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The Shield - The Complete Third Season (2002)

Michael Chiklis , Walton Goggins , Michael Chiklis , Clark Johnson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Chiklis, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, CCH Pounder
  • Directors: Michael Chiklis, Clark Johnson, David Mamet, Dean White, Félix Enríquez Alcalá
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GAO68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shield - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 15 episodes on four discs
  • Audio commentary on selected episodes
  • 38 deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • "Breaking Episode #315" making-of documentary

Editorial Reviews

Dramatically speaking, the third season of The Shield is dysfunctional in the "best" sense of the word. Relationships fester in a quagmire of personal and professional conflict, and clashing agendas inspire some of finest episodes of this volatile series. Det. Mackey (Michael Chiklis) struggles to save his crumbling family (including two autistic children) while his strike team endures internal tensions over their secret stash of stolen drug money. Shane (Walton Goggins) clashes with teammate Tavon (Brian J. White) with near-fatal consequences, and his demanding fiancée tests his loyalty to Mackey. Capt. Aceveda (Benito Martinez) suffers unspeakable humiliation en route to city council promotion, engaging Wyms (CCH Pounder) in a battle of wills over proper command of "The Barn." Dutch (Jay Karnes) pursues the "cuddler rapist" case and confronts the dark side of his soul, while Danny (Catherine Dent) revives her career and is re-partnered with Julien (Michael Jace), who suppresses his homosexuality in a desperate quest for conventional marriage and family. After Lemon (Kenneth Johnson) attempts a drastic solution to their "money train" worries, the shaken strike team faces a deeply uncertain future.

As always, The Shield juggles multiple plotlines with relentless pacing and narrative economy, packing substantial character developments into all 15 of these action-packed episodes. This season's inclusion of a competitive decoy squad offers humor and professional sacrifice, and the pivotal David Mamet-directed episode "Strays" arrives at a shocking conclusion, with Mamet regulars Clark Gregg and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) giving outstanding guest-star performances. Series star Chiklis (whose pugnacious mug dominates the DVD packaging) makes his directorial debut on "Slipknot," and eight episodes include informative, entertaining commentaries by the principal cast and crew. A generous archive of deleted scenes illustrate the agonizing decisions required by the time constraints of episodic TV, and the making-of documentary offers an intimate look at the series' collaborative writing process. With major developments (including a new role for Glenn Close) in store for season 4, these episodes maintain the high standard of provocative drama that loyal Shield fans have come to expect. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

"The Shield" made history with the most Emmy nominations ever for a basic cable drama.

It won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and star Michael Chiklis won the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Get ready as this hard-hitting, award-winning cop drama returns with a vengeance for a pulse-pounding third season.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Looks like you're going to die a bad speller..." May 29, 2005
"The Shield" seems to up it a notch with every season. I remember watching the very first season and thinking to myself that there was no way this show could get any darker, more intense or more outrageous. I was proven wrong when I saw the second season, but yet again I made the wrong assumption and thinking there was no way in the world that the next season would be more devastating and brutal.

After seeing Season 3, I have finally learned my lesson and will no longer make that silly assumption. This is because "The Shield: Season 3" takes you even further down the rabbit hole that is this amazingly dark and take-no-prisoners cop drama that pretty much breaks all of the rules. You are given some deeply flawed characters... and yet, we still want to learn more about them and even care what happens to them.

After successfully robbing the money train, the heat is on the Strike Team more than ever. Vic needs to keep his team in line until the dust settles, but that proves to be an impossible task as emotions and paranoia run high among the other participants. Captain Aceveda is still trying to maintain his political career while taking care of The Barn, but something horrific will happen to him that will leave him never being the same again. Claudette is still striving for the position of the "top dog" at The Barn and doesn't make things easier for Vic when she decides to include a Decoy Squad, while keeping a close eye on Vic and his team. Still, Vic has other problems to deal with, and I'm not even talking about his family issues. The Strike Team is in constant danger of being the latest victims of the Armenian Mob, who is willing to kill anyone involved with the whole money train robbery.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding season February 15, 2005
As the third season of The Shield unfolds Mackey's (Michael Chiklis) family falls apart and his team continues to face pressure regarding the stolen drug money earmarked for their "retirement" fund. Clashes abound between teammates, lovers and family members making tackling criminals even more complex than ususal. The "Armenian money train" case continues to worry the team forcing Lemon (Kenneth Johnson) to solve their problem and, in the process, creating more problems for the strike team. More bodies show up with their feet missing as the bad guys get closer to the discovering who took their money. Meanwhile Wyms (CCH Pounder) works undercover to bust a child porn film ring.

