Sherlock Holmes
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Sherlock Holmes

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

     
 

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titularSee more details below

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, gets an update with this adaptation of Lionel Wigram's comic book series by writer/director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective, with Jude Law stepping into the shoes of his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Heading up the rest of the cast are RocknRolla's Mark Strong as the film's villain, Blackwood, and Rachel McAdams portraying the love interest, Irene Adler.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Fresh on the heels of an ambitious bid to kick-start his own original franchise with the fun but overly familiar RocknRolla, Guy Ritchie may have finally accomplished that goal with Sherlock Holmes, an energetic, pulpy, and lavishly gothic mystery-adventure that merges tradition with reinvention to thrilling effect. It's a refreshing blast of summer-blockbuster fun just when we need it most -- at the onset of winter. The action gets under way as Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) assist Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and Scotland Yard in interrupting a black magic ceremony being staged by the sinister Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Before Lord Blackwood is hanged, he makes one final request: an audience with the famed detective who thwarted his diabolical plans. During his conversation with Holmes, Lord Blackwood vows to return from the gallows more powerful than ever before. Making good on his promise, Lord Blackwood re-emerges with an apparent supernatural vengeance, determined to claim England as his own and exert his influence on the renegade colony across the Atlantic as well. When the corpses begin to pile up, the fate of England, and America, rests in the capable hands of the world's most brilliant detective. Though traditionalists may initially balk at the decision of screenwriters Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, and Simon Kinberg to place heavy emphasis on Holmes' formidable fighting skills, it certainly doesn't come at the cost of the character's intellect -- Downey Jr.'s Holmes is as sharp as a tack, tough as nails, and endearingly eccentric. Holmes has always been an expert boxer; by exploiting that trait and infusing the story with an element of the supernatural, Ritchie and his team of screenwriters infuse an invigorating mystery with a satisfying blend of action and exposition. The chemistry between Law and Downey Jr. ensures that the scenes between Holmes and Watson are just as enjoyable as the boisterous action set pieces; the first time you see them onscreen you get the distinct impression that they've already been through quite a bit together -- though like Ritchie's breakthrough, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, his Sherlock Holmes may require at least two viewings to fully appreciate the nuances of the rapid-fire dialogue. Sporting dangerously slick villain hair and displaying the calm, collected confidence a classic villain, Mark Strong strikes an appropriate air of menace as the malevolent Lord Blackwood. Bowler-capped Eddie Marsan plays off Downey Jr. particularly well as Inspector Lestrade, and Kelly Reilly shines in her small role as Dr. Watson's refined yet assured fiancée. Much like the resolution of the film's central mystery, all of the elements in Sherlock Holmes come together perfectly. Hans Zimmer's quirky score keeps the action moving along while cleverly calling back to Holmes' beloved violin with the occasional plucked string arrangement, cinematographer Philippe Rousselot's seductively dark cinematography gives London a dirty, gothic atmosphere that's romantic without being romanticized, and the sets and costumes are all gorgeously stylized. In short, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes has something for both the purists and fair-weather fans alike. Should the franchise continue, it will be a delight to see this Holmes and Watson embark on another onscreen adventure together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
UPC:
0883929086566
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
9,599

Special Features

Sherlock Holmes: reinvented

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law Dr. Watson
Rachel McAdams Irene Adler
Mark Strong Blackwood
Eddie Marsan Actor,Inspector Lestrade
Kelly Reilly Mary
Robert Maillet Dredger
Geraldine James Mrs. Hudson
William Houston Constable Clark
Hans Matheson Lord Coward
James Fox Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope Amabassador Standish
Clive Russell Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel Reordan
David Garrick McMurdo
Kylie Hutchinson Maid
Andrew Brooke Guard Captain
James Stephens Captain Phillips
Sebastian Abineri Coach Driver
John Kearney Carriage Driver
Tom Watt Carriage Driver
James Greene Governor
Terry Taplin Groundskeeper
Andrew Greenough Prison Guard
Bronagh Gallagher Palm Reader
Michael Jenn Preacher
Ned Dennehy Man With Roses

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Steve Clark-Hall Co-producer,Executive Producer
Susan Downey Producer
Peter Eskelsen Associate Producer
Nick Gottschalk Art Director
Matt Gray Art Director
Sarah Greenwood Production Designer
James Herbert Editor
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
James Foster Art Director
Michael Robert Johnson Original Story,Screenwriter
Max Keene Asst. Director
Simon Kinberg Screenwriter
Dan Lin Producer
Lauren Meek Associate Producer
Tony Peckham Screenwriter
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton Casting
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Joel Silver Producer
Michael Tadross Executive Producer
Lionel Wigram Original Story,Producer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sherlock Holmes
1. Catching a Killer [6:50]
2. Case of Stagnation [4:43]
3. Telling About Mary [4:11]
4. Blow by Blow [3:27]
5. Last Request [4:19]
6. Bound Together [4:20]
7. Miss Adler For Hire [4:11]
8. The Irene I Know [5:06]
9. Resurrection [3:41]
10. Apt Prediction [3:46]
11. Sorcery and Science [3:02]
12. Meat or Potatoes? [3:11]
13. Giving Up the Ship [4:25]
14. Friends in High Places [3:45]
15. Blackwood's Lineage [4:01]
16. Mutual Danger [3:03]
17. Dead and Bath [1:28]
18. Remake the World [1:14]
19. On Purpose [2:23]
20. Lambs to Slaughter [3:24]
21. Trap For Three [2:56]
22. The Best You Can Do [5:58]
23. Next Target [2:31]
24. Smoking Out a Coward [4:49]
25. Countdown to Noon [4:17]
26. Bell and Death Tolls [4:30]
27. Cutting a Conjurer Loose [4:31]
28. My Weak Spot [4:03]
29. Moriarty's Mark [5:40]
30. End Credits [2:04]

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