Mr. Holmes

Featured In Issue 201, November 2015

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Based on the novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind by Mitch Cullin, Mr. Holmes (McKellen) finds a retired Sherlock returning to close the book on the one mystery he could never solve. For thirty years, Sherlock Holmes has been haunted by his final case, one that remains unsolved. Now, spurred by a mysterious trip to Japan, Holmes quietly slips out of retirement to confront the ghosts of his past––and a spellbinding mystery that will take all of his deductive powers to solve. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes The Icon (HD 02:21) and The Story (HD 02:49), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is absolutely gorgeous with a warm and rich, and purely natural, color palette. Hues are never exaggerated but are well balanced throughout. The earthy colors of the English countryside are totally realistic, even the rich greens of the distant fields and intimate gardens, and the wonderful collage of stone hues and roofing shingles. The scenes in Japan appear more subdued in color but still very natural. Fleshtones are naturally rendered as well. Remarkable is the resolution, exhibiting impressive detail, especially during closeups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Every wrinkle and pit on Ian McKellen’s face and hands is reproduced with impressive realism. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and shadow delineation that reveals excellent definition. This is a wonderful visual experience that is reference quality and will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is wonderfully executed with at times an impressive dynamic presence, such as during brief segments of steam locomotives pulling train cars through the countryside, with effective panning to the surrounds. Atmospherics, such as birds and wind, as well as motor cars, are effectively rendered, for a realistic effect. Natural deep bass accompanies the sound effects. Carter Burwell’s orchestral music score is spread wide across the soundstage and extends effectively to the surrounds. Dialogue sounds natural and generally well integrated spatially. While a generally quiet and nuanced soundtrack, this is a very pleasing experience that perfectly enhances the storytelling. (Gary Reber)