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5.0 out of 5 stars Law and Order, Season One...
Law and Order, Season One is perfect for all of the obsessed Law and Order fans! It takes you back to the gritty begining of a show that has become such a phenomenon! For true Law and Order fans, there is no better way to enjoy watching your favorite early episodes than on this DVD. However, in a way it is almost sad to see all of the old characters that are no longer...
Published on April 27 2004 by Andrea M. Walker

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3.0 out of 5 stars TELEVISION'S BEST CRIMINAL DRAMA FINALLY ON DVD
"Law and Order" is the ground-breaking, record-breaking police/lawyer drama that's developed such a religious following in recent years that its spawned several television spin offs. At last we get the original series as it premiered back in the late eighties and sporting a box set that is rather impressive, considering it comes from Universal Studios - a studio not...
Published on April 25 2003 by Nix Pix


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5.0 out of 5 stars Law and Order, Season One..., April 27 2004
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Andrea M. Walker (Concord, California USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
Law and Order, Season One is perfect for all of the obsessed Law and Order fans! It takes you back to the gritty begining of a show that has become such a phenomenon! For true Law and Order fans, there is no better way to enjoy watching your favorite early episodes than on this DVD. However, in a way it is almost sad to see all of the old characters that are no longer on the show, but it is sure nice to see them again! I would recomend getting the first and soon to be released second season of Law and Order for any real fan you know. They will love it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars TELEVISION'S BEST CRIMINAL DRAMA FINALLY ON DVD, April 25 2003
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Nix Pix (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
"Law and Order" is the ground-breaking, record-breaking police/lawyer drama that's developed such a religious following in recent years that its spawned several television spin offs. At last we get the original series as it premiered back in the late eighties and sporting a box set that is rather impressive, considering it comes from Universal Studios - a studio not known for going "all out" on a t.v. series. This box set gives us all 24 episodes from season one. Some of the best, and most disturbing moments are featured herein, including a child molestation segment, thought to be so emotionally disturbing that, after its initial broadcast, for six years afterward, was never aired on network prime time again. How times have changed!
Over all, the image quality of these discs is fairly good. Some episodes have a considerable amount of film grain present. However, I suspect this is not only the fault of the original elements used in taping the episode, but due, in part, to the lesser quality of equipment used in television productions nearly thirteen years ago. Colors are muted and dated but they are well balanced. Flesh tones are accurately presented. Black levels are solid. Contrast levels are generally good, though a few episodes seem to have considerably lower levels than the norm. Edge enhancement and pixelization are generally kept to a minimum, though they are present throughout the series. The audio is remastered and well presented, only occasionally sounding strident.
Extras: a little mini-documentary from Dick Wolf, the producer and some trailer junkets.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a fan of this great television series you should seriously consider adding this box set to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, Aug. 22 2013
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I recommend it for all Law and Order fans. Excellent quality in picture, sound and disc quality. A must buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning, May 2 2004
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N. Durham "Big Evil" (Philadelphia, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
When Dick Wolf's innovative prime time cop drama hit TV in 1990, few, if any, could have predicted the longevity and impact that Law & Order would accomplish. Each hour long episode begins with partners Greevey (George Dzundza) and Logan (Chris Noth) investigating the crime and making the arrests, while the second half focuses on the ensuing trial, prosecuted by assistant D.A.'s Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Robinette (Richard Brooks) under the supervision of Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). These 22 episodes contained herein display the series in it's early stages; having not yet perfected it's now patented style, but on it's own it still manages to be an above average cop drama that would lay the groundwork for brilliant future seasons, spin-off's, and other shows that attempted to mimic it's style; many of which failed while Law & Order kept rolling, even when it suffered wholesale changes to it's cast season after season. Look for guest appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and William H. Macy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Season 1 = Great acting, slower action, features missing., April 17 2004
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This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
The first season of Law and Order lacks the bang-bang short attention span plot advances and twists of the later years, but more than makes up for it by deeper plots and better acting, along with some nice background. Unfortunately, the DVD quality isn't what it could be, which is why this is 4 stars and not 5.
