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Sherlock - Series 1 [DVD]

Benedict Cumberbatch , Martin Freeman , Paul McGuigan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Vinette Robinson
  • Directors: Paul McGuigan
  • Writers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TO5414
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the wake of Guy Ritchie's re-imagining, the BBC puts its own stamp on Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth--and sets him in a London filled with cell phones and laptops. In the pilot, director Paul McGuigan (a keen visual stylist) introduces Sherlock Holmes (Atonement's Benedict Cumberbatch) as a "high-functioning sociopath" and Dr. John Watson (The Office's Martin Freeman) as an army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Through a mutual friend, the two become flatmates at 221B Baker Street (Una Stubbs plays their landlady). Holmes, who consults with Scotland Yard inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) on his trickier cases, drafts Watson to assist him.

In "Study in Pink," four people commit suicide by poison. When Holmes sets out to establish a link, he falls right into the culprit's clutches. Other cases concern a smuggling operation ("The Blind Banker") and a mad bomber ("The Great Game"). Though he doesn't make a formal entrance until episode 3, Sherlock's archenemy, Moriarty (Andrew Scott), has a hand in each mystery, while the detective's brother, Mycroft (co-creator Mark Gatiss), first appears when he tries to hire Watson as a spy, an offer the good doctor refuses. Through his job at a medical office, Watson also meets Sarah (Zoe Telford), who becomes his girlfriend.

Part of the fun of Jeremy Brett's Holmes (and Agatha Christie's Poirot) came from the period details, so this update takes a little getting used to--as does the occasional mumbled line--but Cumberbatch and Freeman share an enjoyable Odd Couple rapport, marked by flashes of deadpan wit, which compensates for the absence of deerstalker caps (Holmes favors scarves) and journals (Watson maintains a website). Extras include commentary on the finale, the original pilot, and a featurette, in which co-creator Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) notes that Cumberbatch was his only choice for the title role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Sherlock: Series 1A 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 and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. John Watson: doctor, soldier, war hero, lost soul. Fresh from fighting the war in Afghanistan, a chance encounter brings him into the world of Sherlock Holmes: loner, detective, genius. A woman in pink lies murdered in an abandoned house. The fifth victim of a seemingly motiveless killer. Inspector Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got. But he knows he's nothing compared to a young man called Sherlock. Sherlock can tell a software designer by his tie, an airline pilot by his thumb. He has a unique analytical brain unlike anyone else in the world, who earns his living and staves off boredom by solving crimes. The weirder and more baffling the better... The two men couldn't be more different, but Sherlock's inspired leaps of intellect coupled with John's pragmatism soon forge an unbreakable alliance. Across three, 90-minute, thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly entertaining television movies, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth. The world's favourite detective has come out of the fog. With sparkling scripts and unforgettable performances from the two leads, this is Sherlock for a new generation. Contains all 3 episodes and the original plot

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207 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try! 15 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
What more can I say other than I enjoyed them so much that I've watched all three episodes twice? Cumberbatch's dark, thrilling Holmes was perfect for the modern setting and the growing relationship between him and Martin Freeman's quietly brave Watson was kept integral to the plot as it always should be. And what great plots they are, although I would expect nothing less from Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss who rarely fail to impress me: They clearly know their Sherlock Holmes and borrow selectively from the original short stories and novels to create something that is new and fresh. Each episode is clever and thoughtful, with interesting modern twists; such as the particularly effective use of text to allow you to see what Sherlock is thinking as he surveys a crime scene or texts on his phone. It really is worth getting past the images of gaslight and hansom cabs that Sherlock Holmes normally brings to mind and letting yourself be drawn into the show. I thought I would hate 'Sherlock' when I first heard about the series and I couldn't have been more wrong.
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155 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A show that turned me around 30 Dec 2010
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I must admit that I had never read the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I was familiar with them, of course, and have many friends who hold them in high regard. I was also a big fan of the tv show House, whose main character is based on Sherlock Holmes, but that was pretty much my knowledge of it. I watched Guy Richie's 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes, and walked away feeling nothing, despite liking the actors in the movie.

And then I watched BBC's contemporary adaption simply named Sherlock, and there it was, the magic that made me fall in love. I had not expected it at all, but there was no denying that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss had created something extraordinary. That the stories work so well put into modern times, who would have thought? I think Gatiss made a good point when he in an interview said that one reason it worked so well was that since they did not have to spend a lot of time and energy creating a visually convincing Victorian London, it gave them much more room to focus on the characters. And I am a character-focused viewer, and Sherlock gives us a beautiful and modern take on who two young men like Sherlock and John, as they call each other, would be like today, running around London, hailing cabs, bickering and occasionally grinning at crime scenes.

