Summary of "Season 4 - One of my favorites": Glenn Close was great on The Shield! I talked about this a little bit in my review of the third season, but I was at the offices of the show just a few days after it was announced that she would join the cast. I sat in the writer’s room with Shawn Ryan and some of the writers and producers, and he asked me what I thought of the announcement as a fan. I remember saying, "Oh, Cruella de Vil as the new captain?" He had a look of terror on his face, until I reminded him that he took the happy-go-luck guy from The Commish and turned him into the baddest cop on TV. She was a great addition to the cast of the fourth season. Another amazing addition was Anthony Anderson. You may remember him as one of Jim Carey's sons in Me, Myself & Irene, but this man can act! He's great as "Antwon Mitchell," a former hood turned community leader.
Remember when I talked about Randy Huggins, the writer's assistant, in my season 3 review? Well, Randy got a story credit for "Cut Throat," along with Glen Mazzara. Randy has since left The Shield to work with Shawn Ryan on The Unit, but it was nice that he got to leave a mark before moving on. Speaking of Glen Mazzara, I had him on my panel at the TV-DVD conference in November. Glen has written a number of episodes of the show, and now he's an executive producer. He's a great guy, and he knows a lot about the show (plus he invited me back to the set this year, but that's a story for another review). Glen was great on my panel; I wish you all could have been there.
This show continues to be one of my favorites on TV. I love the characters, I love the stories, and I love the way it all comes together. I constantly recommend it to people I talk to, it's that good. The highlights of these sets, at least for me, are the commentary tracks. They do such an awesome job of including producers, writers and talent in the tracks, and with so many different combinations.
If you think that this season was awesome (and it was), just wait until you see Forest Whitaker in season 5. Wow, wow, wow, I can't wait until January 10th; the season premiere. (read entire review)
Season 3 - Long documentaries kick ass (2/20/2005)
Summary of "Season 3 - Long documentaries kick ass": I had the pleasure of hanging out with Shawn Ryan and the writing staff when I was in LA last October. We sat in the writer's room, ate Chinese food, and talked about the show and DVDs. It's a lot of fun to hang out with people responsible for a show you love, and to hear stories about their lives, and their work on the show. I'd rather spend an hour with writers, directors and producers of a show than 10 minutes with the actors. I think they enjoyed having me there as well, because they got to hear feedback from a fan of the show. They had announced the addition of Glenn Close to the series a few days before I was there, and Shawn was eager to hear what I thought. I told him that I hadn't seen season 3 to know how she could be worked into the show, but that I had an open mind. I reminded him that he took an actor that played a lovable cop on The Commish, and turned him into a total bad ass cop. It's something that shouldn't work on paper, but they pulled it off, and now I have a hard time watching Chiklis playing the Commish. Will the casting of Glen Close work on the show? I don't see why not.
I never had a sense of how much work it is to be a writer on a series until I took my trip to their offices. I spoke with Shawn Ryan in July, and he was bringing everyone together for the start of season 4 preparation. Three months later they're hard at work ironing out the details for the season, both the overall season arc, and stories for individual episodes. There were boards filled with breakdowns of the episodes, but I tried not to look because I hadn't seen season 3 yet. You can see some great shots of the writer's room in the "Breaking Episode 315" documentary. I sat at the head of the table while I was there, which turned out to be Kurt Sutter's chair. Kurt was sick, so he wasn't around, or so we thought. He walked in 20 mins later and looked at me sitting in his chair, then took a chair at the other end of the table. Kurt is a writer/producer on the show, and he played Margos Dezirian, the psycho Armenian. Yes, I had taken the psycho Armenian's chair! Luckily Kurt is nothing like Margos, and I was allowed to live.
Randy Huggins, the writer's assistant on the series, took me over for a quick tour of The Barn set. We made a stop at the casting office to drop something off, and I saw stack upon stack of photos. The floor of the casting office reminded me of my floor, though they had photos replacing my DVDs. I'd never seen so many photos of beautiful people in my life! Randy takes notes in the writer's room, gets people's lunch orders, and helps out about the office. I really enjoyed talking to him about show, and the actors. He said The Shield is such a cool set, and everyone gets along and works well together. We also talked about our love for The Wire, a totally kick-ass show on HBO. Randy doesn't get a credit on the show, so I'll give him one here; Randy Huggins: Writer's Assistant, and cool dude.
