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Sherlock Holmes 4K UHD Review

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law carry “Sherlock Holmes.”

After a serial killer/occultist (Lord Henry Blackwood) is seemingly executed, he resurfaces with a murderous plot to gain political power. Only Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson can stop him. Elsewhere in the story there’s romance/drama between Irene Adler and Sherlock and Watson and his potential new bride Mary.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the release of “Sherlock Holmes” and yet here we are with a new 4K release of the first entry in the global film franchise. To some fans, this action heavy fresh take on the iconic character may be sacrilegious (especially with a non British actor in the titular role) and that’s understandable. To those with a more open mind, however, you might find yourself entertained by this reimagining of Sir Athur Conan Doyle’s creation.

While it is undoubtedly strange to see a “Sherlock Holmes” film with typically flashy, stylized direction (courtesy of Guy Ritchie), slow and fast motion action set pieces, and, yes, even Sherlock boxing, the oddities are shortcomings can be overlooked thanks to the core cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes) and Jude Law (Dr. John Watson). Their on screen presence and chemistry is downright joyous from start to finish. Even with Downey’s dodgy accent, his performance as the intellectual detective lights up the screen especially when paired with the always underrated Jude Law. Their banter and dynamic elevates the entire film. 

It’s a good thing the star power makes it worthwhile as the two overcome a messy Simon Kinberg, Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham script with a flat plotline involving the villainous Lord Henry Blackwood (this is not the fault of Mark Strong mind you) and a forced Irene Adler subplot (with a very miscast Rachel McAdams). One can also argue the story deviates from the books a bit too much at times with so much emphasis on action too.

Downey Jr. and Law aren’t the only thing of note here though as the film boasts an underrated Hans Zimmer score along with first rate production values and sets that recreate 1890 London.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? Another quality upgrade from WB. The picture quality is noticeably sharper from that of the Blu-ray.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 audio packs a punch (literally).
Extras (on Blu-ray only):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Interactive Maximum Movie Mode with interviews, stills, storyboards and more.
* “Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented”- A featurette on Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr.’s new take on the iconic character.
* Featurettes (AKA Focus Points) on production design, costumes, martial arts, accents, Irene Adler, easter eggs, a Sherlockian conference, and period recreations.

September 18, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , ,

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