HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET REVIEWED
“Homicide: Life on the Street” was one of the first show I watched as a kid trying to understand maturity. It came on after the sitcoms I loved, so why not try to watch a cop show. After all, ABC had that show where you saw Dennis Franz’s ass. Naturally, I kept my TV on NBC and away from that full frame nightmare. What I first saw was the abbreviated second season where the show runners broke out major stars like Robin Williams to guest on a grittier “Hill Street Blues”.
But, “Homicide” wasn’t “Hill Street Blues” or “The Wire”. Homicide was a brutal look at what it meant to be a cop in a city like Baltimore. It’s not a top tier major district, but it’s big enough to cause an over-flowing Police Department to feel cramped. These cops had quirks and personalities that defined them. They could be transferred or killed at a moment’s notice. Plus, you had the typical TV drama to wander through.
It’s just that when you look at a cast featuring everyone from Yaphet Kotto to Melissa Leo and Richard Belzer, you start to realize what a treat NBC had on its hand. If that wasn’t enough, you had a murderer’s row of directing talent helming the episodes. Mary Harron, John McNaughton, Mark Pellington, Keith Gordon, Brad Anderson, Peter Medak, Martin Campbell and Barbara Kopple all took a crack at an episode or two.
What makes this complete series worth the purchase is its complete nature. The TV movie is finally presented in the correct order, as well as the Law & Order tie-in episodes. For a series that thrived on continuity, the home video chronology was never absolute. Now that’s been fixed and we’ve got a contender for one of the best TV on DVD releases of 2017.
- Audio Commentaries On Select Episodes With The Cast & Crew
- “Homicide: Life At The Start” – Featuring Interviews With Barry Levinson And Tom Fontana
- “Homicide: Life In Season 3” – Featuring Interviews With Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, And James Yoshimura (Narrated By Daniel Baldwin)
- “Homicide: Life In Season 4” – Featuring Interviews With Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Henry Bromell, David Simon, And James Yoshimura (Narrated by Isabella Hofmann)
- “Inside Homicide” – An Interview With David Simon And James Yoshimura
- “Anatomy Of A Homicide” – Hour-Long Documentary About The Making Of “The Subway”
- Live Panel Discussion With Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, James Yoshimura, And David Simon
- Law & Order Crossover Episodes
- Homicide: The Movie (2000 Television Movie)
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0