Season three was a home run for the show. I wanted to watch a single episode of the show because I had other stuff to do, but I thought I should watch the finale of season 2 to catch myself up. Okay, I had time for 2 episodes, no problem. Well, 5 episodes later (1 from season 2, 4 from season 3) I wanted more. I was like a crack fiend looking for another hit; I needed more! Every time I went to watch a few episodes of the show I'd watch an entire disc. I'm worried that if a whole season could fit on a disc then I would have watched it all in one shot. There was something at the end of an episode that made me want more, and more, and more, and I couldn't stop myself.
I'm a bit torn with this set; the episodes are great, but there aren't as many special features as previous seasons. "Breaking Episode 315" is brilliant, but the previous sets had more commentary tracks, and more featurettes; I guess they put their money into the documentary. The biggest loss to the set is the near absence of Shawn Ryan on the commentary tracks. I asked Shawn whether he went to "commentary school" because his commentary tracks were one of the highlights of the first two seasons for me. He had total control of the commentary tracks, and was able to deliver some of the best commentary tracks I've ever heard. Please Shawn, try to do more commentary tracks for season 4.
I love this show, and I have no idea how I'm going to make it until the release of season 4 on DVD. I don't think they air the show in Canada anymore, so DVD is the only way for me to see the episodes. You have to pick this set up, and if you don't already own seasons 1 and 2 then you have to buy those as well. Don't make me call Margos! (read entire review)
Summary of "Season 2 - Great set!": Man, I love this show! I like that the characters bend rules but still get the job done. Mackey isn't really a bad cop, he just has a different way of doing things. Life isn't made up of black and white, right and wrong; it's grey, just like this show. Shaw Ryan is one of the best commentary track hosts, and the inclusion of network people was brilliant. I'm a big bummed that there weren't commentary tracks on every episode like in the first season, but this is still a great set. The special features are better this time around, and the bar has been set a bit higher for the third season set which should be out a year from now.
Summary of "Season 1 - The Commish?!?": I had high expectations for this show, but I wasn't ready for what I saw in the first season. If all shows were this good I wouldn't leave the house. While I wish the video quality was a little better than it is, it's understandable given that it was shot on 16mm film.
While I can't say this show is for everyone, I'd recommend it to people that love cop shows, great drama, awesome acting, and people that own DVD players (that last one should be all you people). The commentary tracks are the best I've heard for a TV series. People, buy this set so Fox will jump at the chance to release the second season...it's the only way I'll be able to see it. Of course, I'm not being selfish, this is a release that should be added to any collection. (read entire review)
Sony Provides Disc Replacement Program for Possibly Scratched DVDs
Yesterday saw Sony's release of The Shield - The Complete Series Collection on DVD, in collectible book-style packaging. Some readers have told us that they got and opened up their copy, and found scratches... (read entire news item)
Sony Sent Over Several Video Clips for The Complete Series Collection
As you know, this coming Tuesday, November 3rd sees Sony's release of The Shield - The Complete Series Collection on DVD. The studio has sent ahead some advance peeks at the release, in the way of several... (read entire news item)
Close-Up Shot of the Collectible Packaging for The Complete Series
Ever since the late-August announcement from Sony for The Shield - The Complete Series Collection on DVD, we've had a small "beauty shot" picture of the packaging, including the collectible 34-page bound... (read entire news item)
'No Blu-Ray for The Shield', Sony Says to Shawn Ryan; Explains Why Not
A week ago today saw Sony's announcement for The Shield - The Complete Series Collection, a 28-DVD package arriving with every episode, plus both new and old bonus material, on November 3rd. At the time... (read entire news item)
Sony's Official Press Release is Posted for The Complete Series Collection
For Immediate Release
"An audience pleaser in the best sense of the word."
...Gillian Flynn, Entertainment Weekly
Starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award Winner Michael Chiklis
THE... (read entire news item)
Sony Announces The Complete Series Collection with New Extras & Collectible 'Book' Packaging
This past June saw Sony's DVD release of the 7th and final season, but now the studio is putting them all together for one big, collectible set! This morning Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced... (read entire news item)
Sneak Preview Video Clips for Tomorrow's 7th Season DVDs
Tomorrow, June 9th, sees the DVD release of The Shield - The Complete 7th Season, the "final act" (last season) of the series. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has kindly sent over some sneak preview... (read entire news item)
Official Sony Announcement brings Extras, Specs & Possible Package Art
Last week we reported that The Shield - The Complete 7th Season is coming to DVD on June 9th, according to one site related to a wholesaler which let the cat out of the bag early. Today was Sony's official... (read entire news item)
Release Date Found for the 7th and Final Season on DVD
After the series finale aired on FX this past November, fans have been wondering when Sony would release The Shield - The Complete 7th Season on DVD. Now, even though the studio hasn't formally announced... (read entire news item)
Back of the Box for the 6th Season DVDs of The Shield
A few weeks ago Sony officially announced the release of The Shield - Season 6 on DVD, coming your way August 26th. Now the studio has sent out the rear package art for this release, and we've got a... (read entire news item)
Sony's Official Press Release for The Shield - Season 6 on DVD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"...This is some of the best TV you'll see all year...Sensational and electrifying."
