The Sherlock Holmes Society of London – 1959 – 1974 – DVD


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In this Diamond Jubilee year the Society’s publishing programme strikes out into new territory, with the recent release of a twin-DVD set. The digital technology that has transformed the Annual Film Evening now enables us to offer some of the more important short films from the Society’s archives – some of them unseen for twenty years or more.

  • Join the chase down the Thames in pursuit of the Aurora!
  • Accompany Dr Watson as he retraces the route to Hampstead and the home of Charles Augustus Milverton!
  • Meet distinguished Sherlockians, including James Edward Holroyd, Lord Gore- Booth and Bill Michell!
  • Follow Tony Howlett around Holmes’s London, with help from Bernard Davies, Guy Warrack and Dr Maurice Campbell!

There are seven films in all on the first disc.

The second disc is devoted to a truly momentous episode: the Great Swiss Pilgrimage of 1968. This was the Society’s first venture overseas, and its first event in which members were required to portray characters from the Canon – and to dress accordingly.

  • Why did Moriarty have to fight two Sherlock Holmeses at Reichenbach?
  • Was Irene Adler really French?
  • Just how abominable was Merridew’s memory?

Our honorary member Albert Kunz, who masterminded the whole thing, introduces the programme, and Lars Ahlner, who was the youngest of the pilgrims, provides some of the commentary.

The material was compiled by Peter Horrocks and Heather Owen. Recording, editing and restoration was by Kitty Winter, Wayne Walker-Allen and Laurence Owen.

This archive film material held by The Sherlock Holmes Society of London is made available on a limited run of DVDs to Society members only and for non-commercial research and private study only.

The DVDs are in PAL format and region-free. They may be not be playable on all NTSC players. If you are confident that they will play on your NTSC system please place an order. If you would prefer an NTSC compatible version please register an interest with Robert Ellis at the addresses shown below. If there is sufficient interest the Society may be able to produce a number of NTSC versions although an extra charge may need to be made.

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Overseas members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London have always needed to pay higher subscription rates than UK based members to cover the extra cost of postage and packaging for mailing the Sherlock Holmes Journal outside the UK. The Society is now changing the way it presents its membership prices so that the subscription is the same for UK and non-UK members, but the additional postage and packaging that are associated with overseas membership is now added on as a separate postage cost.

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Europe £3.75 £0.6
Rest of World £4.5 £1.75

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