"The show that multiple cop dramas have tried--and continue to try--to emulate is back on DVD. HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET is simply good television."--The San Francisco Examiner. Day to day, the officers of the Baltimore Police Department Homicide Division face one of the nation's worst crime rates--not to mention the pressures of their personal lives. Some days, justice isn't blind--it flat-out doesn't exist. Edgy and hyper-realistic, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET elevated the art of the police drama to new heights. Shot on location with in-your-face camera action, deft writing, and a stellar ensemble cast, this first-time-on-DVD collection features all 23 episodes from the sixth season of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning series, highlighted by the celebrated "The Subway" episode. From the creator of Gideon's Crossing and Quiz Show (Paul Attanasio) and Executive Produced by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Diner) and Tom Fontana (OZ, St. Elsewhere), the sixth complete season of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS is one of television's toughest and sharpest shows. NOW - FOR THE FIRST TIME - WATCH THE EPISODES IN THE ORDER INTENDED BY THE SERIES PRODUCERS. DVD Features: Feature-Length Documentary Anatomy of a Homicide; Commentary with Writer James Yoshimura and Director Gary Fleder on "The Subway"; Cast and Crew Biographies; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
's sixth season begins with a bang. Three-part premiere "Blood Ties" represents the Peabody Award-winning drama at its best. The ambitious story arc introduces a case that will pit the detectives against a prominent Maryland family--and each other. The Wilson family includes Lt. Giardello's friend, Felix (James Earl Jones), his loyal wife (Lynne Thigpen), and his wayward son (Jeffrey Wright). By the time the case is put to rest, everyone involved will have lost more than they've gained. On the plus side, Pembleton (Andre Braugher) has another baby on the way and Bayliss (Kyle Secor) is about to embark on a relationship--with Dr. Cox (Michelle Forbes).
More changes are on the way. Characters introduced in season 5 will become regulars in season 6: Laura Ballard (Callie Thorne), Stuart Gharty (Peter Gerety), and Paul Falsone (Jon Seda). Culture clashes will commence the moment they step into the squad room. But some things never change and Homicide will continue to boast some of the best acting, writing, and directing on network television. Another standout episode, "The Subway," featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, would even become the focus of a PBS special, Anatomy of a Homicide, which is included with this collection.
The biggest story arc will last the entire season. The squad may have thought that the shooting of Luther Mahoney marked the end of his reign, but they were wrong. Luther had followers, like his steely sister, Georgia Rae (Hazelle Goodman), and her loose-cannon son, Junior (Mekhi Phifer). Kellerman (Reed Diamond) will continue to be dogged by rumors that the shoot wasn't "clean," and the other detectives will start to abandon him, even former flame Cox and ex-partner Lewis (Clark Johnson). The sixth season of Homicide would turn out to be the last for Forbes, Diamond, and Emmy Award-winner Braugher. --Kathleen C. Fennessy