Cine Outsider header
front page    disc reviews      film reviews    articles    interviews  
news archive
Older news stories have been archived by year and month, most recent first. They can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
2021 2020 2019
2018 2017 2016
2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004
60s BBC TV series Sherlock Holmes on DVD in March

17 February 2015

Regarded by many to be the best incarnation of the Baker Street sleuth (we're with Jeremy Brett), Douglas Wilmer gives a career-defining performance in the celebrated 1965 BBC series, Sherlock Holmes. Coming to DVD for the first time, it will be released by the BFI in March. This long-awaited release also has an array of fascinating special features, including two reconstructions of lost episodes, five audio commentaries and an interview with Douglas Wilmer.

Intelligent, quick on his heels, and bearing a striking resemblance to the original Sidney Paget illustrations, Douglas 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, The Speckled Band, was originally produced as part of the BBC drama strand Detective, but an entire series based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle soon followed. Holmes’ loyal companion, Dr John Watson, is brilliantly played by the great Nigel Stock, while the supporting cast includes Clochemerle star Peter Madden as Inspector Lestrade, TV veteran Derek Francis as Mycroft Holmes, and guest starts such as Peter Wyngarde (Department S, The Innocents) and Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who).

Sherlock Holmes will be released on UK DVD as a 4-disc set by the BFI on 30th March 2015 at the RRP of £39.99.

Including the original 1964 Detective pilot episode The Speckled Band and all surviving episodes from the 1965 series, the set will have the following special features:

  • 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, co-stars David Andrews and Trevor Martin, and celebrated directors Peter Cregeen and Peter Sasdy, all moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke

  • Illustrated booklet with new essays and full episode guides

It's worth nothing that with the departure of Douglas Willmer for the second season of Sherlock Holmes, the role of the great detective was taken by none other than Peter Cushing.