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Criminal Minds - Season 3 [DVD]

Mandy Patinkin , Thomas Gibson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, A. J. Cook
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NN415I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"Find the fetish, find the fiend." This is the queasily compelling Criminal Minds' version of "Save the cheerleader, save the world," and it drives each dark and disturbing episode. Before this pivotal season can really get down to cases, it must deal with some unfinished business. Mandy Patinkin, who announced he would be leaving the series, was given a graceful exit, but not before his character, ace FBI profiler Gideon begins to doubt his abilities and sanity in the aftermath of the murder of his girlfriend at the end of last season. Meanwhile, his protégé, Hotch (Thomas Gibson) is under pressure from Section Chief Erin Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) to resign the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), and Prentiss (Paget Brewster) submits her resignation rather than get dirt on him for Erin. All it takes to keep the team intact is for Strauss to join them at work on a particularly disturbing case involving a man using his son to lure unsuspecting women ("He's going to kill you, you know"). And speaking of unfinished business, enter Gideon's replacement, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna, an inspired choice), a BAU legend who returns to the unit he helped found. He claims he just wants to help with the BAU "an agent down," but his true motivation will become clear as the season unfolds Suffice to say it involves an extremely cold case that continues to haunt him. Rossi's introduction is the accessible entry for viewers new to the series, as they, along with Rossi, get to meet the other team members, including hunky Derek (Shemar Moore), bookish genius Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), and colorful computer whiz Penelope Garcia (Kristen Vangsness). This season, the team is confronted with nightmarish cases, involving all manner of killers (including one cannibal). Working together to catch these "unsubs" before they can claim another victim offers further opportunities for what Rossi calls "personal growth." In a two-part episode, Shemar must confront his crisis of faith. In another episode, Reid attends a support group for his addiction (another development from last season). Two cases hit particularly close to home. In one, a team member is shot, and in the explosive season finale, another is targeted by terrorists. Considering Criminal Minds's intensity level, even the bonus gag reel, comprised of pratfalls, tension-breaking clowning, and even a birthday cake break for Mantegna, can be unsettling! There is something to be said for having a week to unwind between new episodes. A Criminal Minds marathon can seriously creep you out. And we mean that in a good way. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

The complete third season of the American drama series which revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. Special Agent Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) is the FBI's top behavioural analyst and he joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people's trust and unlock their secrets. Also on the team are Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau (A. J. Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). Episodes comprise: 'Doubt', 'In Birth and Death', 'Scared to Death', 'Children of the Dark', 'Seven Seconds', 'About Face', 'Identity', 'Lucky', 'Penelope', 'True Night', 'Birthright', '3rd Life', 'Limelight', 'Damaged', 'A Higher Power', 'Elephant's Memory', 'In Heat', 'The Crossing', 'Tabula Rasa' and 'Lo-Fi'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does it keep getting better? 24 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
I was a huge fan of criminal minds seasons 1 and 2 and heard that Mandy Patinkin was leaving his roles as Gideon after season 2. I thought this would be hugely detrimental to the show, how wrong could I be, I loved the character of Gideon but I believe the way the show was written with Gideons exit it allowed us to see more of the other characters and their abilities and it allowed the new character or Rossi to make his return tho the BAU that he helped create. Paget Brewster is brilliant as Emily Prentiss. Garcia has become integral to the team by the end of season 2 and in season 3 we see even more of her. She is a brilliant character who has some of the most quick-witted and intelligent lines of any show (huge Garcia fan here).

Seanson 3 is filled with fantastic investigations that twist and turn, it has plenty of character development and as we are learning to expect a HUGE cliff hanger. Enjoy this fantastic show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Minds Series 3 22 May 2009
Format:DVD
This series is brilliant and I love it. Can't wait for the next series to come out! There is a mix of seriousness and comedy in it, and the characters are all very different. The storylines are always good and keep your interest, right up until the end of each episode. I would recommend it for anyone who likes crime mysteries and profiling serial killers. Series 1 and 2 are brilliant too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal minds just gets better 11 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Having thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 of criminal minds I have been watching the third season on Virgin 1 over here, which finished two weeks ago. Season 3 is fantastic and criminal minds just keeps getting better. This season sees the departure of Mandy Patinkins character Jason Gideon, he is replaced by David Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna).

This season was affected by the writers strike in America so it has been cut short by 2 or 3 episodes. However it is full of fantastic episodes such as the 2 part episode Lucky and Penelope the latter focuses on Garcias character and we learn more about her. other fantastic episodes are true night, damaged in which we learn a bit more about David Rossi, in heat and tabula rasa.

