Shield - The Complete Series

Shield - The Complete Series

Cast: Michael Chiklis, Benito Martinez

     
 

Now, after seven edge-of-your-seat seasons, you can finally see how this award-winning FX network drama turns out. Shane (Walt Goggins) resorts to kidnapping in his dangerous dance with the Armenian mob; Dutch (Jay Karnes) risks everything by becoming personally involved in a homicide investigation; the Strike Team mobilizes to free a drug lord's daughter -- but it… See more details below

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Now, after seven edge-of-your-seat seasons, you can finally see how this award-winning FX network drama turns out. Shane (Walt Goggins) resorts to kidnapping in his dangerous dance with the Armenian mob; Dutch (Jay Karnes) risks everything by becoming personally involved in a homicide investigation; the Strike Team mobilizes to free a drug lord's daughter -- but it all comes down to Det. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) confronting his greatest adversary: himself. Pressured to take down Pezuela (F.J. Rio), Vic negotiates an immunity deal with ICE to vanquish Beltran (Francesco Quinn) at last, and the skeletons come tumbling out of the closet. Will Vic pay for his sins in the end? The answer lies in the ultimate betrayals, climactic action, and devastating series finale. The final season of The Shield aired in 2008.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Grimm
Ensemble cop shows from Hill Street Blues to NYPD Blue have pushed the frontiers of TV drama, but FX’s The Shield marks a vital, visceral next step for the genre, bulldozing the Hollywood fiction of the cop-as-saint. Although the camera gives eight regular characters their turns in a churn of subplots, all the strands lead back to an icy cat-and-mouse game between the precinct’s hotshot narcotics detective, Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the new captain, David Aceveda (Benito Martinez), who is unafraid to challenge the notorious Blue Wall of Silence. It is ostensibly a case of the white knight versus the man tainted by his demons, but exec producer Shawn Ryan doesn’t settle for such cartoon simplicity. Mackey’s corruption is never in question; he does everything from pocketing coke to blackmailing a closeted gay rookie. What becomes less clear as the series unfolds is whether that Machiavellian tilt is simply a prerequisite for anyone in the war zone of America’s forsaken inner cities. Regardless of whether cops spurn Mackey’s charms or are caught in his web, we get the sense that no one here gets out clean -- even Aceveda. The Shield, for which Chiklis earned a well-deserved Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination, has drawn attention for breaking new basic-cable ground with its raw-nerve imagery, which reflects a worldly, urban Inferno. But what makes it superior entertainment is the anxious unpredictability of these characters, which keeps viewers enticingly off balance.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This gritty, intense, made-for-cable series redefines the cop show for the cable era -- a tribute to the fantastic work done by creator-chief writer Shawn Ryan and star Michael Chiklis, whose characterization of crooked L.A. police detective Vic Mackey earned him an Emmy in Season 1. After that groundbreaking first season (which began with Mackey's cold-blooded murder of an undercover cop who had infiltrated his corrupt task force), The Shield reached greater heights in the 13 episodes of Season 2. The overriding plotline centered around Vic's discovery of a drug ring's secret "money train" and his squad's preparations to take it down and divide the spoils among themselves. But equally compelling themes evolve: Captain David Acevada (Benito Martinez) makes a Faustian alliance with Mackey in an attempt to bolster his political ambitions; Vic makes increasingly desperate attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife; Detective Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) increasingly suspects that Mackey's squad is involved in drug-related crimes; and Vic's fellow officer and former mistress, Danielle Sofer (Catherine Dent), gradually becomes disenchanted. All this -- plus the relentless interference of a grandstanding civilian adviser (Lucinda Jenney) -- is played out in a style that vaults clear over NYPD Blue into Sopranos territory. The Shield brims with graphic violence, coarse language, seedy characters, and steamy sex scenes. But nothing is done solely to be exploitive or sensational: Ryan and his fellow writers have tried to create a realistically rendered, deftly shaded picture of contemporary police work in a dangerous inner-city environment. And the extent to which they have succeeded is what makes The Shield one of television's most compelling series.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0043396287327
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
69:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Two exclusive never-before-seen featurettes; Collectible 34-page bound anthology book filled with photos, quotes and a special letter from Shawn Ryan

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