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Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 3 (1993)

Daniel Baldwin , Richard Belzer , Barry Levinson , John McNaughton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Baldwin, Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Isabella Hofmann, Clark Johnson
  • Directors: Barry Levinson, John McNaughton, Keith Gordon, Kenneth Fink, Lee Bonner
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 1000 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C5RPV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 3" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Homicide: Life in Season 3"--an interview with Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, and James Yoshimura, narrated by Daniel Baldwin
  • About "The Board"
  • Song listing

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

If the first two seasons introduced one of the great television crime dramas, Homicide really came into its own during the third. Instead of the mere 13 episodes scattered between 1993 and 1994, NBC ordered up a full 20 for the 1994-1995 season. The entire terrific cast is back, with the exception of Jon Polito, whose absence is explained in the fourth episode ("Crosetti"). There are other changes, like the addition of Megan Russert (Isabella Hofmann) as shift commander. Aside from the fact that the mostly male staff now has a woman to report to (alongside Yaphet Kotto's Lt. Giardello), it turns out that Russert has a "history" with one of the detectives. Homicide always excelled in its exploration of racial and office politics; now sexual politics would become a bigger issue. Religion also comes to the fore as Pembleton (Andre Braugher) is finally forced to confront the loss of his faith while working on a case ("The White Glove Murders") involving several aid workers (episodes 1-3). Meanwhile, his partner, Bayliss (Kyle Secor), is coming to resemble the naive young rookie of the first two seasons less and less by the second... while getting to enjoy a little more romance than the rest of the squad--especially the hapless Meldrick (Clark Johnson). But all is not sturm and drang. Humor still finds a place in each episode and Munch (Richard Belzer) still gets many of the best lines. In the season premiere ("Nearer My God to Thee"), for instance, he tells Bolander (Ned Beatty), "There is no such thing as gratuitous sex. Gratuitous violence, yes... Sex cannot and will not ever be gratuitous." He could be describing Homicide itself, in which nothing is ever gratuitous, especially the sudden loss of human life, which is never--and should never be--treated lightly. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Ned Beatty, Yaphet Kotto, Richard Belzer. The critically acclaimed crime drama that consistently delivered hard-hitting, no-nonsense storytelling during its entire 20-episode third season. Also includes five interviews, six commentaries and more. Produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. 6 DVDs. 1994/color/18 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

