Christopher Plummer is Sherlock Holmes

STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the release of a brand-new restoration of the mystery thriller MURDER BY DECREE, featuring the legendary characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, embroiled in the investigation surrounding the real-life Whitechapel murders supposedly committed by the notorious, unidentified serial killer “Jack the Ripper”. Available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, Digital from 28th June 2021.

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?

Directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas Story) MURDER BY DECREE 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.


  • New: Audio commentary with Film Journalist Kim Newman and Crime Fiction Historian Barry Forshaw
  • New: Interview with Film Journalist Kim Newman

MURDER BY DECREE is released as part of the ‘Vintage Classics Collection’ which showcases iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content. The collection includes KIND HEARTS & CORONETS, THE DAM BUSTERS, DON’T LOOK NOW, THE LADYKILLERS, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THE WICKER MAN, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and many more.