From season 3 or 4 on, the Law and Order formula came into full flower. Every 'donk-donk' signifies a quick advance in the plot as a year-long investigation and trial gets compressed in an hour, except for those delicious times when it reverses in a wild plot twist. Three spinoffs prove this works regardless of who is in the role. Season 1 isn't quite like that. For instance, it often meanders slowly, spending 4 or 5 minutes at the beginning actually witnessing the crime, having the cast walk down the street talking to each other rather than going from one interview to the next. (This actually gives some great background - you finally see the full precinct room and DAs office!) The slower pace even reflects in the way the guest stars seemly act - an L&O trademark is to have an interviewee continuing to do their job while the cops grill them. Not so here. No quick hot dog lunch for meetings between the Captain and the detectives. Logan even complains when someone doesn't give them their full attention!
While not having the formula down means that action slows down, it allows for better acting and better plot development. The 'ripped from the headlines' aspect remains as large as it ever was, with the Mayflower Madam, Tawana Brawley claiming rape, the Lisa Steinberg child abuse case, and city council corruption along with several cop corruption cases. The difference is that because the actors aren't forced to move through hoops they actually get to perform. Robinette gives a soul searing performance in the the Brawley case (Half-Light) and the corruption case (Bagman) as he examines his race versus his job - and race and class in general get explored a lot more than in later years (in episodes like Homeboy Blues and Poison Ivy.) Logan acts like a rookie as he screams at people who don't help him, and nearly comes to blows with Greevey over their views on abortion and morality in Life Choice and Kiss the Girls. Stone shows actual rage in Indifference, and Schiff is a motivated caring boss and not just his normal fun cantankerous let's-cut-our-losses self. Finally, the caliber of the guest stars before they became big (Cynthia Nixon, William Macy, Epatha Merkerson!) helps as the give and take is unrestrained. This is a fair tradeoff for a slower show.
My only objection to the DVD set is the transfer is somewhat mediocre, especially for the first few episodes where you get flecking. I can't believe the original tapes weren't in better shape. Also, the features side borders on the unacceptable. Dick Wolf does talk about the original development of the show, for about 10 minutes. Other than that, nothing - except for an unbelievable ad about the Law and Order game! I can't believe there aren't outtakes or they couldn't get someone from the cast to walk through the episodes ala the Simpsons DVD sets. Definitely worth marking down a star for that.
Still, a great beginning to a great show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Law & Order - The First Year Review, April 1 2004
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This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
This DVD is the greatest. I love Chris Noth. He is the best character on the show. Or on the show his name is Detective Mike Logan. I love this show and I got this DVD for a reason!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan!, Feb. 25 2004
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This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
L&O is the best Cop TV show I've ever seen! Definetively, Season 1 is a must, and is a milestone in its long story on TV.
I'm desperately looking forward for Season 2' release...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Season One- Season Two Coming!, Feb. 17 2004
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geode2000 "geode2000" (Omaha, NE United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
The shakedown season of Law & Order was gritty and great. Now the 2nd Year DVD release has been announced by Universal Home Video.
May 4, 2004 is the street date for this box set, which follows in the footsteps of The First Year with similar packaging design and specs, with one exception: Universal is moving this to double-sided DVDs in order to cut the disc count in half and save you (and themselves, of course) some money, plus take up less space on the shelf in the bargain.
Video is once again in 1.33:1 "full screen" mode, with audio in English 2.0 Dolby and French 2.0 Dolby, with subtitles in French and Spanish. This release is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
$59.98 is the list price for Law & Order - The 2nd Year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Drama on television. Chris Noth great, Feb. 1 2004
This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
Not many words needed to describe . one word suffices . Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best series ever, Dec 24 2003
This review is from: Law & Order: The First Year (DVD)
for all of us , fans of the law and order series , the first season box-set was a welcome gift - we had the oppotunity to revisit our favourite episodes once again. obviously now we are expecting the remaining years to be issued and if somebody from the studio or any one else know something about it , please let us know some news
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