Holmes & Watson

Featured In Issue 238, April 2019

WSR Score3.5
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In "Holmes & Watson," the stars of "Step Brothers" reunite––this time playing the world's greatest detective and his loyal sidekick and biographer. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a Line-O-Rama (HD 05:35); 18 deleted scenes (HD 49:38); the featurettes "Will And John: Together Again" (HD 05:09), "Seriously Absurd: The Cast" (HD 08:27), and "Mrs. Hudson's Men" (HD 01:12); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa XT Plus camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a warmly saturated color palette with rich hues, which often pop. Fleshtones are strongly hued with a golden sheen. Contrast is excellent. Shadow delineation and black levels are excellent. Lighting accents do provide bright spotting. Resolution is generally quite good, with excellent clarity and sharpness. There is, however, in some scenes, a slight veil to the imagery in the form of digital noise, perhaps to project a filmic feel to the period. Facial features show lines and pores with good detail in hair, beards and mustaches during close-ups. This all results in a vividly colorful picture with generally excellent sharpness. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely rendered with an actively and enveloping orchestral score peppered with pop songs. Foley sound effects are nicely rendered with nuances and hits of slapstick accents. Atmospherics nicely support the goings-on, and sound effects are effective, including an explosion of The Titanic. Surround energy is nicely enveloping but never is aggressive. Deep bass is reserved but effectively enhances sound effects and provides a natural foundation to the music. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, though, a bit forward at times but otherwise with well-positioned integration. This is a fun soundtrack with plenty of sonics that keep the proceedings lively. (Gary Reber)