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No plans for Seasons 3 thru 5 on DVD for Europe/Japan

Folks,

Unfortunately, nothing new on the expected DVD release of our favourite series' seasons 3 thru 5 in DVD regional code 2 (Europe, Japan).

As we all know, seasons 1 and 2 had been released in the United States back in 2007 and 2008, followed by Europe and Japan in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Following a period of uncertain circumstances (reportedly related to the music copyright of some songs included in one or another episode of the series), seasons 3, 4, and 5 were finally released in the US  between mid and late 2012. Seems as if Paramount forgot to think of the European format.

Nonetheless, I will keep you updated in case I catch up any serious news on this topic.

Screencaps for Ep 3.19 added

I have just added the screencaps for The Programming Of Charlie Blake to the episodes' page. When a young female student is found dead, homicide takes over in a case which soon turns out to having a certain pre-history. The victim's roommate states that her late friend had received obscene phone calls in the recent past, so everything points at a sexual offender with a psychopathological component. The department's widely spread investigation among registered sexual offenders of the area leads Mike and Steve to two suspects who do not really have a valid alibi for the time of the offense: one of them, Charlie Blake, has had severe problems with what we would call 'obscene phone call stalking' these days. However, Blake is a rather sincere and remorseful ex-criminal who does everything he can to get his life together again. His fragile situation is completely mixed up by the police questioning which associates Charlie with obscene phone calls again - and murder. He immediately calls his psychiatrist for an urgent appointment. We as the audience learn that Charlie's psychiatrist, Dr. Norman Jessup, starts to play a double game. Charlie serves as the perfect instrument to getting rid of Jessup's wife who just discovered her husband is having an affair. Using hypnotic skills, Jessup first suggests that Charlie stalked and killed the young student, and then orders him to come to his house by night. The whole scenery is well-prepared and Charlie walks right into the trap. However, Steve smokes something - Jessup's alibi is absolutely perfect, and that makes him think. While visiting the crime scene again, Mike makes an astounding discovery; but they need to prove that Jessup perfectly prepared the scenery.

Filming locations are limited to five spots in this episode. These include Telegraph Hill for both, the initial crime scene as well as the apartment of Blake's current girl friend, plus Forest Hill for Dr. Jessup's house. Charlie and Jill are having lunch in a restaurant on Davis Court, and the epilogue was filmed on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.

More Location Photography Ahead

Folks,

I am currently working on some more original location photography for a couple of episodes. These include 'A Trout In The Milk', 'Before I Die', 'No Badge for Benjy', 'Inferno', and 'Letters From The Grave'. It will take a couple of weeks from now, but I am pretty sure you'll like it.

Furthermore, I have got in touch with my sources at Paramount asking for an update on the company's plans concerning the release of season 3, 4, and 5 for Europe and Japan (regional code 2).

Stay tuned. :)

Screencaps for Ep 3.18 added

I have just added the screencaps for Ten Dollar Murder to the episodes' page. A number of taxi driver robberies culminates in the murder of an undercover police officer who performs as a cab driver. While investigating the robbery case which just turned into a homicide matter, Mike is asked by an old friend of the robbery department, Officer Irene Elliot, for help as she is afraid of losing contact and influence to her teenage son, Bobby. Irene's and Mike's ways had crossed just the night before when Irene tried to catch a hooker on the run inside the SFPD lower parking garage. Being an old friend of Irene's husband too, late Officer Don Elliot, Mike complies her request to talk to her son who, in her comprehension, is missing a father figure. We as the audience already know that in fact it is Bobby and his teenage buddy Charles 'Tiny' Reynolds who spend their leasure time robbing the San Francisco cab drivers. However, it is a taxi driver's observation who was knocked almost unconscious that one of the robbers had a remarkable buckle on, a shiny Indian's head. Irene discovers that her son obviously took her late husband's service revolver, but she cannot handle the situation and tries to suppress what is the obvious truth. It is Steve who - rather by chance actually - finally nails the mystery when he interviews Bobby in his high school gym's changing room after his friend Tiny was found dead in a car, intoxicated by exhaust gases, as he recognizes the notable Indian head buckle. Bobby still thinks he can play the 'innocent boy' part but Mike and Steve are already on his trail. In a desparate effort to get away with murders, Bobby threatens both Mike and Steve with his father's gun - but when he tries to escape the dramatic confrontation, Irene realizes what he did and takes matters into her own hands.

Filming locations include several nightly spots at Fishermans Wharf, precisely around Jefferson and Taylor Streets, where Bobby Elliot and Tiny Reynolds are getting on the cabs. Mike's and Steve's original case leads them to Ghirardelli Square and the (now-demolished) Transbay Transit Terminal, and we are also taken to the underground parking lot of the SFPD. Irene Elliot's house is located in the Sunset District, whereas Bobby kills Tiny at Lands End. Mike and Irene are having dinner in a Japanese Restaurant, however, there are no exterior shots but the glimpse of the street scenes through the restaurant's window in background seem to imply it was actually filmed in Japan Town. Bobby and Elliot are working in a car repair garage in Haight-Ashbury, next to Golden Gate Park. Following the shootout in front of the Elliot house, Bobby is taken to the Davies Campus of California Pacific Medical Center where the epilogue scene was filmed.

Catching up with unidentified filming locations!

Thanks to fellow fans Mark Dober and Tamie Yusa-Ogawa, I can remove two more spots from the unidentified filming locations list.

Tamie identified the 'Pacific State Hospital' in season 3 episode Target: Red, where sniper Jerry Schilling's son was treated, to be the former Shriners Children's Hospital in the Sunset District. Although the hospital was finally closed, and moved to a new hospital complex in Sacramento in 1993, the building itself was designated a San Francisco landmark and remains in its location on 19th Avenue.

Mark quickly identified the building of Jacob's apartment in season 3 episode Jacob's Boy to be located in the southern part of the Western Addition on McAllister, between Steiner and Pierce Streets, just one block away from Alamo Square.

Please check the unidentified filming locations page. I do appreciate your help!

Thanks much again, guys! :)

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