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Southland: The Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.6 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025KVKDE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Watched most of the first and second series on TV, and thought it a stunning, but almost criminally under publicised and watched series. Saw that the whole lot was on DVD and waited 'til it eventually came out over here. Watched it again, and still have the same opinion: great series, fresh and totally involving from start to finish. Very highly recommended. Mike
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Southland is a gritty police drama set in LA, where the focus is as much on the characters as the crimes. It throws together a large ensemble cast of both patrol officers and detectives, giving equal time to each. Rather than forcing connections between them, the show is quite happy to have patrol discover a crime, then have the detectives take over the scene with little or no chit chat.

The tone and visual style is striking. The show aims to show the seedy underbelly of LA, and uses an almost documentary style to help this, as the camera avoids smooth TV shots to feel more like a fly on the wall show at times. It certainly doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the crimes and characters, showing them warts and all.

The large main cast includes rookie patrolman Ben Sherman and his trainer John Cooper; another patrol officer "Chickie" Brown and her various partners; Homicide partners Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke; and Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta, of the gang unit. Of these, Sherman, Adams and Bryant are the most immediately interesting. Sherman has the classic rookie storyline, but he is a rich Beverley Hills boy who became a cop to deal with some personal demons. Regina King plays Adams as a fascinating mix of emotional but effective, never falling into cliché, while Bryant is a young detective with an even younger wife who drives him to distraction.

There's a good mix of ongoing plots and crime-of-the-week, including a teenage girl prepared to testify against a gang, a series of home invasions, a lost police weapon, and a large number of murders. The detective and patrol stories are kept well balanced, but more importantly it's the character's private lives that really draw you in.
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Southland was hidden away on a digital channel, and I only came across it because it kept being highly recommended in the Radio Times. It's a brilliant series, with real, believable characters, edgy filming, good scripts (some situations come and go in no time, other stories unfold over one or more series). The cops are real people who don't always get it right, and often get things tragically wrong. Can't recommend it too much - a 21st century successor to series like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.
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Imagine 'The Shield' without the ongoing dubious shenanigans of the strike team and that just about sums up Southland.

There is, thanks to the use of hand held cameras shooting from a variety of angles; the busy editing; the seemingly off-the-cuff script; the easy but difficult to do well naturalistic acting, and; the somewhat haphazard jumping between multiple story lines, the same immediacy of 'The Shield'. You feel as if you are watching real events unfold; that you are seeing something for the first time. Also, as with 'The Shield', though events, the dialogue and character interaction, do not often go the way you would expect - there is not that 'predictability' as to the course of things that you often sense in, say, films - upon reflection they make sense.

So, along with a healthy dose of bright Californian sunshine beaming down on some of LA's less salubrious locations, what Southland offers is a high quality, realistic look at what police work entails in that city. Dutch, Claudette, Danni, Julien and Billings from 'The Shield' would be at home here. As it is, the ensemble cast for Southland do as good a job as Dutch et.al. did for 'The Shield'.
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I dipped in and out of Southland on TV, and decided to wait for it on DVD..didn't expect it would take so long! The plots are brilliant, unexpected, fast paced and fresh. Characters are believable and likeable..even when they are flawed. Ben McKenzie has come a long way since his O.C days giving a thoughtful performance as the new recruit.
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Since enjoying Homicide Life on the Streets and NYPD Blue plus Law & Order I have spent many hours and even more pounds looking for an intelligent cop drama to match these gems.I am pleased to report that this exactly what I am looking for.The characters are believable,well written and the acting is excellent.The threads of some of the plot lines continue through a number of episodes and these blend in well with the stand alone episodic story lines.
I note that series 3 is currently being shown on Channel 4 which I am recording.Downsides? too few episodes in each series but I understand from Wikipedia that this is due to the American TV industry and their reticence to sanction grown-up programmes.
First rate stuff,and I am very fussy with what I will watch.
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Southland is beautifully observed, well written and acted drama. The subleties in the characters, their flaws and personalities, are what makes the drama work and what drives the show. It manages to be moving, humourous and shocking all within one episode. Complex characters such as John Cooper are rare in tv series and the show should be commended for sticking to an understated portrayal of the various cops on the force. Would recommend this without reservation, each series goes from strength to strength and season 3 is also wonderful. Probably one of the best written shows in the last 2 years, long may it continue.
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