Late this past Summer, I spent a few days scoring three wonderful short, silent rarities for Flicker Alley’s upcoming William Gillette Sherlock Holmes release. The films were an absolute delight and they are featured on the new DVD/Blu-ray as part of the bonus materials. Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900), A Canine Sherlock (1912) and Piu Forte Che Sherlock (1913) have never been available for home viewing before but Flicker Alley has rectified that. This is a very special release and well worth owning, primarily for the Gillette subject, recently restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and La Cinematheque Francaise and boasting a fine score composed and performed by Neil Brand, Guenter Buchwald and Frank Bockius. The score also incorporates sound effects suggested by the original theatrical script on which the film is based. As if all of this is not enough, there are lobby cards, scripts, copies of original contracts between Gillette and Essanay Studio, and other treasures that allow a complete emersion into the period and subject matter of this historic film. I may be a little biased, but I think that it is safe to say that this is one well worth owning. Thank you to all of the hardworking folks at Flicker Alley, especially Jeff Messina and Joshua Morrison who were a joy to work with. Also thanks to my friends David Slaughter and Tom Barnes who were absolutely instrumental in constantly supporting my work to Flicker Alley. Happy sleuthing.
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