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'Narcos - Season 3' [DVD]
(Pedro Pascal, Damián Alcázar, Alberto Ammann, Francisco Denis, Pêpê Rapazote, et al / 2-Disc DVD / TV-MA / 2018 / Lionsgate Films)

Overview: The third season of the critically acclaimed series 'Narcos', nominated for two Golden Globes® (2016, Best Television Series and Best Actor), arrives on DVD for the first time November 13 from Lionsgate.

Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA has its sights set on a brand-new target – the Cali Cartel – in 'Narcos: Season Three', starring Damián Alcázar, Francisco Denis, Alberto Ammann, and Pêpê Rapazote.

DVD Verdict: This is an extremely well made series about the evolution of the organized drug syndicates in Colombia. The first two seasons are about the life of Pablo Escobar leaders of Medellin-cartel and this third season is strictly about the Cali-cartel taking over the market after Escobar is killed by the Police.

Wagner Moura is absolutely excellent in the role as Escobar. His character is truly fascinating, complex and very scary. Constantly in the borderline zone. Impossible to predict whether he is in his friendly or murderous mode.

His fast changes from playing nicely with children to committing gruesome violence is really chilling and feels authentic for being a sociopath drug lord. The cast in general is very good with many good characters, played by Latin actors. Spanish language accuracy and culture really adds to an authentic experience.

Overall, the story line is very well written and involving. This is a "creatively dramatized" biography of real life events in the drug wars of the '80s and '90s and as such, it is really engrossing to see how Escobar was connected to all levels of society.

He was even an elected member of parliament and even managed to get a private luxury prison built when it was time for him to do some time in a deal with the government!

To be at height of his power and control everything whilst being a popular hero among the masses, no that's impressive (no matter which side of the fence you sit with his regard).

But then comes the extreme contrast of being alone and hunted and killed on a shabby roof. Anyway, everything is very well produced in this excellent drama series, which I would rate a solid ten.

This third season is about life of the Cali Cartel and continues to feature good production values and actors. Especially Alberto Amman, who stands out in his role as Pacho Herrera. A very good, complex and chilling portrait of the man, if ever I saw one.

Indeed, it's rather fascinating to see the differences between Cali guys (snobbish white collar) and Escobar guys (hands on, blue collar). I will not talk any more about season three though, because I do not want to give away too many spoilers; but suffice to say that the story is very different than the other two seasons ... and absolutely thrilling! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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