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Sherlock Season 2 DVD Review

The second season of “Sherlock” is must see TV.

In the second season of “Sherlock,” we are treated to 3 90 minute episodes (“A Scandal In Belgravia,” “The Hounds Of Baskerville,” and “The Reichenbach Fall”). ‘Scandal’ sees Sherlock matching wits with Irene Adler, ‘Hounds’ involves a beastly conspiracy, and ‘Reichenbach’ sees Sherlock facing off against Moriarty for perhaps the last time.

In season 1, “Sherlock” was hit-and-miss in terms of content, but there was no question that Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were overnight stars as Sherlock and Watson. They were born to play these roles. With season 2, creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have raised the bar and have thankfully managed to make the show better than ever.

Season 2 kicks off with the best episode of the entire season thus far with “A Scandal In Belgravia.” This is a riveting, fast paced mystery with an intriguing S&M take on the Irene Adler character. The chemistry between Sherlock and Irene is what really makes this episode shine as it brings out a new side of our quirky hero.

The second episode (“The Hounds Of Baskerville”) is the weakest of the 3. As most people know, ‘Hounds’ is a beloved Holmes story, but I’m afraid this new adaptation doesn’t quite do the original material justice. Still,  it’s got  a few interesting story twists along the way. Another highlight is actor Russell Tovey (of “Being Human” and “Doctor Who” fame) making a guest appearance as a man in need of Sherlock and Watson’s help.

The season finale (“The Reichenbach Fall”) does the impossible and makes me actually like this new Moriarty. In the first season, I absolutely despised this new Moriarty as he came off like some over-the-top Jim Carrey character. Thankfully, that vibe is gone here and he actually becomes a real menacing villain here. As for the story, it’s incredibly predictable, but it’s certainly intense from start to finish.

Summary: “Sherlock” is a smart, stylistic, and clever modern update of the classic Sherlock Holmes character. Bring on season 3 already.

Video/Audio:

BBC shows have certainly come a long way from the iffy video quality that we used to see back in the 70’s and 80’s. To be honest, “Sherlock” looks as good as the highest quality TV productions. It’s been said before, but these 3 episodes really do look like 90 minute movies. They’re very cinematic looking. Note: This title is available on Blu-ray as well.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is also top notch. The dialogue and action is clear as can be.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Being Human,” “Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows,” “Zen,” “Wallander,” and “Bedlam,”
* A talkative commentary on “A Scandal In Belgravia” by Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Lara Pulver. Fans will enjoy this track.
* Commentary on “The Hounds Of Baskerville” Russell Tovey, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue. Tovey adds some interesting chatter and there’s a nice discussion about the “Sherlock Holmes” films.
* “Sherlock Uncovered” contains cast and crew interviews, set footage, discussions about the popularity and the 3 episodes this season. This extra runs 19 minutes.

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May 21, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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