Southland: The Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons
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Southland: The Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons (DVD)
Rookies learn the ropes. Veterans burn out. Detectives take their work personally. Partners take their addictions too far. Relationships fall apart. Blood spatter patterns provide clues. With fast-moving action filmed on gangland streets and in pricey cul-de-sacs, Southland tells personal stories of men and women on both sides of the badge as they struggle to make a difference or simply survive. In this 6-Disc set containing all 26 hard-hitting episodes from Seasons Two, Three and Four, this critically-acclaimed series follows the intense days and nights of cops, criminals, victims and their loved ones in the sometimes glamorous, mostly gritty City of Angels.]]>
The TV-cop genre continues to be well served by Southland, released here with three complete seasons, a total of 26 episodes plus bonus features, on six discs (the second season had previously been released separately). The core elements remain from the first season; this was and is a gritty, sometimes graphic, often violent, and frequently profane (especially in these uncensored versions) look at the personal and professional lives of the cops and detectives who work the streets of Los Angeles. But these second, third, and fourth seasons find the series continuing to refine its style, with details like the brief teasers at the top of episodes that offer glimpses of scenes later played out in full. And while it still features a sizable ensemble of actors, the focus is increasingly on just four or five: Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King), who seems to have a new partner every week while her original sidekick (Tom Everett Scott) recovers from being shot in season one; Detective Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy), whose domestic problems are sometimes more distracting than those he encounters on the job, although the latter are not inconsiderable either; Officers Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie), who's nearing the end of his rookie probation period, and John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Sherman's partner and tough love training officer, whose chronic back pain has resulted in a dependence on painkillers; and, in season four, Officer Jessica Tang (Lucy Liu), Cooper's new partner, who has an eye on a promotion to sergeant. Storylines abound, most of them involving drugs, gangs, murders, and similarly grim goings-on; some are resolved within a single episode, while several others (like Sammy's tumultuous marriage and impending fatherhood, the death of a major character and its aftereffects, Adams's suspension after photos of a sensational celebrity murder scene are leaked from her cell phone, or Cooper's addiction) continue over the course of one or more seasons. The tone is fairly realistic. There's no glamour here--these are imperfect people who make mistakes, sometimes while simply trying to help those unable to help themselves--and no CSI-style beauty shots. But there's plenty of conflict, lots of action (more than the average cop encounters, but hey, this is TV), and, over the course of more than two dozen episodes, more than enough compelling content to keep viewers coming back for more. Extras include unaired scenes, a couple of featurettes, and more. --Sam Graham
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Top customer reviews
Was so great I cried, I never cry. Also hate NBC/TNT for canceling it. It truly was an amazing show. The acting is superb and the show itself is very very realistic. No insane out of this world stuff you see with most cop shows. This has everything from traffic stops, and speeding tickets, running a red light, to terrorist threats, store robberies, gang fights. Truly an amazing show.
Now with regards to packaging all 3 seasons 2,3,4 in one set,
yes our first impression is that those of us who bought season 2
are not happy with buying it again. And after waiting years for
season 3, why can't we buy it separately?
But there is another way to look at it. The first is price:
at $40, this is actually less than the price of buying both season 1 and 2.
So, we are getting an entire season for no additional charge.
Furthermore, as opposed to the DVD-R manufactured on demand character
for season 2, Warner is actually treating the series with the respect
it deserves by producing 2,3,4 in the normal way -- which, important to me,
means that it has subtitles both in English and French. (Part of the appreciated
gritty realism of the show is the on-location shooting, which loses some of the
dialog for me -- so, I want the English subtitles.) So, actually, we are not
buying the same season 2 -- we are buying a season 2 with subtitles.
So, there is a bright side to this -- and let's buy and support this show so that
we can get more new seasons out of the powers that be.
DVD FORMAT: The biggest gripe with fans that bought Season 2 (initial release) was having to fork out the money again.
The first release of Season 2 was a HUGE error. It was available only through the studio's manufacture-on-demand format. The inferior DVD-R release could be due to the show being cancelled by NBC after its first season before being picked up by TNT subsequently, with budget cuts all around for the following seasons.
Buyers issues with manufacture-on-demand (DVD-R): Will always have to pay more because it costs more for the extra manual handling; Most likely not being able to playback in a computer's optical media drive; Poorer image quality because it had to be crammed into one DVD-5; Lacking menu options; No subtitles for those who love to know every line in the show and those who are hearing impaired; No special features because there's no room on the disc.
The new season 2 in this box set is now on a dual layer (DVD-9) format. This should translates to better image resolution?, English subtitles and more special features (eg. Location Tours, Deleted Scenes, etc).
If you have bought the first release of Season 2, take comfort in being able to buy this new set at a good price from Amazon. This is the one you want to keep.
PACKAGING: Warner Bros has done well with this 2,3,4 box set. It's now in a beautiful 6 discs Keep Case, unlike some DVDs that come in the despised and very nasty, Digipaks.