The Shield continues to be one of the best written, directed and acted series on basic cable. The series' ultra realistic look with the use of handheld cameras, grainy film stock and gritty locations continues to create an environment full of powerful drama. Usually a series will begin to drop in quality over the course of its run but the fact that the series runs only fifteen episodes helps keep the writing and directing quality high. There's also a number of high profile guest star turns particularly in the David Mamet directed episode where Mamet's "regulars" Rebecca Pidgeon and Clark Gregg appear turning in outstanding performances. While the Mamet episode is definitely good it's not the best episode from the third season and that's saying quite a bit about this terrific show.

In addition to a number of deleted scenes with optional commentary we also get a terrific documentary on the third season. Breaking Episode #315 gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production and collaborative method of writing the series.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous seasons, but still excellent November 28, 2004
As season three of FX's controversial cop drama The Sheild opens, Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis, soon starring as the Thing in the Fantastic Four movie) and his Strike Team have scored all the money they could have ever dreamed of after their hit on the money train. Now, Vic and co. have to keep their actions on the downlow, as they get a new member and Acevedo (Benito Martinez) struggles to maintain control over the precinct as Claudette (CCH Pounder) prepares for her new role. The precinct also tracks down a sexual predator for a majority of the season, which at times seems contrived and written to fill in time at some spots. With that fact in tow, it's practically unanimous among fans of the show that the thrid season of the Shield is a step down from the excellent and groundbreaking previous two seasons, but this is still the best drama on basic cable. By the time that someone's conscience catches up with them by the last couple episodes, the events that unfold in the season finale find Vic and co. sitting on a powder keg that will leave you salivating for the upcoming fourth season. All in all, the third season of the Shield may not be the best the series has offered thus far, but the show is still the best drama on basic cable TV today.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better January 25, 2005
The opening episode of Season 3 is a classic, showing the Strike Team

on a stake out with the "Pina Colada Song" playing on the radio. It's a great

opening to a much anticipated new season, and gives it much needed humor.

Many people disagree with my opinion, but I think the third season of The Shield is the best one yet. It's much more plausible and realistic than the previous 2 seasons, and the adding of humor to the script really helps the show. It was starting to crush under the weight of it's seriousness.

You can feel the clamps coming down on detective Vic Mackey, and he's not able to escape scrutiny as easily as he was in season's 1 and 2. The tension regarding the money train scam is almost unbearable to watch.

This season contains some of the best episodes of the series, including one of the best fight scenes ever put on television. This episode, where the Strike Team wins the bet against the Decoy Squad, is my personal favorite.

The most shocking events of the entire series involve Captain Aceveda,

but you have to watch to find out...

Although not as scary as Armadillo from Season 2, a new villain named Margos is lurking in the background, and you never know when he's going to surface. The money train scheme comes to a head on the last episode, with an unexpectedly shocking ending.

One of the great things about this show is it's ability to avoid clichés and typical TV endings. Season 3 does not disappoint!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Show!
A truly unique TV experience. I'd give it 4 1/2 or 4 3/4 if the system allowed. My only gripe is that the pace is at times TOO frenetic. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mellymoviemaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing,Bold,
I really am enjoying this series as you never know what could take place next. Vic is made like a criminal, but also a great cop. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sue Ann Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best suspense show Ive seen in awhile.
If your a suspense lover then this is a must watch! Great characters, actors, and storyline. Extrwemely suspensful cop series that will keep you guessing and wanting more!
Published 7 days ago by barbie
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCHING THIS AGAIN
I followed the series when it originally aired on FX. This is simply one of the best all time TV dramas. All of the characters are quirky and interesting. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jeffrey D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good show
such a great show. I never saw it when it was on, so I am really glad that Amazon Prime has it.
Published 9 days ago by Tootsie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shield Keeps Getting Better
Vic has taken from the Armenians and they want their goods back. Acevedo gets caught with his mouth full of surprises. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Michael Chiklis
I missed this series when it first aired so I started at Season One a few weeks ago and got hooked. I have enjoyed Michael Chiklis' work in other shows and I really "love to... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Barbara A. Talley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome ~~ great actors great plot great development total roller coaster loved entire series sad when it ended watch it again over & over. BUY IT!
Published 14 days ago by TamCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great season!
Great show! I love watching the shield! It is one of the best shows I've seen so far on amazon.
Published 17 days ago by El Mero Chingon
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, truly series oriented by highlights from the previous...
Causes one to not want to wait until another day before one sees the next episode, but my sleepy eyes always win.
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