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Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 4 (1993)

Richard Belzer , Andre Braugher , Clark Johnson , Alan Taylor  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Reed Diamond, Isabella Hofmann, Clark Johnson
  • Directors: Clark Johnson, Alan Taylor, Bruno Kirby, Darnell Martin, Don Scardino
  • Format: Box set, 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: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 1034 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018YCJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes in the order intended by the series' producers
  • Commentary by Clark Johnson and writer Anya Epstein on "The Hat"
  • "Homicide: Life in Season 4": an interview with Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, and James Yoshimura, narrated by Isabella Hoffmann
  • Song listing

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

6 DVDs. 1995-96/color/17 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor) was the rookie during Homicide’s first season. By the fourth, he's an experienced vet with a bad back (a degenerative disc, to be precise). Stan Bolander (Ned Beatty) and Beau Felton (Daniel Baldwin) are gone, leaving Meldrick Lewis (Clark Johnson) and Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) without partners. Someone needs to come along to shake things up. Enter brash detective Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond) from the arson unit. After impressing Lieutenant Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) with his sly interrogation of a shifty arson suspect in "Fire (Part One)," he’s invited to join Maryland's finest. The loquacious Lewis, on his own since the third-season departure of Steve Crosetti (Jon Polito), has finally found the perfect sparring partner, while Kellerman would add some redheaded sex appeal to the acclaimed drama (hey, it worked for NYPD Blue).

Another new character, naive crime-scene videographer James Brodie (Max Perlich), makes his (somewhat shambolic) entrance in "Autofocus." All the other old favorites are back: Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher) and wife Mary (Braugher’s real-life spouse Ami Brabson), for instance, are expecting a baby, and the much-married John Munch (Richard Beltzer) is dating the new medical examiner. Interesting developments are in store for the rest of the unit, as well, including a change in location (due to a gas leak) and command (Howard is promoted, but Isabella Hofman's Captain Russert is demoted).

Notable episodes include "A Doll's Eyes," a look at a murder case from the perspective of the victim's family (with Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden); "Heartbeat," inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart"; and "Thrill of the Kill," an eerie tale about a spree killer with a split personality. And keep an eye out for those always-surprising cameos, like Jay Leno in "Sniper (Part One)" and Reverend Horton Heat in "Full Moon." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homicide: A Solid, Intense Season April 2, 2004
By Ryan
The fourth season of Homicide is packed with all the things that make it great television; intelligent writing, complex characters, top-flight acting and unique photography. However, the drama is ratcheted up a notch, removing it somewhat from its book-based, slower-moving roots in the first season. It is also the year of the Dynamic Duo (Pembleton and Bayliss, plus Lewis and Kellerman.) Meldrick Lewis has been without a partner since the suicide of his former partner, Crosetti, in the show's third season. Enter Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond), a hotshot detective from the Arson Squad who impresses Giardello and is transferred into the unit. Lewis and Kellerman find that they are a good fit and their light and breezy chemistry is a breath of fresh air in an often dark atmosphere. The two bring a spark of fun into work, as evidenced by such episodes as, "Full Moon," "I've Got a Secret," and most notably, "The Hat," in which they allow a seemingly harmless suspect to escape from custody over a dish of rice pudding. But the two have their differences as shown in, "Scene of the Crime," when they clash over the role of a Muslim neighborhood patrol group in the murder of a drug-dealer. Lewis and Kellerman would also have their first encounter with ruthless drug lord, Luther Mahoney in, "The Damage Done." Mahoney would turn out to be a major villain and would start a running plot thread that would last throughout the following two seasons. Meanwhile, the more philosophical, serious pair of Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss would face their own difficulties throughout the year. Bayliss is haunted by the unsolved Adena Watson case from the first season in, "Requiem for Adena," when he finds himself working on another child murder. Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Its Prime February 2, 2004
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"Homicide" season 4 preserved the show's unique trend of realistic murder mysteries mixed in with a decidedly non-soap-opera look at the lives of its detectives. This year featured the show's first true crossover with "Law & Order", and also featured three other two-part episodes, as well as some surprising guest turns.
Beau Felton and Stan Bolander are gone. That's the bad news. However, Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond), a hot-shot arson detective, joined the squad in the season-opening two-parter ("FIre) and soon we're introduced to Brodie (Max Pehrlich), the oddball videographer hired by Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) and Russert to document the unit. Bayliss ("Requiem for Adena") and Pembleton ("Work Related") remained the show's signature detectives. Bad news was in store for Russert's (Isabella Hoffmann) rapid career advancement, shortly after Howard (Melissa Leo) got promoted to sergeant.
"Homicide" was also noteworthy for its guest stars. Names you'll recognize this season include Chris Rock, Lily Tomlin (nominated for an Emmy), Stephanie Romanov ("Angel"), Illeana Douglas, J.K. Simmons ("Law & Order"), Dean Winters ("Oz"; reprising a role from the previous season), and surprising glimpses of Mandy Patinkin and Jay Leno. Also appearing are Melissa Leo (doing double-duty playing Howard's sister) and Peter Gerety, as a uniform who'd go on to join the regular cast during the show's final seasons.
This season's episodes are:
* Fire (1 & 2)
* Autofocus
* Thrill of the Kill
* Hate Crimes
* A Doll's Eyes
* Heartbeat
* Sniper (1 & 2)
* The Hat
* I've Got a Secret
* For God and Country
* Justice (1 & 2)
* Stakeout
* Requiem for Adena
* Full Moon
* Scene of the Crime
* Map of the Heart
* The Damage Done
* The Wedding
* Work Related
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last True Great Season of Homicide February 4, 2004
While Homicide would continue for three more seasons, season 4 was the last true great season of this marvelous show. This is thanks to NBC's tampering. This season includes the best episode of any television drama (a bold statement, but watch it and see), "A Doll's Eyes" a heartbreaking tale of a little boy shot in a mall, and the trauma his parents suffer. Other episodes of interest: Thrill of the Kill, Full Moon, and Stakeout. Homicide season 4: Buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homicide at Zenith June 23, 2004
The quality here is almost indescribable. So many great episodes, so much fine acting from the entire cast to match the top-notch writing and production. Fortunately, much of the quality is sustained through Season 5, so I'm waiting for the DVD release of it and Season 6 (which was still better than 99.99% of the other stuff on US TV at the time).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Reality" TV May 5, 2007
David Simon, the creator of HBO's "The Wire" and one of the brains behind "Homicide: Life on the Street", was asked recently why the "The Wire" has never had high ratings in the USA, despite getting mad love from the critics. His response was blunt. He put the show's poor ratings down to the fact that "The Wire" has a predominantly black cast, the unglamorous Baltimore setting and the fact that The Wire "requires thought and commitment to watch and absorb complex plotlines and subtleties. Television in America is by and large a vegetative medium."

