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DVD Shopping Bag: Sherlocked

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By Robert T. Trate     May 22, 2012
Source: Mania.com


When I first heard about a new TV Series called Sherlock, I thought it was the BBC’s way of cashing in on Guy Ritchie’s new franchise. A natural progression for any network. If there is a successful film out there and the masses love it, why not bring it to TV? When I learned that it was set in the modern world I thought it was a good idea. Period pieces like Deadwood, Carnivale, and Rome are very expensive so why not? Sherlock Holmes, in one incarnation or the other, has tried to make that jump wiith some moderate success. I still wasn’t hooked as of yet to give up my time to watch it. Then I learned that Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) himself was playing Dr. Watson. Call me silly. Say I have Hobbit fever, but that was I’ll I needed to tune in for the first episode. 

Since that first episode I now sit here with both season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray. I have watched all six episodes multiple times. I have a TeeFury Sherlock shirt and I am even designing one, myself. I am huge fan of the series by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. So much that I recommend it to anyone and everyone that I know. Well, anyone that can appreciate the combination of superb acting and writing. It might sound strange but Sherlock really is the best show on TV. 

With a mere six episodes shot like films, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have wrapped not only Britain but the world in Sherlock. With a rich tapestry to pull from they have delivered a series that few of us in the states ever come across. Already the copy cat machine of Hollywood has tried to do their modern Sherlock. Which seems to have been shot down, thankfully. I assure you, one episode and you will be hooked. 

Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today after a month of airing the three latest episodes on PBS. After witnessing the brilliance of season 1 I hoped they could do it all again. I assure you, they deliver in spades. Season 2 has three separate stories. The first is a love story between Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Woman aka Irene Adler (Lara Pulver). The British government brings in Sherlock on a blackmailing case and he meets his match. This is so much more than the characters we were given in Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009). It’s not that it is light on the action or the performances, it’s watching Sherlock meet his match and fall for the femine wiles of Adler that reward the viewer more than slow motion action shots. 

The second story, like most of the series, is a modern take on a classic Holmes tale. Only this one is the “Hounds of the Baskerville”. A pure and simple horror tale that delivers its frights so well that even our hero is afraid. This episode alone makes you wish Moffat and Gatiss would have tackled The X-Files

What I thought to be the impossible is the third and final episode of the season. It delivers a thriller of a finale that sets a new precedent for cliffhangers. “The Reichenbach Fall”, like its famous location in the Holmes book, is the final confrontation between Moriarty (Andrew Scott) and Sherlock. The hardest part wasn’t holding back my tears during Watson’s speech. No, it‘s now the long wait until this show returns. The status of which is currently unknown. 

So, what to do until then... Well, my friends, I have a few suggestions. Pulling a play from the Browncoat manual, stage a few Sherlock screenings. Currently I have one in the works that involves Guinness and calabash pipes. I see it as the more people we get to watch the show, the more people will tune in for season 3. Plus with all the Blu-rays, DVDs, and Netflix copies (bought, rented, streamed, and sold) of Sherlock, the more likely the BBC will run it in the states sooner. This worked with Doctor Who as the Christmas episodes now play on the same day as the BBC airing. Funny enough, The Hobbit will be a great fix come December. In my quest to learn more about the show and its players I discovered something amazing. The movie that turned me on to Sherlock has not only Freeman in it but Cumberbatch, as well. He’ll match wits with with Bilbo as Smaug. Oh, the game is on. 


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1. Sherlock: Season Two [Blu-ray]
2. Lethal Weapon: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
3. SuperBitch (1973)
4. A Serbian Film UNCUT
5. The Stranger


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The Trial Starring Anthony Perkins


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Criterion Collection

Certified Copy (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell

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Sherlock: Season Two [Blu-ray] Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves

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Lethal Weapon: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Joe Pesci, Danny Glover and Mel Gibson


Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.



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chervil 5/22/2012 8:01:10 AM

The books have always held a fascination for me, and thought that the way Holmes and Watson were presented in this version were spot on.
While I have not yet had a chance yet to see Series 2, your review of it is encouraging.

I have to admit to being torn about this series.
On the one hand, I do wish that there were more episodes, even 6 or 7, per series.
However, the series is so brilliantly written and shot, that it would be a shame to sacrifice quality for quantity.
Which is a mistake most US shows make all too often.
If this had been done over here, I have no doubt that the first few episodes would have been brilliant, followed by a slew of forgettable episodes, then the last one or two of the season would be there purely to hook the viewer into watching a possible second season.

The brits definitely do television the right way.

fatpantz 5/22/2012 1:35:36 PM

Great overview of Sherlock Rob.  Did you happen to catch the BBC mini series for Jeckyl with James Nesbitt that Moffat wrote?

If anyone is a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch (and you should be he is amazing), he is currently doing a Danny Boyle stage show with Jonny Lee Miller that looks incredible...it is a rendition of Frankenstein.  I would love to see Boyle adapt it to the big screen.

RobertTrate 5/22/2012 2:08:54 PM

 fatpantz, I didn't see Jekyl, I just learned of it. I actually bought tickets for Boyle's Frankensteing today! There will be a GeeK Life/ or review of it come July. 

hanso 5/22/2012 2:12:09 PM

 Hollywood's Sherlock is not shot down.  CBS is doing it for next fall.  It's called Elementary and stars Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Watson.  

BBC's Sherlock is sooooooo awesome, can't wait for next season.  Scandal in Belgravia was the best ep this season, and the series IMO.

RobertTrate 5/22/2012 2:43:06 PM

 What? Hanson are you serious? - Bob check IMDB - I protest!!!!!!!!!!! NO! DAMN YOU... DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL! - in short I won't be watching. 

hanso 5/22/2012 2:59:28 PM

 Check the trailer on YouTube.  I don't understand why they made Watson a woman.  The whole thing is balls.

Wyldstaar 5/22/2012 3:06:48 PM

None of the mainstream brick and mortar stores seem to be interested in carrying Sherlock.  I'll be ordering it from Amazon or iTunes I suppose.  I've found myself doing that a lot lately.  Every time I go to a store and try to support my local economy, they don't have what I want in stock.  They either expect me to drive across town to another store in their chain that does have it, or to special order it, which will take two weeks.  I'm on the verge of just saying to hell with them all, and just not even go to their stores anymore and stick with online.

RobertTrate 5/22/2012 3:16:04 PM

 @hanso sex appeal and American Audience on an American Station couldn't handle the jokes about Sherlock and Watson being a couple. 

@wyldstar I hear you... I got 5 gift certificate for Best Buy months ago. I've never even printed it out. Perhaps the next animated DC Universe movie. They always seem to carry those. 

doublec 5/22/2012 6:09:42 PM

Robert, be sure and catch Jekyll, its absolutely brilliant. It's available on Netflix.
Haven't seen Sherlock yet, gonna have to catch it since Season One is on Netflix too. Anyhing Moffat does seems to turn to gold.
And since I can't seem to post without at least one nitpick, it's "femine wiles".

ultrazilla2000 5/22/2012 11:55:12 PM

Watson a woman?!?  Well Hanso...apparently the whole thing is NOT balls!  Only half.  ;)

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