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  • Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 2807 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7A6D8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,153 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The first series of Emmy-winning US drama series 'Law and Order', along with the first series of its spin-off shows 'Law and Order - Special Victims Unit', and 'Criminal Intent'. In 'Law and Order', the police investigate a crime in the first half of each episode, whilst the prosecutors play out the trial in the second half. 'Special Victims Unit' is set in New York and investigates the city's most shocking sex crimes with Detectives Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay). 'Criminal Intent' stars Vincent D'Onofrio as Robert Goren of the NYPD's Major Case Squad, who gets inside the mind of the criminal, analysing the planning and execution of the crime with meticulous detail. 'Law and Order' episodes comprise: 'Prescription for Death', 'Subterranean Homeboy Blues', 'The Reaper's Helper', 'Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die', 'Happily Ever After', 'Everybody's Favorite Bagman', 'By Hooker, By Crook', 'Poison Ivy', 'Indifference', 'Prisoner of Love', 'Out of the Half-Light', 'Life Choice', 'A Death in the Family', 'The Violence of Summer', 'The Torrents of Greed: Parts 1 and 2', 'Mushrooms', 'The Secret Sharers', 'The Serpent's Tooth', 'The Troubles', 'Sonata for a Solo Organ' and 'The Blue Wall'. 'Law and Order - Special Victims Unit' episodes comprise: 'Payback', 'A Single Life', 'Or Just Look Like One', 'Hysteria', 'Wanderlust', 'Sophomore Jinx', 'Uncivilized', 'Stalked', 'Stocks and Bondage', 'Bad Blood', 'Russian Love Poem', 'Disrobed', 'Limitations', 'Entitled', 'The Third Guy', 'Misleader', 'Chat Room', 'Contact', 'Remorse', 'Nocturne' and 'Slaves'. 'Law and Order - Criminal Intent' episodes comprise: 'One', 'Art', 'Smothered', 'The Faithful', 'Jones', 'The Extra Man', 'Poison', 'The Pardoner's Tale', 'The Good Doctor', 'Enemy Within', 'The Third Horseman', 'Crazy', 'The Insider', 'Homo Homini Lupus', 'Semi-Professional', 'Phantom', 'Seizure', 'Yesterday', 'Maledictus', 'Badge', 'Faith' and 'Tuxedo Hill'.


Law & Order

From its gritty documentary look to its signature note-knocking "tching-tching" that signals scene changes, Law & Order was a groundbreaking cop show when it debuted in 1990. It has since earned Emmys for Best Dramatic Series and spun off satellite franchises, and reruns of the original series are as omnipresent in syndication as those of I Love Lucy. Law & Order is television's most resilient series. It has survived wholesale changes to its ensemble. One of the secrets of the show's durability: its compelling structure. The first half of each hour-long episode is classic police procedural in which "Law," personified in the first season by partners Greevey (George Dzundza--and be sure to catch the interview segment with series creator Dick Wolfe to learn how to pronounce his name) and Mike Logan (Christopher Noth, the future "Mr. Big" on Sex and the City) investigate a crime and make an arrest. The second half chronicles the ensuing trial, as prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks) under the supervision of Steven Hill's Adam Schiff (more feisty and animated here than in later seasons). Law & Order is also distinguished by its superb writing. Several episodes take their inspiration from the headlines, including "By Hooker, By Crook" about a socialite-run call-girl ring, and "Indifference," which recalls the tragic Lisa Steinberg child abuse case. Others deal with such hot-button issues as abortion ("Life Choice") and AIDS ("The Reaper's Helper"). Another plus is the talent pool of character actors who lend their verisimilitude. Guest stars include Samuel L. Jackson and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Violence of Summer"), The West Wing's John Spencer ("Prescription for Death"), Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon ("Subterranean Homeboy Blues"), and The Sopranos' Dominic Chianese ("Sonata for Stolen Organ"). --Donald Liebenson

