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Directed by: Various (TV)

Produced: 2012

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Studio: 2 Entertain

Length: 266 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 23 January 2012

Cat No: BBCDVD3494

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Languages(s): English
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
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Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Sherlock: Series 2

Cast: Martin Freeman , Benedict Cumberbatch , Russell Tovey , Lara Pulver , Pano Masti , Amber Elizabeth

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All three episodes from the second series of the BBC’s fast-paced modernised crime drama based on the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Laptops, mobile phones and the internet are the new tools for crime in a modern London under threat from serial killers, bombings and gang warfare. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), the most brilliant intellect of his generation, has a unique analytical brain unlike anyone else’s, and staves off the ever-present threat of boredom by solving crimes, the more intricate and baffling the better. Meanwhile, his friend and flatmate, John Watson (Martin Freeman), is an army doctor invalided home from the battlefields of Afghanistan. The episodes are: ’A Scandal in Belgravia’, ’The Hounds of Baskerville’ and ’The Reichenbach Fall’.
It was a high-risk strategy, updating Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century. Principal objections? That a fog-bound 19th century London is crucial to the Holmes ethos, and the fact that a new Holmes franchise (with Robert Downey Jr) was a palpable hit. However, the BBC series has proved successful in terms of critical acclaim and audience enthusiasm.

In Season 2, we have a brilliant rejigging of two of Holmes’ nemeses: Irene Adler is now a dominatrix who nonplusses The Great Detective by greeting him naked, and there is gleefully lunatic Moriarty who comes across as an intellectual version of Batman’s enemy The Joker.

Much of the praise showered upon this modern rethink is due to the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Cumberbatch’s very modern portrayal of Holmes as a sociopath to rival (in his own way) Lisbeth Salander is fascinating, but Freeman’s underplayed support should not be underestimated. And then there’s the wonderfully inventive writing by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

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