Film Detective Releasing Four Restored ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Films on Blu-ray

The Film Detective, a division of indie distributor Cinedigm, Dec. 21 will release Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets of The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection, featuring four newly restored films about the legendary detective and a slew of bonus materials.

Films in the Vault include The Fatal Hour (1931); The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935); Silver Blaze (1937), starring Arthur Wontner; and A Study in Scarlet (1933), starring Reginald Owen.

Special features a host of newly restored Sherlockian shorts, including Slick Sleuths (1926), Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900), A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), Sure Luck Holmes (1928), Cousins of Sherlocko (1913), The Copper Beeches (1912) and “The Case of the Blind Man’s Bluff (1954), a Sherlock Holmes bonus TV-episode starring Ronald Howard.

Other extras include Elementary Cinema: The First Cinematic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an original documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle, a radio broadcast re-creation from Redfield Arts Audio; and exclusive introductions with filmmaker and film history icon Samuel M. Sherman. Each of the four discs includes its own audio commentary from esteemed film experts and enthusiasts, including author Jennifer Churchill; author and film historian Jason A. Ney; writers/producers Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan; and authors/screenwriters, Peter Atkins and David Breckman. Also included are original film posters replicated as postcards, and booklet inserts with original essays from author Don Stradley and author/screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner.

The list price is $59.95 for the Blu-ray and $49.95 for the DVD. In addition to Amazon, the Blu-ray and DVD can also be ordered through MVD’s online store at a reduced price.

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A limited-edition Blu-ray ($69.99) and DVD ($59.99) bundle of The Sherlock Holmes Vault Collection is available to order through Nov. 26 for fans in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom only at https://sherlockbox.imagenorders.com. The deluxe set includes a 13-month Sherlockian calendar, featuring special anniversary dates and fun facts about the history of Sherlock Holmes; a collector’s edition Sherlock Holmes magnet; a Sherlock Holmes notebook for jotting down clues; a one-year subscription to The Film Detective app; and a Sherlock Holmes tote bag.

Three randomly chosen fans who order the deluxe edition will also receive an additional prize — an exclusive Sherlock Holmes custom pipe courtesy of Peterson of Dublin.

Shout! Kids Releasing Animated ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape’ March 23, 2021

Shout! Factory will release the animated movie Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape on DVD and digital platforms March 23, 2021, through its Shout! Kids imprint.

The movie presents all the characters as animals, with Holmes as a dog and Watson as a cat.

In the late 19th century, Mack, a heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, was loved and respected by the people. When the world’s greatest dog-tective, Sherlock Holmes, assisted in catching Mack, the people were angry with him for arresting their hero. But four years later, Mack has escaped from prison. While Sherlock is on the case to recapture Mack, he discovers the heartbreaking reason behind the outlaw’s escape, and decides to let him fulfill his final wish before Mack’s voluntary surrender to the police. However, everyone’s plans change when Mack’s daughter is kidnapped. Sherlock must employ all his wits if he is to rescue Mack’s daughter and save the day.

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‘Holmes & Watson’ Due Digitally March 26, on Disc April 9 from Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comedy Holmes & Watson digitally March 26, and on Blu-ray and DVD April 9.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team for the third time after Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers in this farcical take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character. Ferrell stars as the famous detective and Reilly plays his sidekick, John Watson, as they are tasked to solve a murder at Buckingham Palace before the Queen becomes the killer’s next victim. The cast also includes Rebecca Hall, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Ralph Fiennes and Lauren Lapkus.

Home video extras include “Line-O-Rama” improv, 18 deleted scenes, and the featurettes “Will and John: Together Again,” “Seriously Absurd: The Cast” and “Mrs. Hudson’s Men.”