It turns out that everything we thought about Sherlock Holmes is wrong. He is, in fact,hammy actor Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine), hired by Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) to be thepublic face of his own detective work. The relationship between the two men is fractious at best,and they part company. But when Watson discovers that Professor Moriarty is behind amysterious crime, he realizes he needs Kincaid so the police will allow his investigation toproceed.
The premi…e established, Caine and Kingsley are turned loose, and are clearly having a fineold time. The production design is handsome, and all these great sets serve as the backdrop toa lot of silly slapstick. Some of the pratfalls are new, while others are the kind we’ve seen amillion times before. Executed properly, however, they’re still funny, and they are executed verywell indeed here. Loads of stupid yet smart fun.
The 2.0 track is acceptable, but in some respects feels older than 1988. There is somedistortion on the dialogue, and the voices are a bit harsh, especially on the “s” sounds. Thesurround sound effects aren’t bad, with some decent environmental moments (such as the hubbubinside a club). Passable, then, but only just.
Fullscreen? I expect more from MGM than that. Major penalty for inflicting us with that kindof a transfer, especially given the handsome look of the film. the colours, fortunately, are good,as are the blacks and the flesh tones. The image is sharp enough (but still fullscreen!), and thereis no noticeable grain or edge enhancement.
Nothing here except the theatrical trailer.
A fine bit of froth, perfect for some laughs on an undemanding evening. Too bad about thetransfer.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer