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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sherlock Hound

Sherlock Hound Casefile 2

By Chris Beveridge     May 07, 2002
Release Date: April 23, 2002


Sherlock Hound Casefile 2
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
221 Baker Street has gone to the dogs! Based upon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, Sherlock Hound delivers an inspiring introduction of these classic mysteries to new audiences. The wonderful story telling and signature directing styles from Japan’s best talent such as Hayao Miyazaki (Totoro, Princess Mononoke), re-populate Sherlock Holmes’ world with anthropomorphic dogs and a light touch suitable for all audiences!

Contains episodes:
Episode 6: The Green Balloon
Episode 7: A Sacred Image Disappears
Episode 8: The Specked Band
Episode 9: Treasure Under the Sea
Episode 10: The White Cliffs of Dover

DVD Features: Presented on a DVD-10, the English version will be on a separate side of the DVD from the Japanese version and contains 30-60 seconds more footage per episode than the digitally re-mastered Japanese Version.

The Review!
The second installment of Sherlock Hound continues much like the first, essentially doing exactly the same thing just with a different set of self-contained episodes.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in Japanese. Being originally done way back in 1981, it's your basic stereo track that's really just mono with everything going through the center channel. It sounds good without any noticeable distortions but what sounds like a slight bit of hiss. It's hard for me to tell due to some hearing problems of my own. We also listened to the English track while writing the review and noted that it basically sounded the same and without any real problems.

Video:
The video side of things is two fold. We're given a bit of an explanation of the source materials, in that the video was remastered from the original 35mm source with the exception of the opening, ending and previews. This is quite noticeable when you watch it, as those three segments simply don't look as good as the actual show itself and are generally a bit darker and much grainier. The actual show itself though looks surprisingly good with great looking colors, solid backgrounds and a complete lack of cross coloration. This is probably the best the show has looked in years, if not since its original release.

Packaging:
The covers for this series are done up in something of a Victorian style look with the look of a novel almost. This cover features a purple background with a pencil sketch of Moriarty and his two henchmen in the center. The back cover features a few screenshots of the show and a quick idea of the shows premise while listing the episode numbers and titles. The foldout insert provides each of the episodes chapter information for each side of the disc and a larger version of the front cover sketch. The back side gives an interesting rundown on the history of the show an its origins.

Menu:
The menus are identical on each side and consists of static images with the main menu being a book and you select to play everything, select an episode or check the credits. There's little else here, but moving around the menus is fairly quick and everything is laid out normally. On the plus side, when you play the Japanese side, it starts up subtitles automatically.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Much like the first volume, we get a good batch of enjoyable episodes with Holmes and Watson solving the various mysteries that get created by Moriarty and his plans to get rich quick. There were a couple of good episodes in particular with this volume, though I found not watching them all in one sitting helped my overall enjoyment of them.

The opening episode was one of the brighter spots, featuring Holmes and Watson playing with balloons for most of the first segment. A green balloon wanders into their yard and descends right into Holmes’s hand, only to reveal a call for help. Using his wits, he manages to determine that the balloon floated for 15 hours before reaching them, and heads off with Watson in a seaplane to an isolated island. You know there’s some no good stuff going on there when we see the henchmen lurking about. There’s some really nice sequences with the ocean and the seaplane that make this an overall fun episode.

The other episode that worked really well shouldn’t be a surprise, since it took place at sea as well. When the Navy’s first submarine is stolen by Moriarty after he and his henchmen posed as cooks and gave the entire crew food poisoning, Holmes and Watson are brought in to help find it. It’s necessary to find it fast since they suspect Moriarty will be using it to sail after the soon to arrive ship that is full of Napoleon’s treasure that was just recovered. The captain who lost the submarine is hilarious in his over the top style, and when we learn he has a twin brother whose commanding the other ship and is lust with the treasure, we get lots of great sequences with them.

These episodes provided some good light entertainment over the course of a week and broke up the usually heavier shows we’d been getting into lately. The show is definitely a product of its age, but I can almost remember back to watching shows like this when I was young and being fascinated by them and their stories, however simple they seem now. Capturing even a bit of the feeling is worthwhile with this series.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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