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Monday, November 22, 2010

BBC Sherlock: Season One DVD Review

BBC Sherlock: Season One DVD Review

Synopsis: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, Amazing Grace) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain--they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.

Review: The BBC is infamous for some of the most interesting television programming in history.  The shows that they produce often find their way to PBS in the states and to eventual DVD release.  This latest creation, Sherlock, is a modern take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective and his sidekick, Watson.

It is likely Guy Ritchie's cheeky and modern take on the character that inspired this 3-part 90 minute episode series to come to pass, and thank goodness.  A lot of staunch Sherlock Holmes fans (yeah, those do exist) may be turned off by the modern setting of the stories, but those that love the characters will still see the attributes that they so enjoyed and perhaps even come to the realization that this reviewer did..that these characters are timeless.

Three more episodes are scheduled for August 2011, so pick up this DVD and check the first series out now.

The special features on this DVD include Episode 1 Commentary featuring: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Episode 3 Commentary featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Exclusive Pilot Episode: Sherlock - A Study in Pink and Unlocking Sherlock - The making of.

Interest Range: BBC, Sherlock Holmes, Mystery