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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sherlock Holmes DVD Review

Sherlock Holmes DVD Review


Synopsis: The hangman did his job, Dr. Watson declared the condemned man dead...yet Lord Blackwood has emerged from the tomb to assert his deadly will over 1890 London. Is he in league with the forces of hell itself? Is the whole Empire in peril? It's a mystery macabre--and only Sherlock Holmes can master it. 

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law put memorable imprints on Holmes and Watson in this bold new reimagining that makes the legendary sleuth a daring man of action as well as a peerless man of intellect. Baffling clues, astonishing Holmesian deductions, nimble repartee, catch-your-breath scenes of one slam thing after another--director Guy Ritchie helms the excitement reintroducing the great detective to the world. Meet the new Sherlock Holmes!

Review: I remember when I heard that Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey, Jr. were working together to make Sherlock Holmes!  Wow!  Its really one of those marriages made in heaven.  Firstly, Guy Ritchie knows crime drama.  This guy is a master in the genre, with the exception of that Revolver movie.  Ugh.  Sherlock Holmes is not only a fanatstic groundwork for a new franchise, but its a high-quality blockbuster film.

Downey brings his ususal wit and charm to the role of Sherlock Holmes, making him a slightly shady and disturbed version of the character.  Jude Law does a great job of playing up the straight man trying to keep Holmes on the narrow as Watson.  The film is so enjoyable that its just sad.  It seems like everything Downey touches these days turns to gold.  I won't spoil the story, but whats great is after this huge mystery we find out that none of it really matters, because there are behind the scenes workings you won't realize until the end, in true Sherlock Holmes fashion.  This is the Batman Begins of the new franchise and I having a feeling that the inevitable Sherlock Holmes 2 will be their 'Dark Knight', so to speak.

The DVD is a nice release, but I can't in good conscience recommend it over the blu-ray.  If you don't have a blu-ray player, this DVD is great.  The movie is a must-own, but if you have the option, certainly pick-up the blu-ray!  And don't forget about the BD Live Event!  You can read our report on that HERE.

Rating: a strong 5 out of 5 Stars

Video: Watch the trailer HERE

Links: http://sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com/dvd/index.html