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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 9 2010
  • Run Time: 461 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004132HZS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,301 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Sherlock: Season One (BBC/DVD)

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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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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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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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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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I really enjoyed this season. I was skeptical about it at first, and was disappointed with how many episodes there are per season, but the story and the acting shone through and made me a fan. For a retelling, this show does an amazing job. The shaping of the story and each character's personality and backstory to fit in with the modern world, all while holding true enough to a lot of the original source, was done really well. The show doesn't rely on fans of the books to enjoy it, it holds its own light and can capture the attention of many people regardless of their familiarity with the original Sherlock Holme's stories.

Each episode is a perfect amount of time. It can almost feel a bit long compared to other shows out there, but there is no story that doesn't end in that episode - and each episode also isn't so self-contained as to not make the whole season come together. The last episode does end on a cliffhanger and that made me so impatient to watch the next season. The hype didn't die until then because of the speculations that arose and the plot and characters kept everyone intrigued and entertained enough so that the ridiculously long wait didn't kill off watcher interest.

The product itself is in good condition, the subtitles are good (I enjoy watching everything subtitled), and the pilot episode is also included so you can see how the show got the attention of producers and how things changed from the initial idea to the final cut. If you want to see a well done modern retelling of a great classic, this show is tiers above the rest.
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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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Since 2010, the quality of scripted television has often surpassed that of films. Sherlock is a prime example of this. Everything about this BBC production is top notch. The 3 feature length episodes will be sure to leave you wanting more. This is a Sherlock Holmes for the 21rst Century, but at the same time the show has a timeless feel to it.
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