Sherlock - Series 3 2013

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BBC One‚s much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited third series of three, 90-minute films ‚ The Empty Hearse, The Sign Of Three and His Last Vow. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as John Watson, Mark Gatiss as Mycroft, Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade, Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan and Louise Brealey as Molly Hooper.

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Sherlock Season 3

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 21 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Director Nick Hurran, Colm McCarthy, Jeremy Lovering
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 20 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 21 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
Director Nick Hurran, Colm McCarthy, Jeremy Lovering
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 20 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 7 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
When ‘Sherlock’ burst onto the BBC, you could say I was excited. The show took one of my all-time favourite characters and created a modern take that was cool and believable. Season 1 was an absolute triumph and rightly propelled the careers of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman further. Season 2 was also very good, with two out of the three episodes being great, but it also hinted at what was to come. By Season 3, ‘Sherlock’ is seemingly less about crime solving and more about relationships.

The relationship between Sherlock and Watson is key to any version of the characters, but it should be a backdrop for intelligent debate and intriguing mysteries. It would appear that Steven Moffat, no stranger to sacrificing actually storylines for characters, and Mark Gatiss have forgotten this. Out of the three episodes here, only one actually has any sort of mystery. The rest are small events that seem to wrap around the latest anguish for our heroes. I am all for development and nuance, but not in the stead of something that actually holds the episode together.

The show still has plenty to recommend it. The acting is brilliant and it has a level of direction and set design rarely seen on British TV. It is perhaps the best looking show of the past few years and when the cool clicks, there are moments of greatness. However, these moments are far too far between and you end up over the 3 episodes with 200 minutes of omphaloskepsis and only 70 minutes of Sherlockian adventure. Add to this the potential of the worst version of Moriarty making a return and things may not be much better in Season 4. Still worth watching, but only just.

The show does look spectacular and should be seen on BluRay. There are extras on the disc that will please fans, but as the show plays its cards so close to its chest, you never really get to discover that much.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JM on 4 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
The first two series of sherlock featured a "case" or investigation which served as the structure for each individual episode. IMO this is what made the show great: it made the audience think and anticipate and guess who the killer was and allowed room for plenty of character development.

This series hasn't got this structure and IMO that is why it is the weakest series of the show so far. That being said the acting is once again top notch. I hope for a return to form next series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MR J R ROGERS on 18 Nov 2014
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Average in comparison to the brilliant 1st and 2nd series. Let's hope season 4 is back to the good stuff!
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Unfortunately when I bought this, it was still listed as "region free" so when it arrived in the States it was unplayable. The current region specific listing was updated after I had bought it. I'm sure the content is great, I just can't watch it due to the region limitations.
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72 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sarah. on 14 Jan 2014
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I'm not entirely sure why people seem to be so divided on this season; I assume it's because it involves a lot of character building and focus on the relationships in the show. Personally, I think that it's a fantastic turn for the series, and I also think it was extremely important. The books, of course are more crime filled that the last three episodes, but it still does have a lot of focus on the characters and specifically the friendship between Holmes and Watson. As much as it is a crime show, it still needs to be developed every season - it can't be, and (with Moffatt and Gattis behind the show) it won't ever remain the same. Personally, this is my absolute favourite season due to the wittiness and the flawless script. I don't feel much of a need to mention the acting as if you've seen the previous six episodes you're aware of how fantastic the whole cast are.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Speedwell on 7 Jun 2014
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This is the third in the BBC's totally watchable series, starring Benedict Cummerbatch, and Martin Freeman, with both actors playing really believable parts and making a delightful duo. Sherlock has been brought into today; normally, I don't like this, but was instantly captivated by the first episode. (Am no spring chick, but my 93yr old mother loves them as well.) These are not just believable, they are fast and slick, up to date technologically, and are the kind of tv drama that one wants to see more than once. There is so much in them. Worth a punt if 'you' are not sure about buying this and/or have missed the tv. I have them all!
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By awesome guy!!! on 11 Dec 2014
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The video was good and the speech sound quality was good but there was no music at all. Because I have already seen this episode the missing music ruined the show. Not good!! Bill Richards
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55 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2014
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Sigh. This will be considered "heresy" by the hoi polloi, considering the press this series has engendered. But I cannot give the new season of "Sherlock" the hightest of marks, much as I had hoped.

The three new episodes are simply (relatively) vacuous. No main plot--no REAL mystery to solve. What has happened--I am afraid--is that Cumberbatch and Freeman (Sherlock and Watson) now have become SUCH popular stars that the writers have forsaken what got them there in the first place and so now are simply Hollywoodizing the two actors (to which neither seems to mind!), like Lady Gaga or Paris Hilton or Kate. The first episode was "trying" to explain, with lots of smoke and mirrors, how Sherlock survived the Reichenball "fall"! Big time sigh. Too easy. And too much time "explaining it," although, of course, no "real" explanation is given. And then we see just how clever Sherlock continues to be--and it's clever for clever's sake. No real plot here. But I excused it, saying that the audience needed an explanation (but not for 1.5 hours, of course). Then episode 2--another big sigh. Would that wedding reception NEVER end? Pul-eeze. More smoke and mirrors and no real mystery to solve, just bits and pieces either to tantalize the viewers or the scriptwriters simply had nothing better. Episode three picks up a bit--and of course I am eager to see what the next season brings. I love series. The First Season was A-plus, certainly one of the most exciting episodes I've ever seen ("Study in Pink" is a classic!). Ditto for the full episodes of the two first seasons. First time viewers of the series were sure to be confused and turned off, as some have reported to me.

But, please, scriptwriters/producers--get back to a central case and forget about what cute, clever, and camera-ready actors you are featuring. We want great action plots. And of course we're completely ready for Moriarity to re-surface.
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