I went through the discs on this fairly quickly. A lot of it I had seen, downloaded from the Internet Archive fairly recently, and some I watched at 1.5 speed. It's another 3 disc set of Sherlock Holmes material collected by Synergy. I got it from the library to see if it was something I might like to invest real money in. The download versions are not as nice as the stuff on the discs but they are free. What they aren't, for the most part, is entertaining enough to want to see that often. The best thing on the disc is the single feature length film and I already have a nice version of that.
Sherlock Holmes Baffled, 1900 is a 49 second silent short that has a burglar pop in and out of the picture baffling a guy with a cigar.
The Mystery of The Leaping Fish is a 20 minute 1916 Douglas Fairbanks silent short that was written by Tod Browning, D W Griffith and Anita Loos. Fairbanks plays the world's greatest scientific detective Coke Ennyday. He has a wheel on his wall that tells him, with the spin of a dial, if he should have drinks, dope, sleep or eats. He shoots up a lot. I remember seeing this in the 1970's at a Minicon SF Convention. It's moderately amusing.
The Dying Detective is a 31 minute silent short that was released in 1921. It was by the Stoll Pictures and it is the first of their Sherlock Holmes adaptations. In the next couple of years they made 45 shorts and 2 feature length films of Holmes material. It's silent and it's kind of slow moving. Holmes gets a rare disease and nearly dies. Luckily for me I just read he'd be in all those other films so I know he'll be ok.
The Devil's Foot, 1921, is another Stoll Pictures film. Sherlock figures out the nasty murder trick. It's just under 30 minutes long and silent.
Our Gang: The Mysterious Mystery! is a 1924 half hour silent comedy short with the kids doing the sluething. The gang do have a great burglar catcher in their club house. There's some airplane antics.
Mutt & Jeff: Slick Sleuths, 1926, is a 7 minute silent cartoon with the newspaper comic characters as detectives. They are boob like and after a guy called The Phantom who can magically change his appearance. It's kind of goofy but not that great or anything. It's in color.
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyal Interview is from 1929. It's Doyle sitting outside talking. He spends about 5 mkinutes talking about how he came to write the Holmes stories and another 5 minutes on his study of spiritualism. It was an old newsreal. He seems to have a nice dog.
Felix The Cat In Sure-Locked Homes is a 7 minute silent cartoon from 1928. It's got a nice style and it's fairly entertaining.
Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon is a 1942 Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Holmes picture. I enjoy the two of them together and have seen several of their Holmes pictures. Lionel Atwill plays Professor Moriarty. Holmes goes undercover to fight the Nazis. What, you didn't realize he fought them. You should know better, everyone fights the Nazis. It's fairly good.
Sherlock Holmes Y La Mira Secreta is the 1942 Spanish subtitles version of Sherlock Holmes & The Secret Weapon. It's the same English soundtrack. There are big subtitles on the screen too. That's the only difference. Not much reason to have it here, other than to fill up space and once again create the look of a lot when there isn't much there.
Sherlock Holmes Original Movie Trailers is just a couple of trailers to add an extra 5 minutes to the running time.
Original Screen Test: Nigel Bruce & Leslie Banks, 1934 Rare says the box and a fairly dull 5 minutes.
Basil Rathbone And Nigel Bruce Photos, 1939-1946. Nice selection.
Sherlock Holmes' First Cases is a tv movie made from episodes 1, 2 and 7 of the 1954 Sherlock Holmes tv series with Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford. The first two episodes introduces Watson to Holmes and Inspector LeStrade. There were only one season of 39 episodes made. You can buy any number of dvd collections of the series. It's worth a look. I find the episodes enjoyable and Howard and Crawford do well as Holmes and Watson.
Prof. Lightskull & Doc Twiddle: Inside India is another one of those chimpanzees dressed as people comedy shorts. It's from 1951 and it isn't that funny. Even at 13 minutes I couldn't watch it all the way through without fast forwarding.
The Singular Case of The Plural Green Mustache is a weird 4 minute short from 1965. It has a robot like Holmes solve a case using Boolean logic. Narrator Hilary Wontner is the son of Arthur Wontner who did some Holmes films ages ago. The short is directed by Charles and Ray Eames. I didn't care for it that much.
The Mystery of The Willing Victims is a 10 minute animated short made by Ohio Development Corp and State Farm Insurance Company in 1981. It's to remind you to take precautions to help prevent burglery. It has a modern Dr Watson on Bleeker St in Manhattan meeting Surelock Homes. Homes shows you a video. It's pretty lame.
Radio Show with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce is an episode of the 1939 program The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes. Why they didn't call it that on the box I don't have any idea. The episode is The Bruce-PartingtonPlans. It does take place in 1885 and there is a new sub that will revolutionize ocean warfare. It's ok. I downloaded a bunch of them ages ago and never got through them all.
All in all not as good as the first DVD set and even less a set I feel I need to buy. I wouldn't bother with the first one either.