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Monk: Season Three (Blu-ray Review)


The Series
The Video
The Audio
The Supplements


Adrian Monk, former San Francisco Police Department detective, now consults with the police department while taking on private cases and dealing with his neuroses.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Monk: Season Three continues the story of the neurotic detective, played brilliantly by Tony Shaloub, as he solves a new batch of cases, tries to deal with his mental health issues, solve his wife’s murder, and get back on the police force.

This is the season where Monk really starts to fire on all cylinders. The season starts off with Monk’s nurse Sharona (Bitty Schram) but eventually introduces us to his new assistant Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) who would finish out the series, appearing in the next six seasons. The chemistry definitely changes between the two leads, but the show gets funnier, with Natalie playing more of a Watson to Monk’s Sherlock, that a crutch to his neuroses. Howard is to be applauded for her wonderful effort stepping into Schram’s established role and pulling it off without a hitch.  

The episodes in this season, spread across four discs, are:

  1. Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan
  2. Mr. Monk and the Panic Room
  3. Mr. Monk and the Blackout
  4. Mr. Monk Gets Fired
  5. Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather
  6. Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf
  7. Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month
  8. Mr. Monk and the Game Show
  9. Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine
  10. Mr. Monk and the Red Herring
  11. Mr. Monk Vs. the Cobra
  12. Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever
  13. Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic
  14. Mr. Monk Goes to Vegas
  15. Mr. Monk and the Election
  16. Mr. Monk and the Kid

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The Video

Like the previous two seasons on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, Monk has been newly remastered in 4K and presented on Blu-ray in a 1.78:1 AVC 1080p encodement. Monk can look a little soft with coarse granularity and flesh tones drift a little between looking very natural to having a little bit of red push. That said, this is a strong restoration that yields lots of textural information overall in clothing and on skin, with natural grain and no issues concerning noise. It is a major step up in quality over the DVD and streaming versions.

The Audio

The audio mix for Monk comes in English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo. There is nothing too special about the sound, but it is good for what it is, presenting clean dialogue and a medium width stereo image.

The Supplements

There are no new bonus features included. These are all ported over, archival features in standard definition, but still worth a look if you have never seen them before.

Bonus Features:

  • Favorites: Featurette (SD; 00:05:11)
  • Life Before Monk (SD; 00:03:07)
  • Quirks: Featurette (SD; 00:03:55)
  • Monk – Character Profile: Featurette (SD; 00:05:54)
  • Natalie Teeger – Character Profile: Featurette (SD; 00:05:13)

The Final Assessment

This season three release of Monk from Kino is another entry on home video of this high quality, funny, and modern-day classic detective series that has finally being given the treatment it deserves.

Monk: Season Three is out on Blu-ray January 30, 2024, from KL Studio Classics

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  • Rating Certificate: TV-PG
  • Studios & Distributors: Mandeville Films | ABC Signature | Moratim Produktions | NBC Universal Television | Touchstone Television | USA Cable Entertainment | Universal Media Studios (UMS) | KL Studio Classics
  • Run Time: 640 Mins.
  • Street Date: 30 January 2024
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Primary Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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