Thought to be lost for many years, this film adaptation of a famous stage play (itself adapted from the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle) was discovered languishing in the film vaults of La Cinémathèque française. Far more famous than the film itself is the mythic reputation of actor William Gillette, a man reputed to have developed the most accurate thespic interpretation of Doyle’s world-famous character.
2015 Blu-ray Disc / DVD edition
Sherlock Holmes (1916), color-tinted black & white, 116 minutes, not rated,
with Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900), black & white, 1 minute, not rated, A Canine Sherlock Holmes (1912), color-tinted black & white and black & white, 15 minutes, not rated, Più forte che Sherlock Holmes (1913), black & white, 6 minutes, not rated, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1929), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated, and Sherlock Holmes Turns Engineer (1930), black & white, 6 minutes, not rated.
Flicker Alley, FA0042,
UPC 6-17311-67669-7, ISBN 1-893967-66-2.
One single-sided, dual-layered, Regions ABC Blu-ray Disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in pillarboxed 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels) progressive scan AVCHD MPEG-4 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, DTS HD 2.0 stereo sound, optional English or French language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; and one single-sided, dual-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, optional English or French language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; three-disc standard BD keepcase, $39.95.
BD/Release date: 3 November 2015.
Country of origin: USA
The film is presented accompanied by an original score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius.
The edition is supplemented by a number of Sherlock Holmes silent era films, plus the 1929 sound film appearance of Arthur Conan Doyle discussing his famous detective character and his own mystical beliefs. Included is a PDF of Gillette’s 1899 play adaptation, and one of his 1916 contract with Essanay to produce the film.
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