Sherlock Holmes (4-DVD SET)
Vendor: The DVD Hut
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Classic BBC TV series.
Regarded by many to be the best incarnation of the Baker Street sleuth, Douglas Wilmer gives a career-defining performance in this celebrated BBC series. Intelligent, quick on his heels, and bearing a striking resemblance to the original Sidney Paget illustrations, Wilmer's portrayal is possibly the closest to Conan Doyle's original vision that there has ever been. In 2012, his status as legend within the Sherlock pantheon was cemented when he was asked to make a cameo appearance in Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch.
The first story in the series, The Speckled Band, was originally produced as part of the BBC drama strand Detective. Appearing alongside Wilmer, as Holmes loyal companion Dr John Watson, was the great Nigel Stock. Such was the success of the adaptation that Wilmer and Stock were reunited a year later for a full 12-part series. With a supporting cast that included Clochemerle star Peter Madden as Inspector Lestrade, TV veteran Derek Francis as Mycroft Holmes, and guest stars such as Peter Wyngarde (Department S, The Innocents) and Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who), the popularity of the series gave rise to a second series, in which the role of Sherlock was played by Peter Cushing.
Presented for the first time on UK DVD, this long-awaited release also includes an array of fascinating special features, including two reconstructions of partially-surviving episodes, an alternative presentation of the Detective pilot, an alternative title sequence, an interview with Douglas Wilmer and a number of newly-recorded audio commentaries
Original 1964 Detective pilot episode The Speckled Band
All surviving episodes from the 1965 series
Alternative Spanish audio presentation of The Speckled Band
Alternative title sequence for The Illustrious Client
The Abbey Grange episode reconstruction, featuring a newly-filmed sequence of Douglas Wilmer reading the first half of the story, followed by all surviving original footage
The Bruce-Partington Plans episode reconstruction, using all surviving original footage and original shooting scripts
Douglas Wilmer...on Television (2012, Simon Harries, 22 mins): the iconic actor discusses his career in British film and television
Five audio commentaries, including contributions from Douglas Wilmer and celebrated directors Peter Cregeen and Peter Sasdy, all moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke
Fully illustrated booklet with new essays and full episode credits
Actors: Douglas Wilmer, Nigel Stock, Peter Madden, Peter Wyngarde, Patrick Troughton
Directors: Peter Sasdy, Peter Cregeen, Max Vernel, Gareth Davies, Philip Dudley
Format: Dolby, PAL
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 4
DVD Release Date: 30 Mar. 2015
Run Time: 650 minutes
These discs are (PAL) format, and will work on Australian & European DVD players.
USA/Canada customers will need a multi-region enabled player.