- Actors: Ice-T, Seana Kofoed, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Christopher Meloni
- Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English, Spanish
- Subtitles: Spanish, French
- Dubbed: Spanish, English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 6
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
- Run Time: 959 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000AVHCA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,030 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Complete First Season
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From the popular and award-winning Law & Order franchise comes Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. This hard-hitting and emotional series chronicles the exciting cases of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit as they try to crack the city's most heinous crimes. With a celebrated cast that includes Christopher Meloni (Twelve Monkeys, TV's Oz) Mariska Hargitay (Lake Placid, TV's ER), Dan Florek (Beautiful Joe, The Flintstones), Richard Belzer (Jump, TV's Homicide: Life on the Street), Dean Winters (TV's Oz) and Michelle Hurd (Random Hearts), and featuring such notable guest stars as Angie Harmon (TV's Law & Order), Jerry Orbach (TV's Law & Order), Andrew McCarthy (St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink), Bebe Neuwirth (TV's Frasier, Cheers) and Camryn Manheim (TV's The Practice), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The First Year is a must-have DVD collection.
Disc 6 - Law & Order Special Victims Unit - The First Year:
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As the intro to each episode states, the SVU, or Special Victims Unit, is in charge of particularly heinous crimes that are sexually based. Lead detectives are Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Detective Munch (Richard Belzer) is paired first with Cassidy (Dean Winters) and later with Jefferies (Michelle Hurd). Ice-T doesn't become Munch's partner until season two. The entire group of detectives is commanded by Captain Don Cragen (Dann Florek).
As a previous viewer stated there are commercials at the beginning of disc one, but on that disc only. The set includes 22 full length episodes including the pilot for the series. Two featurettes are also on the final disc. Special Victims Unit: The Beginning features cast members and producers giving insight into the making of and success of the show. Dann Florek's Squad Room Walk Through clues us into life on the set and little tidbits about the squadroom such as the photo on Olivia's desk (that of Mariska's real mother, Jayne Mansfield with her two dogs Momsicle and Popsicle), the wanted pictures on the bulletin board (actually crew and office workers), the rationale behind props in Captain Cragen's office, and many more insider scoops.
If you're a fan of great writing and acting as well as cop shows, this is one set you can't miss. The fifth season of SVU is slated to be released on September 7th in time for the fall premiere of season six. After that, Universal is reportedly going to go back and release the other seasons in the actual order.
The character Olivia Benson is especially annoying in that she takes every crime personally. There is nothing wrong with portraying cops who care, but she is ridiculous. In the very first episode, she acts as cop, attorney, jury and judge when she doesn't approve of the victim's past. Yes, she makes judgments about the victim! Granted, he was a lousy guy, but she makes herself the entire judicial system because she's sympathetic to the perpetrator.
Richard Belzer's character John Munch, from Homicide: Life on the Street, joins the SVU, but he is terribly underutilized. It's too bad this show isn't even close to the quality of Belzer's old show.
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