Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’
CHICAGO – In our latest blockbuster edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law!
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” also stars Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Eddie Marsan, Noomi Rapace, Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, William Houston, Wolf Kahler, Iain Mitchell, Jack Laskey and Patricia Slater from director Guy Ritchie and writers Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney. The film opens on Dec. 16, 2011.
To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.
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Here is the synopsis for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”:
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”.
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room – until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large – Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) – and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil (coupled with a complete lack of conscience) may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.
Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes ever-more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany and finally Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction as a part of a greater plan that will change the course of history.
Filmmaker Guy Ritchie returned to direct “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which is the follow up to the smash hit “Sherlock Holmes”. The sequel also reunited producers Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. Bruce Berman and Steve Clark-Hall served as executive producers.
Jared Harris (TV’s “Mad Men,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) joins the cast as the notorious Professor Moriarty. In her first English-speaking role, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (who gained international attention in the Swedish film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) plays Sim. Stephen Fry (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) is Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock’s older brother).
Additional cast members returning from the first film include Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lestrade; Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler; Kelly Reilly as Watson’s bride, Mary Morstan; and Geraldine James as Holmes’ long-suffering landlady, Mrs. Hudson. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” is written by Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and appear in stories and novels by him. Ritchie again collaborated with the behind-the-scenes team from the first movie: director of photography Philippe Rousselot, production designer Sarah Greenwood, editor James Herbert, costume designer Jenny Beavan and composer Hans Zimmer.
The movie trailer for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” can be watched now below.
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