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'Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season'
(Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Television's favorite squad of detectives is back on the case in the thrilling third season of Major Crimes, the powerful crime drama that ranks as one of basic cable's Top 10 original series.

DVD Verdict: 'Major Crimes,' one of my favorite crime TV shows, took the already rich and developed characters of The Closer and endowed them with more back story and more emotional depth. All these seasons later and I particularly like that every character is so up front and thus I am thoroughly enjoying the interplay among the characters even more here in season three. Ergo, kudos to all the actors for developing such dynamic and sympathetic portraits.

In addition, the writing and directing is exemplary. The asides and business among the characters enriches the relationships, and the plots are moving, sometimes at breathtaking speed, but also with a rhythm that enhances the tension and release of the plot line.

For those not in the know, the elite Major Crimes team is back for round three. It's headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, along with G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson, Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales and Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor.

Plus, Graham Patrick Martin returns as Rusty Beck, the homeless teen and material witness taken in by Captain Raydor. Again, for the uninitiated, 'Major Crimes' shows law enforcement officers and prosecutors working together to score a conviction, with the team diving into some of the most captivating crimes.

I feel the show has transitioned from a spin-off to a show that stands on it's own feet with solid story lines and continuing character development. Indeed, this show should be the highlight of everyone's television viewing week! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel