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Sherlock series 3, better or worse than series 1 and 2 ?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Thom, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Hm, never heard of "Joking Apart". I guess it's not on DVD? (simply checked imdb). I love Coupling, so would like to check this out.
  2. Thom

    Thom Unemployed and loving it !

    Jun 5, 2000
    Southern Calif.
    You can get the Joking Apart season 1 DVD set from Amazon, but you will need a DVD player that can play region 2 DVDs.
  3. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    South Florida
  4. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    I purchased the BR disks of Sherlock season three because the high def broadcast of Sherlock in the Los Angeles area was very poor. For example: During the scene at the wedding when the flower petals are tossed into the air, the picture breaks up and pixelates so badly it's not much better than video noise. The BR disk looks stunningly beautiful at that point compared to the video mess that was broadcast. (That isn't the only place where the picture breaks up, but it was the worst.) I guess the LA PBS station is using too many sub channels to provide enough bandwidth for the main video stream.

    The Amazon.com version of the Sherlock Season 3 BR disks was released Tuesday. The ones I have are from the UK. While the latest season of Downton Abbey was clearly labeled as BR region B, these Sherlock season 3 BR disks are not labeled with a region code at all that I could find, and I really looked hard for it, so I assume they are all-region. It's hard to tell since my BR player is all-region. I read somewhere that only 30-35 percent of BR disks are region encoded.

    [RANT = ON]
    I think that the region coding was enacted to protect the income of local distributors, though it's real effect is to irritate people like myself who then have to get region-free hardware. Whatever the reason, it's one of the things that are in the way of free information exchange. I'd hate to have a disk that wouldn't play because of a region code. All the data is there, but it's inaccessible simply because of an arbitrary bit set somewhere in the format. :) Yeah I got region free DVD and BR players.
    [RANT = OFF]

    Watching episode three a second time, I saw some interesting stuff I missed the first time. Sherlock and Janine never had sex. The guy who challenged Magnussen, in the opening scene, was a bit later indicted on corruption charges. Lady Smallwood's husband, later in the show, commits suicide. The story telling can get a bit dense and takes some attention to get the details. They did a good job of faking us out into thinking that there was a computer interface in his glasses. At one point, he takes the glasses off when the visible text gets fuzzy. He cleans the glasses, puts them back on, and the text is back and is now clear. It sure looked like it was the glasses to me. :) In the scene where Magnussen first meets Sherlock, there is a long list of his "pressure points" in red, but it's a fake. It's the same five or six lines of text are repeated many times and quickly scroll up. Magnussen laughed, and I did as well at that. When Magnussen was "flicking" Watson's face, he commented that he had done the same thing to Janine.

    Who would benefit the most from FAKING the return of Jim Moriarty? Why Sherlock
    himself, of course. :D
  5. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

    Feb 22, 2002
    I felt season 3 was a step down, but not so huge a step down that I'd ever consider not watching; it wasn't stepping down that far, and it was stepping down from so very high.
  6. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    The way you can tell is try to play it. Blu-Ray players can't be region-free without switching regions (that is, if it's a Region A player and you have a Region B disc, you have to switch the player to Region B through some arcane manner specified by the modifier). So if you play it without switching, the disc is either the one you have it set to or region-free.

    (Often British discs are labelled "Region B" but are actually region-free.)
  7. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Aren't region free players at best grey market, and possibly black market?
  8. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    You can buy some legit region-locked players and then install a third party mod which allows the region to be changed on demand.
  9. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Or you can buy modded players. The place I got mine is a pretty big established outfit with a store in Chicago and an open internet presence, who advertise their region-free players openly, so I assume it must be legal or they would have gone after them years ago.
  10. kmccbf

    kmccbf New Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Off Topic, but this is true. There are many legitimate needs for region-free or dual region players. I know that Indiana University's multicultural centers and student groups have several region-free players that are used to help foreign students keep up with news and culture from their home countries.
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    modded players, I'd call that grey market. I bet if the MPAA wanted to get the feds on them, they would.. (I am *NOT* one of those who think the MPAA is by definition evil.)

    Education-wise, heck, there may be some kind of a loophole for that.
  12. wtherrell

    wtherrell Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    FWIW I think I still prefer the old Edwardian setting shows.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
  13. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    There is no mandate that disk manufacturers adhere to region coding. Only about 30-35 percent of Blu-Ray disks are region encoded. If there were any issues with selling region free disk players, you wouldn't see so many of them being openly advertised in national retailers like Amazon.com Some companies manufacture two versions of the same player, one region free, the other region coded. The distinction between the two is just a suffix to the model number.
  14. AeneaGames

    AeneaGames Member

    May 2, 2009

    Neither the MPAA nor the feds are interested in US people who want to watch discs meant for the non-US market...
  15. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title

    May 15, 2001
    Bumping this since we just finished watching series 3 on Netflix. All of the series have struggled with story/"mystery" resolution, but series 3 struggled the most. All 3 episodes had really weak resolutions.

    Where the show excels has been the characters and the way they relate to each other. The wedding episode was one of the greatest 90 minutes of character interaction I've ever witnessed, and the finale was wonderful as well, but in a less light hearted way.

    We watch for the characters, but if series 4 continues to slip in the mystery department, I don't know if we'll be so interested in series 5.
  16. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I agree the shows seemed to be all over the place. If they would just tell the mystery story and get on with it I would've enjoyed it much more, but it's like they kept interrupting it for some personal Watson/Sherlock stuff or something else for a bit, then some mystery, then more personal stuff, a little more mystery, and so on. The Wedding episode took me about a month to get thru.
  17. Johncv

    Johncv Active Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Chula Vista, CA
    Question, I miss the first episode of S3 on PBS, it now on Netflix. However, PBS has all the episodes at 2 hours, Netflix has them at 1 hour 30 minutes, so did Netflix edit them?
  18. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    No, they're 1.5 hours.
  19. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    The two hours were an hour and a half of show and thirty minutes of special features
  20. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    DC-ish Suburbia
    Bumping as we just finished S3 last night.

    I have to say I'm not a nitpicker and I thoroughly enjoyed this show from start to finish. (Yes, Hounds was probably my least fave ep, but it's still miles ahead of most other TV.) I could easily watch many more episodes and I'm kind of annoyed there were only nine thus far. :)

    I am not one to rewatch shows, but we might rewatch these.

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