Gangland The Final Season Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Gangland: Season Three, brings to light street conflicts im American
cities that is beyond the comprehension of anyone, in a brave and
fearless manner that is unmatched elsewhere, beyond the gruesome of
what is seen even, in the final moments of Taxi Driver, for example.
This series, in no shape, way or form glorifies conflict. Rather, it
builds on interviews with key individuals who decided that the lifestyle wasn’t for them after experiencing it first-hand for a length of time and concerned about it potential as a livelihood in the medium to long term.
In the case of LA GRAN FAMILIA (LGF), based in Atlanta, GA, the founding of the group was noble at first, opposing various injustices and humiliation from school bullies. At some point, this goal changed to the pursuit of status, gold chains, glamorous rims, Mercedes Benz cars, hotties, money and the exhilaration of instilling fear in others generally, and competing with and defeating local rival gangs specifically.
About 5 years before the opening of the Atlanta Olympics and afterwards – a time during when the demand for manual labor in public works projects was high, as well as the remuneration – a massive influx of aliens from Mexico and Central America occurred, increasing it 10 fold locally, and the general population of everyone in metro Atlanta doubling as well.
Along with a much higher number of wealthy laborers came a much higher demand for narcotics and underground services, including cocaine, meth, ecstasy, marijuana. It also opened the door to extortion and manipulation of those migrants, who by necessity required fake ID and a means in escaping from the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), such as changing living address regularly remain untraceable by detectives.
With LGT, there are the rivals North Side 14, La Raza and the Surenos. Through a well defined structure, LGT is made up of Maltides 13, Latin Kings, Brownside Locos, Pachucos 21 and Riverside Locos, all of those present to some degree in Atlanta, Dikalb, Cobb, Gwinett and Hall counties, The only difference is the absence of clearly defined territories, unlike LA.
For those the inhabitants in the vicinity, living in fear is a token, as residents decline in identifying members to not being shown as complainants to the law. For those on the outside, tags seen on the street suggest the presence of various gangs, and an X an opposition to it, hinting at animosity and imminent conflict.
Mile High Killers
Public Enemy Number One
Vendetta of Blood
A Killer’s Revenge
Better off Dead
Clash of the Crips
Army of Hate
The Filthy Few
Shoot to Kill
Valley of Death
Death Before Dishonor
Print Quality: 8.5/10
- There are no special features
Special Features: 0/10
I was a latecomer to the Gangland Series and frankly, it’s more than a bit scary to know certain types of people (aka gang members) are running around out in the world. Nevertheless, there are plenty of redeeming moments and people who have turned their lives around in this series.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10