Sherlock-The Abominable Bride (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 3-Feb-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-3
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 93:05 (Case: 86)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Douglas Mackinnon

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Martin Freeman
Mark Gatiss
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $19.95 Music Michael Price
David Arnold

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     The quality of television production has been going through the roof lately with many great shows on offer such as House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Americans and this wonderful show, Sherlock. Unlike the other shows I have mentioned here, Sherlock continues to tease its audience with small seasons and in this case no season at all just a one off special. In fact since the show started in 2010 there have only been 10 proper episodes including this special. This reflects the amount of thought and effort which goes into each and every episode. The next full season is planned for 2017, meaning this special will have to keep the audience happy until then. I previously reviewed the third season of this show here.

     This special goes in a different direction than the previous episodes, being set in the 1880s, consistent with the original Sherlock Holmes stories. It also restarts the relationship between Watson and Sherlock, with Watson returning from the Afghan wars and meeting up with Sherlock looking to share lodgings. Their relationship forms and they are asked to investigate the case of The Abominable Bride, a woman who seemingly comes back from the dead to kill her husband. Beyond that brief synopsis it is hard to explain much more about the plot without giving away the excellent twist which comes later in the show. Maybe some would say I should have expected it from the beginning but it wasn't until some hints during the show that I worked it out.

     The acting is superlative again from Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss especially. Una Stubbs is certainly a lot of fun in this episode too. The writing is excellent with much to enjoy both in the Abominable Bride mystery itself and the twist. There is lots of humour in the dialogue combined with intrigue and excitement.

     A marvellous addition to the series.

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Transfer Quality


     The video looks marvellous with deep blacks and nice detail. There is good use of colour and shadow detail is excellent. It is presented in 1.85:1, the original aspect ratio at 1080p.

     There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are very clear and slightly larger than normal.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     This local Blu-ray release includes what at first glance might appear to be a bit over the top, a Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1). This delivers a wonderful aural experience with lots of atmosphere as the label implies. Although this show is not an action extravaganza, this soundtrack certainly brings a lot of nuance to the proceedings with many small sounds adding significantly to the show. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. There is a Dolby Digital 5.1 option also available, which is the default if you do not change settings, so beware. There is also an Audio Descriptive track available in Dolby Digital 2.0. Both discs also feature Audio Navigation for the vision impaired.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


     The extras are good without setting the world on fire. Strangely they are on a second disc although I find it hard to believe that a 90 minute show and these extras could not have fitted on one dual layer BD. Extras are generally 1080i with DTS HD-MA sound in 2.0


     The menu included pictures from the show and music.

Mark Gatiss - A Study in Sherlock (29:30)

     Mark Gatiss stars in the show but is also the writer and joint creator of this series. He hosts this extended featurette about why the show has been successful. A quality extra it covers the original novels, the actors, writing, how the characters have changed, Moriarty and includes interviews and behind the scenes segments. Well worth watching.

Creating the Look (2:20, 2:00, 3:13, 2:24, 5:17, 4:45, 4:22, 4:44)

     8 segments focused on various visual effects and production design elements. Stunt elements of various scenes such as the waterfall sequence, costumes, challenges of the period, etc. Not bad.

Mark Gatiss Production Diary (4:50)

     Footage shot by Gatiss during one long day of shooting, chatting to people on set, pretty poor quality.

Writers Interview (3:38)

Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffatt chat to each other about their show, their love of the books and the Mycroft character.

Sherlockology Q&A (19:10)

Better than usual EPK style interviews with on screen questions. Including the actors, Amanda Abbington, Una Stubbs, David Nellist, the Executive Producer, Sue Vertue and Stephen Moffatt.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Other editions of this Blu-ray are the same. Draw.


    A wonderful addition to the Sherlock canon.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is excellent.

    The extras are good.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp 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 DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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