'Southland: Complete Second, Third and Fourth'
(Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Ben McKenzie, C. Thomas Howell, et al / 6-Disc DVD / R / 2013 / Warner Home Video)
Overview: The Southland is Los Angeles: sandy beaches Bel-Air mansions gangbangers and drug deals gone wrong. It's where the rookies and veterans of a stand-up LAPD unit see all the violence and fear a big city can breed and struggle to make a difference.
DVD Verdict: My goodness! If you want to play 'Southland' catch-up after having watched the first season on DVD a few years back now, this 6-disc set containing all 26 explosive Season Two, Three and Four episodes is just the perfect viewing entity.
If you were not already awre, 'Southland' is an updated version of 'Adam 12,' just with more graphic visuals and current dialog, of course. In fact, it has a unadulterated storyline which lifts it above the current trash that's on TV Land. The look is unusual for TV which is probably why it was canceled midway through its first season on a major TV network!
'Southland' is shot with RED cameras which means a digital process all the way. And it shows through on the clarity of every single episode. Anyway, sometimes the cops triumph. Sometimes they fail. And sometimes the poison they live with on the job comes home with them. Police action hits hard in 'Southland' and it deserves your FULL attention. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
• Southland: Redefining the Cop Drama – Producers and Cast Reveal the Story Behind Creating a New Series About the LAPD (From Season 2)
• Backing the Badge: Selected Scene Commentary – Stories Behind Some of the Season’s More Powerful Sequences (From Season 2)
• A Crime Tour: Southland’s Crime Map – Revisiting Shooting Locations (From Season 2)
• Unaired Scenes (From Seasons 2, 3 and 4)