- TV Guide, Matt Roush
THE... (read entire news item)
Sony Officially Announces Season 6 August Date, Extras & Much More!
Amazon has had a pre-order listing (see button link below) since March for The Shield - Season 6 on DVD, even though the title hadn't been announced yet by Sony (who in 2008 took over this program's home... (read entire news item)
New Release Date Found for the 6th Season DVD Set
A few weeks ago we let you know that listings at online retailers for The Shield - Season 6 were incorrect, as they were showing a March 25th release date. Obviously that didn't arrive this past Tuesday... (read entire news item)
Season 6 DVDs are NOT Coming to North America in March
We've had a number of people write in to mention they've seen The Shield - Season 6 up for sale at online retailers (such as Amazon), with a March 25 release date (though it's coming out overseas in a... (read entire news item)
Box Art and Early Details (But No Release Date) For The Shield - Season 6
Not too long ago we had the scoop that DVD releases of The Shield, the award-winning F/X series, would be moving from Fox Home Entertainment over to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Even more recently... (read entire news item)
Sony Announces New Slimmer, Lower-Cost Re-Releases of Seasons 1-5
Recently we broke the news that DVD rights to The Shield were moving from Fox Home Entertainment over to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. While we're still waiting on word about the upcoming sixth season... (read entire news item)
Season 6 moves from Fox to Sony
We've always had news on The Shield by this time of the year, so we started looking into why Fox hasn't made an announcement for season 6, and the answer wasn't what we expected.
The Shield, which... (read entire news item)
Season 5 Artwork
Fox has officially announced (finally!) the fifth season of The Shield. The date is still March 27, 2007 (which was changed in late Nov), and the specs we previously posted haven't changed, so the only... (read entire news item)
5th Season Date Change?
A few weeks ago we reported a Feb. 27th release date for The Shield - Season 5. Fox still hasn't officially announced this title yet, but Amazon.com's pre-order listing now shows a new date for the 4-DVD... (read entire news item)
Season 5 - Date, Specs and Extras!
Last week we posted a news item explaining when we could expect the fifth season of The Shield, and we guessed a late Feb, early March release. Now we can tell you the fifth season will be out on February... (read entire news item)
Where's season 5?
"Why haven't we heard about season 5 yet?"
It's a question we've been asked countless times in the past week, and we have an answer. Previous seasons of The Shield have been released in January (Season... (read entire news item)
Season 4: Fox Moves It To A Monday Street Date!
In early September Fox Home Entertainment announced the Dec. 27th release of The Shield - Season 4. But they have re-thought that date, and - like Universal's SeaQuest DSV release - have decided that... (read entire news item)
Monica has Vic's back on the season 4 cover
A menacing Vic Mackey appears with Captain Monica Rawling on the front cover of The Shield due out on 12/27. More information can be found on our DVD Release Info page. (read entire news item)
Glenn Close joins season 4 - Out this December
Academy Award-winner Glenn Close joins the cast of The Shield for the fourth season of this incredible F/X series. Fox will bring all 13 episodes from season 4 to DVD in this 4 disc set (627 mins) which... (read entire news item)
Season 3 Box Art Is Here...Lock and Load!
At the end of October, we were very pleased to bring you the news about the Feb. 22 release of The Shield - Season 3. That story had all the details about the contents of the discs, and the only thing... (read entire news item)
The Long Wait Is Over: Announcement for S3 DVDs Is Here!
The Shield made history with the most Emmy nominations ever for a basic cable drama. It won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and star Michael Chiklis won the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Lead... (read entire news item)
Season 2 cover art
Enjoy this cover art for The Shield: Season 2.
Release date is Jan. 6th. For complete specs, click here. (read entire news item)
More Season One info
"The Shield: Season One" will be hitting stores on January 7th, 2003. This 4 disc set will contain all 13 episodes from the first season. Commentary tracks will be provided for every episode in the set.... (read entire news item)
Season One News!
Charles Amadori sent us some exciting news about "The Shield" coming to DVD. This is the text from a post made on the FX message boards by the show's creator, Shaw Ryan:
At this time, I'm... (read entire news item)