Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2010


"Sherlock Holmes" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko



In this reboot of the classic Sherlock Holmes storyline, Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) chase down a mysterious London killer with ties to the supernatural.  The killer turns out to be Lord Blackwood, a well-known man in London society.  Blackwood is hanged for his crimes and is pronounced dead by Dr. Watson.  However, Blackwood rises from the grave and sets forth a diabolical plot to return to power and install his own puppet government that will carry out his plans to re-conquer America.



  • Warner Home Video
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 8 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong
  • Directed by Guy Ritchie
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None


Despite some enjoyable acting by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the nebulous plot of this film was pretty weak.   The movie was about 45 minutes longer than it should have been given the minimal storyline.  As a result, the film seems to drag between the action sequences.  This is a shame because the action scenes were creative and a lot of fun, if not entirely believable.


From the opening scene when you hear the noise of a train approaching through the left surround channel and slowly panning to the front, I knew I would be in for a treat with this movie.  Fortunately, the video on this disc was right up there with the sound.  The picture is highly detailed, with good contrast and shadow detail.  Take a close look at some of the jackets on the men and you can clearly see the subtle details of the fabric.  Flesh tones are accurate but there is not a lot of color in the dreary London settings.  I did notice a few shots that looked a little soft, but they weren’t too distracting.  The audio is even better on this disc, with great use of the surrounds and LFE.  There are some really neat scenes where voices seem to be coming from all around you and really envelop you in the moment.   My only audio complaint is that Downey Jr. tends to mumble some of his lines (a bit of a trademark for him), so there are occasions where you can’t really understand what Holmes is saying.


The best way to experience all the extras on this disc is via the “Maximum Movie Mode.”  Basically, this brings up a secondary window with the special features that apply to the on-screen portion of the movie.   This only works on Bonus View-enabled Blu-ray players.  You can also watch much of this same bonus content in a more traditional format via the 8 “Focus Point” featurettes and the “Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented” segment.