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SHERLOCK / シャーロック [DVD]
「舞台は現代のロンドンですが、キャラはまさにシャーロック・ホームズ! その画面作りのセンスもスタイリッシュでここ10年オレが観てきたミステリーの中じゃ間違いなくNO,1です! 」青山剛昌氏(漫画家)
2011年海外テレビドラマ ベスト・テンでは、ミステリー&サスペンス編で見事、第1位に選ばれる! !
第1話:「ピンク色の研究」(A Study in Pink)
第2話:「死を呼ぶ暗号」(The Blind Banker)
第3話:「大いなるゲーム」(The Great Game)
・A Study in Pink (パイロット版)字幕版のみ
Colin Hutton(C)Hartswood Films 2010 John Rogers(C)Hartswood Films 2010
The texting, E'mailing and blogging were good ideas and I felt that the spirit of the originals remained. Critical reviewers on these pages have cited 'over-production' whatever that means, and sloppy dialogue. Sadly they have also been critical of the many people who have written favourable reviews, and somewhat arrogantly have suggested that the current TV viewer,and by implication the positive reviewers,are incapable of appreciating good drama or being critical of what they, the critics, see as poor drama.
Personally I found the series well acted and well written and worthy of the praise it has received. To compare it unfavourably to 'Monk' and 'House' as one reviewer has done is pretty incomprehensible as is the rather boring old chestnut that we cannot make drama of as high quality as American TV. Give me British TV every time, and, more of 'Sherlock' please. This Holmes afficionado for one would be pleased to see another series.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are superb in the central roles, Mark Gatiss excellent as brother Mycroft, Rupert Graves a fine Lestrade - he no fool but realizing when help is needed. Full marks to viewers who spot Moriarty when he first appears - another brilliant portrayal, he and Holmes chillingly opposite sides of the same coin.
Gripping adventures (full attention is needed!), great atmosphere. Lots of laughs too. ("Three pipe problems" now involve nicotine patches. "Freak's here!" Lestrade's officer calls out when Holmes arrives at the crime scene. Watson is repeatedly having to correct those who assume he and Holmes are an item.)
3 90 minute episodes, the third with a commentary by Gatiss, Cumberbatch and Freeman (interesting anecdotes). Bonuses include a "behind the scenes" feature and a never before seen hour long pilot. (It fascinates to note how this evolved into the episode eventually shown.)
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Holmes addicts both, have here created a masterpiece - no mean achievement in itself but quite staggering when one remembers Moffat is now also masterminding "Doctor Who".
However, having just recently obtained a copy of the first series I have just watched the whole of the first episode (A study in Pink) and can't believe how much I enjoyed it! Not only is it funny and gripping, but also very cleverly thought out in the way that certain aspects of the original novel have been brought to life with a modern twist. The casting of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is perfect too - I just feel ashamed that it's taken me so long to appreciate it, but as they say better late than never!
For anyone else who loves the original Holmes, I say give it a chance - it's still not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure, but if you open your mind, you might, just like me, be pleasantly surprised.
The wit and humour was well drawn and the characterisation was note perfect. Holmes is at heart a dysfunctional and unlikeable individual; a one trick pony who lacks the concept of social behaviour except as a factor in others to be taken into account when analysing them, and so the temptation to make him "nice" must be fought. Watson was given more of a back story than is usual which was important as it neatly explained their cohabitation, etc. A well balanced unbalanced pair.
The use of technology was well developed, as was all the background interest, Mrs Hudson, the "street urchins", etc. My only slight criticism was the villain himself, Moriarty was a little to psychotic for me. I see him as the balancing cold intelligence abstractly evil as Holmes is abstractly good and I say abstractly because they both make their own rules up and don't value the opinion of others at all.
But overall a 5 star must see DVD. I am looking forward to Series II
Ever since Doctor Who came back I had believed that was the best thing to come out of the BBC.
Of course that changed when I watched Sherlock.
The writing, the casting, the set, the makeup and everything! Is impossible to fault.
I had never before shown an interest in Sherlock Holmes -except for the Guy Richie movie which I enjoyed- but this series has forced me to read the original stories. I have acquired the full collection from my mother.
There is so much packed into these films it would be slightly diminishing to call them episodes. The deductions made are amazingly interesting and frankly anything Benedict Cumberbatch said was awe inspiring. Those cheekbones are just... anyway.
Oh and the relationship between Sherlock and John is fascinating to watch.
It is a truly dramatic, emotional, funny and captivating series and I recommend it to everyone.
I'm eagerly awaiting series two.
I came to 'Sherlock' with much trepidation. It is contemporary, the actors are quite young and it seemed unlikely that much could be added.
How wrong I was. I have sat through twice watching these three movie length episodes absolutely entranced. Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes (and would make an excellent Dr Who also)is quite brilliant. Freeman, who plays Dr Watson, adds a totally new dimension to that character. Moriarty, who you dont see until well into the three episodes, is startingly chilling. Other support roles are excellent.
But there's more. These are excellently scripted, editted and polished productions, with complex and quite unpredictable storylines that use Conan Doyles plots but in a cleverly convoluted manner so even if you know the stories, this comes across as all very new.
I cant wait for season 2. I am totally won over and treasure this DVD as one of my very best. I highly recommend this series, especially to any Holmes fan.
Having been a fan of the books, and also enjoying the older Sherlock Holmes films, I was a little wary of a new interpretation. However, if anything, I think this version far exceeds all of the various versions of Sherlock Holmes that have preceeded it, both in terms of viewing experience and in character portrayal.
I would recommend that you follow the age guidance though; I personally don't think that anyone under 15 would really appreciate it, not because it's unsuitable, but simply because of its nature in terms of production and direction.
I was absolutely dumbstruck as just how well the Holmes concept has moved into the modern generation of crime programme without losing a single nuance of the original Conan Doyle personae that he created.
Whilst these are not Conan Doyle stories simply set in a modern setting, they are written with the same attention to detail ensuring that Holmes possesses the precision reasoning as when the character was first penned by the original author.
So if you missed these when they were first broadcast or even if you didn't then I suggest you rapidly shell out the small sum required and add this DVD to your collection. I really don't think you'll regret it.Sherlock - Series 1 [DVD]
As an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes I was somewhat apprehensive as to whether the new adaptation setting Sherlock Holmes in the present would work and whether it would loose its charm. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appears as a much younger man than depicted in the books and plays the infamous character well. The use of modern day technology, which he utilises regularly to solve the cases is very clever and interesting. As this film steers away from the old style Sherlock Holmes, but still keeps the charm, I would recommend it to both everyone not just original fans of Sherlock Holmes, but opens it up for a new generation.
Rating 5 stars
The first episode is by far the best because you drink in all of the modern detail that has replaced the Victoriana of these mysteries. I think my favourite twist is that Dr Watson writes the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as a blog rather than a book! The mysteries themselves will keep you guessing and of course, Sherlock's talents of deduction are amazing.
If you like clever mysteries, with a bit of humour, this is the DVD for you. I can't wait for the next series.
But I was persuaded to watch it, and I was very very wrong. They are great, everything from the actors (great choices) to the modern dialog, and the way they have updated the stories for the modern era is a work of genius. 'Baskervilles', is in my opinion one of the best examples of this, even though is my least favorite episode (still very good, but not as good as the others).
I just wish they could make them quicker, as I really enjoy them.