Considered by many Holmesians to be the best Sherlock Holmes movie ever made, Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is both an affectionate parody, and a brilliant, melancholy celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Stephens) and Dr. Watson (Colin Blakely), are tasked with locating the missing husband of a mysterious woman fished out of the River Thames. The course of their investigation leads them to Scotland and encounters with a group of monks, some dwarfs and even the Loch Ness Monster. Can Holmes and Watson crack the case?
Co-written by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond (one of eleven screenplays they wrote together) and starring the late great Christopher Lee as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most underrated films in Billy Wilder’s filmography, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film for Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
Glorious 1080p presentation
Uncompressed PCM soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
A new video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
The Missing Cases (50 mins) - a presentation of the films deleted sequences, using script excerpts, production stills and surviving film footage.
Deleted Epilogue Scene (audio only)
Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder - an archival interview with Christopher Lee about working with Billy Wilder
Interview with editor Ernest Walter
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A collectors booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp; the words of Billy Wilder; and rare archival imagery