. Today’s review is based on my earlier German article about the Koch Media boxset, but also concludes the three-part collection of posts about the series itself, which will be followed with more detailed reviews about the Granada feature films soon.

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