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Nominated for 4 primetime Emmys, Sherlock is back with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson in three new stories. In A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock gets embroiled in the complex plans of the dangerous and desirable Irene Adler, and finds himself employing every one of his remarkable skills to survive as the unlikely duo square off in a battle of wits…and perhaps emotions? The Hounds of Baskerville whisks the increasingly popular detective and Watson to the wilds of Dartmoor, and face to face with the supernatural lurking in the eerie landscape. Meanwhile, Moriarty is still out there in the shadows, and is determined to bring Sherlock down-at whatever the cost-in The Reichenbach Fall. With beguiling performances, witty scripts and some of the most intriguing characters ever created, it's no wonder that Sherlock has proven to be a worldwide success.]]>
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It was a ba11sy move to reimagine Sherlock Holmes in 21st Century England. That it worked tremendously is due to smart writing and the amazing chemistry between the two leads, Cumberbatch and Freeman. The writers inserted clever touches such as the onscreen texts which reveal Holmes' instantaneous deductions and his ready application of contemporary tools (cell phones, the Internet, etc.) to aid his investigations. In this universe, Holmes attains his clients primarily thru Watson's popular online blog in which the good doctor recounts Holmes' cases. The writers and creators are so cocky nowadays that they don't hesitate to inject broader bits of comedy (an act of heresy were this show not as good). As such we witness fleeting play-on-word references to Holmes' more trivial cases such as "The Geek Interpreter" and "The Speckled Blonde." For whatever reason, I smile whenever the camera pans to Speedy's Sandwich Bar & Cafe, atop of which is where Holmes and Watson share lodgings, very much still 221B Baker Street. At heart, Sherlock Holmes is still very much the cold, calculating machine. But Series 2 aims to poke a hole in that stance.Read more ›
However, with "The Reichenbach Fall," I'm pleased to say that Sherlock has left far behind casual crime drama (good drama though it was) and has now entered the realm of true, incredible art. From the writing to the acting, to the gripping, gut-wrenching final moments (I don't know who deserves more credit, Cumberbatch or Freeman for displaying some amazing acting chops), I am pleased to say that this episode delivered some of the finest television I've ever had the privilege of watching. To go any further into how incredible this single episode is would do a dis-service to you, if you have read this review so far. Stop reading and watch. Really.
That's all I need to convince you to watch this series.
I guarantee it.
Start from the beginning, Season 1. Fifteen minutes. If you want to turn it off after that, be my guest.
The writing, the acting, the CINEMATOGRAPHY, the costumes, the portrayal, the twists, the turns, the wit, the suspense: all create a fresh, new, brilliant invention of Sherlock Holmes in the 21 century...it will capture you and never let you go.
So go...watch this. You will not be disappointed.
Sherlock's "brilliance" has never been so cleverly presented. Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson) seem perfectly matched and merely watching their bantering (and loyalty) is refreshing and at the same time touching. The genius of Sherlock, just because it's been updated in time, is never in doubt--but updating it to modern times, with the latest of technological "gadgets" is also a bit mesmerizing.
In Series II, we find (only) three adventures: "A Scandal in Belgravia," "The Hounds of Baskerville, " and "The Reichenbach Fall," are all based upon the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, with, of course, clever updating.
And what Holmes adventures would be complete without at least a mention of Moriarty. We found him at the close of the final episode in Season I and, of course, we pick up where we left off.
At the end of "The Reichenbach Fall," I was a bit shocked--but the realized that the clever producers have, once again, set us up for another season. It cannot come too soon.
Clever, clever, clever!
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This show is so brilliant. What a marriage of writers and actors. The characters are wonderful, and the show is incredibly interesting and entertaining. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by jmh
Dvd did not work. Saw half of the second episode then it keeps repeating.Published 7 days ago by Kathy S.
An excellent series as well as the first. This is a "now a days" Sherlock. It also has some humor. Love this Sherlock. Benedict and Martin make a good pair.Published 16 days ago by Cordeenia
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|Type of Blu-ray disc for Sherlock series 2?||
I was going to buy this set, but it's listed in full screen. The season one was region A and in wide screen, so I hope S2 eventually comes out in this format as well.
May 7, 2012 by S. Petersen | See all 7 posts
|Amazon sent me the wrong regional code version of this Bluray.||
I purchased this in 2012. I never got around to opening it until today. I think they sent me the wrong region too, since it's not playing on my PS3 and it has the same rating. I wonder if Amazon will still replace it....
Jan 12, 2014 by Christina Yau | See all 3 posts
|Length of episodes||
Each episode lasts 90 minutes.
I don't know if anything was cut when they were shown on TV, but even if there was, since this is a BBC disc I think it's safe to say everything will be uncut.
May 17, 2012 by J. Martin | See all 2 posts