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Originally called Sex Crimes, executive producer Dick Wolf wisely opted for something less lurid when the second in the inexhaustible Law & Order franchise hit the air in 1999. Still, as the opening voiceover makes clear, the "sexually based offenses" investigated by New York's Special Victims Unit can be "especially heinous." Wolf penned series premier "Payback," which sets the scene, but not the tone. It's a lively, if uneasy mix between horror (rape) and comedy (risqué banter). As the show progressed, humour would be written out altogether (leaving Richard Belzer's Homicide-derived John Munch with increasingly less to do). Less emphasis would also be placed on the home lives of this "elite squad of dedicated detectives." Mostly, "Payback" introduces us to the unit, centering around partners Olivia Benton (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). For two people with so little in common, they make a terrific team--arguably one of TV's best. Stabler is married with four children; Benton is single and her closest relationship is with her mother (Elizabeth Ashley). While Stabler can get a little rough with suspects, Benton tends to over-empathize with the victims. They report to the no-nonsense Captain Cragen (Law & Order vet Dann Florek). Like the parent program's Lenny Briscoe, he's a recovering alcoholic. Dean Winters and Michelle Hurd round out the rock-solid cast. As it would continue to do in successive years, SVU's first season proved that network TV could explore sex crimes without being salacious or exploitative. "Uncivilised," for instance, concerns a child murder that is automatically pinned on a local sex offender, when the actual perpetrator isn't quite so obvious. "Disrobed," in which Brian Cassidy (Winters) leaves the department and Benson (with whom he had a brief affair) shoots a suspect is another standout in a strong year. SVU features several guest appearances from Jerry Orbach (Briscoe) and Angie Harmon (Abbie Carmichael) from the original Law & Order. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Dick Wolf (Law & Order) has claimed that Arthur Conan Doyle inspired him to create Criminal Intent. Indeed, the brilliant--if socially awkward--Robert "Bobby" Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and cool-headed partner Alexandra "Alex" Eames (Kathryn Erbe) do come across like a modern day Holmes and Watson. Rather than England, however, they're members of New York's major case squad. (Trivia buffs may find it of interest that D'Onofrio played Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty in the 2002 made-for-cable movie Case of Evil.) The show, which premiered in 2001, added "criminal" to the successful "law" and "order" equation. Each episode moves back and forth between the efforts of Goren and Eames to track down "the worst criminal offenders" and the efforts of the offenders to evade capture. The detectives report to plainspoken Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) and work closely with urbane ADA Carter (Courtney B. Vance). Criminal Intent could hardly be mistaken for a comedy, but it can be lighter on its feet than Law & Order and Special Victims Unit--even if the crimes are just as grim. The fun comes from watching Goren and Eames do whatever it takes to catch the perps. As long as it's legal--they'll do it. Highlights of the first season include "Jones" with Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London) as a philandering lawyer, "Badge" with Viola Davis (Solaris) as a corrupt ex-cop, and "Phantom" with Michael Emerson (The Practice) as a desperate family man. The last is based on the same real-life case that inspired the critically acclaimed French film Time Out (in the movie and teleplay, the protagonist pretends to work for the UN; in reality, Jean-Claude Romand pretended to be a doctor). Other cases, also often suggested by actual events, concern burglary, forgery, and money laundering--although murder is always mixed up in there somewhere. Featuring guest appearance from Law & Order detectives Green (Jesse L. Martin) and Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) in "Poison" and Lieutenant Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) in "Badge." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 22 Feb. 2009
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As I had never seen many episodes of Law and Order before I thought I would start with this box set and I am glad I did. Although it is quite dated the storylines are really good.
I'd recommend anyone who is a big fan to buy this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Doddsy on 28 Dec. 2009
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OK Hands up all of you who are Law and Order Fans, Lots of you, yeah, now how many of you have seen the first series of Law and Order? yeah not so many now eh!!
My Mrs and I are great fans of this series, but neither of us remember seeing them when first viewed, probably because they were hidden away on some obscure time slot, or we simply weren't looking for them.
This pack is a real treat, as it has the first series of not only Law and Order, but has the "spin offs" Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit as well.
This is a cracking program, the story lines hold up very well, and is a great way to "see how they started" or simply to recap.
A "must have" for any "Crime" fan
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon Paterson on 15 Sept. 2009
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I wonder if reviewers could see their reviews as a meansof helping others to decide whether or not to but an article. To give 3 stars as it has no running time shown is both bizarre and stupid. Please desist
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