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4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
Justified - Season 3 [DVD]
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on 25 September 2017
Bought as gift and thoroughly enjoyed.
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on 29 July 2017
arrived promptly, a favourite series of my husbands
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on 3 October 2017
great item great seller
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on 31 March 2017
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on 19 July 2017
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In Harlan County laconic Raylan Givens continues to enforce justice his unique way. He knows exactly what makes locals tick and gets on well with most of them, even the rogues. Any, though, who mistake his amiable words of warning for softness are in for a shock.

Last season's major death has left a power vacuum amongst the criminal fraternity. Boyd understandably is eager to fill the gap, but Limehouse, owner of a bar (and slaughterhouse!), proves a formidable contender. Enter "Carpetbagger" Robert Quarls, down from the North to show the ignorant hillybillies who really is boss....

Timothy Olyphant is perfect as the imperfect marshal, Walton Goggins so good as Boyd one longs for him to survive. (Scenes between the two remain a particular pleasure.) Neal McDononough chills as the blue eyed smiling newcomer, from the start determined no one will stand in his way.

Drenched in atmosphere, whilst graced with fine scripts and top notch performances, the series goes from strength to strength. Season 3 does not disappoint, its 13 episodes full of double-crosses, bloody despatches and a dramatic climax.

Bonuses include nine commentaries, a fascinating feature on how Limehouse's workplace was created, details of how a major stunt was staged. Be advised the interesting Disc 1 extra about the new season contains spoilers - it perhaps better saved for watching at the end of it all.

In short - stylish, classy, and great.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 29 October 2014
Timothy Olyphant is the charismatic Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal with a penchant for shooting bad guys.
With a fast gun, no fear, and a quick wit he deals with the "Dixie" mafia in Kentucky and habitual criminal Boyd Crowder, played by the superb Walton Goggins.
Nick Searcy plays Art Mullins his exasperated boss who has to clean up after Raylan while wearing a world weary look.
The show has themes and story lines which run through the whole series as well as individual plots.
It is brilliantly written and based on a character and books by Elmore Leonard.
Justified gets progressively better as the series develops, and in my opinion seasons 3 and 4 are the best.
This show is right up there with the very best, although be advised it is quite violent.
Magnificent entertainment.
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on 8 May 2017
Just love all that Southern drawl and the acting is superb. Haven't been this enthralled for ages. Walton Goggins manages to be evil,sexy and kind all at the same time.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 August 2015
And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone,
"You will never leave Harlan alive” - Brad Paisley tagline to Episode 7, Season 2

Five AWARD-WINNING Stars! Season Three of the Peabody Award-winning FX Channel Production of “Justified” stars the talented actor Timothy Olyphant and the writers ramp up the action from Season 1 and 2 introducing new characters among the familiar faces and some very surprising shifting situations and personal relationships. “Justified” is based on the short story “Fire In The Hole" by the acclaimed novelist and executive producer Elmore Leonard who helped expand that story with writer/TV developer Graham Yost into a marvelous TV police drama. Reassigned to an eastern Kentucky US Marshall Office following his involvement in a shooting in Miami Florida that gained national attention, Deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is now on the staff of the head marshall played by Nick Searcy (7 Days) that serves an area that includes Harlan County, Kentucky which at times resembles the Old West. Raylan knows this area only too well since he grew up there.

Full of conflicts between the friends, family, gangs, dirty cops, skin heads, con men, hot women, the ubiquitous Crowder and Givens family members, prostitutes, a great acting turn by the irrepressible Neal McDonough (Boomtown), and the fabulous Mykelti Williams (Forest Gump) who is the tough patriarch of a crime family. The writers get off some great 'laugh out loud' moments amid the gore and some of the best writing on TV. There are two shocking moments in Episode 12 that may cause the viewer to gasp with shock. This show is marvelous in an often-understated, always deliberately-paced manner with the occasional gun play along the way. Episode 8 is also especially remarkable as things start coming apart. Also featuring Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea, an over-the-top role by Jeremy Davies (Lost), Joseph Lyle Taylor, Kaitlyn Dever, a sensational Emmy award-nominated role by Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, and an excellent group of supporting actors. Developed for TV by Graham Yost. My Highest Recommendation. Five ADDICTIVE Stars. (Amazon Instant Video. FX Productions. Rated TV-MA for language and violence, Color, CC, 13 episodes. This is Season 3 of 6 seasons.)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 1 January 2013
As you can see Amazon have mixed up all 'Justified's reviews. This is for season 3.

