In 'Justified' fourth season, female characters get to shine

Akron Beacon JournalDecember 19, 2013 

  • NEW RELEASES

    These DVDs were released this week:

    Films: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; The Lone Ranger; Elysium; Kick-Ass 2; Prisoners; Night Train to Lisbon; Ain't Them Bodies Saints; The Family (starring Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones); One Direction: This Is Us (documentary); Force of Execution; Ghost Team One; Line of Duty; Devil's Pass; Omnibus: Gene Kelly — Dancing: A Man's Game; The Last Letter; Shadow on the Mesa (Hallmark Movie Channel original); The Secret Village; Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters (eight History channel specials); Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection Volume Two.

    TV series: Burn Notice: Season Seven; Burn Notice: The Complete Series (29-disc set); Family Guy, Volume 12; Shameless: Third Season.

    THE WASHINGTON POST

The fourth season of Justified, the praiseworthy, Kentucky-set TV drama with a bit of a Western vibe, is out on DVD this week.

The FX series about a federal marshal (Timothy Olyphant) working among various miscreants in modern-day Harlan County is terrific. It's rich in its locations (although it's not shot in Kentucky), plottings and character — as you would expect in a show adapted from work by the late Elmore Leonard. Every season has been good, but The Complete Fourth Season ($55.99 DVD, $65.99 Blu-ray) was especially fine, particularly in the way it wove in the female characters including Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter).

As good as the men might be at some things, they often misunderstand and underestimate the women, and this season was full of the consequences.

Extras include 10 audio commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, a segment on Constable Bob (played so very well by Patton Oswalt) and, on Blu-ray, pieces about the mesmerizing Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and the season finale.

Season 5 begins Jan. 7.


NEW RELEASES

These DVDs were released this week:

Films: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; The Lone Ranger; Elysium; Kick-Ass 2; Prisoners; Night Train to Lisbon; Ain't Them Bodies Saints; The Family (starring Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones); One Direction: This Is Us (documentary); Force of Execution; Ghost Team One; Line of Duty; Devil's Pass; Omnibus: Gene Kelly — Dancing: A Man's Game; The Last Letter; Shadow on the Mesa (Hallmark Movie Channel original); The Secret Village; Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters (eight History channel specials); Tom & Jerry: Golden Collection Volume Two.

TV series: Burn Notice: Season Seven; Burn Notice: The Complete Series (29-disc set); Family Guy, Volume 12; Shameless: Third Season.

THE WASHINGTON POST

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