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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Robert Downey Jr. , Jude Law , Guy Ritchie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 1 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OQCV6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sherlock Holmes" on IMDb

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Sherlock Holmes Reinvented

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The hangman did his job, Dr. Watson declared the condemned man dead...yet Lord Blackwood has emerged from the tomb to assert his deadly will over 1890 London. Is he in league with the forces of hell itself? Is the whole Empire in peril? It's a mystery macabre--and only Sherlock Holmes can master it.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law put memorable imprints on Holmes and Watson in this bold new reimagining that makes the legendary sleuth a daring man of action as well as a peerless man of intellect. Baffling clues, astonishing Holmesian deductions, nimble repartee, catch-your-breath scenes of one slam thing after another--director Guy Ritchie helms the excitement reintroducing the great detective to the world. Meet the new Sherlock Holmes!


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687 of 735 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Fundamentals January 10, 2010
After reading the reviews from some of the critics I was surprised by how many of them talked disdainfully about this movie as a divergence from the source material. I'm assuming many of them were relying on the old Basil Rathbone movies to color their interpretation of Holmes. They seem to overlook the fact that in the actual novels and stories penned by Doyle Holmes was an artistically tempermental, manic depressive, physically powerful individual who annoyed Watson by conducting experiments in their shared flat. He had been a prize fighter under another name, he was a cocaine addict and, according to "the Adventure of the Empty House" he was skilled in one of the earliest "mixed martial arts", Bartitsu (misspelled by Doyle as "Baritsu"). Watson was a formidable former Army doctor discharged due to complications from a shoulder injury sustained in heavy combat while serving in Afghanistan. In many ways their depiction in this movie is much closer to their depiction by Doyle than what we've seen in the past. I am especially gratified that they finally did away with the ludicrously out of place deerstalker cap that became a staple of the Holmes movies due to one of the original Padget illustrations and which made no sense for the character when he was in an urban setting.
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223 of 250 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your grandmama's Sherlock Holmes December 28, 2009
From the opening when horses seem to be galloping from the back of the theater, through the gray skies and industrial grime of the exteriors and the dinginess of most of the interiors, relieved occasionally by gorgeous jewel toned luxury, this Sherlock Holmes is grittier and much more raw then its predecessors--a Holmes for the millenium.

Robert Downey's Holmes is a brilliant brat. He borrows Watson's clothes without permission, insults Watson's fiance at their first meeting, and drives Mrs. Hudson to her wits' ends, but he's also a guy who knows his way around a boxing ring and the one you want on your side when facing doom in the form of Lord Blackwood, an executed murderer who resurfaces at the head of a black magic cult bent on world domination.

Jude Law's Watson is an understated sidekick to the flamboyant Holmes, but their relationship is more of a partnership than in typical Holmes/Watson duos. It's fun to watch the verbal sparring and exasperation which underlying affection makes sparkling rather than mean. The supporting cast is excellent, as well. The movie plays fair with the viewer. When Holmes explains how the crimes were carried out, we realize we saw the same clues at the same time he did. No deus ex machina here--it's all elementary.

This Sherlock Holmes is neither Jeremy Brett nor Basil Rathbone. Viewers who expect to settle into a predictable detective yarn will be disappointed. This Holmes is edgy, action packed and slightly uncomfortable, but more believable because of it. It's smart and atmospheric, and well worth seeing.
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132 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly faithful adaptation April 22, 2010
Format:DVD
I've watched this version of Holmes a number of times now, and I must admit it surprises me in its subtlety and intelligence every time. As earlier reviews have noted, in the main this is actually a quite faithful representation of Holmes and Watson in light of the original stories (which I've read and, indeed, taught a number of times). At the same time, it's an excellent stylization of late Victorian England, and I think that's how it should be understood: at once a faithful interpretation that brings out all the pleasures of the original and a commentary on Victorian society as it transitioned into the twentieth century (which is, I'd hold, exactly what Doyle's stories were--a commentary on the modern). To quote from another well-known and frequently-adapted Victorian novel, it's "nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance."

The structure of the story itself could well be one of Doyle's original stories. It especially reminds me of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," in which an apparently supernatural series of events turns out to have a logical explanation. This is what surprised me the most when I saw the movie for the first time: that it engaged Doyle's narrative strategies in film form. In fact, this engagement is incredibly detailed. For instance, the scenes early in the movie where Irene Adler visits Holmes at home exploit Doyle's typical doubleness: at first we get a strung-together series of events whose chain of cause and effect are unexplained. Then, later, we get a recap in which Holmes explains that chain in detail, supposedly to Watson but really to the viewing audience. This particular set of scenes is, I think, one of the most admirable in the movie.
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172 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sherlock Holmes" Blu-Ray Review March 30, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, as of this writing, Amazon still states that this item is a three disc set, but this is not the case. The DVD and digital copy are included on the same disc, while a second disc contains the Blu-Ray version. This isn't an issue, of course, just a small clarification. Speaking of which, I've seen a significant number of complaints regarding the inclusion of the DVD/digital copy in the Blu-Ray version, with many complaining that they want neither and it's needlessly driving the cost up.

A simple comparison of this item against other Blu-Rays on Amazon proves this title costs no more than any other new release, and the DVD/digital copy is actually a very nice bonus for those who buy the film early. I, for instance, plan to loan out the DVD to friends who don't own Blu-Ray players. The digital copy is nice, I suppose, but I've never been bored enough to want to watch a film on my iPod or laptop. Besides which, like all digital copies, it expires a year from now. I'm actually glad it's included on the same disc as the DVD, because all other digital copies included on a separate disc I've ended up tossing out.

Upon loading the Blu-Ray into the player three trailers will run. This is, of course, typical practice. The irritating part is that the disc will not allow the user to access the menu from the trailers, and the user is forced to manually fast-forward through each trailer. A minor complaint, to be sure, but irritating nonetheless. The film runs 02:08:24 and the Blu-Ray includes ten bonus features (the DVD doesn't contain a single special feature). The included audio tracks and subtitles are in English, French, and Spanish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show.
We've been watching the bbc version and decided to research this version. Very well done. Robert Downey jr is hilarious.
Published 3 days ago by Robert Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
fun
Published 6 days ago by Joel Hadfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these Sherlock Holmes movies
Every one is great! Funny, I love the flashbacks that explain the deductive brilliance! Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law have great chemistry. I recommend these movies.
Published 9 days ago by MOMMY B
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't even finish it
It's not to often that I walk out of a movie, even renting one like this, I hate to do it, but it was so bad I shut it off.
Published 10 days ago by Nate
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
It is what it says and does what it says. Very pleased with it and have to keep typing til it tells me I can submit lol
Published 11 days ago by AwesomeCouple
4.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Holmes and Watson
Robert Downey, Jr. seems to have been destined to play Sherlock Holmes. He fills the deerstalker quite nicely. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars sherlock holmes
great reimagining of the Sherlock mythology --the chemistry of the principles are fun, great action good plot twists, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan --a must buy
Published 15 days ago by Daniel Rousch
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Downey Jr is again fantastic.
He makes the movie. If you like his acting style, it shines in this movie as it does his other recent flicks.
Published 22 days ago by saluki
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!!
Reading other reviews gave me the impression this would be a worthy investment, but I was totally surprised by the stumbling stupidity of the plot. Read more
Published 23 days ago by ClarityOfMind
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
We have seen this several times and it is always fun to watch! The cast is great so is the plot and downey's never a disappointment.
Published 25 days ago by emilyjjs1
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