Season 2 set a very high bar, not just for 'Justified' but for television in general. US Marshal Raylan Givens found himself up against a family even tougher than season 1's Crowders in the shape of the holler dwellin', moonshine swiggin' drug running Bennets. As the truly terrifying matriarch Mags Bennet Margo Martindale gave a powerhouse performance that overshadowed all else and that elevated an enjoyable series into a great one.

Her demise meant that season three needed something pretty special to even begin to come close. Did it manage it? Well in truth no. A new family was introduced with Mykelti Williamson showing a nice line in menace as the leader of a group of misfits fighting their corner. Ellstin Limehouse, a pig farmer with a neat collection of blades of all sorts and an assorted collection of supporters, was a nice addition but it just felt that the menace he presented was held in check throughout until in the end his toothy grin and thousand yard stare wasn't enough to produce the same level of fear as the mere smile of the monstrous Mags.

Not so though for Neal McDonough as the increasingly unhinged Robert Quarles. A mob employee trying to buy his way back into his boss' favour after an earlier 'misdemeanour'. By the time we find out just what that misdemeanour was we are all to aware that Quarles is as mad as a sack of hungry squirrels.
McDonough, (Having done sterling work in Desperate housewives & band of brothers) does a nice line in snappy suit wearing, mad blue eyed fruitcakes but as this series advances his character descends into the realms of cartoon madness and threatens to undermine everything around him. Although he does get a real laugh out loud moment with a piggy bank joke.

If you've read Elmore Leonards 'Raylan' then you'll recognise a lot of the plots from that work have found their way here. In truth they've been altered quite a bit and rather than being allowed to spread out and expand have often been squeezed into a single episode and feel somewhat rushed.

Timothy Olyphant is now the executive producer. He underplays his character just a little too much this time around, he's looking older and has lost some of that edge he had in the previous two series.
Elmore Leonard is still heavily in with the writing team but his usual sharpness is often missing here too.

The one person who maintains his quality from series 1 & 2 is the truly superb Walton Goggins. Boyd Crowder remains a fascinating enigma and all but impossible not to like. Goggins steals every scene he's in and expresses emotion of every sort throughout.

The plots here are pretty thin and it seems some effort has been made to focus more on relationships & character but they had both been achieved previously without the need for sacrificing a good story and especially pace which has been near disastrously abandoned. There are times when this can drag.

Too much filler and waffle alongside weak plots, unbelievable or underused characters and an all too quiet Raylan mean that this is easily the weakest of the three series so far.

So don't bother? Not quite. A weak Justified still beats 90 per cent of whatever else TV has to offer and this still throws up some class moments. None more so than the final 30 seconds. What's been said sinks in on the face of Raylans pregnant girlfriend Wynona at the same time as it does upon the viewer. The look of shock and sadness on her face is the same as will be upon yours. A terrible truth is spoken that makes that the finest 30 seconds that TV has seen in some considerable time.

While we await season fours direction this will have to do. There are enough moments to make this worthwhile but if your a fan then you don't need me to convince you.
If you're not then please don't start here. Go to season 1 and see what all the fuss was about then relish the excellent second series.

It would seem that season four returns to the hollows of Harlan County with Boyd finding god once more and Raylans dad Arlo creating real mischief so here's hoping the plotline returns to its bluegrass roots and leaves the city folks behind.
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