DVD Review: Sherlock Holmes & The Great Escape

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Sherlock Holmes is internationally know as the greatest of fictional crime investigators. Say what you will about Mannix, Columbo or Rockford, Sherlock is the one you can mention on any part of the globe and not have to give a five minute biography. This is why <I>Sherlock Holmes and The Great Escape</i> comes from Hong when directors Matthew Chow and Yuen Kin To teamed up to create a story about the sleuth and his doctor pal. While they have placed the action in Victorian England, the familiar names that inhabit the pre-World War I space are now animals. Holmes is a dog with a hat and Watson is a spiffy cat. The duo have to solve a crime that’s rather animalistic.

Things open up with Mack on the roof of a wealthy man’s estate. Before we see what happens next, we see the crime scene where the police think they’ve unraveled the case. To their dismay, Sherlock Holmes arrives and turns their assumptions upside down and into the rubbish bin. Right off the bat he thinks while elements of the crime resemble Mack’s MO, he also knows that the outcome is nothing like Mack’s usual crime. This isn’t right and he points the police into the proper direction. This naturally upsets the cops, but they have their real suspect. Holmes however has to catch Mack since he is robbing people even if many of them deserve to be ripped off. People like Mack and support his Robin Hood-ish escapades which makes things awkward for Holmest to get his man.

One of the cooler things done in the film is when Holmes or the police speculate on what happened at the crime scene, we get a different animation style. This keeps things from getting confused as to what happened and what could have happened. There’s also quite a few action scenes to keep the investigation on a thrill seeking pace. <I>Sherlock Holmes and The Great Escape</i> is an intriguing take on the iconic detective from the other side of the world.

The video is 1.85:1 anamorphic. The resolution lets you enjoy the various animation techniques used on the case. The audio is English for both 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and 2.0 stereo mix. Both mixes are fine depending on the number of speakers you have hooked up to the TV. The movie is subtitled in English.

Theatrical Trailer (2:32) sets the mystery in motion.

Shout! Factory & Shout! Kids present <I>Sherlock Holmes and The Great Escape</i>. Directed by Matthew Chow and Yuen Kin To. Screenplay by: Yuen Kin To. Starring: Ken Kai-Cheong Wong, Monte Kai-Him Cho, Toe Yuen, Stephen Au and Vivien Wai-Wan Lau. Running Time: 83 minutes. Release Date: March 23, 2021.

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