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Miami Vice - Season Three


TITLE: MIAMI VICE - SEASON THREE


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007 (Universal Home Video)
Color/1986-1987
MSRP: $59.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 17 hours, 40 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, English subtitles, Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Crockett and Tubbs are back, looking for all the dirtbags in Miami! Fighting corruption episode by episode (with the greatest fashions, coolest cars, and some of the greatest music of all time), Miami Vice catches them all, from the drug dealers to the hookers to the rapists and much more! Season Three of the series marks a bit of change in the series. The episodes start to take upon a “darker” feeling as opposed to the lighter feeling of the first two seasons. It gets to the dirty stuff that is happening all throughout Miami/Dade County!

Season Three comes on a five-disc set from Universal Studios Home Entertainment that includes every single unedited episode of the season, complete with all of the original music that made Miami Vice the show that it was, including Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Iggy Pop, John Lennon, Bob Seger, and more!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with “When Irish Eyes are Crying,” where Gina has a new love interest--who may just not be what she thinks he is. G. Gordon Liddy guest stars in the episode “Stone’s War.” In “Walk Alone, Tubbs has to go undercover--into the prison system--to expose a drug ring run by prison guards. Laurence Fishburn guest stars. Willie Nelson guest stars in “El Viejo,” where Crockett’s life could be put on the line because he is mistaken for his undercover identity. Tubbs gets framed by his former partner in “Better Living Through Chemistry.”

In “Streetwise,” Crockett and Tubbs have to find the source of some cocaine--and they do it with the help of an undercover cop and his hooker. Crockett believes that a man that he once put in death row (the convicted murder of his former partner on the vice squad) may actually be innocent in “Forgive Us Our Debts,” but is it wise for him to try to get him off of death row? Don King guest stars in the two-part episode “Down for the Count,” where Crockett and Tubbs try to use a boxer to go undercover to catch a narcotics dealer… but the results are not good. Castillo notices something that reminds him of his past when there are several mysterious murders of Vietnamese prostitutes in Miami in “Duty and Honor.” Crockett has a new love interest and he is about to be engaged in “Theresa,” but how will he handle it when he discovers she is a junkie and that she is being blackmailed into using his evidence to help a drug dealer? In “The Afternoon Plane,” Tubbs wins a raffle prize--a trip! Did he really win a prize or is he just being set up by the low lives of the drug world? Crockett and Tubbs have the perfect electronic surveillance equipment in “Lend Me an Ear,” it is just too bad that the same person that sets up Crockett and Tubbs with their equipment also sets up the drug dealers they are after.

In “By Hooker by Crook,” Crockett finds love--yet again--but yet again, he finds that his love interest has ties to the world he is fighting against. Melanie Griffith guest stars. In “Knock, Knock, Who’s There?,” Crockett and Tubbs are well aware the it is good to have federal agents on your side in drug busts, but they learn that they must always make sure that they are actually working with federal agents and not phonies.


Packaging:

The outer packaging is pretty much the same as the first two seasons, with a picture of Crockett and Tubbs on the top of the box (as well as on the bottom of the box, with Crockett’s car in the background). The set uses a digipak, which like in the first two seasons, can be removed from either the top or bottom of the box. Inside, the digipak has artwork exactly like the outside artwork. It uses a three-panel digipak, so on the other two panels, Universal has decided to include something that they didn’t include before: episode titles with descriptions.

The really good news about this set is that Universal has abandoned the double sided discs in favor of single sided discs! Many people have reported problems with the double-sided discs used in the first two seasons, and hopefully this puts an end to those problems. This time, Universal uses five single sided discs, with Disc 1 containing episodes 1-4, Disc 2 containing episodes 5-9, Disc 3 containing episodes 10-14, Disc 4 containing episodes 15-19, and Disc 5 containing episodes 20-24. The discs all contain very basic artwork (just the Miami Vice logo in blue along), and are arranged in a slightly annoying way… Disc 1 is in the first panel of the digipak, but Disc 2 and Disc 3 overlap in the second panel, and Disc 4 and Disc 5 overlap in the third panel of the digipak.


Menu Design and Navigation:

Not much has changed in regards to the menus since Season One, but a little bit has changed. Again, the main menu on each disc has the theme song playing in the background with options of Play All, Episode Index, and Subtitles, while video clips related to the show play on the side of the screen. There is not a whole lot more to say about the menus, but there is one thing to note. When you select an episode from the Episode Index menu, the episode plays immediately—there is no episode options menu this time (thus there is no scene selection menu either), though chapters are still placed appropriately within each episode. You do not have to sit through that annoying 20-second Universal logo before each episode this time either.


Video and Audio Quality:

The episodes don’t look all that bad for a show that is 20 years old. The biggest problem once again is the issue of grain, but other than that, there are no major flaws with the video quality. The episodes do look a lot cleaner in this set than they did in the previous two DVD releases. The audio quality, considering the age of the show, is excellent, and all of the original music sounds great on the set! As always, it is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The set contains English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (or for those that occasionally just want to see exactly what is said). The episode lengths on this set vary more than they have on previous sets (anywhere from 47:00-48:30); however, the episodes all seem to be unedited.


Special Features:

Once again, there are no special features! This is a shame, because from what I understand, Miami Vice is basically Universal’s top seller on DVD. Why would they cheat fans of their top seller of bonus features? I would like to see long interviews with those involved in the show. I have thought commentaries would be nice before, but the more I think about it, the tone of the episodes kind of makes commentaries seem out of place.


Final Comments:

It is disappointing that Universal waited such a long time between seasons, but if the delay was actually for securing music rights (as has often been suggested), then it was well worth the wait! It is nice to actually have all of these episodes in their original form with their original music, and at a price that isn’t totally unreasonable. As always, my only real complaint lies in the lack of special features on these Miami Vice sets. But it is nice to finally see this set (as well as Season Four, which also has a release date of 3/20/07) in stores! Now the only question is when will we see Season Five? Maybe we should get Crockett and Tubbs to go undercover in the nasty underworld of DVD production where they can solve this mystery as well as the mystery as to why some DVD producers (not the Miami Vice ones though, of course) are too cheap and lazy to give us unedited episodes of THEIR shows!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/17/07

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