The BBC updates the famed detective with this modern interpretation of Holmes and Watson, set in modern day London. Holmes, played passionately by Benedict Cumberbatch is faithful to the character, with Martin Freeman as Watson. This 3 episode set stays faithful to the stories that have appealed to millions for a century while updating the settings and equipment used to solve the crimes. Yes, Holmes using texting and the Internet in this series but don’t let that put you off, as the series is fast paced, filled with wit and humor. Read more »
American writers and producers have borrowed a great deal from British comedy, either outright adapting British shows for consumption by U.S. audiences or simply allowing a tone of discomfort and sparks of surreality to enter into their more traditional formats. But it has only happened fairly recently that American comedy minds have started to allow the absurd and the grotesque to enter into their creative lexicon.
US Release Date: 27 April 2010
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Working directly from original negatives, cutting edge technology has been used to create a picture that has been color-enhanced and completely digitally restored. The result is a hi-def picture that is cleaner and richer than ever before. Read more »
On paper, this seems like the perfect series for a television world that is packed full of procedural dramas and forensics experts solving crimes – as well as one where TNT’s popular Librarian movies captured the thrilling side of bookishness. Unfortunately, it manages to fail where so many of those programs have succeeded: making the intricate details of an investigation and an archeological dig seem positively tame and boring.
Ostensibly, the release of this three-DVD set was timed to coincide with Guy Ritchie’s recent reboot of the Sherlock Holmes story. A perfect marketing decision on A&E’s part. But while this set does provide a healthy reminder of the more traditional depictions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation, there are some other interesting factors that bubble up when going through the five episodes of the series featured here. Read more »
When John Cleese joined forces with the other members of Monty Python, he was the most recognized face in the bunch, having made his name on shows such as The Frost Report, Marty and At Last The 1948 Show. And by the time he parted ways with Python, he was a bona fide star. As you would expect, the BBC were willing to do anything to keep their comic actor bringing in viewers. So in 1975, they gave him free reign to conceive, write, produce and star in a new series. Read more »