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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R349HK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Photo gallery
  • Cast filmographies

Editorial Reviews

The Baker Street Irregulars, London street urchins who provided reconnaissance for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, have long been ripe for an adventure of their own. British television movie Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars fills the bill pretty well, with an original story that finds an old enemy of Holmes masterminding the destruction of the sleuth as well as his young allies. When the disappearance of one Irregular happens to coincide with a bizarre plot to murder Scotland Yard inspectors, not even Holmes (Jonathan Pryce) sees a connection until it's too late. By then, two kids are missing and suspicion falls on Holmes himself for the cop killings, forcing him to entrust his fate--and that of the others--to the children who work tirelessly for him. The mystery and drama are satisfying, though Doyle purists will balk at the film's liberties with Holmes' personal and professional history. The story, however, really has more to do with redefining the Irregulars as a kind of family unto themselves, poor kids who have no one without one another, and no purpose without their occasional marching orders from a man they very much admire. This is a family movie that can be enjoyed even by those who've never heard of Sherlock Holmes, though a passing familiarity helps. With Bill Paterson as Dr. Watson and Michael Maloney as a typically obtuse inspector. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

A new Holmes delights loyal fans and a new generation in this BBC family drama

Kids are disappearing. Policemen are being poisoned. Sherlock Holmes is under house arrest, falsely accused of crimes he didn’t commit.

Enter the Baker Street Irregulars. Introduced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet, this savvy, street-smart team of teens become the great detective’s eyes, ears, and legs. But can these kids really help Holmes stop a mastermind from stealing England’s gold, the good name of her greatest sleuth, and the lives of two of their own?

Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita) makes a splendid Holmes in this original mystery produced for the BBC, with stellar costars Bill Paterson (Miss Potter, Wives and Daughters), Anna Chancellor (MI-5, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Michael Maloney (Babel, Notes on a Scandal), and six rising young stars as the plucky Irregulars.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE a bio of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, photo gallery, and cast filmographies.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Pryce hits the mark as Sherlock Holmes July 27, 2007
Watching Jonathan Pryce in his first scene as Sherlock Holmes, I couldn't help but be reminded of watching Christopher Eccleston as the lead in another icon of British fiction Doctor Who. Like Eccleston as the good Doctor, Pryce comes across as simultaneously off-putting and appealing. In that respect, he is quite simply an ideal Sherlock Holmes. You sense the the sharp mind that makes him the best detective ever and also that other-ness which means he will never come off as being quite normal.

Though much of the action is given over to the Baker Street Irregulars, Pryce's Holmes remains the focus of this story because it's the Irregulars efforts to clear his name when he's arrested for murder that drive the story. Even when Holmes is under house-arrest in his rooms at 221-B Baker Street, you can sense the wheels turning in his mind as he directs his foot-soldiers in order to solve a mystery with a deeply personal dimension for Holmes. Without spoiling anything, it's a twist that will probably be most appreciated by those with some background in the Holmes stories but such background is not essential.

Above all, though, this is meant to be a fun story, an enjoyable mystery/adventure story with enough danger to keep things interesting without getting too dark. This latter point is probably a function of having been produced for a family viewing slot in Britain. The whole cast does a good job, and it's especially nice to see one of Britain's best character actors Bill Patterson paired with Pryce in the equally iconic role of Doctor Watson.

I won't say this is the best Sherlock Holmes story I've ever seen or heard (personally I'm a fan of John Gielgud's run as Holmes on the radio from the 1950s), but Pryce is certainly one of the best Sherlock Holmes. I truly hope that this production is the first of many for him.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes and the Tween Kids February 21, 2008
By lynz-h
While this Sherlock story will probably appeal to families with older kids, the hardcore Sherlock fan will be appalled. As mentioned in other reviews, the villainess shares the name of a beloved character from the Sherlock stories, but none of her marvelous traits. Furthermore, Jonathan Pryce, while a fine actor, seems very out of character for Sherlock, seeming much too like a sweet older gentleman than the proud, somewhat aloof Holmes.

The action focuses on the Irregulars and the story seems to try to pander to a young audience with this crew. Unfortunately, for the first half of the story, I found it difficult to have much interest in them. By the second half, as I accepted the movie for what it was, I did find some humor and charm in it.

