SRP $79.95 1.78:1 PCM 5.1 SONY

One of the best shows on tv(cable, that is), is "RESCUE ME" and its third season is now available on blu-ray from SONY.  Dennis Leary and Peter Tolan created this daring, drama that's alternately shocking, moving, and hilarious.  Set mostly around the lives of the crew from New York's 62 fire crew, the series opens up greatly from the confines of a firehouse, but even the scenes that occur there are terrific and never dull. This is due mostly to consistently brilliant writing, and a terrific ensemble cast. Dennis Leary as main character, Tommy Gavin, is great, but, again, so is every single actor in the show, including the little girl who plays the adorable little girl of fellow firefighter, Franco. 

Season 3 opens with Tommy having more haunting visions revolving around the death in season 2 of his only son.  Things just keep getting worse for Tommy and his daily fight with the bottle is just one of many struggles he must contend with, alongside the stress of being involved with his cousin's widow, still loving his ex-wife, even though she's now involved with someone new, and much more.  There's not one episode in season 3 that doesn't fit or move the season along, and fans will anxiously await season 4.

SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 transfer with 1.78:1 aspect ratio over four 50gb discs.  It looks great!!! The series has a sensational production design and it's well complimented here with bright colors and depth.  There's some minor grain in a few scenes, but never too intrusive.  There are plenty of scenes that pop off the screen. Far better looking than in the standard cable presentation.

SONY has presented a PCM 5.1 mix. It's great as well!  While surrounds are typically reigned in, they kick in to high gear when the terrific score is on hand, and during crucial scenes. There are plenty of ambient effects. It's a really good mix, and far more immersive than most tv dramas.

SONY has provided some great extras, including documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and more.  The best extra is an extended comedy sequence, set one night in the firehouse while a strange creature lurks somewhere nearby. Wolf, dog, werewolf?   Some of the firefighters are too scared to see, but it's hilarious and captures the feel of the show for those unacquainted with it.