Blu-ray Review: Amazing ‘Sherlock: Season Two’ Works For Everyone

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CHICAGO – It’s official. After season two of BBC’s and Masterpiece’s amazing “Sherlock,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, I can stand by my thoughts after season one and make them clear — this is the best embodiment of Sherlock Holmes since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put pen to paper. With brilliant screenwriting, clever direction, perfect design, and simply spectacular performances, this isn’t just a great TV on Blu-ray release. If these three 90-minute films had played in theaters instead of on PBS, they’d all be in my top ten as far as the best movies of the year to date. Blu-ray rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

Why is “Sherlock” so good? Because it’s SO smart. The award-winning second series, which just ended its run on PBS, is included on two discs and features three films inspired by three of Doyle’s most beloved works (including a great update on “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”) With intricate, complex mysteries that feel honestly character-driven headlined by a spectacular performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as a Sherlock who seems as truly troubled as he is truly brilliant, “Sherlock” is a work of art and one of the best things on television. All three films come with a commentary track and look simply spectacular in gorgeous HD. I can’t say enough about the quality of “Sherlock,” a must-own for fans of the character or mystery films in general. All of you who have turned the Robert Downey Jr. films into mega-hits? Go buy this “Sherlock” and see how it should be done.

Sherlock: Season Two was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2012
Sherlock: Season Two was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2012
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

In A Scandal In Belgravia, Sherlock gets embroiled in the complex plans of the dangerous and desirable Irene Adler and finds himself employing every one of his remarkable skills to survive as the unlikely duo square off in a battle of wits…and perhaps emotions. The Hounds Of Baskerville whisks the increasingly popular detective and John to the wilds of Dartmoor, and face to face with the supernatural lurking in the eerie landscape. Meanwhile, Moriarty is still out there in the shadows, and is determined to bring Sherlock down - at whatever the cost - in The Reichenbach Fall.

Special Features:
o Sherlock Uncovered
o Audio Commentary

“Sherlock: Season Two” stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2012. content director Brian Tallerico

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