New on DVD
By the end of season three of The Wire — aka HBO’s best excuse for staying on the air — one could sense that the show had, in some sense of the word, come to an end. It was certainly clear for a time that HBO executives thought so, having come close to canceling the multifaceted, frighteningly addictive urban drama yet again, as it never pulled anywhere near the kind of ratings that their warhorses like The Sopranos and Sex and the City had. With nobody of real consequence running the West Baltimore drug trade (the Barksdales’ chief rival and replacement, Marlo Stanfield, seems at first nothing more than some punk kid), what would be left that was worth watching? Plenty, it turns out.
The complete DVD set of The Wire: Season Four is in stores now and ready for your holiday purchase. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.