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  • Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Jon Michael Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Dec. 2013
  • Run Time: 998 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AAW8SES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is a recovering addict who meets Joan Watson (Lucy Lui) as his 'sober companion'. Initially their relationship is strictly professional, and somewhat frosty, but they grow to understand and work with one another, eventually forming a friendship and partnership. Together they assist Captain Gregson and Detective Bell of the NYPD, where Holmes' observational abilities and deductive talent unravel a series of complicated cases. Alongside his police work, Sherlock struggles with a past he left behind in London involving an ex-girlfriend Irene Adler, a 'nemesis' in Moriarty, and an absent father.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2014
Format: DVD
At first the whole idea seems doomed. Not yet another series on the done-to-death theme of American police indebted to a quirky outsider! Not another Twenty First Century Sherlock Holmes when one already receives such acclaim! Watson a woman? Silly, silly. Not a chance.

Yet it all works, most enjoyably too. Main credits go to inspired scripts and an excellent central performance. Here is a Holmes with a very troubled past. Sudden tragedy made him sink into the world of drugs. Now he is in recovery - day-to-day progress monitored by Joan Watson, engaged by a father we have yet to see.

23 episodes, the last double length - scriptwriters at pains to create cases out of the ordinary, worthy of the great detective. Jonny Lee Miller is brilliant, his Holmes full of energy but also vulnerable - especially moving when confronted by the very last thing he expected. Linda Liu's Watson takes a little getting used to but soon proves her worth - medical skills evident from the start, detective prowess steadily developing. Less effective? Some may find revelations about Moriarty test credibility.

Modest bonuses.

With so much so good, why only four stars? Sadly someone has decreed a music track is required - not to create atmosphere (which can be justified) but to accompany dialogue (an unforgiveable intrusion). Sparkling scripts need no such distractions, most of the music contributing nothing but annoyance.

Welcome here a series that, against all expectations, in so many ways successfully delivers the goods. Do not waste time comparing with other Holmes. Enjoy what each has to offer, Jonny Lee Miller one of the most exceptional.

Recommended.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Todman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a very fresh re-working of the Sherlock Holmes legend. Moved from the past to the present; located in New York instead of London; transforming Watson from a man to a woman- all of these breathe new life into the backdrop in which the great detective does his work. What remains the same? Holmes is still considerably smarter than the average bear. Watson is still a doctor and faithful companion. The police still plod. Even the violin makes a brief appearance. But, whilst the recent excellent BBC series are more faithful to the original tales, the new stories feel more like the very best of CSI and make for thoroughly entertaining viewing. The episodes act as stand alone investigations but what builds this into a series is the chemistry between Holmes and Watson. The plots, the scripts, the acting, the humour and the satisfying climax to each episode where Holmes brings all the evidence together through the force of his intellect, all make Elementary a top crime show. Can't wait for series 2.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Servo on 7 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
I was one of the skeptics, this show should not work. But I am happy to say I am wrong. I'm about half way through season one and it is brilliant and really refreshing. Johnny lee miller really brings the role of Sherlock Holmes into modern times. It brings modern day problems and merges them straight into the show. Lucy Liu is brilliant as Watson and really brings something different to the show. If your a fan of the British show Sherlock then you have to give this a go. I for one will be buying this the moment it is available.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
If you want to watch a faithful adaption of Sherlock Holmes, then get hold of some Jeremy Brett.
If you want post-modern surreal Holmes - check out the BBC's extraordinary display of Mark Gattis's fevered imagination - and the equally extraordinary Cumberland Bandersnatch's acting (and I do think both of these series are glorious).

Here we have (on the surface) a typical US cop show. The grizzled, world-weary Captain, the up-and-coming young cop, and a range of murders, robberies - the usual fare.

But - we also have a brilliant performance by Jonny Lee Miller - as a post-addict, OCD, ADHD, Asperger's (you name it) suffering genius with a penchant for solving crimes. In the first (of several) twists to the story - the famous John Watson has morphed into Joan Watson (and gorgeously acted by Lucy Liu).

The stories are fun and (unlike Mr. Gattis) are not based on Conan-Doyle's work - but allow Miller to twitch and shake his way through the deductions, a really convincing performance. And as pointed out above, Lucy Liu provides a great contrast, (and as Lianne pointed out, great legs).

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole series - and especially some of the twists to the overall tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Rainger on 9 Feb. 2014
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I very nearly did what I am advising against in the title. As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan my first thoughts were of disdain as the Americans took yet another British Story and crippled it to make it their own. I couldn't have been more wrong.

OK, to get the best out of this, you need to step back from the whole Sherlock Holmes cannon and enjoy the series for what it is in its own right. With only characters that are named after and influenced by the original stories there is no real link to the original. Unlike the BBCs Sherlock, there is no attempt to represent the original stories, there is no Hound of the Baskerville stalking the streets on New York, well not in the first series anyway.

This does lead to the one major weakness of the first series, in my opinion that is. If you are familiar with the standard Police procedural type drama, then you will be able to work out "who did it" in the first few minutes. Not because of any cleverly involved clues but because it sticks to the well known and ultimately uninspiring format of such shows.

It took me a couple of episodes to warm to Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, however I think that is more because Benedict Cumberbatch's version is so good. In Elementary JLM's version has a much stronger Aspergers feel to the character, which I like. Casting Lucy Liu as Watson has been brilliant. A brave move that I am sure would have upset many, but with well crafted scrips and a fine actress in the role it has actually worked out well. My only real fear is if the writers decide to try and push them both down the 'romance' route. I'm not against it par sec, but it could easily destroy the whole story premise if done wrong. At the end of the first series they are close but platonic friends. Or are they?
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