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Sherlock: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 9 2010
  • Run Time: 461 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004132I20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,680 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sherlock: Season One (BBC/BD)

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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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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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Benedict Cumberbatch did an excellent job portraying a modernized Sherlock Holmes.

Great music, directing, and scripts, too!

Wonderful entertainment. I wish there was a forth season!
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By Dr. Tim Parker HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Jan. 26 2014
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An update on the Sherlock Holmes story that works remarkably well. There's only three episodes in this first season, which may surprise those used to American series with a dozen episodes or so, but each of these is well crafted like a movie. If you approach them as three movies, you'll find them more entertaining! The lead actors are excellent. The staging and everything about these productions shows what the BBC is capable of at its best. For British mystery fans, this is a welcome addition, and I look forward to watching the entire series. Add another winner to join long-time favorites like Frost, Foyle, Cadfael and other fantastic series. Highly recommended for all.
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This is a Great Series. Discs worked great as had no trouble playing them. To anyone that wants this set or had this set. Make sure your Blu Ray player is Region Free. AS It is the player not the discs 99% of the time.
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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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By Dar on March 20 2014
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First of all, amazon.ca is fantastic. The price is good, and it only takes days for it to arrive. I am very pleased with the product. I LOVE these series, and though I can watch it on BBC Canada now, I wanted to own it so I could have it in the future. You have to watch these shows definitely more than once. There is so much happening, I find I miss things the first (or second) time around. I have always been a Sherlock Holmes fan, but this is something else!!!!!
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Everybody seems to do different takes on this classic nowadays but this one is truly fresh without being forced. B. Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock Holmes as a psychopath with Asperger's (feel free to disagre on the diagnosis). His interactions with Dr. Watson (M. Freeman) and others are filled with throwaway humor. The stories are complex without being too contrived and keep one guessing till the end.

I am definitely buying season 2!
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Imagine, if you will, that Sherlock Holmes was a product of the 21st century, not the 19th. No gas-lit evenings on foggy London streets, hailing hansom cabs drawn by horses. Instead, he hails black taxi-cabs. Instead of telegrams, he sends text messages. John Watson is a veteran of Afghanistan, yes, but of the most recent version of that war. Instead of a diary, he keeps a blog.

Now, imagine that this Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson come not from the mind of a literary-minded physician but of the fevered brains of two of Britain's reigning television writers, Steven Moffat (of the re-booted "Doctor Who") and Mark Gatiss (actor, screenwriter, and novelist). Both men are fans of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and it shows in how they write their re-imagined Holmes and Watson. For this Sherlock is an original himself; he is the only consulting detective, ever. He has no precedent, no antecedent. He simply is.

Now cast the inimitable Martin Freeman ("The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "The Hobbit") as the steady John Watson, Holmes's only friend and his rock. And cast the spectacular Benedict Cumberbatch ("Atonement," "War Horse") as Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant yet socially awkward (he describes himself as "a high-functioning sociopath") detective. What you have is something that is at once familiar and utterly original.

One of the things I liked about the episodes is the way Moffat and Gatiss worked elements from the original stories into the teleplays. I'm a Sherlock Holmes buff, and I've read Conan Doyle's stories dozens of times over the years. You don't need to know the originals at all, however, to enjoy "Sherlock." Cumberbatch and Freeman have excellent chemistry on the screen; you believe they are Holmes and Watson and that they are friends. Once you've seen them together, you'll have trouble imagining Holmes and Watson any other way.
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