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Law and Order: Trial By Jury - The Complete Series

Bebe Neuwirth , Amy Carlson    Unrated   DVD
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For the first time, a Law & Order series is told not only from the point-of-view of the prosecutors and police -- but also from the perspective of the defense attorneys, defendants, judges and jurors. Law & Order: Trial by Jury shows the inner workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the prosecutors’ complicated process of building a case, investigating leads and preparing witnesses for trial.

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There are plenty of things about Law & Order: Trial by Jury, the fourth series and third spinoff (after SVU and Criminal Intent) in executive producer Dick Wolf's popular and reliable franchise, that loyal viewers will find familiar, even comforting. There's the taut, ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling; the Kobe Bryant rape case (in "Pattern of Conduct") and the infamous Amadou Diallo shooting (in "Forty-One Shots") are but two examples among the fourteen episodes in this three-disc set. There are appearances, some of them recurring, by Sam Waterston, Fred Thompson, the late Jerry Orbach (in his final episodes as Det. Lennie Briscoe), and other stalwarts from the original series. There's an SVU "cross-over" episode, and another ("Skeleton") that follows up on the shooting of L & O detective Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin). And then there's the theme music, the intro ("In the criminal justice system")… and that ineffable sound that leads from one scene to another. Yet Trial by Jury also has many aspects that set it apart from the other Law & Order shows. In focusing not on police procedure but on the trial process, it shines a brighter light on the defendants (who in most cases have already been apprehended when an episode starts), the juries (including the selection process, deliberations, and the role of jury consultants), the various lawyers' strategies, and even the judges' personal opinions. All of that leads to some interesting situations, like the scene in "Forty-One Shots" that finds a group of policemen, barred from the courtroom for making a disturbance during the trial of a cop killer, waiting anxiously outside for the verdict. Nevertheless, there are reasons why Trial by Jury failed to connect with viewers, airing for just two months in 2005 before being canceled by NBC. The cast is one of them; for example, A.D.A. Tracey Kibre (Bebe Neuwirth), the lead prosecutor, is tough but not especially likable. More than that, with its predilection for tight close-ups, personal details, melodrama, and such, the series is simply too much like standard nighttime TV fare. Good but not great, Law & Order: Trial by Jury (the set includes a few deleted scenes and a short featurette) will certainly have its adherents, but it falls a little short of its distinguished predecessors. --Sam Graham


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By Jeremy
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I am a Law and Order junkie...the part I always enjoy the most though is the legal side, so I've always wanted to watch this series, but it isn't available anywhere online like Hulu or Netflix, or even for sale as a digital download, so I had to do what now almost seems "old school" and buy the DVD set. It's totally worth it! Hours of entertainment, and my hope is that if many people by their DVD, maybe they will see that there is more interest in this type of show than they thought when it got cancelled. My only complaint is that they only made one season of the show!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jury is in... Sept. 11 2013
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...Law and Order: Trial by Jury was an attempt by the original series producers to look deeper into the Trial phase on each case. The Jury is in, and this brilliant, albeit short-lived spin off rates excellent in all categories. Each of the episodes offer great writing, production, and strong performances all around, and the first two shows are unfortunately the last for the long running character Lennie Briscoe.
Too bad this one was cancelled. Recommended to all Law and Order fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! Jan. 8 2013
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Have loved all the Law and Order shows, but this one was only on for one season, which was a shame. The cast was great, the storylines were excellent, and it still had the flavour of the great crime drama. I would recommend this product to anyone who is a fan of any of the Law and Order shows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Law and Order - Trial By Jury Dec 13 2009
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Great stuff. Good to see Jerry Orbach one last time before he died. They pulled the plug on this thing too early.
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