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Sherlock Holmes [DVD]

Dominic Keating , Gareth David-Lloyd , Rachel Lee Goldenberg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dominic Keating, Gareth David-Lloyd, Ben Syder
  • Directors: Rachel Lee Goldenberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00373VA24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Fearsome monsters are terrorising London. Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson must embark on their most dangerous case yet. The investigation will take our heroic duo on an incredible journey that will see them do battle with their arch nemesis; the mad mechanical genius Spring-Heeled, who will stop at nothing to bring destruction to London. Can Holmes and Watson save Queen and country from annihilation…? Featuring fantastic special effects of period England being ravaged by dragons, dinosaurs and cyber-men, Sherlock Holmes is a breathtaking adventure for the Dr Who age!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good but not bad either 2 Feb 2010
This film could never be confused with the big-budget version that's currently doing the rounds in cinemas but for a cheap mock-buster, it's not all bad. I wouldn't call this a good film but I found it to be charming in an amateurish way.

The production values and dialogue are quite clearly amateurish and there isn't much in the way of dramatic acting - the actor playing Holmes is partically un-dramatic and speaks too quietly for a leading role - but again both Holmes and Watson are charming in their own way and have a nice and playful chemistry together. Gareth David-Lloyd makes a sweet but quiet Watson who's a bit bumbling as times (surprise surprise, though he gets to help save the day in small ways) and Dominic Keating isn't used all that much until the final 30 minutes of the film but he gives the most professional performance of all the actors involved.

The story wasn't too bad if you don't think about it too much - the bad guy (partly out of revenge) wants to use mechannical monsters to wreek havoc on London - but it is over-the-top at times and I wouldn'y buy this film for the story alone.

So overall, I wouldn't advise people to buy this film if they're looking for a professional movie to watch with friends or family but if you're in the mood to watch something silly that involves Sherlock Holmes, mechanical monsters and a cheap but charming 19th century backdrop (and you don't mind films that have an amateur feel to them) give this a go.

For a cheap film, I'd give this 7 out of 10. For a film in general, I'd give it 3 out of 10.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Maroon(s) 21 Jun 2010
So you've looked at the cover and thought - " Hey, Ianto from Torchwood is playing Dr Watson and that blok who used to be in Desmonds and Star Trek:Enterprise is in it, and since he's English and looks a bit Robert Downey Jr there, presumably he's Holmes. This might be worth a look after all."

Only, he's not. No, somehow the idea of having one of only two recognisable actors play " The Great Detective" was too obvious for the makers of this movie and they went for complete unknown Ben Syder as Holmes. This is problematic for two reasons - one, he's the shortest actor of the leading cast which gives us, for the first time ever, the bizarre sight of a Dr Watson a foot-and-a-half taller than Holmes and two, he can't act.

No, really - that's not a cheap shot. The man cannot act. Indeed at times he can barely say his lines. Syder's delivery would be all wrong if he had a delivery but he generally sounds weak and unconvincing, and occasionally looks as if half way through a scene he's lost all confidence in himself and dries. This would appear to be his only credit according to the IMDB - launching out as one of the most beloved and iconic characters in English literature and world film is either an act of amazing chutzpah or foolish indulgence. It's like watching your little brother doing his Charlie Chan impersonation.

He barely manages to stand properly - lining-up opposite his fellow players is beyond him, which is problematic since it allows Gareth David-Lloyd, who obviously does know some stagecraft, to manoeuvre his "partner" in such a way that Gareth gets the best framing and Syder shows us the back of his neck. It becomes quite hilarious to watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's hillarious 25 Jan 2011
Admittedly I did accidentally buy this, and I really don't like the way that this film has got to have been specifically designed to look like the other Sherlock Holmes movie that came out at a similar time. (Most of that 5th star that this movie did not achieve from this review is because of the annoyance it caused me by pretending to be another movie) The only reason I didn't take it back to the shop was that my brother ripped the electric tag off. Looking back I don't know how I managed to mistake it when this DVD has a giant octopus and dinosaurs on the front, but somehow it did look really similar in the shop.
This movie is ridiculous. If you don't like 'The princess bride' you are probably not going to like this film, and even then you may need to watch it late at night (because everything seems funnier when you're tired).
The first few scenes did have me cringing a bit (every time I watch it) at the short and squeaky Sherlock Holmes and the weird plot, but after a while I got the hang of it. Its Sherlock and Watson vs Clock Punk Dragons, Cybermen, Dinosaurs and creepy robot ladies. The plot makes no sense, the villians plot is kind of stupid and makes no sense, the villain doesn't really make much sense. (I know I'm being a bit nit-picky, but after reading the books that just felt really stupid/would never happen.) Even how they resolve everything at the end makes NO SENSE! Even after its finished, the last scene is pointless, weird, and me and my brother even found it a little depressing. [I actually skiped it the next time I watched it.] I don't know if it was meant to be, its hard to tell when all the acting is so bad.
Anyway, this film had us in stitches throughout most of it, but don't buy it if you want a movie about Sherlock Holmes solving mysteries, or if you want the other (In my opinion) really good Sherlock Holmes movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this film, Gareth David-Lloyd being my favourite actor it made it incredibly entertaining. Could watch it over and over.
Published 2 months ago by Kayleigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Sherlock Holmes movie ever.
Who wouldn't want to see Sherlock Holmes take on dinosaurs and Iron Man? I know I would. And I did. And I loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Alexsson
1.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily bad
Some of the most convincing and terrifying drama I ever saw happened on a virtually bare stage with actors who had a degree of conviction that would have raised the dead. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Grindell
5.0 out of 5 stars An great Sherlock holmes film
An out of the normal Sherlock Holmes film re the monsters steel men great special effects great extraordinary different Holmes film which will be not to every one s taste
Published 9 months ago by alan m roger
5.0 out of 5 stars sherlock holmes dvd
i like sherlock holmes dvd with dominic keating the box cover is very good i rate it very good aswell
Published 12 months ago by karen barlow
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTED MY MONEY
Low budget, student-type, production. I wasted my money. ONE PENNY. I should have read the reviews first. Now I can see why it is remaindered. The storyline doesn't follow. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DAVE4REAL
1.0 out of 5 stars not what it appears
i bought thinking it was the jude law version but it wasnt its a tacky z list version so dont buy
Published 14 months ago by Carol-ann Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
I have watched some awful Sherlock Holmes films but this it truly bad. I usually watch any film to the end good or bad I(sad! Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Debz
1.0 out of 5 stars Odd.
This isn't a proper DVD review as I caught this running on a digital channel and was amazed at just how awful it was. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Allan Broadfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Epically Awful!!!
Without a doubt the worst Holmes movie I have ever had to endure - and quite probably the worst movie I've ever seen.
Unsubtle, clumsy and generally amateurish production.
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by De Writer
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