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Sherlock: The Complete First Season

Benedict Cumberbatch , Martin Freeman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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In the wake of Guy Ritchie's reimagining, the BBC puts its own stamp on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth--and sets him in a London filled with cell phones and laptops. In the pilot, director Paul McGuigan (a keen visual stylist) introduces Sherlock Holmes (Atonement's Benedict Cumberbatch) as a "high-functioning sociopath" and Dr. John Watson (The Office's Martin Freeman) as an army veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder. Through a mutual friend, the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street (Una Stubbs plays their landlady). Holmes, who consults with Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) on his trickier cases, drafts Watson to assist him.

In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode 3, Sherlock's archenemy, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (cocreator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson as a spy, an offer the good doctor refuses. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.

Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which cocreator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
By Nicole K. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I have to wonder if Duchess has even read the stories because this show is a very faithful adaptation. There was lots of violence and danger in them! Many times Holmes asked Watson to bring his pistol along with him during an investigation. Many times they were in life or death situations involving guns and murder attempts and violent criminals. Perhaps she is thinking of the mid-century tv and film adaptations. Well, those weren't always faithful to the stories. Holmes is never, ever described as wearing the deerstalker cloak and hat you always see. As a Holmes purist, I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be well pleased with the BBC's adaption.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unstoppable Modern Sherlock Holmes! Oct. 17 2010
Format:DVD
I had often wondered how would Sherlock Holmes fare in these present times.How would he handle all the smart phones, computers, fast cars, and increasing reliance on technology? It's all so very different from the 1800's.
Well, wonder no more! What is perhaps our most favorite and popular "consulting detective" is now working in present day London. A modernized Sherlock in BBC's latest adaptation does not disappoint; it fact is leaves you wanting more. Sherlock Holmes is here, and is unstoppable!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series! Nov. 25 2010
Format:DVD
This series impressed me. Very intelligent and well created. The acting was superb and it left viewers eagerly demanding a second season, which thankfully, is going to be made next year. Benedict Cumberbatch has the mannerisms of Sherlock Holmes, and the perfect voice. I can think of no better actor to portray him in a modern telling of the classic stories. Martin Freeman as Watson was perfectly casted. He was believable as an army doctor, and very expressive yet able to be so in a subtle manner.
A fun series I'd recommend to anyone and everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Strong Version Dec 20 2011
By R. Widdowson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A bold revisioning of a classic. And its superb!

The fact that the creators of this version remained true to the original characters--Holmes and Watson--was essential to make the show viable. They didn't mess in any essential way with the duo; if they had it would have spelled disaster.

But, rest assured, Holmes is still a self-centered ego-maniac and a superior thinking-machine. And we still find him absoltuely enthralling! And Watson is still a veteran of the Afgan war whose growing respect for Holmes' abilities is fresh with each case. The London they sleuth around is still hard-boiled, dirty, and overwhelming. The criminals are still ruthless and ingenious.

Some changes: Watson now blogs, Holmes uses the internet to gain certain facts about weather conditions and transportation schedules, and they ride in cabs rather than horse drawn coaches. But these are hardly fatal departures from the FORM of the story or character.

The actor who plays Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, is perfect. It must be a hard job to portray a character who is self-absorbed, emotionally distant, and intellectually over-bearing AND who is also charming and, at times, even warm. Cumberbatch pulls it off admirably. He is Holmes. I am a huge fan of Jeremy Brett's interpretation of Holmes (see Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series (12 DVD)) and Cumberbatch is, in my humble opinion, every bit as good as the master. Martin Freeman as Watson is excellent, too. He mixes the right amount of bewliderment at Holmes's antics with a dogged determination to experience every adventure that comes his way.

One of the writers scripted the new Tintin movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing!!!! Feb. 5 2011
By jb91
Format:DVD
I'm not a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I love this so I feel that anyone will adore this show. My friend, who is a Sherlock fan, recommended it to me because she loved it. The writing and acting is simply terrific. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make a great pair as Sherlock and Watson. The relationship between them is portrayed wonderfully. The show is very addicting and I have obssessed over it ever since I first saw it. Each episode feels a bit like a mini-movie due to their 1 1/2 hour length so more complex story lines are dealt with. Be warned though, the ending is one of the biggest cliffhangers I've ever seen - I can hardly wait for the next season!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game is on! Jan. 28 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This update of the favorite Sherlock Holmes characters is well made and a lot of fun. Details I'd forgotten from the original stories take on a new life and sometimes new meanings in the twenty-first century setting. It took a little while to get used to the use of first names but it was soon part of the characterization. Amusingly, Dr. Watson is still just back from Afghanistan but now he's in therapy for post-traumatic stress. He doesn't write stories but keeps a blog as part of his therapy; Sherlock has a web-site. They both seem to be glued to their cell phones.
The addition of the original pilot is a great extra. Seeing the variations in the story from the original hour-long version to the final one is fascinating. It made me pull the original story off the shelf to compare.
The actors are all great in the various roles and the use of words on-screen to follow Sherlock's racing thoughts helps keep the pace up by skipping the need for constant verbal explanations.
Having the DVD allows one to watch more than once and each time there's another detail noticed. The blogs and Sherlock's web-site have also been set up on-line and it is fun to read the public version given out by the characters after having seen the events in full. John wonders who shot the cabbie when we already saw who did it.
The only problem is having to wait until next fall for the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great modern take on a classic.
Published 10 days ago by Lorri Baranyai
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series and quality DVDs
Waiting for Season 4. As soon as I can, I will pre-order it. Excellent series and quality DVDs.
Published 15 days ago by Susan Hutchings
5.0 out of 5 stars SHERLOCK AGAIN
My wife and I have watched the series a half dozen times with a big bowl of popcorn, hopeless Sherlock junkies! What more can I say?
Published 1 month ago by mine reader
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't think it could be done...
"Afghanistan or Iraq?" This from a solitary consulting detective as he is introduced by Stamford to a wounded army surgeon at loose ends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cumberbatch & Freeman Rule
This update to (arguably) literature's most famous character is absolutely exceptional. The design and production are rich and smart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series!
So happy to have the complete set! This season 1 I couldn't wait to see again! I have purchased Season 1,2, and 3! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love
I know you are thinking, really another Dectective Holmes spin...be serious! DO NOT MISS THIS! So clever and fresh Benedict Cumberbatch is an amazing Holmes you will absolutely... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tanis McRae
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Season One
Awesome story lines and acting. I also enjoy the "special features" that accompany the episodes on the DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Don Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
Ever since 2011 I've been hearing about this show but I was never interested in watching it, although I love crime shows. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin and Cumberbatch in Police-like Detective Work
Sherlock Season 1 stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson. Cumberbatch and Martin both work together well in playing the roles of men who... Read more
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