Sherlock-Complete Series Three (Blu-ray) (2013)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-3
|Year Of Production||2013|
|Running Time||261:41 (Case: 307)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Paul McGuigan|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Sherlock Holmes is a character who has been brought to television and the cinema many times over recent years (and for many years in the past). The most recent versions are the US series, Elementary starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, the movies starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law and this BBC series, Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. For me this is the best of the three versions despite the attractions of the other two. Benedict Cumberbatch is a marvellous Holmes, weird, difficult, annoying, infuriating and incredibly perceptive. This series has been going now since 2010 but has so far only produced three seasons with a total of nine movie length episodes. A fourth season is slated for 2016.
This season starts two years after the end of the previous season with Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) having moved on since the 'death' of Holmes, settling down and heading towards marriage with Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington). The first episode focuses on Holmes resurrection and the various theories about how he managed to survive the fall. The second episode focuses on the wedding of Dr Watson and the third introduces a new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen (Lars Mikkelsen), a media magnate who gets what he wants by having extensive files of blackmail material. The second and third episodes are probably amongst the best of the entire show's history, however, unfortunately the first episode seems a little flat by comparison. It probably focuses too much on the various theories about the fall and doesn't offer enough forward momentum. Despite this by the time the series finishes you are left wanting more and certainly looking forward to the next season.
This set includes all three, 90 minute episodes across two Blu-ray discs. An interesting piece of trivia is that the series was created and is written by Mark Gattis, the actor who plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft and Stephen Moffat who is also heavily involved in the new Doctor Who. The series has high production values and is always visually interesting with on screen text, interesting camera tricks and angles and more to add to the quality acting and writing.
The video quality is very good.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is unfortunately only 1080i.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout but affected by motion blur.
The colour is excellent, with no issues to report.
There was some minor aliasing at times.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are easy to read.
The audio quality is good.
This disc contains an English DTS HD-MA 5.1 soundtrack.
Dialogue was not overly clear and easy to hear and understand at times with the subtitles proving useful.
The score is excellent adding significantly to the atmosphere and the setting.
The surround speakers were used for a atmosphere and music mostly, although added to various crowd and action scenes at times.
The subwoofer was used occasionally to support the music and gunshots.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features some of the music.
A quality featurette covering the cast and crew, writing, characters, the stories, the influence of the books, the comedy used and the way they portray the deductions on screen. Interesting and well worth watching.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Our local release is the same as the UK one..
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.The extras are of better than average quality.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|