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Sherlock – Season One (2010/BBC Blu-ray)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



Sherlock Holmes is one of the most filmed characters of all time and this includes dozens of TV series.  Usually they take place in the Victorian period of the books, but a few attempts have been made to modernize the character.  Usually they do not work (the recent Robert Downey Jr. feature film stays in its period, but hardly feels like it trying to be hip) and the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films began in their original era made at Fox, then switched to WWII at Universal where it was a huge success.  Sherlock is the BBC’s latest attempt to revive the character and he now lives in 2010!


The episodes include A Study In Pink, The Blind Banker and The Great Game.  As mysteries, they are not bad at telefilm length.  However, they are only derivate of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books and with Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on board, the attempt is better than a police procedural but not the self-contained success intended.  Benedict Cumberbatch is Holmes, Martin Freeman is Dr. Watson and Rupert Graves is Inspector Lestrade, all good casting, yet it does not overcome the obvious conventions of a situation that has been portrayed so well more than once before.


It is at least smart enough to be worthy of the Doyle books (unlike the crassly commercial Downey Jr. film), but Holmes is much more and the idea of Holmes being eccentric is more Dr. Who than Holmes (can that scarf be any longer?) resulting in a set of shows that are not great or too memorable.  Maybe the show will work better later, but it did not stay with me and only time will tell if it will last.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is stylized and softer than even I expected considering it is supposed to take place today and not the foggy world of the old Holmes there are some good shots, just not enough.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is lively and well-recorded enough, if not spectacular.  Extras include audio commentary tracks on the first and third episodes, two making of featurettes and the Pilot episode.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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