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  • Actors: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Christian Clemenson, Rene Auberjonois
  • Directors: Michael Pressman, Oz Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 984 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XEMDQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,442 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 24 episodes from the third season of the popular legal comedy drama created by David E. Kelley. The series follows a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Episodes comprise: 'Can't We All Get a Lung?', 'New Kids on the Block', 'Desperately Seeking Shirley', 'Fine Young Cannibal', 'Whose God Is It Anyway?', 'The Verdict', 'Trick or Treat', 'Lincoln', 'On the Ledge', 'The Nutcrackers', 'Angel of Death', 'Nuts', 'Dumping Bella', 'Selling Sickness', 'Fat Burner', 'The Good Lawyer', 'The Bride Wore Blood', 'Son of the Defender', 'Brotherly Love', 'Guise n' Dolls', 'Tea and Sympathy', 'Guantanamo By the Bay', 'Duck and Cover' and 'Trial of the Century'.

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In year 3, Boston Legal continues to toggle with ease between comedy and pathos. The season begins on a bittersweet note as Denise (Julie Bowen) gets engaged to the terminally ill Daniel (Michael J. Fox), who disappears to try an experimental treatment. Enter two new litigators, smart-talking associate Claire Sims (Constance Zimmer) and cocky partner Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko). Once Daniel exits the picture, Jeffrey and Brad (Mark Valley) compete for Denise's affections. The firm soon welcomes a third new face: legal secretary Clarence (Gary Anthony Williams)--also known as Clarice, Clavant, and Oprah.

As before, cases vary from minor to major. Story arcs include the murder of a judge's wife (with Ashton Holmes as the suspect and Katey Sagal as his mother) and an outrageous peeping tom (David Dean Bottrell) with a jones for Shirley (Candice Bergen). Denny Crane (William Shatner), meanwhile, finds love with diminutive attorney Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden)--and her mother, Bella (Delta Burke). And Alan (James Spader, who scored a second Emmy to add to the one he received for The Practice) helps former co-worker Jerry "Hands" Espenson (Christian Clemenson) out of a few jams. By the end of the season, Jeffrey is gone, while Jerry returns to Crane, Poole & Schmidt.

Throughout the year, the firm tackles a variety of timely issues, ranging from religious freedom to immigration law. Reporter Gracie Jane (Jill Brennan), a Nancy Grace doppelgänger, also comes in for some ribbing. Aside from recurring characters, like Jane Lynch (as a sexual surrogate), the third season counts a few actors behind the camera, such as Eric Stoltz ("Dumping Bella") and Adam Arkin ("Nuts"), from David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 23 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
Alan Shore (played by Emmy award-winner James Spader) is the primary star of Boston Legal and he is a monumental presence. In season 2, we were shown much more of his humanity, and we came to see how deeply caring and empathetic he is. Season 3 continues in that vein... a couple of minor quibbles, and I'll broach them now so as to get to the good, more important, stuff: David Kelley seems to be using Alan's wonderful closing arguments to extensively wax lyrical on political issues he wants to address. I quite concede that it's his show to do with as he pleases, but the lengthy soliloquies can become a little taxing.

Next, Jerry Espenson is a wonderful character: a gentle, shy giant who suffers terribly from Asperger's, and his friendship with Alan is genuinely touching. But in season 3, they've turned him into a Jekyll and Hyde character, depending on whether he's got a wooden cigarette in his mouth or not. It sounds daft, and unfortunately it's just as daft in the watching. That being said, having Jerry around more is a treat and the cigarette-thing doesn't make it all the way through the season.

Final complaint is regarding a new character called Clarence. He's a painfully shy man who masquerades as his "sister" Clarice when he can't cope with the pressure or stress of a situation. Clarice, like Hyde doesn't last the entire season, but *neither* character brings very much to the show, and I find their respective scenes less enjoyable than everything else. However, Boston Legal at its very worst is still better than 99% of the dross on tv these days.

Those are my only complaints, and none of them are serious enough to turn this season into a 4-star one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nmollo VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2007
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BOSTON LEGAL SEASON 3

The first four episodes of Boston Legal Season three are very weak and provide a shaky start to this Classic American television series. Thankfully the following episodes soar in quality and the series returns to its confident and often brilliant best. The standout episodes are "Lincoln" and "On the Ledge".

The problems with series three are simple. Poor casting is solely responsible for the weaker points in the show. The casting of Craig Bierko and Gary Anthony Williams are serious own goals. Craig Bierko is a comedy actor of sorts and it shows. His scenes have a lack of authenticity about them, as if he knows he is being funny. This actor does not have enough charm or talent to pull off the part of an intelligent and wisecracking lawyer. His underwritten part is not sure whether to be another Alan Shore or Brad Chase when really we need neither. Luckily he is conspicuously absent from all the latter episodes.

Gary Anthony Williams is also a poor piece of casting. The actor is completely unconvincing and overplays his part ridiculously. He never listens to the other actors and continues to mug or make stupid facial expressions, which are distracting especially when he is not the focus of the scene. I think the theatrical term is "upstaging". The love interest he has with the Constance Zimmer is completely unconvincing because there is no chemistry between the two actors.

That said the confirmed magic between Shatner and Spader is ever present. It is simply a joy to watch these brilliant actors at work. Candice Bergen is as riveting as ever. She is a wonderful Actor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 17 May 2008
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The third series of Boston Legal is a bit odd. As usual we have characters appearing and disappearing at the drop of a hat, as usual we have Alan and Denny's male bonding and breaking of the fourth wall, but we also have a preponderance of murder cases that shift the series away from its usual bounciness and political commentary. There's a big murder case at the start that serves as the introduction for new lawyers Jeffrey Coho and Claire Can'trememberhersurname who Shirley has brought in from the New York office. Coho, whilst well-acted and an intriguing character, is just too like Alan Shore, whilst lacking Alan's special quirks, to feel a worthwhile addition to the show. Claire starts out as too aggressive but by the end of the series, due to her interactions with shy transvestite lawyer Clarence, is quite a fun character (but enjoy her while she lasts because come Season 4 she's gone). The murder case itself is intriguing but too salacious and dark - it feels a lot like previous plotlines from BL's predecessor, the Practice - much as Denny's strategy for dealing with the murder case in the last episode does. It's not bad television, per se, but it's not really Boston Legal.

Similarly the middle section of the series features Shirley being kidnapped. Again it feels like something done in the Practice even if the execution, so to speak, is very different.

So with this in mind, why five stars? Well, because the show is excellent otherwise. James Spader and William Shatner continue to act their socks off and charm us with their portrayals of Alan Shore and Denny Crane, the seedy, oddball lawyers who pursue judges, an aggressive little person and her mother, and take on the government.
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