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Etan Cohen
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes
Writing Credits:
Etan Cohen

Holmes and Watson work to solve a murder at Buckingham Palace.

Box Office:
$42 million.
Opening Weekend
$7,411,522 on 2776 Screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
Spanish Dolby 5.1
French DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Descriptive Audio
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 91 min.
Price: $14.99
Release Date:4/9/2019

• ďTogether AgainĒ Featurette
• ďSeriously AbsurdĒ Featurette
• ďMrs. Hudsonís MenĒ Featurette
• Line-O-Rama
• Deleted & Extended Scenes
• Previews


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Holmes & Watson [Blu-Ray] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 1, 2022)

After the success of 2006ís Talladega Nights and 2008ís Step Brothers, it looked like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly would regularly work together in films. However, they took 10 years before they paired again for 2018ís Holmes & Watson.

Given how badly Holmes flopped, I wonít feel surprised if Ferrell and Reilly avoid each other for another decade. Lambasted by critics and ignored by audiences, the movie became a massive bomb.

Which it might have deserved Ė maybe. Set in the early 20th century, a corpse turns up at a party in Buckingham Palace.

Noted detective Sherlock Holmes (Ferrell) and his partner Dr. John Watson (Reilly) immediately take on the case. They deduce that long-time rival Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) perpetrated the crime, and if they donít stop him, heíll kill Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris) in a few days.

When trailers for Holmes emerged, they received a brutal greeting from film fans, and I get that. The promos made the movie look witless as could be, so I understood the skepticism.

I kept the faith, though. Ferrell and Reilly worked so well together in Nights and Brothers, so I believed theyíd deliver their magic a third time.

Nope. Holmes becomes a massive disappointment and waste of talent.

According to Wikipedia, the project originated in 2008, which means it predates 2009ís Robert Downey/Jude Law project Sherlock Holmes. That said, I assume changes occurred to reflect the Downey flick, as 2018 movie plays like a parody of the earlier flick, with gags that offer obvious references.

By 2018, the notion of a Downey spoof felt outdated, and Holmes canít find ways to overcome this issue. We just donít get enough comedic spark to let Holmes stand on its own and amuse.

The lack of real connection between Ferrell and Reilly especially disappoints. In their first two films, much of the enjoyment came from their basic onscreen chemistry, but they canít recreate that dynamic here.

I suspect the material becomes the biggest issue. Holmes sticks Reilly and Ferrell with so many lame gags and situations that any form of comedic connection wonít do the trick and overcome the inherent flaws.

The movieís jokes tend toward a mix of slapstick, gross-out bits and anachronisms. The film abounds with knowing mockery of century-old beliefs, especially in terms of medicine and science.

This means nearly endless comments about then-current ideas that now look ridiculous. I can take a little of this but the ream of dumb jokes in this vein gets old, especially because they seem more than a little smug.

On the same path, we find instantly dated Trump jokes. The shot of Holmes in a red fez emblazoned with ďMake England Great AgainĒ feels bad enough, but a later discussion of presidential politics that relates to Trump becomes out of place.

I bow to no one in my disdain for Trump, but these jokes seem self-congratulatory and pointless. The movie shoehorns in this lousy stab at commentary and it just inspires groans.

On the semi-positive side, Lauren Lapkus inspires a few minor laughs as Millicent, a mute woman allegedly raised by feral cats. The basic energy between Reilly and Ferrell also produces a couple of small chuckles, even if their chemistry here pales when compared to their work in earlier films.

These attributes canít compensate for all the idiocy on display, though. When I saw Holmes theatrically, I didnít think it was too bad, but on second viewing, I see that itís almost entirely devoid of entertainment value.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B/ Bonus C+

Holmes & Watson appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a top-notch presentation.

Sharpness looked terrific. Virtually no softness materialized, so this ended up as a tight, well-defined image.

Shimmering and jaggies were minor and edge haloes failed to appear. Source flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.

The filmís palette usually opted for a light teal orientation or a mild amber tint. Within that design range, the colors seemed well-rendered.

Blacks appeared dark and deep, while shadows showed appealing smoothness. The movie looked great.

Donít expect fireworks from the filmís DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, as we got a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. When the track used the side or rear speakers, it was usually for action scenes.

However, even those werenít especially involving, so they opened up matters in a moderate way and that was it. For the most part, the soundscape stayed restrained.

Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and the score demonstrated pretty good vivacity.

Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a decent but unspectacular track.

How did the Blu-ray compare with the DVD version? The lossless DTS-HD MA track offered superior range and fidelity when compared to the DVDís Dolby 5.1 mix.

Visuals gave us the expected format-related improvements, as the Blu-ray seemed better defined and showed stronger colors and blacks. This turned into an obvious upgrade.

Three featurettes appear, and Together Again runs five minutes, nine seconds. It brings comments from writer/director Etan Cohen and actors Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall and Kelly Macdonald.

In this reel, we get notes about the lead actors and their performances/chemistry. The comments tend to be fluffy but some alternate takes add value to the piece.

Seriously Absurd fills eight minutes, 27 seconds with notes from Cohen, Ferrell, Hall, Reilly, Macdonald, producer Clayton Townsend, theatrical pickpocket Lee Thompson, and actors Lauren Lapkus, Billy Zane, Noah Jupe, Scarlet Grace, Billy Jenkins, Bella Ramsey and Colby Mulgrew.

ďAbsurdĒ looks at cast and characters. It becomes a pretty superficial overview.

Lastly, Mrs. Hudsonís Men goes for one minute, 12 seconds and provides a comedic bit. It provides notable historical figures who praise the sex appeal of Mrs. Hudson. Itís not particularly funny.

The next two features donít appear on the DVD, and Line-O-Rama runs five minutes, 35 seconds. These give us alternate lines and offer a bit of amusement Ė though not a lot.

18 Deleted & Extended Scenes occupy a total of 49 minutes, 38 seconds. Thatís a lot of added material Ė does any of it strike gol?

Nope. We donít find any strong new plot threads, and the segments tend to just offer more of the same puerile humor found in the final flick.

Some exposition does arrive via Mrs. Hudsonís lovers, and we also spend time with street urchins who help out Holmes on a recurring basis. If you enjoy the movie, youíll like this footage, but if you donít, these clips wonít change your mind.

The disc opens with ads for Stan & Ollie, The Front Runner, Miss Bala, The Girl In the Spiderís Web, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Venom. No trailer for Holmes appears here.

Whatever goodwill Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly earned via their earlier efforts largely goes bye-bye with Holmes & Watson. A largely moronic and unfunny affair, the film squanders its leads. The Blu-ray offers excellent positive picture and good audio along with minor supplements. Hopefully Reilly and Ferrell will rebound down the road, but Holmes becomes a massive disappointment.

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