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Justified-Complete Third Season (Blu-ray) (2012)

Justified-Complete Third Season (Blu-ray) (2012)

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Released 6-Mar-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Drama Series Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Crossing the Line: Making Season 3
Featurette-Making Of-Ellstin's Joint: Noble's Holler Set Tour
Interviews-Crew-Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins
Audio Commentary-Nine Episodes
Featurette-Making Of-Anatomy of a Stunt
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 540:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Jon Avnet
Adam Arkin
Peter Werner
Michael Dinner
Universal Sony Starring Timothy Olyphant
Nick Searcy
Joelle Carter
Erica Tazel
Natalie Zea
Walton Goggins
Raymond J. Barry
Damon Herriman
Jeremy Davies
Margo Martindale
Brad William Henke
Joseph Lyle Taylor
Kaitlyn Dever
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Steve Porcaro

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 (3254Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

†††† Just as the Fourth Season of Justified finishes its run on US television the Third Season of this iconic series arrives on Blu-ray and DVD. Those who are yet to experience the joys of Justified would be well advised to go back to the reviews of the earlier seasons to find out what the show is about. For those who have enjoyed the series so far, but are unsure as to whether they should pick up this Third Season, you are advised that whilst it doesn't always scale the heights of the superb Second Season this is another hugely enjoyable outing of justice, Kentucky style.

†††† When we last left Harlan County the inexorable rise of the Bennett clan had come to a decisive end. For all of Maggs Bennett's Machiavellian skills she made some crucial errors and her grand vision came unstuck. It brought her to an untimely end and saw her son Dickie sent to jail for his crimes. Yet as this season begins it is clear that Maggs can exert some influence from beyond the grave. Season Three of Justified centres on one simple fact - Maggs Bennett left behind a sizeable sum of money and everybody wants it.

††††Dickie can't get out of prison soon enough to begin the hunt. Meanwhile Boyd Crowder is hot on the trail believing that the money will set him up as the new kingpin of the county. In that ambition he has some serious competition. An emissary from Detroit in the form of Robert Quarrels (Neal McDonough) has been sent down to take control of the local drugs trade. Looking for lieutenants he forms an alliance with all-round bad guy Wynn Duffy.

†††† So, the sizeable legacy of Maggs Bennett is of interest to all the bad guys in town. There's just one little problem. The money had been placed for security with a shady character Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williams) who rules Noble's Holler, an African-American part of town. When Dickie comes looking for the money he is guaranteed it right away. However, for reasons inexplicable $3 million has suddenly turned into $46,000. Dickie is not amused. Given his background with the Aryan Brotherhood it might be even more difficult for Crowder to get his mitts on the cash.

†††† As with the earlier seasons this is a character based drama series with just enough of Elmore Leonard's trademark humour in it to take the edge off the violence. If anything this Season is a little darker. Quarrels is one sick puppy and the absence for most of the Season of a love interest for Raylan Givens means he is often a man alone. Still, fans of the series will have a blast.

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Transfer Quality


†††† Justified comes to Blu-ray in the original widescreen television ratio of 1.78:1.

†††† The show comprises 13 episodes. They have been spread over three Blu-rays. The first contains five episodes but only a solitary extra. The bulk of the extras are contained on the other disks meaning that there is a similar amount of material on each.

†††† The show looks good on Blu-ray without being reference quality. The flesh tones are accurate and the level of detail is pleasing. If anything the look of this Blu-ray is slightly better than the earlier seasons although only by the slightest of margins.

†††† There are no technical problems with the transfer quality. The show looks clear and clean throughout.

††††There are subtitles in English and English for the hearing impaired.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


†††† Justified : Season 3 contains an English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track.

†††† The sub-woofer establishes itself immediately when the theme tune kicks in, Long Hard Times to Come by Gangstagrass. I have to say I don't think I'd ever heard gangster rap combined with bluegrass before but the effect is to create a sense of backwoods danger and perfectly typifies the show.

†††† The surround sound really provides quality ambience to the show. There isn't perhaps as much gun fighting in this series. Otherwise, it is mostly front and centre. The dialogue is well handled throughout although the charactersí accents are sometimes strong and take a little listening to get used to.

†††† There are no technical problems with the sound.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


†††† There are a number of entertaining extras contained on this Blu-ray set.

Commentary Tracks

†††† The following episodes have commentary tracks as described:

Outtakes (3:18)

†††† A short series of bloopers principally line fluffs.

Deleted Scenes

†††† Three short deleted scenes are included:

Crossing the Line: Making Season Three (18:37)

†††† The success of Season Two hung heavily over series creator Graham Yost. In trying to work out how to follow on from the dominant performance of Margo Martindale in Season Two he stumbled upon the idea to introduce a carpetbagger. Quickly the structure of the season opened up. The idea was then to combine the very Aryan Quarrels with the African-American stronghold of Noble's Holler with Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder dancing around the middle. This is an interesting making of featurette with the cast and crew getting a chance to talk about the process of putting together the show.

Ellstin's Joint: Noble's Holler Set Tour (12:51)

†††† Production Designer Dave Blass takes us through the Nobles Holler set which features so prominently in Season 3.

Anatomy of a Stunt (9:23)

†††† This short featurette shows us how the production team accomplished the dramatic explosion towards the end of the season. The actors and their stunt doubles explain the process and tricks of the trade.

In Conversation: Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins (26:28)

†††† This is definitely one for the fans of the series. Olyphant has fun as the "host" interviewing Goggins. He discusses their early meetings and working on the show however there is a lot of joking around and not too much information.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††††This is an All Region Blu-ray. Buy Local.


†††† Fans of the series Justified will be pleased to see that the series continues to produce strong drama with Southern humour. The introduction of the northern carpetbagger and the African-American kingpin gives yet another chance to explore interesting characters, something the series has done very well in the past.

†††† As usual the visuals and sound are very strong and the extras are detailed and entertaining.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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