Sherlock On DVD & Blu-ray
Out this week on DVD and Blu-ray is Sherlock: Season One (BBC), a brilliant, modern reboot of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved Victorian detective. A wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch plays the brilliant intellectual and possible sociopath Sherlock Holmes who assists the police, particularly Scotland Yard's Lestrade (Rupert Graves), on impossible murder cases. Martin Freeman plays Dr. John Watson, a doctor back from serving in Afghanistan, who is swept into Sherlock's life and becomes his begrudging roommate and assistant. The first three episodes, each an hour and a half are witty, suspenseful and everything the new Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. wasn't. The first case involves several strangers who are found to have committed suicide under suspicious circumstances. The second is about a fiendish crime lord marking and then killing unlucky associates, all over a famous stolen Chinese artifact. The third is about a mysterious stranger who manipulates Holmes into solving mysteries in a certain hourly time frame while somewhere in the city bombs are ready to explode if he doesn't solve the riddles in time. There are so many clever references to the original mysteries but Sherlock is very much its own thing and violently entertaining. More!!!