Sherlock: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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The writing is engaging, cheeky, smart and fast paced. It rolls current technology into the stream of consciousness. The looks of awe when Sherlock figures it out - and his amusement when he learns he's alone are priceless. The cinematography, costumes, lighting and use of text overlays to move the story along are well placed and impressive on their own.
But the intelligence of the show is its presumption in the interest of the watcher; therefore moving with alacrity, flexibility and certain undefinable element of charm missing from many US shows (the brilliant but cancelled Life with Damian Lewis excluded). I'm a US viewer lucky enough to have a friend in the UK - but this show should gain followers worldwide with the power to draw from the past literary works and latch onto the current to slingshot us into the future of TV - for thinking people.
Set in contemporary London, "Sherlock" modernizes three classic mysteries. Episode One is "A Study In Pink" and, by itself, it is an absolutely perfect film. The way the murder is introduced, the stellar screenplay, the ingenious play on familiar characters, the droll humor, the emotional resonance, and the technological innovation to update this tale all work in perfect harmony to create an unforgettable re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes. Episode Two, "The Blind Banker," is solid but inevitably pales in comparison to the brilliant opening. And Episode Three, "The Great Game," caps this trio expertly. Just when I thought I had things figured out, "The Great Game" packs a huge wallop--the cliffhanger, and indeed the last 20 minutes, provide one of the most diabolically clever games of cat-and-mouse that you're likely to encounter. Absolutely riveting--it'll leave you gasping and begging for more!
Benedict Cumberbatch turns in a star making portrayal as Holmes. Cumberbatch, with his unorthodox appearance, has always stood out for me--but this is easily his most memorable performance.Read more ›
It's not an easy task to move this concept into a modern day setting given the advances in forensic science since the stories were first published, but focusing on Holmes' acute intelligence, observation and deduction it still gives that sense of awe that makes you feel like you're waking around with your eyes shut.
Don't hesitate... buy or rent this today if you love Holmes!
- Inspector Lestrade: "I didn't say anything."
- Sherlock Holmes: "You were thinking. It's annoying."
A proud man is ex-Army doctor, John H. Watson. But he is neither so proud nor his finances so sound that he'd turn his nose up at the chance to share rent on a flat, even if the flat mate should be that most peculiar and aggravating person, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. John Watson is immediately struck with the eccentricity of Holmes, and with his brilliance. And lest those Holmesian afficianados throw a fit, we first meet the Great Detective harshly applying a riding crop to a corpse in an effort to discover lividity, so at least we're reassured that certain things remain the same. Holmes still conducts his nasty experiments. Lean and saturnine, he is still very much the detached thinking machine, still the cold fish, except that, striding thru modern-age London as he does, some people assume he's a bit of a switch hitter.
Somewhere, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are nudging each other in the ribs. After all, they did this first. In these contemporary times, Sherlock Holmes wages war on ennui, rages against boredom. He fills a role as Scotland Yard's unofficial consulting detective, a necessary tool in crime solving, even if the constabulary consider him a freakish prat. Some have wondered how Holmes would fare in the 21st Century, and the answer is: quite comfortably, thanks ever so. Holmes always was a scientific man, and very practical. Practicality dictates that Holmes would make use of today's technology, and we see him here applying the Internet and his cellie and GPS trackers and so forth. He runs his own website: The Science of Deduction.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift for my daughter. If you are a Sherlock fan, you'll love it.Published 3 hours ago by Julia
Brilliant! Will hold your attention and leave you yearning for the next episode!Published 1 day ago by Dr. Smellgood
Love it! What's with the only 3 episodes per season? Too much tea time!Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth Fredette
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|Is there EVER going to be a Season Two?||
It was delayed until 2012
Aug 23, 2011 by A. Rhoads | See all 20 posts
|Are these the original BBC episodes, or the edited ones aired by PBS in...||
I just received mine in the mail and I'm pleased to report that the DVD's contain the full three 90 minute BBC versions - and a bonus (unaired pilot of A Study in Pink). This unaired pilot was shown to the BBC to wet their appetite for the show and then Study in Pink was reshot for airing.... Read More
Nov 15, 2010 by Angela G. Birt | See all 10 posts
|Does this DVD set have three or four episodes?||
The 2-DVD set contains the 3 episodes that were shown on TV, an audio commentary for "A Study in Pink", a "making-of" featurette, and the un-aired pilot episode (shorter version of "A Study in Pink").
Nov 7, 2010 by mirasreviews | See all 9 posts
The additional 200 minutes include the documentaries, interviews, and other special features. Netflix instant contains only the episodes.
Jul 20, 2011 by J. Ritchie | See all 4 posts
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