All three feature-length episodes from the fourth 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: 'The Six Thatchers', 'The Lying Detective' and 'The Final Problem'.
Based on: Characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle Technical Specs:
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1
Documentaries: 'Behind 221B', 'John & Mary's Flat', 'Script to Screen', 'The Writer's Chat', 'Mark Gatiss Video Diary Part One: On Set', 'Mark Gatiss Video Diary Part Two: Final Scenes', 'Video Diary With Danny Hargreaves', '221B Set Timelapse'
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.
Sadly, Season 4 makes a joke of what was a great TV series. This season is sloppy to say the least. There are innumerable mistakes, both in editing and continuity (mics seen in shot, etc), haphazard editing (they go from being blown up to suddenly on a boat with zero injuries), instead of focusing on the two heroes of the story (Sherlock and John), it focuses mainly on Mary (a character barely mentioned in canon) and Eurus (a non-canon character to whom we have no relation or sympathy). We are left wondering why we should care about Eurus (a murdering psychopath who just needs a hug to be all better???!), Mary (a character who *could* have been a superb villain instead given a fridging (i.e. used only to further the man-pain of the one of the main characters)), and most disturbingly we are left wondering why we should care about John Watson - a character who was always Sherlock's moral compass, but who in Season 4 loses every characterization he had and simply becomes a violent and selfish non-friend. No wonder Sherlock left him to die in that well. The slapped-on end reel is silly to the point of not even being cliché but rather a slap in the face to the audience who believed in Sherlock Holmes and the good man he could become. Shame on Mofftiss for ruining what could have been groundbreaking television but decided to plumb for an insult to millions of viewers.
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