DISC 1, SIDE A: E.R./ TORAH! TORAH! TORAH!/ ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY/ HEAVIN' CAN WAIT
DISC 1, SIDE B: DIRTY LAUNDRY/ CURT RUSSELL
DISC 2, SIDE A: AGING BULL/ COLD HEATERS/ SORRY, WRONG SUSPECT/ THE BACKBOARD JUNGLE
DISC 2, SIDE B: BURNIN' LOVE/ THESE OLD BONES
DISC 3, SIDE A: A TUSHFUL OF DOLLARS/ THE NUTTY CONFESSOR/ HEAD CASE/ GIRL TALK
DISC 3, SIDE B: HOLLIE AND THE BLOWFISH/ WE WAS ROBBED
DISC 4, SIDE A: AUNTIE MAIMED/ A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
DISC 4, SIDE B: CLOSING TIME/ HE'S NOT GUILTY, HE'S MY BROTHER
NYPD BLUE was growing as show and delivered with it's third season. The show had it's ups and downs over the course of
12 seasons, but the third season was one of the better seasons of the long running cop show. The third season continues the
story of Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), the central character of the entire series. He bonds with his son, Andy Jr.,
welcomes a new son into the world, and faces a tragedy in the family and falls back into drinking. He is the father figure
to some detectives like Detective Diane Russell (Kim Delaney) and friends to other like his partner Detective Bobby Simone
(Jimmy Smits). Diane is a recovering alcoholic like Andy while she also pursues a relationship with Bobby. The big thing that
made NYPD BLUE work for 12 years is that you cared about the characters and the changes in their lives (whether it was good
or bad). It is worth buying season 3 on DVD (and the first two seasons) since TNT and court TV censor the episodes. The last
time NYPD Blue was shown uncut was on ABC and during the repeat run on FX.
VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)
Colors and Image detail are good (just like when they first aired on TV), but aliasing is very apparent. Look for the most
obvious aliasing with the shield at the end of the title sequence.
AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround, French 2.0 DS, Spanish 2.0 DS
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Dialogue is clear. No problems with the audio. It sounds like it did when the third season aired.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The two audio commentaries are nothing great to listen to (SORRY, WRONG SUSPECT with Director Michael
M. Robin and HEAD CASE with Director Randall Zisk and Actor Gordon Clapp). Too bad they could get Dennis Franz or Steven Bochco
to an audio commentary.
The featurettes are much better. LIFE IN THE 15TH PRECINCT has Steven Bochco talk about how great season 3 was and the
actors talking about their characters (in season 3). FATHER AND SON has a focus on Andy and his son, Andy Jr. Dennis Franz
and Michael DeLuise are interviewed. Steven Bochco said it was David Milch's idea to kill off Andy Jr. and that he was against
it (but Michael says Milch was playing around with it by episode 4 of season 3). WOMEN OF NYPD Blue is all about the four
women characters in season 3. Sharon Lawrence says her scene with Franz at the start of CLOSING TIME was her favorite moment
for Sylvia. Detective Lesniak was someone the writers didn't know how to write for.
FINAL ANALYSIS: NYPD Blue fans don't need to wait anymore for the third season. It is out on DVD and Season 4 is coming
on June 20th. Despite some issues with the video, the set has decent extras and nice package art.
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