This season also has the episode Lo-Fi the absolutley mind blowing season finale, which will leave you hungry for season 4. I'm getting this as soon as it comes out. This is the season not to be missed by any criminal minds fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good TV 21 Jun 2009
By Aggie
Format:DVD
I missed Criminal Minds when it was on TV and have been catching up on DVD. Now I can't wait for Season 4 to come out on DVD. Criminal Minds is great TV and well-written and acted. The thing that has really impressed me is how the writers and producers and everyone on set took up in season 3 after the hasty departure of Mandy Patinkin (playing Jason Gideon) at the end of the second season. As the oldest member of the team and the emotional centre in many ways, you'd think Gideon would be hard to replace, but the new man, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna, Mamet's 'go to' guy) is even better at holding the troubled world of the serial killer in view. He brings depth and a bit of tension to the team. The pace has changed and in good ways.

Yeah, it's just TV but there are few shows with such confidence. Occasionally the plots are solvable by the watcher before the close but that's less important than the coherence of all the different performances.

Sometimes I feel the direction is a bit untrusting of the viewer. The camera jerks round to catch everyones' reactions in a conversation and that's just not necessary. If they'd trust us (and the actors) more, there would be more energy or understanding into the thing. A quibble only. I like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the issues 26 Feb 2014
This was fine until moved to Amazon Prime - suddenly episode 6 "About Face" is only 7.24 minutes. This is a turning point in the series and yet we cannot see it. Please sort it out Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST! 15 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
This is a great series from USA about The BAU(Behavioural Analysing Unit).... they take on exciting cases everytime and the caracters are so likeable and easy to follow.... when someone quite the show u really misses them alot.....

I admit that i have been a little more scared of the dark and beeing home alone lately but i just can't help it i have to keep watching the show....
So if your very sensitive or if you'r a kid....Don't watch!

I'm now waiting for the 4th season to arrive at my postoffice and i can't wait till i can start watching again!

LOVE IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected! 25 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was a little dubious about buying this season as I thought the loss of the previous main character (Gideon), who for me seemed fundamental to the show, might spoil it. However I went ahead anyway and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this season a lot and watched the whole thing over just a couple of days as I kept saying "just one more episode!". It finishes on a terrible cliffhanger though, so I suggest buying season four at the same time to avoid a long wait!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Having watched season 1+2 of Criminal Minds I have to admit I was already well and truly hooked on the series.However, if this is your first time to watch the programme don't worry, each episode has a different story line so picking it up in the middle will not mean you will be totally lost. And for those of you who are avid fans it should be known that the snippets of information learn't about each character increase dramatically in third series as we begin to learn even more about our favourite personalities and their crazy lifes.

It should also be mentioned that this series also sees a dramatic change to the characters with the departure of Mandy Patinkin and the addition of his replacement Joe Montegna as David Rossi.As a fan this came as a huge shock, as Mandy Patinkin was for me was one of the most controversial characters in the series.
Even though he is one of the main characters who's ability the team rarely questions, he was the character I knew the least about. And on hearing of his departure my automatic responce was "NO I need to learn more about you first". However, after his fabulously written departure (episode 1) his place is quickly filled by the equally as mysterious Joe Montegna as David Rossi, whos characters dark sercrets quickly fill the void that Mandy Patinkins character left.

This series of the show is once again fasinating and intrapping, pulling you in and as usual, never letting you go. The constant jokes between Penelope Garcia and the rest of the team are hilarious and really give you the odd "laugh out loud" moments. The series contains fabulous story lines, fabulous chacactor plots and amazing " I never seen that coming" moments. Over all, it is fabulous series with my only complaint being "Why can't you make them faster". Bring one series 4!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Linda Dietz
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
Just loved this series. Completely hooked and have all but the last series - which is a must. Really great
Published 3 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars as expected
good delivery prompt and came sealed. would recommend the seller. Love watching these American dramas always a bit more grit to them. Good seasons through out the time running. Read more
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I bought this as a christmas present for my sister. They arrived fast, my sister seemed to love them and the price was very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch!
I've become a bit addicted to Criminal Minds - this is a great season with new characters would definitely recommend it!
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I am a massive fan of Criminal Minds but only got into it during Season 5. Thanks to Sky, I`ve been able to catch up with all the episodes from the very beginning. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs LJ Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars ace
so addicted to all criminal minds. Got every one and they all came in plenty of time so I did not miss a minute
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Recovering from an op started watching daytime repeats. Loved the show so when the repeats ended I had to see the next series which I had missed. Received promptly as described.
Published 12 months ago by Gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
Great viewing, brilliant series. My son and I have watched previous series and love watching it, would recommend it x
Published 13 months ago by sammy1822
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best American crime dramas
Picking up where season 2 left off, this excellent, dark but gripping series introduces new team member David Rossi played by Joe Mantegna who replaces Jason Gideon who leaves... Read more
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