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NYPD BlUE The Complete Third Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 1014 minutes (22 episodes on 4 double sided discs), two audio commentaries, three featurettes

STUDIO: FOX

RELEASE DATE: 2-21-2006

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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