I believe "Homicide: Life on the Street" was similarly affected. With all due respect to its citizens, the Fells Point district of Baltimore where this series is shot is not a particularly pretty part of the city and, with a sizable black population, it's inevitable that the vast majority of people the Baltimore murder police are likely to come across are going to be African American. I find it sad but can totally understand why that might not be what most people want to tune in on an evening to see - or indeed, later pay money to see on DVD. When you look at "CSI: Miami" for instance, (reportedly the most popular TV series in the world at the moment), you can immediately see the vast disparity between the two. Everything about that show is about glamour: the city settings, the big houses and big fast cars and everyone totally buff and beautiful. It's escapism at its best in that it bears little or no resemblance to reality. But in this age of superficiality and celebrity mania, I'm guessing this is what most folks are up for.

But I believe such folks are missing out. If "Homicide" is anything, it's realistic. This season was the first to have a full 22 episodes. The storylines are tense, gripping and real.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Discrimination against over 60,000,000 Americans who are deaf and hard...
I have ordered this on Netflix by the same distribution company, A&E Home Video, and what bothers me about this and all of their videos as far as I know, is they refuse to caption... Read more
Published 28 days ago by James E. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT SERIES
All Seasons of Homicide Life on the Streets. I love them all equally
Published 3 months ago by Don Wactor
4.0 out of 5 stars AND SO BEGAN THE SLOW, SLOW BLEED...
A show that began so well, so different, documentary-like before documentary-like became passé began the slow bleed around about season 4. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. A. G. Donaghey
5.0 out of 5 stars Own them all!
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 8 months ago by Robert Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cop shows ever made!
Dramatic, insightful, and very well written, this is the last good season of Homicide. I watched this show from the beginning after reading the book (which is excellent too). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vanessa Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this wonderful police drama - stellar acting.
I don't know why Richard Belzer is listed as if he's the only star. Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor, Clark Johnson, Melissa Leo are huge addditions to the cast, and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mzm
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best seasons
Continued good plots and flawless acting by a great ensemble. If you are a fan of this series I recommend you buy it.
Published 12 months ago by Harry Bosch's wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Husbands favorite series. We'd bring this camping, and watch this late at night. We wish it never ended. Thank you
Published 14 months ago by Elaine Mains
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series on Homicide Det.
The Homicide series was one of the series on t.v. that was well delivered,acted and directed. This was a Xmas gift for my husband since he has always loved the series. Read more
Published 20 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 22 months ago by Warren
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