As mentioned by others, there are some really good lines. There's also some really intriguing camera work that reminded me of some of the more experimental moments in the Granada series (like in the Devil's Foot, for instance) and a good soundtrack.

When I was able to pretend it wasn't supposed to be a Sherlock Holmes story, I enjoyed it as much as I'd enjoy most movies geared towards a tween audience. But I don't intend to ever watch it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry................ October 13, 2008
I really wish I could recommend this. There was some novelty to it, and they tried hard. The sets and costumes were first rate, for whatever that is worth. The major problem was the actor chosen to portray Holmes - too old, too soft, too nice, and way too grandfatherly. Totally unbelievable as Holmes. And the Irene Adler problem is also a PROBLEM. Too bad .......... it's fun where it coulda been great fun. ;-(
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Irene Adler? September 17, 2007
By Kendra
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In deference to Never the Twain: Very mild plot spoiler in this review-- definitely doesn't affect overall plot.

I am always on the lookout for a new Sherlock Holmes movie. I couldn't wait until this came out, because it looked good and it was produced by the BBC-- which also produced the wonderful and never-to-be-duplicated Jeremy Brett series.

What a disappointment this was!

First of all, the villain here is Irene Adler. Why on earth was Irene Adler made the villain? Adler was the only woman Holmes ever really respected and thought he could care about. And, in the Scandal in Bohemia, she clearly isn't a villain. She wrote Holmes a wonderful and caring letter and both Holmes and Watson were left with deep reverence (or at least respect) for her. She is "The Woman" in Sherlock Holmes' life and was never, ever villainous at all.

So, why did the BBC or the scriptwriter or WHOMEVER make Irene Adler one of the most evil and diabolical villains to ever exist? This really is an outrage, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan. There is nothing in any past Holmes story to indicate that Irene Adler would ever turn into a murderous, conniving, vindictive evil villain. At the end of "Scandal in Bohemia", we are all convinced she is a good, honest, savvy person who earned the respect of Holmes. This was such a disappointment that, had the rest of the movie been actually good, it still would have ruined it for me.

Why not make Moriarty the villain? It is clear from some comments Watson makes that Moriarty is still alive. There is no reason to impugn Irene Adler's legacy by making her this type of villain.

Secondly, the casting was not very good. Jonathan Pryce is a good actor, but there was nothing about him that made him Sherlock Holmes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for a die hard Sherlock fan.
This movie wasn't very good. Wanted to like it, as I usually love anything Sherlock. Definitely a one time view and then off to donation box. Ridiculous storyline.
Published 1 month ago by D. Ro
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
Very nice truck a great addition and well mad although wish it was made in die-cast fashion for longer more durable wear and tear paly use.
Published 1 month ago by Dominic Hofer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good Sherlock Holmes
I really enjoyed this tale. Jonathan Pryce did an excellent job in the role and the story was well written.
Published 12 months ago by WUFFMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews bought it anyway
People are too picky. I have nearly every Sherlock Holmes movie,TV show and radio show made from silent films to date. Lets not get into the books as well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. West
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful DVD
I have bought all of the Sherlock Holmes DVD from Amazon, this is a wonderful story that is rarely covered by movie makers. The story and actors are very good. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by harvey819
4.0 out of 5 stars well-written and acted twist on holmes
background: i've read all the books, loved BBC's wonderful update, "Sherlock," and dug the Guy Richie film as well. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by arunan
1.0 out of 5 stars Download Incomplete
If you're interested in watching this, buy the DVD. The item being sold in video on demand is only one episode of two and the second is not available. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Pat Elvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost
To the long and already rambling list of attempts to juice up Sherlock Holmes for mass media audiences, we add this well-meaning but misguided whirlwind. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by Kevin L. Nenstiel
3.0 out of 5 stars At least we and Holmes will always have our memories of the real Irene...
Watson writes, "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by C. O. DeRiemer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too tame and childish
I never could see Jonathan Pryce as Holmes myself but he was the only good thing about this otherwise sterile family drama that seems like it was made for CITV or CBEEBIES. Read more
Published on June 11, 2008 by Inspector Gadget
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