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Sherlock Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Sherlock Season 3 Blu-ray

The third season of “Sherlock” is the best yet.

After a brutal 2 year long wait, “Sherlock” has finally returned in 2014. Continuing the trend of the first two seasons, season 3 is comprised of three 90 minute long episodes. The first episode (“The Empty Hearse”) juggles multiple storylines including a bomb threat, theories as to how Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) faked his death, Watson (Martin Freeman) being kidnapped, and, of course, Sherlock reuniting with his pal/partner John Watson. Watson, who had moved on with his life and found love via his girlfriend Mary, does not take the news of Sherlock being alive well initially which provides all sorts of comical moments.

The joyous season premiere turns out to be well worth the LONG wait as it is filled with many funny scenes, witty and snappy dialogue, and great character moments between Sherlock and Watson and Mycroft and Sherlock.

The second episode (“The Sign Of Three”) suffers from a sloppy script that is completely different in structure and tone from the other episodes. With that said, however, the jam packed episode involving a “murdered” Guardsman, John and Mary’s wedding, and Sherlock’s Best Man speech is still a must see. As spazzy and anti-climactic as the episode may be, ‘Three’ still manages to reward viewers with some truly heartfelt characters moments between Watson and Sherlock.

Last, but not least is the intense and action-packed season finale “His Last Vow.” This episode sees Sherlock facing off against an intelligent un-Moriarty like foe (Charles Augustus Magnussen) and provides a shocking revelation about Mary. The episode concludes with a cliffhanger ending so good that it will no doubt have you throwing your hands up in the air and cursing Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for likely making us fans wait another 2 years for season 4.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? Like the past two seasons, “Sherlock” has a stunning cinematic visual style.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD.  How does it sound? From David Arnold and Michael Price’s absurdly catchy music to Sherlock’s speedy line deliveries, this track is as sharp as can be.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Atlantis,” “Doctor Who,” “Burton And Taylor,” and “Luther.”
* “The Fall”- Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, fans and others discuss the theories about how Sherlock survived the jump off the building. Other elements of this featurette include the filming of the sequences as well as the F/X work.
* “Fans, Villains, And Speculation” contains cast and crew interviews, footage of script read throughs, discussions about the scripts, set footage, the fanbase, character dynamics, season 3 stories, and much more. A solid featurette.
* “Shooting Sherlock” is a spoiler heavy featurette that includes episode clips, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, cinematography and f/x discussions, cast members discussing certain sequences, etc.

Overall Thoughts: If you haven’t seen the third season of “Sherlock” (or any season for that matter), do so immediately.

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February 19, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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