The Wire: The Complete Third Season [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 10)

Synopsis


Season three of The Wire continues the series' even-handed dissection of the Baltimore "drug wars," as seen through the eyes of both the police investigators and the drug lords. With charismatic hoodlum Stringer Bell (Idris Elba) emerging as the unofficial leader of the Barksdale drug empire, and with narcotics detective James McNulty (Dominic West) allowing his personal demons to catch up with him vis-à-vis an ever-increasing dependence upon booze, a curious dichotomy is established whereby Stringer often comes off as the more mentally stable and morally responsible of the two men. Even so, Stringer and McNulty are but two of the series' 40-plus recurring characters, meaning that their individual travails are never permitted to overwhelm the series' overall narrative thrust. Dictating the direction in which the 12 episodes of season three will follow is a burgeoning political-reform movement in Baltimore, with the ongoing drug investigation becoming a volatile campaign tool. Before long, "body counts" on both sides are being publicly tallied in a manner that dredges up grim memories of Vietnam. And though the story arcs have become more complex and multi-layered, there is still plenty of time to develop such quirky vignettes as the "trading" of drug-free urine from Baltimore's daycare centers. The season's final episode is titled "Mission Accomplished" -- as grotesquely ironic as when those same two words were prematurely applied to war in Iraq. The most startling development of the season-three finale is the sudden demise of one of the series' main players...with his greatest enemy becoming his biggest mourner.

Cast & Crew


  • Dominic West - Det. Jimmy McNulty
  • Sonja Sohn - Det. Shakima Greggs
  • Wendell Pierce - Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
  • Lance Reddick - Lt. Cedric Daniels
  • Clarke Peters - Det. Lester Freamon




Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unprecedented

    Posted
    boLshoIboozE24

    The Wire Season Three takes us back to the street and even though Season Two was stellar Season Three tops it. It starts with the Franklin Towers being destroyed with the Mayor of Baltimore there to witness it, and Avon Barksdale still in jail, with his number two Russell "Stringer" Bell running the Barksdale drug empire as Avons lieutenant. With Stringer being the less violent, although much more ruthless and cerebral, and more business minded of the two, when Avon gets out- who is the street styled and more vengeful type, you best believe there styles will collide. McNutly, Daniels, Greggs, Freamon, Syndor, and Prez are still on the hunt for Stringer after the Port Investigation ended. In other areas of Season Three, a determined councilman named Thomas Carcetti puts pressure on Baltimore Police Commisioner Ervin Burrell on lowering the crime rate, thus making the mayor make Burrell fufill promises for the yearly crime stats. With Burrell and new Deputy of Operations William Rawls putting pressure on all of the major in the Baltimore Police Districts to lower crime and lower murders, Season Three follows the story of Major Howard 'Bunny' Colvin of the Western District, who stragegizes his own way of lowering the crime rate in a very interesting story. Other chracters you will see focused on in Season Three is Dennis 'Cutty' Wise who is a former criminal who gets out of jail in the first episode of the season, who intends at first to go on a path to good reform. Carver and Herc are now in the Western District, rip and running every chance they get when the Season opens. Omar is still Omar, and Bunk is still Bunk. Bodie and Poot are back as the classics, and you see an upcoming drug lord by the name of Marlo, who eventually intends to take over West Baltimores corners, which doesn't sit too well with Avon Barksdale. The Wire Season Three shows the dimensions of good and bad of each individual, and shows politics as well. It is the best Season yet of one of the greatest TV Shows of ALL tIME

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's the Wire! What more do you need?

    Posted
    QT1234
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    There is a reason is is one of the greatest shows ever on TV. Season 3 is the transition season but upon a 2nd viewing it was so much more and I am glad to watch it again. The only thing bad was the price, but they are on sale for like $20 so that is well worth it. Just get it on sale and you get one of the greatest shows ever!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting

    Posted
    IshPalmer

    It is quite awesome to see how Baltimore went from the murder capital of the US in around '96 to being the city it is now. The Wire shows a lot of real problems in Baltimore and show ways they tired to change them. If you have watched any of the Wire seasons, i would start. Seasons 2 and 3 are great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Series for adults

    Posted
    Katie
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    One of the best series I have seen. Very realistic, with great actors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome series

    Posted
    1mrsmagoo
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    as the series before, this one is just as great, will continue to buy the next series from you

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great!

    Posted
    bp6311

    a great series that shows one side of the life on the street and the police battling crime

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great!

    Posted
    alysa16
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    started randomly watching with my bf and now love this series... awesome ...I'm addicted!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love "The Wire"

    Posted
    Goldenlobo
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    I am really far behind when it comes to watching shows. But I love all these episodes.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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