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New Tricks: Season 3

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"Excellent crime series" --Daily Mail (U.K.)
"Enjoyably mischievous" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"Cutting-edge Brit TV" --The Guardian (U.K.)

Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series

Sexy, ambitious Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) leads the unsolved crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police in this fresh and funny British drama. Her team includes three aging former detectives lured out of retirement. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) is a womanizer, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Bleak House) is clinically depressed, and Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair) has conversations with his dead wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes? Or are old-fashioned hunches and footwork still best?

The masterful performances and top-tier guest stars make this long-running, award-winning British series an "unstoppable ratings monster" (The Sunday Telegraph, U.K.). A drama with tongue firmly in cheek, deftly written and perfectly cast, it’s "the crime show to watch" (Liverpool Daily Post).

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In an ocean of police shows competing for screen space, New Tricks has one heck of a trump card. For while its plotlines aren’t particularly radical, and while the pace is perhaps gentler than you may expect, its cast greedily devour the material and lift a good show into something really quite special.

The premise behind New Tricks is that three retired detectives are called in to work as a mismatched team of sorts to solve crimes. So far, so routine. But those three detectives are played by Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong, a trio who can not only act, but are also capable of maximising the comedy potential on offer. Then, there’s the juicy inclusion of Amanda Redman, who brought the three of them back together in the first place. Combined, these four are clearly having a terrific time with the show, and it’s fun we’re all invited to share in.

The third season of New Tricks, presented in this DVD set, features eight varied episodes and the obligatory end-of-season cliffhanger, along with some welcome guest stars. The stories cover ice cream, witchcraft, dogs and school, and it’s to the show’s credit that it does balance the serious moments with its plentiful humour exceptionally well.

In short, New Tricks is a real treat, putting core values ahead of gimmicks and letting us all enjoy the rewards of its approach. Cracking stuff. --Jon Foster


Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette (20 min.)
Cast filmographies
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 463 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038M2RYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,291 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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New Tricks is a cold-case comedy/police procedural drama: a dramedy, if you will. The actors, the writing, and the directing are just superb - QUALITY. It doesn't take long before you'll be laughing out loud, but viewers still feel the serious nature of the crimes being solved. Each crime is a cold case, and each detective has his own strength and idiosyncracies - so we avoid boredom and predictability. Each crime is solved differently. Each episode is guaranteed to be simultaneously hilarious. I never miss this show on BBC America if I can get it - and I'm ordering Seasons 3-6 from Amazon-UK since the US is taking much too long to release them (I have a region-free DVD player compatible with US televisions). I highly recommend this sophisticated mystery series because of its ability to carry off serious police procedural with quality comedy.
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This is absolutely the best thing on television - and not just for us viewers "of a certain age." The profesionalism, the polish, the proper use of language - this is what adult entertainment should be. Many times no words are necessary - just a shrug or nod or facial expression are enough to convey a response. Young people today should use this series as a university course to learn the art of acting. The DVDs aren't coming out quickly enough for me, but I treasure the two series I have and eagerly await more.
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This is a British variation on the cold case theme. For the most part, the cases are cold but not ancient. The cast is tight, funny and believable without all of the usual solved-in-court nonsense. Each episode features a believable plot pursued by a tight ensemble.
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We just finished watching year 5 ( obtained from the UK ) and years 3, 4, and 5 exceed any detective series we have watched (possible exception of the totally different "Bones"). It continues in the same vein as before with unusual plots ( no repetitive themes ), brilliant humor, and fantastic acting ( as only true professionals can do ). It also is a wonderful perspective on societies' attitudes over the decades as based on current values. A great and fun trip to the past with a firm basis in the present. Easily understood by US and UK alike. Fantastic triple leads comparable to the original Star Trek, with the addition of a modern day female who seems to totally grasp the situation. The private lives of the characters have never overwhelmed the plots.
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This release of Season three (3) of "New Tricks" has been eagerly anticipated by me because I loved Seasons 1 and 2 of the series. I can now add Season three (3) to my admiration list. I love Season three (3) for it continues what I loved in the preceding seasons. That being a very well written and acted series about some retired older cops returning to a "cold case" unit to solve some heinous unsolved cases in often very amusing ways mainly because the old returning cops have "Issues" that their leader (fabulously played by Amanda Redman of "Little Dorit") must deal with.

Season three features eight (8) episodes on three (3) discs running about 2 hrs each and it is so very good. I can hardly wait for future releases of this series because it is such a very good British murder/mystery/detective series that is certainly different in wonderful ways from others in this genre--it features older cops solving crimes often in very amusing ways. I love it.

By the way, the third episode entitled "Old Dogs" is simply wonderful. That episode is filled with humour and involves a serial killer that kills certain kinds of dogs not humans as thought intially but our team finds out, after awhile that humans are his/her victims too including one of their own that narrowly escapes death.

(Again I used the subtitles and I am so very glad that I did because the scrips are so well written with loads of very funny lines)
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If you haven't seen the two earlier seasons of New Tricks (Season One and Season Two), grab those first - and check out my reviews of both of those volumes. They are wonderful. Now, if you are reading this review and you have seen the previous volumes, I don't need to give you the plot or tell you how engaging the characters are. You know - or you wouldn't have come this far. I was hooked on the series from the pilot episode on the Series One set and, like peanuts, I just can get enough of the adventure of the team of retired police officers and their somewhat younger female boss. These folks are like old friends now and yet the scriptwriters reveal new layers and facts about their lives as the episodes evolve. In this season you'll learn how Jack's wife, Mary, died. And a bit more about Brian's "past problems". The stories range from some pretty gruesome murders to a turf war between competing ice cream trucks.

It's my understanding that series is still going in England but the DVD versions are coming out slower in the US. Thanks to Acorn Media Group, this Season Three was released in February, shortly after I finished watching Season Two. (and - mark your calendars! - Season Four is coming - I'm told - in June!).

This is the first volume to include anything that seriously can be considered a "Bonus". It's a 20-minute "Behind The Scenes" featurette. Sadly, its really a lot of scenes repeated from Season Three mixed with interviews with three or four of the GUEST actors. Not one comment from any of the UCON team! And even the print quality of the scenes shown is distorted. But I'm not deducting any stars. Just alerting readers that its not much.

One other thing occurs in Season Three that did not occur in the prior two.
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