It also got me into the original Conan Doyle stories, and there is no doubt that Moffat and Gatiss adore them as well. The show is literally littered with reference, names, places and lines and conversations from Conan Doyle's stories, remixed and put into other situations and with other people. The show can be seen by a Sherlock newbie, but I must say that it definitely gives you an even more pleasurable experience watching the show while snickering at all the familiar bits from the old material.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holmes Run 10 Nov 2010
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This is a modern day rendition of Holmes and Watson. It s slick, quick has excellent characterisation and is filmed in a manner to keep one on one's toes.

The modern day London setting didn't matter to me at all as the lead actors performed with much aplomb being both instantly recognisable from previous incarnations and easily fitting into the present day.

The plots are an amalgam of Conan Doyles' original stories with modifications allowing them to fit in with their modern settings.

It's a hoot from start to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant - simple as that 20 May 2011
By G. M. Dobbs VINE VOICE
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I was dubious about this updating of the Sherlock Holmes stories - They were doing away with his pipe! You can't have Sherlock Holmes without his pipe! However this series just works so well - each and every one of the three episodes are excellet. And the DVD is cool because it features the original unaired pilot as an extra.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern and New 14 Jan 2011
By Alies
Format:DVD
Sherlock. As a Doctor Who fan I as bound to watch this with enthusiasm. But the fact that it was written by two writers of the Doctor Who team had me doubting to watch it. I thought that the cries - about how brilliant this show was - weren't 100% objective, where I only heard the side of the 'Whovians'. So I didn't follow it untill it came on the Dutch televion.

How wrong I was to assume that my fellow Whovians were only telling half the truth. When I saw my first Sherlock episode, the BBC could be sure they had another buyer.

The episodes are great fun to watch. Clever written. Enough humor. Quite some oneliners. And very well adapted to our 21th century. The use of mobile phones and other modern objects and software, translating old object into new (old watch to mobile phone, Watson's diary to a blog, Holmes' articles in the newspaper to a website); it was all done perfectly.
Next to that: The writing is original. I love how the authors used those tiny details from the original Doyle stories and yet made brand new out of it. This by mixing different stories into one episode and by taking a complete other turn with the details they've picked out from the original. I like that it is original and new. Cuz if we were to stay 100% true to the stories: Wouldn't the adaptations being made bore us in the end? Wouldn't the original stories loose their uniqueness?

Next to the three already broadcasted episodes this DVD has more things to offer.
First of all the pilot. It was great to watch and see the differences between this 60-minute episode and the 90-minute A Study in Pink. Compared to the later, the pilot looks of lesser quality. But then again they did a very decent job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with Sherlock!
As someone who loves Sherlock, I thought I'd buy this for my mum to watch and she loved it just as much as me and everyone else I know! Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Sarah Greatorex
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good!
So, so, so good! I know it, you know it, we all know it. Watch it or miss out on what everybody else is delighting in. That is all.
Published 3 days ago by R. Bueno
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock, Now
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents an up to date adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Read more
Published 9 days ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It.... but why seperate discs?
I have heard so much about Sherlock and decided to give bit a go. Having just watched the first 2 episodes I was not disappointed! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Angel73
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable
I considered watching this at the time, but held off waiting for it to be on Instant, excuse me, Prime. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mr. L. R. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series but only 2 episodes on the disc
As my title suggests, really enjoyed this series but unlike as described, only the first 2 episodes on the disc. Read more
Published 26 days ago by TeamHewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What's not to love - great stories, great actors, laughs, seriousness and good old London for the backdrop. Loved all 3 series so far.
Published 26 days ago by A. C. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great storylines and brilliant quality plays nicely. very happy :) would absolutley reccomend it ti fans of mysteries and intrigue.
Published 26 days ago by angela le ber
4.0 out of 5 stars okay in spontinaity but a little on the dark side.
Its great to have a fast moving sherlock with action but making his character so moralless and dark does present a problem of actually liking him or caring which takes away the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern is good
Modern sherlook is even better in season 2 well worth adding to the collection new or old sherlock fans .
Published 1 month ago by marc
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