Immersed in Blu-ray: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came out this week on Blu-ray (Warner Home Video), and guess what? It’s better than the first film. That’s because it introduces arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), offers Noomi Rapace, has a better adventure, and provides a bittersweet touch. Plus Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are just divine together as Holmes and Watson. Extra include “Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes” in Maximum Movie Mode.

Meanwhile,  Sarah Greenwood’s production design is more lush and Philippe Rousselot’s cinematography is more diverse. The VFX is more ambitious as well: “Well, I’m sure you can imagine that we’re bigger and better than last time,” admits VFX production supervisor Chas Jarrett. “Our new story takes us not only through the London we saw last time, but out into the country by train, across the channel by steam boat, to the French countryside, Paris — above and below — then to the industrial heartland of Germany and finally across the snowy Alps to Switzerland.

“We have around 1,200 vfx shots, which, again, for a ‘non-vfx driven’ movie, is quite a chunk. And we were following in the footsteps of the previous movie and we all had a cool vocabulary together among the returning crew. And I personally thought there were some places where we could up the ante. So this was about how to grow the film rather than reinventing it.”

The work was divided between Framestore, MPC, and BlueBolt. Environments and destruction and action are all superb, but I like the return of  “Holmes Vision,” with its the use of high-speed digital camera to up the visual language.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Cinematography, Clips, Home Entertainment, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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