Director Guy Ritchie finally shook off a bad case of the Madge that had been hampering him for years with his radical film adaptation of Sherlock Holmes
starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. Some fans of Arthur C. Doyle’s mystery novels were outraged over Ritchie turning Holmes into an action hero, but the film received mostly favorable reviews and became a worldwide box-office smash despite going up against Avatar
. In Ritchie’s movie, Holmes investigates a series of murders connected to occult rituals and the evil Lord Blackwood, who appears to be orchestrating the mayhem from beyond the grave. It’s amusing to watch Holmes (Downey Jr.) and Watson (Law) bicker like an old married couple as they grabble with Blackwood’s minions until the final showdown on top of the then-under construction Tower Bridge.
Warner Home Video has announced Sherlock Holmes for a BD/DVD/digital copy combo release and a standalone DVD on March 30. The BD will feature “Maximum Movie Mode” with Ritchie, a feature-length extra that includes picture-in-picture commentary, focus points, storyboard comparisons, and a still gallery timeline. Both the BD and DVD will have the making-of featurette “Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented” and deleted scenes. Neither version will contain a teary-eyed statement from Ritchie’s ex-wife, Madonna, lamenting over why she was in Ritchie’s abysmal Swept Away instead of this satisfying blockbuster.