(March 25, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – One of television’s feistiest and most provocative police women returns to DVD when Warner Home Video (WHV) brings the third season of cable television’s critically acclaimed series, “The Closer,” to DVD July 1, 2008. Titled “The Closer: The Complete Third Season,” the four-disc collection showcases all 14 episodes from the series’ third year, including the show’s season finale, which originally aired as a two-hour special. The title also features bonus material, and will retail for $39.98 SRP. Order due date has been set for May 27, 2008. Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award nominee, Kyra Sedgwick portrays the role of Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a CIA-trained detective who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite her offbeat personality and tendency to step on people’s toes, Brenda’s tough-as-nails approach and track record prove her to be one of the country’s leading investigators. Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is a closer. But her quirky attitude and hard-nosed approach to her job sometimes rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. During season three, Brenda faces several challenges both personal and professional, as she is assigned to some very complex cases. She investigates a retirement facility where a man confesses to seven murders but refuses to give his name. She is put on a case that involves the slaughter of an entire family in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood and has to deal with becoming the most downloaded video on YouTube after she’s assaulted by a bride whose wedding she stopped. Half-way through the season, Brenda begins to feel ill until test results from the doctor reveal what’s going on. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (“Juno”), Corey Reynolds (“The Guardian”), Robert Gossett (“Passions”), G.W. Bailey (“The Jeff Foxworthy Show”), Tony Denison (“Prison Break”) and Jon Tenney (“The Division”). “'The Closer’ is a smart, entertaining and thought-provoking police show. It offers viewers a mix of intelligent plotlines that are filled with twists and turns, and interesting characters portrayed by talented actors as well as its own unique, distinctive production style,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “Kyra Sedgwick is brilliant in her role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She is witty, spunky and insightful and manages to create a truly compelling character. We are pleased and delighted to be associated with this wonderful show and to be able to offer it to consumers for their home entertainment enjoyment.” Arresting Bonus Features on the DVD set include: "The Art of Interrogation" – A featurette that depicts law enforcement professionals and criminal psychologists explaining the real-world art of interrogation and the skills necessary to be a “closer.” The show’s producers, writers and creators discuss the techniques used on the show and the advantages of using a female Deputy Police Chief as the show’s main character. Gag Reel Unaired Scenes The third season of “The Closer” earned Sedgwick a third Golden Globe Award nomination. She won the award in 2007 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama. Sedgewick also earned Emmy Award nominations for the first two seasons of “The Closer” as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance on the first, second and third season of the show. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category during the show’s third season. The series was created by James Duff (“Felicity,” “Popular”) and executive produced by Michael M. Robin and Greer Shephard, the team behind the groundbreaking series “Nip/Tuck.” “The Closer” first premiered on June 13, 2005 on TNT. The Credits With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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