I'm a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock series so I was interested in watching this edit. I didn't read any of the editor's intentions or cutlist before watching. But I had an idea of where it was going considering the title.
Overall this edit worked pretty well. I know the episodes almost by heart so there were some things I missed that I had enjoyed. But obviously things needed to be cut like Irene Adler, and the reporter and the fact that Jim Moriarty is an actor. And I did miss that the Nina Simone "Sinner Man" sequence was cut short, although it was definitely not critical that we see a female guard take a stick of gum out of Moriarty's pocket!
While this edit was enjoyable I do prefer just watching the episodes. But ranger managed to present a nice condensed story, cutting out necessary elements (that, had they been kept in, would have led to plot inconsistencies). For the most part the editing was invisible, like I said, knowing these episodes inside and out made it hard not to notice when things were cut (but this was not due to bad editing, just to my good memory!).
Sherlock is one of my top choice shows and I knew there was something there that could be edited, sometimes it can be a little too self-indulgent and the 'resolution' to series one's cliffhanger is a big offender of this. There were also some ridiculous elements added to "The Reichenbach Fall" that seemed to exist just to add twists for the sake of it to further tarnish Holmes' rep and put him in the midst of a plot that seemed a little too beyond his reach Thankfully Rangerkris, with his sharp skills and talent for concise plot-driven narrative, has managed to blend the two Moriarty stories together and sidestep the issues with this, creating a tense psycholgical thriller that reins itself in a bit and keeps the focus on Holmes and Morarity's battle of wits, with Holmes puzzling over problems you can actually beleive in and try to solve along with him. Well the ending is a downer, it's perfect material to get you excited for the fun third series and even if you're not a Sherlock fan, it's ambigious ending will leave you guessing to the end of your days. A great edit by a great editor
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Owner's replyJuly 07, 2014
Zarius, thank you very much for the kind words. It was a hard edit to put together because of the overlapping storylines, and I definitely agree with you about the producers trying to congest the film. It means a lot to me that you enjoyed this and look forward to your own edit of Sherlock, which was impressive enough from the previews alone that it inspired me to tackle this edit in the first place. I truly appreciate your support and encouragement my friend. -Kris
What a wonderful edit! Superb execution with stellar edits, both video and audio. No small feat, condensing six episodes into 2h30-ish minutes of cohesive narrative. It works well and I really have no larger points of criticism. The only thing I noticed and wanted, was a slight breather between the pool and the Crown jewel heist. A few seconds of time lapses over London or similar. Other than that, this edit was enjoyable from start to finish.
Highly recommended, but as wraith mentioned in his review, some concentration is required if you want to follow the narrative. It is indeed dense, but by no means irksome.
I enjoyed watching this edit from start to finish. Highly recommendable for every Sherlock fans. What this edit achieved was to highlight the intensity of the rivalry between Sherlock and Moriarty, in a way that is much better than what was presented originally as an episodic structure. Especially considering 2 filler episodes, in a sense, between each 'Moriarty arc' episodes.
Seriously solid combination of the two Moriarty centered episodes. Cutting out the filler was smart and cutting certain aspects (like the neighbours who are spies, the cliffhanger in the great game, and Moriarty posing as an actor). Altogether, a solid edit to watch and very well done!
Great job, ranger613! I'm a huge Sherlock fan and enjoyed this edit, as much that I made a sequel and a sequel to that, which hopefully go well with this. (The Return of Sherlock and The Vow of Sherlock)