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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Blu-ray Review

“A Game Of Shadows” is a vast improvement over the first film.

Despite a few clever action set pieces and memorable performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock and Moriarty, director Guy Ritchie’s first “Sherlock Holmes” film was fairly lackluster. The dull villain and jumbled script were not a great jumping off point for a potential franchise. Still, the film did boffo box office and a sequel was soon greenlit. So, how does the sequel fare? Thankfully, it’s better in every way than its predecessor.

I’m not going to go into great detail into the plot other than to say it involves Sherlock going head to head with arch nemesis Moriarty. Really, that’s all you need to know as Robert Downey Jr. and Jared Harris (who plays Moriarty) light up the screen whenever they appear together. Their dialogue/matching of the wits scenes are infinitely more exciting than any of the slow motion action set pieces or explosions.

Two other pluses: the inclusion of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (wonderfully played by comedian Stephen Fry) and the reduction of the woefully miscast Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. McAdams (who can be a good actress) flat out ruined the first film, so it was a huge relief to see that she is barely in this one.

Of course, I couldn’t end this review without mentioning Jude Law. His chemistry with Downey Jr. is even better in this sequel. They truly make a great duo.

Summary: After the first film left me cold, I had no expectations for this sequel. Thankfully, it turned out to be a welcome. Is it as good as the recent BBC series “Sherlock?” No, but for a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s a cut above most big budget flicks hitting the screens.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 2.4:1 1080p, suffers from some overexposed color brightness. Aside from that, however, this is a expectedly good transfer.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track hits all the right notes. The score, dialogue, and action are all perfectly leveled.

Extras:
* DVD and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
* An interactive “Game Of Shadows” app that you can synch with the film (if you like this sort of thing).
* 7 Focus Points featurettes about the action sequences, the characters (and the cast that played them), Guy Ritchie, and the international locations that were filmed at.
* Maximum Movie Mode- Can’t get enough Robert Downey Jr.? Then you will love this picture-in-picture feature with still galleries, the Focus Points videos, storyboards, behind-the-scenes videos, and random Downey Jr. commentary.

June 11, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I guess I’m the only one I know who absolutely hated it.

    Comment by dmanderson | June 14, 2012 | Reply

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