Sunday 9 August 2020


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6 The Man with the Twisted Lip
8 The Adventure of the Speckled Band

I've never read all of the Sherlock Holmes canon, and I always intend to read more of it but never actually do (the last time was a single story in 2016; before that, a few in 2014). Anyway, here's an attempt to change that. I decided to start with some of the best-regarded stories according to the Pocket Essential Sherlock Holmes -- which is just one author's opinion, so maybe I should look for a more definitive ranking! That said, Doyle once named The Speckled Band as his overall favourite Holmes story, so that's some recommendation.

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

Another big pile of additions this week -- not quite as many as last week, but more than the week before; though it's led me to delay posting this until Sunday again, so...

The most significant package was a bunch of purchases spurred by the latest Barnes & Noble Criterion sale, including their new Bruce Lee box set (which should probably replace my copy of the old Hong Kong Legends DVD set, but I rather like that, so it stays for now) and several titles I've been itching to own, including Come and See, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

No upgrades this week (well, there's the Bruce Lee set, as mentioned, and Criterion's Notorious trumps a DVD I own, but that's part of a box set), so the numbers below are the full account for once. That said, a minor point of order was provoked by the 1966 War and Peace, which was originally released in four parts but now gets considered as one film. I looked at how I've counted previous films of this nature (Dr Mabuse der Spieler; the 1934 Les Misérables) and consequently counted it as four.

Number of titles in collection: 2,428 [up 10]
Of which DVDs: 1,088 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,340 [up 10]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 68 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 6,243 [up 17]
Number of films: 2,731 [up 19]
Number of additional cuts: 178 [up 2]
Number of TV episodes: 8,935 [no change]
Number of short films: 759 [up 1]

See you next week, faithful reader.