Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Feature Only)

8.91 h 29 min1980X-Ray16+
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the acclaimed modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories. But now, our heroes find themselves in 1890s London investigating a mysterious ghostly bride who appears to have committed murder from beyond the grave.
Benedict CumberbatchMartin Freeman
English [CC]
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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VioletsReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great! The most Faithful to the books in it's own ways!
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This was very good, I immensely enjoyed seeing Sherlock and Watson back in their 'real', so to speak, time period! Made me wish that the entire series had more of these episodes which were also much more faithful to (and used more dialogue) from the original Arthur Conan Doyle Tales....Just the right amount of emotional tension between the two main characters. Lots of fun.....and to have the infamous scene at the 'falls'.....what a treat!

I read every bit of Sherlock Holmes I could get my hands on when I was younger, couldn't get enough. Of all the versions I've seen onscreen, this is the only one in which the relationship between Watson and Sherlock is on center stage-and in which the two characters are equally important. There is always the tendency to make Watson into a bafoon (Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce: OH I remember decades ago my brother and myself would stay up late on a Friday night, once a week, to watch those old black and white treasures! I'm talking about before the dawn of the internet and availability of constant streaming of any and everything you wanted 24/7. You actually waited a week to see the next showing, it was a different time, and I think, in many ways, a better one......)

Also loved the extras....My only complaint is that I really don't care for the way Moriarity is portrayed throughout the series. I dunno, a kind of lunatic disgusting irritating adolescent....yuck.......
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mmthraxReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great use of an evening
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My daughter turned me on to Sherlock. I was dubious at first because I'm a Brett fan, but I really enjoy it. Everything is top drawer. I think that the people who do the show really respect the stories, and even though there is some creative license because it is "modern", it all works. I was anxious to see them do their show "period". I really enjoyed it as well. Everyone is on their game to transform modern London into old London. The story had the twists and turns it should and of course the acting is well done. I thought it was interesting to see the differences in not only how the characters dressed from new to old, but also their portrayal of the characters changed just a bit too. Good stuff. Great way to spend family night. Also the "extras" are really cool too. The behind the scenes stuff is always interesting to me and the extras are chock full of goodies.
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db2121Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Contrived, confused, and contributing to the demise of the series.
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When you have to include 45 minutes of interviews after a 90 minute film to explicate what you just presented - maybe you just start over. No wonder this was not included with the PBS presentation - it was filmed before the last season. The underlying 19th century "case" is trite to say the least - although presented with verve and with the excellent performances we expect from this cast. The loops between the here and now and the there and then are just annoying. Skip this mess, there is a reason it is not sold on DVD.
DaveReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
MUST SEE if you're a Sherlock fan!
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WOW!!! I didn't think Sherlock could get any better, but the movie reworked so many plot points in the series that I've had to watch it several times just to make sure I "get" everything. I love that! It can be watched on a topical level for sheer enjoyment or plumed to the depths for more. It's soooo well written with knowledge of the original Sherlock Holmes canon, but I also see allusions to other authors' attempts to prolong the Holmes journey. For instance, I saw several instances where the works of Laurie R. King are alluded to, unless that was just me inserting something that wasn't meant.

Either way, this is a MUST SEE!
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Terry chamnessReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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What a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining program. This Sherlock special comes between the 3rd and 4th seasons they decide to take modern-day versions of the characters and put them back in Victorian London or so it seems I don't want to ruin it for you but once again Sherlock proves to be the best show on television superb acting, writing, directing a fascinating story with wonderful humor mixed in. And I am not embarrassed to use this review to literally beg them please make a 5th season. Tons of extra features by the way are also part of the DVD that are fascinating to watch as well
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jpReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
full of dreadful "-ism" tropes
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I previously enjoyed Sherlock and all things Holmesian, but this movie is really terrible for many reasons, primary of which are the numerous dark tropes disrespecting women, homosexuality, obesity, eating disorders, and drug addiction. And there are no people of color. And why, pray tell, are the people dressed in dark KKK outfits? To what end?
W. G. McCaslenReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Sherlock Holmes Movie
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Dvd arrived in good condition. SHERLOCK the BBC series, provides this look into the imagination of Mr. HOLMES. I haven't seen this series, but this particular "movie" is quite well done and definitely worth a watch. Taking the present day Sherlock back in time. Widescreen, 93 min., English subtitles and several bonus features.
SamReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than I thought it would be
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Full disclosure: I'm one of those people who couldn't get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch when the Sherlock series started, but then a few years ago got sick of him. I wasn't going to watch this because I didn't want to spend the money (I caught the first few episodes on amazon when they were free!). But I couldn't resist seeing what they'd done with it. I thought it was quite good. Despite all the focus on the "relationships," I was pleased that the plot was complicated. I enjoyed it the way that I enjoy the old fashioned, puzzle-driven Sherlock Holmes stories, rather than as an excuse for the actors (Cumberbatch) to show us how great they are. Although, if you like that, there's a lot of grandstanding too. Oh, and the costumes were brilliant--ironic, over the top take on the "period" genre. It was well done.
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