Wire - The Complete Third Season

Wire - The Complete Third Season

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Cast: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba


This title compiles every episode from the third season of HBO's influential series The Wire, which focuses on a group of cops chasing a high-powered drug dealer in Balitmore.  See more details below


This title compiles every episode from the third season of HBO's influential series The Wire, which focuses on a group of cops chasing a high-powered drug dealer in Balitmore.

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Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Executive producer and creator David Simon explains that Season 3 of The Wire "reflects on the nature of reform and reformers." Specifically, the season's story arc focuses on three of those reformers: Stringer Bell (Idris Elba), who attempts to change the nature of the Barksdale drug business by cooperating with the East Side's Prop Joe (Robert F. Chew) in order to share product, territory, and profits; Major "Bunny" Colvin (Robert Wisdom), who seeks to rid the Western corners of the new Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector) drug enterprise by creating a safe zone called "Hamsterdam" in which to sell drugs; and Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen), a mayoral candidate with lots of new ideas for improving the city who faces challenges because he's white and lacks political capital. All three of these storylines converge and wrap around each other as the season goes on, but most alluring for fans is the Barksdale crew's ultimate fall from grace in the city's drug wars. For two seasons on The Wire, best friends Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) and Stringer Bell held control of the drug trade in the Western. In Season 3, that allegiance is tested in a number of ways, leading to a betrayal so shocking that it's hard to watch the penultimate episode of the season. For a series that never deals in black or white, only in shades of gray, it's the perfect capper to a strong season.

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Hbo Home Video
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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Q&A with David Simon and creative team, courtesy of The Museum of Television & Radio; Conversation with David Simon at Eugena Lang College, The New School of Liberal Arts; Five audio commentaries with creator David Simon, director Joe Chappelle, writers Richard Price and George Pelecanos, and producers Karen L. Thorson and Nina K. Noble

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wire: The Complete Third Season, Episodes 1-2
1. Memories Collapsing [5:19]
2. "Come Out Rabbit" [11:22]
3. North [9:09]
4. Home Sweet Home [10:46]
5. Politics [12:58]
6. Don't You Know Who I Am? [8:52]
1. Supply and Demand [10:21]
2. A Measured Response [9:45]
3. It Begins [8:50]
4. Overwhelmed [6:50]
5. The Wrong Dog [9:32]
6. Forces of Nature [12:36]
Disc #2 -- Wire: The Complete Third Season, Episodes 3-4
1. Stir It Up [11:10]
2. Breakout [10:02]
3. Numbers [9:28]
4. The Same Side [8:43]
5. A New Approach [9:55]
6. Free-Born Man [9:04]
1. Who Owns Where? [9:59]
2. Dissent in the Ranks [9:36]
3. Establishing the Zone [10:21]
4. Split the Vote [10:23]
5. From Now on [8:14]
6. Back in the Game [9:54]
Disc #3 -- Wire: The Complete Third Season, Episodes 5-7
1. Business as Usual [10:22]
2. Chasing Shadows [9:15]
3. Clean Product [8:51]
4. The Free Market [8:13]
5. Customer Service [11:16]
6. The Second Day [10:16]
1. Playing the Players [12:06]
2. Community Policing [10:43]
3. Corner Wars [9:14]
4. Previous Commitments [8:27]
5. Every Death Matters [7:49]
6. Campaign Finance [8:47]
1. Chapter 1 [10:19]
2. Chapter 2 [9:01]
3. Chapter 3 [11:16]
4. Chapter 4 [8:32]
5. Chapter 5 [6:29]
6. Chapter 6 [9:49]
Disc #4 -- Wire: The Complete Third Season, Episodes 8-10
1. Finding the Pattern [11:31]
2. A Glitch in the Numbers [7:52]
3. Loyalty First [8:59]
4. Nobody Seems to Care [10:20]
5. Make the Move [9:16]
6. Losing Your Edge [10:27]
1. A Break With Tradition [10:18]
2. The Proper Channels [8:53]
3. Good Help Is Hard to Find [9:13]
4. No Time to Think [9:18]
5. Contaminated [8:26]
6. You Never Had It So Good [12:05]
1. Vengeance [10:38]
2. No Room for Conscience [9:03]
3. Kill Range [9:31]
4. Stay With It [10:02]
5. Fourteen Percent [8:45]
6. The Inside Line [10:20]
Disc #5 -- Wire: The Complete Third Season, Episodes 11-12
1. Mutual Interests [10:08]
2. Straight Off the Tower [9:00]
3. One Step Ahead [9:18]
4. Redeployed [8:37]
5. Always on Duty [11:59]
6. Target Located [9:21]
1. He'll Never Know [11:40]
2. Confidential Sources [11:03]
3. Shut It Down [9:56]
4. Between the Two Days [10:38]
5. Political Gains [11:10]
6. Back to Basics [8:41]

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The Wire - The Complete Third Season 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is so underrated but it is amazing. It is a great cop drama. It may be hard to get into without seeing it from season 1 because there is a lot of character development going on. But give it a chance and you should love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Started watching reruns of season 3 on HBO recently. Once you watch 2-3 episodes, you're hooked. It's not the easiest show to dive into but if you make the initial investment in time, you'll grow to appreciate the complexity of the characters and the political minefields they have to navigate
Guest More than 1 year ago
very entertaining..holds your interest till the end...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Season Three of the wire, is essential fro the overall story, but definately the weakest out of the five phenominal seasons. We get a good ending for the Barksdale crew and a new beginning with that of Marlo Stanfield and his new school way of dealing with problems. Everyone else gets great stand out moments, from Omar ending another major character's life to bubles out there trying to make a better life for himself. Overall good season that should not be missed of what has to be &quot The Best Show Ever&quot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began watching the Wire in HBO in season 2, the story writing was real and riviting. The actors were incredibly believable. The storyline kept you coming back. The Barnes and Noble deal was too good to pass up. 50% off and buy two get one free, and I needed seasons 3, 4, and 5. awesome
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
I just finished season three of the greatest television show ever and I had to start a review on it. Looking at many customer reviews on this season, I always get disappointed when people say that one season is better than the other. The Wire is the show where "all the pieces matter," since each season has a different focus, all seasons are needed in order to portray the American city like the Wire does. However, I am sure reviewers are talking about entertainment value. I do, however, find the first three seasons to all be equally entertaining. This season moves on to politics of Baltimore. Not only does the viewer see how City Hall operates, but the bureaucracy of the police department and how their actions affect the cops we have all learned about in the first two seasons. This season is also great because it serves as an allegory for the war on Iraq. To finish off my review, I would like to talk about the excellent characters and acting in The Wire. I will not talk about my favorite characters from the prior seasons (you can read my review of the first season for those), my favorite new characters are Cutty, a man out of prison seeking to reform from his old ways, "Bunny" Colvin, the major for the Western Sector who tries to lower felony rate but legalizing drugs, and Tommy Carcetti, the councilmen who wants to be mayor. As for acting, Michael K. Williams give a high-caliber performance as Omar (no pun intended) and Idris Elba's performance as Stringer Bell is reminiscent of Al Pacino in The Godfather II. I would talk more about the other great performances and the writing, but if you have already seen the first two seasons, then you know how good both are.
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