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Law & Order: the First Year

Law & Order: the First Year

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One of television's most respected crime dramas comes to DVD in this special collector's set. Law & Order: The First Year contains all 22 episodes from the show's first season on six DVDs. The episodes are presented in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The discs have been encoded with optional


One of television's most respected crime dramas comes to DVD in this special collector's set. Law & Order: The First Year contains all 22 episodes from the show's first season on six DVDs. The episodes are presented in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The discs have been encoded with optional English-language subtitles for the hearing impaired. The set also includes additional bonus material, including previously unseen outtakes from the show and an introduction from the show's creator/producer, Dick Wolf.

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For more than a decade, Law & Order has been delighting fans with its realistic portrayal of both the investigative and legal elements of crime. There have been spin-offs (L&O: Special Victims Unit, L&O: Criminal Intent) and crossovers (notably with Homicide: Life on the Street), and still audiences can't get enough. By incorporating everyday issues into episode plotlines, Law & Order creator Dick Wolf has maintained a degree of cultural currency that few series have equaled. The show launched the careers of such actors as Benjamin Bratt (Piñero) and Chris Noth (Sex and the City) and has established itself as one of the most consistently creative, provocative dramas on television. This six-DVD set compiles all 22 episodes from the first season, including the pilot episode, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman." Noth's Detective Mike Logan is partnered with George Dzundza as Sgt. Max Greevey on the Law side in year one, both working under future L&O: Special Victims Unit Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek). On the Order end of things, Michael Moriarty takes the lead as Executive ADA Ben Stone, working with ADA Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks) for District Attorney Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). These days it seems as if Law & Order is on virtually every channel; there's only one way to view the show commercial-free, however, and this is it.
  • "Prescription for Death" -- When a young girl with bronchitis dies in the hospital, her father charges criminal negligence. The next step is finding another doctor to testify against the chief of medicine.
  • "Subterranean Homeboy Blues" -- A white woman shoots two black teens on the subway, and the question of whether it was self-defense threatens to divide the city.
  • "The Reaper's Helper" -- The murder of a young gay man with AIDS is linked to murders in San Francisco and L.A., and the question arises: Were they hate crimes or mercy killings?
  • "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" -- Evidence in the murder of a young woman links the victim to both her ex-boyfriend and her current one on the night of the killing.
  • "Happily Ever After" -- After a woman is wounded and her husband killed in an attack, the detectives find her account of the event too well rehearsed to be believed.
  • "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" (Pilot Episode) -- The mugging of a councilman leads to the arrest of a mobster who's willing to make a deal and expose a corrupt politician.
  • "By Hooker, by Crook" -- The murder of an architect in Central Park exposes a high-class prostitution ring.
  • "Poison Ivy" -- A routine drug bust goes bad and an Ivy League honors student is gunned down by a cop, leading to escalating racial tension.
  • "Indifference" -- When an abused child dies, the investigation reveals a crack-addicted mother being abused by her husband.
  • "Prisoner of Love" -- The murder of a notorious artist makes the head of New York's Cultural Affairs Department a potential suspect.
  • "Out of the Half-Light" -- A 16-year-old black girl claims she was raped by two white cops, and the city becomes a racial powder-keg.
  • "Life Choice" -- A case involving the bombing of an abortion clinic leaves one woman dead and the detectives on opposite sides of the issue.
  • "A Death in the Family" -- A citywide manhunt for a cop killer leads to the arrest of a suspect whose attorney tries to cut a deal.
  • "The Violence of Summer" -- A local TV news reporter is gang-raped, and while the three suspects soon turn on each other, the detectives search for a fourth suspect.
  • "Torrents of Greed, Part 1" -- When three members of the Masucci crime family are charged with assault, Stone wants to bring down the entire organization.
  • "Torrents of Greed, Part 2" -- While Stone and Robinette try to bring crime boss Frank Masucci to justice, the crime family dispenses some justice of its own.
  • "Mushrooms" -- An investigation into the shooting of a 12-year-old boy and his brother lead detectives to a teen drug ring.
  • "The Secret Sharers" -- A known felon is gunned down in front of a church congregation, but all the witnesses attempt to protect the shooter.
  • "The Serpent's Tooth" -- When a wealthy couple is killed by their sons, the D.A.'s office doesn't accept the fact that the suspects were abused as justification.
  • "The Troubles" -- When a Lebanese gunrunner is murdered and the prime suspect is an IRA soldier, Logan must set aside his sympathy for the Irish cause.
  • "Sonata for Solo Organ" -- After a kidney transplant, charges are brought against the physician and the patient's father because the organ was taken against the donor's will.
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    Universal Studios
    Region Code:
    [Dolby Digital Stereo]

    Special Features

    The creation of Law & Order; Preview of the new Law & Order

    Cast & Crew

    Performance Credits
    Richard Brooks Asst. DA Paul Robinette
    George Dzundza Det. Sgt. Max Greevey
    Dann Florek Capt. Don Cragen
    Steven Hill DA Adam Schiff
    Michael Moriarty Exec. Asst. DA Ben Stone
    Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan

    Technical Credits
    Aaron Lipstadt Director
    Charles Correll Director
    Daniel Sackheim Director
    Don Scardino Director
    E.W. Swackhamer Director
    Fred Gerber Director
    Gwen Arner Director
    James Quinn Director
    John Patterson Director
    John Whitesell Director
    Martin Davidson Director
    Michael Fresco Director
    Vern Gillum Director

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    Law & Order: the First Year 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    L&O is my favorite show. My only concern is the lack of season two, which was supposed to be released in the spring of 2003. its august and still no word on it. i need my law and order.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Great show. But you know that. This is really a fun set and some of the episodes are really great. Season 2 was supposed to be Spring '03. Where is it?
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    'Law and Order' is the ground-breaking, record-breaking police/lawyer television drama that in recent years has spawned several television spin offs. Despite, or perhaps because of the spin off successes, Universal has at last decided to start releasing the original television episodes on DVD. At last we get the original series (Season One) as it premiered back in the mid-eighties with its original cast. The box set is rather impressive from Universal. ¿ All 24 episodes from season one are represented. Some of the best and most disturbing moments in the entire series came during season one, including the child molestation and wife battery episode - considered so emotionally disturbing that after its initial broadcast it was never aired in network prime time again. How times have changed. Over all, the image quality on these discs is fairly good. Some episodes have a considerable amount of film grain present. However, I suspect this is more the fault of the original tape elements used to record the series and also 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 include a brief mini-documentary from Dick Wolf, the producer and some trailer junkets. If you're a fan of this great television series you should seriously consider adding this box set to your collection.
    Deevra More than 1 year ago
    Smart, clever, never repetitive. The First Year starts off with a bang and keeps going. With excellent writing and talented actors, the stories feel real, as though the camera was dropping in documentary style on the work lives of these dedicated blue collar lawmen. It was smart to leave their personal lives out for the most part, allowing you to know thm yet never really KNOWING them.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The mystery, the quick wit of the officers and the ethical dilemmas the ADA faces when they go to court. I can watch each episode over and over again and do! Well worth the investment
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Really glad the entire season is in a boxed set. I was looking forward to seeing the pilot episode on the dvd (had originally seen it on A&E early 2000s) but was dissapointed as I seem to remember there was a different opening for the pilot than the one represented on the DVD. The one on the dvd episode of the pilot was the same as the entire first season. Otherwise a fine boxed set of dvds.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Love the show, love the DVD set but am in desperate need for the rest of the seasons. This is a must have for any true L&O Fan.
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