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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: 29.95
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sherlock Hound

Sherlock Hound Casefile 3

By Chris Beveridge     June 22, 2002
Release Date: June 11, 2002


Sherlock Hound Casefile 3
© 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!

Case File III contains:
The Sovereign Gold Coin,
The Stormy Getaway,
The Runaway Freight Car
The Coral Lobster

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 latest batch of Sherlock Hound episodes does a nice job of continuing the same style and feel of previous episodes, keeping with the single stories and adventures. Much like before, we found watching an episode a night the best way to get the most out of this disc.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in Japanese. Being over twenty years old, 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 nice blue background with a pencil sketch of Hound and Watson working on the his car. 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)
Moving deeper into the series, the shift has occurred that brings this volume down from five episodes a disc to four episodes, which will run through the remaining three volumes. With one less episode, it was definitely easier to get through these faster. Two episodes in particular stand out as rather good fun.

The opening episode deals with a very wealthy man whose had twenty gold sovereigns stolen from him out of his massive statue bank of himself he has in his mansion. He manages to get Hound to take on the case, which leads to some rather amusing turns. Hound learns and deduces fairly early on and easily that it’s the mans son, Michael, who took the sovereigns and gave them to a orphanage down in the city his father looks down upon (and owns all of). But Hound knows that this isn’t the real crime, as he’s figured out how Moriarty is planning to steel the hundreds and hundreds of other coins in there.

Another rather fun episode deals with a gentleman whose lobsters, rather prize ones to begin with, are lined with various expensive jewels. The rush is on by Moriarty to steal these lobsters, which leads to some good fun chase scenes, especially when they manage to escape across the water in their cart, once again showing Moriarty’s special brand of genius.

Sherlock Hound continues to be good fun entertainment, though it’s certainly not deep or life changing. It does provide a good number of smiles and a rather happy feeling after it’s all said and done. I’m looking forward to the day my kids can actively watch and enjoy these with me.

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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