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Sherlock Holmes [Blu-ray]
(Arthur Berthelet, 1916)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 49,133,522,028 bytes
Feature Size: 21,043,120,128 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.99 Mbps
Case: Thick Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: November 10th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3706 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3706 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English OR Frenchintertitles
•From Lost to Found: Restoring William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes Presented by film restorer Robert Byrne at the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival (23:46)
• Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900 - 0:47): Courtesy of the Library of Congress and presented in HD, this is the earliest known film to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes.
• A Canine Sherlock (1912 - 15:05): From the EYE Film Institute, the film stars Spot the Dog as the titular character.
• Più forte che Sherlock Holmes (1913 - 6:31): Also from the EYE Film Institute, this entertaining Italian trick-film owes as much to Méliès as it does Doyle.
• HD transfers from the Fox Movietone Collection: Interview with Arthur Conan Doyle and outtakes from a 1930 newsreel with William Gillette showing off his amateur railroad (Sherlock Holmes Turns Engineer (1930 - 5:50) (11:40)
• Promotional Photograph Gallery (6 images 0:32)
Lobby cards and
Flyer Gallery (10 images 1:02)
Two DVDs of the feature presentation + extras
Description: In commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the
film s original release, Flicker Alley along with the San
Francisco Silent Film Festival and La Cinémathèque française
is proud to present the Blu-ray/DVD
premiere of one of the holy grails of lost films: William
Gillette's Sherlock Holmes.
SCREENED AT THE 2015 SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL: Last October's
announcement that a complete nitrate negative of a Sherlock Holmes film
starring William Gillette made in 1916 had been found in the
Cinemathèque Française may not have had quite the same impact on the
film world as, say, a similar announcement about Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
a few years prior, but it's still a big deal to film-lovers in general.
For fans of the character, it's mind-blowing; many pieces of imagery
associated with Holmes have always been said to come as much from
Gillette's much-revived 1899 play as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original
stories, but for many decades, we've had to take the scholars' word for
it. Now it can be up on the screen in tinted black-and-white for the
first time in nearly a century, and generations of fans should be
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Sherlock Holmes needs no introduction and this 1916 Silent version is miraculous to still be in existence - and now fans can obtain it on stellar Blu-ray from Flicker Alley. It's appearance is largely, as expected, due to the restoration and the condition of the sources. It looks fairly consistent. The screen captures below should give you a rough idea of the presentation. I thought it was very impressive - we are talking about something made literally 100 years ago! I think most will be very appreciative of the visuals. I have given three samples of the text/intertitles.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Sample Text screen/intertitles
Going all-out with the presentation, Flicker Alley utilize a new DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a whopping 3706 kbps (24-bit) to export the original piano-based, with violin etc., score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald, and Frank Bockius sounding superb in the uncompressed rendering. Not much in the way of separation but crisp and very deep - scintillating piano.My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
As usual Flicker Alley add significant value with interesting and extensive supplements. From Lost to Found: Restoring William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes is 24-minutes long presented by film restorer Robert Byrne at the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival explaining and detailing the process to bring Sherlock Holmes to it's restored condition. Sherlock Holmes Baffled is a very short clip made in 1900 - courtesy of the Library of Congress and presented in HD, this is the earliest known film to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes. A Canine Sherlock was made in 1912 and runs 15-minutes. It is from the EYE Film Institute, and the film stars Spot the Dog as the titular character. Più forte che Sherlock Holmes runs 6.5 minutes and is from 1913 - also from the EYE Film Institute; this entertaining Italian trick-film owes as much to Méliès as it does Doyle. Included are HD transfers from the Fox Movietone Collection of an Interview with Arthur Conan Doyle and outtakes from a 1930 newsreel with William Gillette showing off his amateur railroad entitled Sherlock Holmes Turns Engineer. There is a 'Promotional Photograph Gallery' with 6 images and a 'Lobby cards and Flyer Gallery' with 10 images. From the root of the disc(s), via a PC, you can access a PDF typescript of the 1899 Sherlock Holmes play by William Gillette and a PDF of the original contract between William Gillette and the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. The package contains a 20-page booklet featuring images from the film and information about the restoration project and two DVDs of the feature presentation + extras.
November 6th, 2015
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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