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Director Bill Condon and others involved with Mr. Holmes discuss how one plays Sherlock Holmes

"It truly is an icon playing an icon," Mr. Holmes director Bill Condon says, referring to Sir Ian McKellen in his role of Sherlock Holmes, in an interview for the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release from Lionsgate.

Condon's Mr. Holmes is a film "as beautiful for its floral motifs as its slowly unfurling narrative," we explained earlier this year, adding: "If Benedict Cumberbatch is the definitive Sherlock in his youthful prime, McKellen is the embodiment of the sleuth in his 90s, when regret hangs heavy and a brilliant mind begins to cloud. Holmes's forensic-style reads of people aren't what they used to be. Meanwhile, when evaluating himself, McKellen--who's never shown more vulnerability on screen--says he 'isn't as sophisticated' as his roles make him seem."

Mr. Holmes is available on Digital HD October 27 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand Nov. 10 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Miramax. Watch the featurette below:

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