Customer Reviews

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homicide, The Best Gets Better November 4, 2003
By Ryan
The first two seasons of Homicide were great television. The third season surpassed the first two and cemented this police drama as one of the best ever on network television. Although NBC buried it in the Friday night graveyard and ratings were always low, we were still given superior writing, acting and production quality on a consistent basis. This dvd set contains a season of the same character-driven stories that makes Homicide what it is, but the plotting became a bit more tightly woven as compared to the previous seasons. The show starts out with the addition of LT. Megan Russert (Isabella Hofmann) as a new shift commander who must deal with a series of murders after only a week on the job. The White Glove Murders would be the first of two three-part stories during the season. They would also test Frank Pembleton's faith in God and humanity; a theme that would recur throughout the rest of his time on the series. We're treated to some touching and heartbreaking moments as well in such episodes as "Every Mother's Son," and "All Through the House." Racial tensions flair in, "Colors," as Pembleton and Bayliss clash when Tim's cousin shoots a Turkish exchange student on his front porch. The best example comes when we watch Meldrick Lewis struggle to accept the death of his partner in, "Crosetti." Many fans note the final scene of this episode as their all-time favorite from the series. The other major three-part story involves the shooting of Kay Howard, Beau Felton and Stan Bolander. The chase to track down the shooter is riveting and the final confrontation between Pembleton and a suspect in The Box is classic Homicide at its best. Read more ›
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Ho-Ho Homicide February 1, 2004
A full season of "Homicide" must have seemed strange in the fall of 1994. In the previous 18 months, NBC aired just 13 episodes of the show, in what seemed to be 13 different time slots. Oddly enough, even though I lived in Baltimore at the time, I didn't watch a single moment of the series -- I didn't come to it until years later, when nearly half the original cast was gone, and when I had long since forsaken Charm City for the American gothic of Toledo, Ohio.
It's an absolute treasure having this show on DVD now, available at my beck and call. While the Seasons 1/2 box set did not last very long, I worked my way methodically through the 20 episodes of Season 3. What was so important about my senior year of college that I was not watching this show on Friday nights?
The producers put their agenda right on the table in the season premiere. "Homicide" in its earlier episodes established itself as the cop show with no gunfights and no car chases. The character with the most active social life in those years was rotund Stan Bolander (Ned Beatty). The teaser for the Season 3 premiere (which, as was the norm, featured some of the detectives' best bickering and bantering) features Munch (Richard Belzer) ridiculing a TV soap opera. The episode then ends with the revelation that Detective Felton (Daniel Baldwin) has been carrying on a torrid affair with newly-appointed Lieutenant Russert (Isabella Hoffmann).
However, even that change in the show's game plan was not a brain-dead concession to network standards. The opening three-episode arc also features infrequent glimpses of Felton's weird, child-like wife, and pulls the plug on the affair.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn more about this oft-overlooked gem of a series October 9, 2003
The police drama has always depended on the solve-the-story-in-a-hour formula. With the rise of CSI and Law & Order, the characters have faded even more in favor of the plot. Cable series, such as The Shield and The Wire, try to fill that void by rubbing our face in the seedy underbelly of the cop world. During the nineties, though, Homicide: Life on the Street struck a balance between the law enforcement process and the human aftermath of vicious crimes. Rarely were cops dirty; instead the detectives lived full lives within their little universe, struggling daily against rage and sorrow and apathy. This series includes some of the greatest TV ever made.
The show is set in Baltimore, during a time when herion and drug gangs hit the city hard. Unsolved murders and stray bullets hitting children are common. Sometimes, the detectives get the murderer. Just as often, they don't, or they find him but don't have enough to charge the guy. Intense interrogation sessions in "the box" top anything NYPD Blue gives you, and on Homicide they are much less likely to resort to physical force. When Pembelton and Bayliss team up on a suspect, it's all psychological.
The directing in this series broke new ground in television at the time: use of handheld cameras, obvious and jarring editing, lighting that flattered a brick wall more than a star's face. The casting is revolutionary even, due to the lack of any actor there simply for looks. No one could be faulted for mistaking them for really Baltimore Police. (And that IS Baltimore in the background- everything is shot on location, even the soundstage scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Loved the. Homicide series from the start. Wish it was still on today. Andrea Braugher made the show. I guess when he left it caused the downward spiral. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched the Pilot when or premiered & never looked back!!!
Imagine this, your flying to Maui on Super Bowl Sunday 1992, and you spend 1/2 the flight plotting with your travel mates how your going to pick up the car rental, get to the store... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hokie Cate
1.0 out of 5 stars Never watching this again
Horribly, slow, dry and Boring!!!! Don't waste your money on this unless you like wasting money. Boring boring boring boring........
Published 5 months ago by Vicki Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars American Situation police series. Joseph Wambau started
I always enjoy the American police series, that are based on a percieved reality, of the lives of those who keep us safe, 'Blue-Knight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BRUCE W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Homicide Life On The Street
This is an exceptional series, wonderful acting but more importantly the plots are so good, they draw you in. Buy it!
Published 7 months ago by Harry Bosch's wife
1.0 out of 5 stars Product info is wrong - No Closed Captions
My title says it all - Product info is wrong - No Closed Captions.
Too bad as it is the best TV series I've ever seen.
Published 13 months ago by PC in BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Homicide 3
I ordered season: 3, 4, 5, of this wonderful series and it is something that my husband and I watch together;that is when he was not watching sports. Read more
Published 14 months ago by megan Dowdy
1.0 out of 5 stars No closed captions!
Although the original show aired with captions, these DVDs have no captions. What's up with that? I can download caption files but that means I can only watch the shows on my... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Homicide Life on the Street - season 3
Good Dvd. Starts out slow and slowly picks up the pace. Very interesting how everyone works (and sometimes doesn't work) so well together. Read more
Published on February 26, 2011 by Lcarr4
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show ever put on tv
This was a great show. Thanks to Amazon.com I now have all 7 seasons.
Published on August 8, 2010 by lovethemysteries
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