While not as flawless as "SEASON 5", "HOMICIDE: SEASON 6" still stands out for its consistently provocative and daring episodes. The 4th episode of the season, "THE SUBWAY" may very well stand the test of time as one of the greatest hours of drama in television history! And, that's not an exaggeration!
Starring Vincent D'Onofrio as a man pinned beneath a subway. What makes it both compelling and gut-wrenching is the way in which its message unfolds. We're led to believe this isn't all that uncommon of a situation, and while this man consciously, but unaware, is experiencing what the detectives and audience know will be his last moments of life, many commuters are going about their lives frustrated that his horrible situation is causing them delays in travel!
Brilliantly written by James Yoshimura and flawlessly directed by Gary Fleder, "THE SUBWAY" is one of those episodes that will win over viewers that otherwise know "nothing" about this series. A&E has actually included a documentary from PBS, "ANATOMY OF A HOMICIDE" which focuses on the making of this incredible episode. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes moments, interviews and more.
Even more impressive, if one hasn't seen the episode, it's still a great documentary, offering a terrific inside look into tv production.
Perhaps the overall season loses a little in comparison to the last season, because Luther Mahoney's character is gone and some of the new characters introduced(with the exception of Luther's sister)aren't that interesting. But, it's still one of the best series ever produced and this season is far better than most other tv series best seasons.
As with previous seasons, A&E has preserved the full-frame aspect ratio for this release. Shot on 16mm, there's an intentional abundance of grain, adding to the show's gritty docudrama atmosphere. Colors are stable throughout and detail is nearly flawless. Fleshtones appear natural. There are no artifacts.
A&E has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. It's solid and while separation effects are restrained for the most part, they're effectively utilized in key moments. The score, filled with various music, adds much depth, and is complimented with great fidelity range. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.