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Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 6

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"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


Homicide'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

Special Features

  • 23 episodes on six discs
  • Commentary by writer James Yoshimura and director Gary Fleder on "The Subway"
  • Feature-length documentary "Anatomy of a Homicide"
  • Cast and crew biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Reed Diamond, Peter Gerety, Clark Johnson
  • Directors: Clark Johnson, Alan Taylor, Alison Maclean, Barbara Kopple, Ed Bianchi
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00061QJYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 6" on IMDb

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By Jason C. Garza on January 26, 2005
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The penultimate season of "Homicide" finds Howard, Brodie, and Cox out of the picture with Gharty, Falsone, and Ballard joining the detectives. In my opinion, this is one of the best seasons of the show, featuring the oft-acclaimed "The Subway" episode and the conclusion to the Luther Mahoney arc that began in Season Four.

Episodes include:

Blood Ties, I, II, & III


Baby, it's You (Part II; Part I is a "Law & Order" episode)

Saigon Rose

The Subway (with director's commentary)

All is Bright

Closet Cases

Sins of the Father

Shaggy Dog, City Goat

Something Sacred I & II

Lies & Other Truths

Pit Bull Sessions



Full Court Press

Strangled, Not Stirred


Finnegan's Wake

Fallen Hero's I & II

This is a standout season, and with only one additional release to look forward to, this is the best way to remember a television show which will stand as a cultural icon for years to come.

Also on the release is "Anatomy of Homicide: A Life on the Street," a PBS documentary narrated by Richard Belzer that offers a great look into the making of the show. Though it was originally aired to coincide with Season Seven, this is a welcome addition to the set.

And, for those who are disappointed that the music listings are no longer a "special feature," visit [...] as it contains an episode-by-episode list of all songs.
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While it's difficult to call Homicide: The Complete Sixth Season the best season of this Peabody Award winning series, it comes pretty darn close with a three episode story arc that ranks among the best and the classic episode The Subway featuring guest star Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black, Law and Order). Kellerman (Reed Diamond) exits this season amid allegations that his killing of a prominent drug lord wasn't "clean" and, ultimately, his colleagues turn away from him including his partner Lewis (Clark Johnson). The bloody shoot out of the grand finale ends the sixth season with a bang. While we once again have the departures of many cast members (including the superb Andre Braugher and Michelle Forbes) at the conclusion of this season, we also have many new and interesting characters introduced.

Like the previous sets, the sixth season looks very good on DVD. Keep in mind that this series was shot on 16 mm film and that the grainy look of the series was, indeed, intended. That said, A&E have done a marvelous job of transferring this classic series last great season to DVD. The sound has solid presence as well.

We get the full length PBS documentary Anatomy of a Homicide which highlights the making of the classic episode The Subway. One of the best stand-alone episodes the series produced, we get behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting, interviews with cast and crew members and a discussion of how the episode was structured. It's one of the best extras that A&E has licensed for this series.

There's a single commentary track but it's a great one; we get feedback from both director Gary Fleder and writer James Yoshimura on The Subway.
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I was watching reruns of Law and Order and saw a show I really enjoyed. Much to my chagrin I found out it was part 1 and the second half was part of the Homicide series. It took me a long time to find the concluding show after searching through listings for all the series episodes. Finding the solution was worth the effort. Homicide was not a show I used to watch but I really enjoyed this episode and the others on the DVD.
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I just want to say, don't worry about extras and widescreen this and that. Homicide was a tv series that once aired and now does not. Changes were made at the time to scripts and scenes etc. due to pressure from the network and cast changes - but what it all boiled down to was what aired, and those of us buying these dvd sets loved it and still do love it. All I want from the season 6 dvd is what I wanted and got from the first five: The episodes, as they aired, in the proper order. A commentary here and there is just a bonus. The first four seasons were best. Season five was fantastic, and the last season wasn't quite as good but was still the best show on television. Why fret over deleted scenes and widescreen? This collection will have the complete season six, that's what's important.
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Homicide's sixth season is it's last great year before it slipped. Although the cracks begin to show in the armor during this season, the storytelling is still superb and the acting and characterizations, for the most part, are still at the top of their game. Unfortunately, there are a few exceptions that intrude upon this excellent ensemble cast.

Homicide veterans Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss return from a rotation in Robbery to see fresh squad members Laura Ballard (Callie Thorne), Stew Gharty (Peter Gerety) and Paul Falsone (Jon Seda), replacing the now departed Sgt. Kay Howard and Brodie. Gharty and Falsone are no strangers to the series, but Ballard is a completely new face. Pembleton knows this all too well and he has a hard time adjusting to the new blood when he is forced to work with Ballard and Gharty on a murder connected to a prominent Baltimore businessman ("Blood Ties.")

Meanwhile, Lewis and Kellerman are now at odds over the shooting of Luther Mahoney from the previous season and are no longer partners. Dark circumstances force them together again when a mysterious stalker begins taking shots at them as payback for Mahoney's death. They soon learn that Luther has a sister, Georgia Rae, who is unwilling to forgive Kellerman, Lewis and Terri Stivers for the deed. Rookie Falsone becomes suspicious of the shooting and squares off with Kellerman as he digs for the truth. The Mahoney ark lasts the entire season and culminates in an uncharacteristic, bloody squad room shoot-out in the explosive two-part finale, "Fallen Heroes." The massacre puts the Homicide unit at war with the Mahoney cartel, The end result being the serious injury of Bayliss and the departures of Pembleton and Kellerman from the unit. We also see M.E.
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