No matter how many modern versions they release you can’t beat the classic ones and next month Studiocanal give some TLC to Murder By Decree. Next month they will release a brand-new restoration of the mystery thriller available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, Digital under their Vintage Classics label.
The film features characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, played by Christopher Plummer and James Mason. The pair find themselves embroiled in the investigation surrounding the real-life Whitechapel murders supposedly committed by the notorious, unidentified serial killer “Jack the Ripper”. They get help from a psychic Robert Lees (played by Donald Sutherland), here’s a reminder of the film with the trailer…
London 1889 – When Scotland Yard fails to stop the gruesome rampage of Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Plummer) and his trusted associate Dr. Watson (James Mason) decide to investigate. Undeterred by the police withholding crucial information, the duo embark on a dangerous adventure through London’s underworld, finding themselves at the door of psychic Robert Lees (Donald Sutherland) who helps to set them on the right path. But even if Holmes’ remarkable powers of deduction can unmask the maniacal fiend, can he and Watson face the most shocking secret of all?
INCLUDED WITH THE FILM:
- New: Audio commentary with Film Journalist Kim Newman and Crime Fiction Historian Barry Forshaw
- New: Interview with Film Journalist Kim Newman
Directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas Story), the film features an all-star supporting cast, including John Gielgud as Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, Frank Finlay as Inspector Lestrade, David Hemmings as Inspector Foxborough, Susan Clark as Mary Kelly, Geneviève Bujold as Annie Crook, Anthony Quayle as Sir Charles Warren and Eastenders’ June Brown as one of the Ripper’s earliest victims Annie Chapman.
Murder By Decree will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 28th JUNE 2021 and is available to pre-order HERE.