The Shield - The Com­plete Se­ries (Mill Creek En­ter­tain­ment)

Sound & Vision - - SOUND & VISION -

Post-tony So­prano and pre-wal­ter White, Vic Mackey (an elec­tric, buffed-up Michael Chik­lis) ad­vanced the cause of the deeply flawed (okay, out­right bad) TV “hero” in FX’S sem­i­nal po­lice drama, The Shield. Rais­ing bru­tal­ity and cor­rup­tion to an art­form, Mackey led a spe­cial strike force gath­ered to clean up a par­tic­u­larly nasty part of L.A., but quickly re­sorted to tac­tics be­yond the law and suc­cumbed to some wholly ig­no­ble temp­ta­tions, too. The cease­lessly com­pelling Chik­lis is backed by an ex­tra­or­di­nary sup­port­ing cast and guest stars such as Glenn Close, For­est Whi­taker, and Franka Po­tente, along with some equally im­pres­sive guest direc­tors.

The Shield was orig­i­nally com­posed for widescreen de­spite be­ing squeezed into the boxy 4:3 shape used by many TVS in the early ‘00s, and the choice of 16mm film for pro­duc­tion im­parts a sig­na­ture gritty look. Cre­ator Shawn Ryan has per­son­ally over­seen the rare 4K re­mas­ter­ing of all 88 episodes across seven sea­sons. This beau­ti­fully pack­aged 18-disc set fea­tures ex­clu­sive new bonus con­tent, which joins a host of vin­tage con­tent in­clud­ing com­men­taries, deleted scenes, and minidoc­u­men­taries.

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