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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   0/10

Bring the tissues!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
7/02/2014

    One of television's finest police dramas returns in the sixth season of NYPD Blue, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning series from co-creators Steven Bochco and David Milch.

    Rick Schroder joins an already impressive cast (including Kim Delaney, Jimmy Smits, James McDaniel, Gordon Clapp and Andrea Thompson) as Danny Sorenson, a detective whose methods raise suspicions amongst his co-workers, including his new partner Andy Sipowicz (Emmy® winner Dennis Franz). But Sorenson's arrival is just one of many explosive events in NYPD Blue: Season 6 which will ensure that the 15th Precinct can never be the same again.

    Featuring guest appearances by Terrence Howard, Daniel Benzali, Mos Def, Kevin Dillon and Emile Hirsch. NYPD Blue: Season 6's twenty-two episodes (available for the first time on DVD) signify an unforgettable turning point in one of the most acclaimed and controversial programs of its time.
After the long, long wait between seasons 4 and 5, it's nice to have a quick turn-a-round between seasons 5 and 6. I'm still lovin' the fact that Shout! Factory picked up this title to release on DVD after Fox stopped putting it out. It was one of the best cop shows in the 90s and 2000s, and I still hold out hope that it can be completed on DVD.

This is another 22 episode season on 6 discs, including two extended episodes:

Disc 1 (2:57:45)
Top Gum (43:59)
Cop in a Bottle (44:30)
Numb and Number (44:03)
Brothers Keeper (45:13)

Disc 2 (2:33:32)
Hearts and Souls (1:04:08)
Danny Boy (44:42)
Czech Bouncer (44:42)

Disc 3 (2:59:51)
Raging Bulls (44:16)
Grime Scene (45:13)
Show and Tell (45:08)
The Big Bang Theory (45:14)

Disc 4 (2:59:42)
What's Up, Chuck? (44:59)
Dead Girl Walking (45:14)
Rafael's Inferno (44:30)
I Have a Dream (44:59)

Disc 5 (2:58:40)
Tain't Misbehavin' (45:12)
Don't Meth with Me (44:02)
Mister Roberts (44:46)
Judas Priest (44:40)

Disc 6 (2:34:23)
I'll Draw you a Map (44:52)
Voir Dire This (1:04:19)
Safe Home (45:12)

Video

The quality of season 6 is similar to season 5 (which was similar to seasons 1-4). There are still little specks of dust in each episode, but they're rare and only noticeable if you're looking for it. The colors are muted, accurately representing the look of the show, and Shout! Factory has placed a chapter after the "previously on," and opening credits of the episode. There's a "play all" feature, and a chapter marker at the end of the opening credits.

Audio

Fox had released the first season of NYPD Blue with a Dolby Digital 4.0 track, but then scaled it back to a Dolby Surround track for the next 3 releases. Shout! Factory stuck with that Dolby Surround track for season 5, and it's back for season 6. The set doesn't contain any subtitles, but the episodes are captioned for the hearing impaired.

Extras - How we rate extras

There aren't any extras on the set.

Summary

Though I'm extremely excited that season 6 was put out by Shout! Factory, I knew what was coming, and that made me very, very sad (and those that have seen the show know what I'm talking about). I think I cried as much as I did when the episode first aired. I love that Shout! Factory is releasing these at the speed they are; this is the second release this year, with a third already scheduled (can they squeak in a fourth?).

Besides the tear-jerker episode, we were introduced to Danny Sorenson (Rick Schroder) this season. I didn't mind the Sorenson character, but he was my least-favorite out of the partners Sipowicz had during the run of the show (but I didn't hate him).

Look for these notable guest stars: Danny Trejo (Sons of Anarchy, 200+ movies), Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Wade Williams (Prison Break), David Barrera (Generation Kill), Richard Gant (Special Unit 2), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Frank Cassini (The Bridge), Chad Allen (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Khandi Alexander (NewsRadio, ER), T.K. Carter (The Corner), Terrence Howard (Law & Order: Los Angeles), Willie Garson (Sex & the City), Sam Jones III (Smallville) and Daniel Benzali (Murder One, The Agency).
Don't forget that season 7 is out in September!


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