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Conviction: The Complete Series

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They're young. They're in over their heads. They wouldn't have it any other way. In the cutthroat New York judicial system, if you're intelligent, ambitious and new, there's only one way to get things done - with Conviction. Get ready for all 13 gripping episodes of The Complete Series from award-winning creator Dick Wolf (Law & Order). When five young assistant district attorneys enter the world of public justice, they struggle to make sense of their challenging caseloads and equally provocative personal lives. Under the leadership of bureau chief Alex Cabot (Stephanie March, Law & Order: SVU), these rookie prosecutors are about to get a crash course in love, life and the law. Also starring Eric Balfour, J. August Richards, Anson Mount, Jordan Bridges, Julianne Nicholson and Milena Govich.

Created by Dick Wolf, the seemingly unstoppable mastermind behind the Law & Order franchise, Conviction tells the stories of a group of young, driven, and genetically gifted prosecutors working for the New York District Attorney's office, which is led by Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March). Cabot was last seen as a young gun assistant district attorney herself on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. There she was a crusading and idealistic lawyer fighting to buck a corrupt system. But on Conviction, her character has turned into the type of bureaucrat she used to despise--one who thinks more about the bottom line than the true meaning of justice. Though she obviously still has feelings for her underling and former beau Jim Steele (Anson Mount), she becomes engaged to a well-connected man (the day after she and Steele have a one-night stand).

The series, which was canceled after its first season in 2006, has a more soap opera feel than Wolf's other shows. While the meat of the 13 episodes is in their fight to lock up rapists and murderers, the heart of the show lies in the private lives of the young attorneys. Steele has a "just sex" relationship with Jessica Rossi (Milena Govich), a promising young lawyer who butts heads with him at work. Nick Potter (played by Beau Bridges' son, Jordan) left a six-figure salary at a private law firm to work for the people. Billy Desmond (J. August Richards), who hasn't lost a case, finds himself falling for a mess of a girl despite himself. And ladies man Brian Peluso (Eric Balfour) and wide-eyed cutie Christina Finn (Julianne Nicholson) find it easier to play verbal footsie than admit their feelings for each other.

Though the dramatic content isn't lacking, there are some moments where even suspending your belief in reality really doesn't help much. In one episode, a murderer takes some of the attorneys hostage in a courtroom. Demanding respect, he refuses to answer their questions unless they address him in legalese. It's almost laughable watching the supposedly terrified lawyers popping up and down to address him as "your honor." In another scene, Finn warns another gunman--who has already killed another hostage--that the police may be trying to trick him. But overall, the series has a nice rhythm that could've carried over for another solid season or two. NBC was quick to ax the drama, just as it did with Wolf's 2005 series Law & Order: Trial by Jury. It's too bad because Conviction--which could've been retitled Law & Order: The Wonder Years--showed a lot of promise. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

Disc 3:
  • Seven Profiles

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Reiko Aylesworth, Eric Balfour, Jordan Bridges, Milena Govich, Stephanie March
    • Directors: Norberto Barba
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
    • Run Time: 559 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000FS9MY2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Conviction: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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    35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on September 2, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I was a huge fan of District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on Law and Order: SVU, so I was thrilled when they brought her back as the bureau chief of a bunch of young district attorneys on Conviction. This show was marketed for different generation than the other Law and Orders, more specifically a younger demographic. These ADAs are in their late twenties, and know that there is little glory to be had with the cases that they're getting, but that they're fighting for something real. Their cases don't have the glitz and glamour of regular Law and Order, and there isn't always a sexual element like on SVU, but their determination and perseverance are a joy to watch.

    Cabots group of young ADAs is comprised of:

    Jim Steele: Steele is the Deputy Bureau Chief who has to take over when the other DBC is gunned down in the first episode. Steele is like his name, he is a man made of steel who tries to shape the younger attorneys looking up to him without becoming disillusioned himself. He's also in a relationship with one of them while secretly pining away for Cabot.

    Nick Potter: Potter is the newest kid to join the bureau and is still wet behind the ears when it comes to criminal law. The other attorneys love to remind him of this and treat him like a rookie. Still he's determined to prove himself in their eyes and in Steele's after making a horrible mistake in the first episode.

    Billy Desmond: Desmond is arrogant, cocky, and full of himself--but with good reason. He's undefeated in the courtroom (28-0) and he is determined to stay that way. He only takes cases that he can win and will even go as far to hand off a losing case to one of the other lawyers.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Servo VINE VOICE on October 1, 2007
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    The first Law & Order series to not be called Law & Order, "Conviction" was NBC's very obvious answer to ABC's hit series Grey's Anatomy only with lawyers instead of doctors. Despite their own hopes that Conviction could do for law dramas what Grey's Anatomy had done for medical dramas, NBC (as with creator Dick Wolf's previously short-lived Law & Order: Trial By Jury) ultimately cancelled the series. Too bad, especially for fans of Stephanie March's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character ADA Alex Cabot, as later episodes, according to March, would have dealt in depth with Alex, both in terms of her family and what makes her tick. Thankfully though, the producers were allowed to wrap up the series with a satisfying two-part finale. Conviction might've deviated somewhat from the typical L & O formula, but it still remained true in tone to the other Law & Order shows. Definitely a worthy addition to any Court TV DVD collection. Not so much for the packaging and extras which are solid, but for the episodes themselves which feature immaculate picture and sound. Not to mention the show's killer theme song "Destiny" by Syntax which can now be heard in both the main and closing titles. Props to Universal for a great transfer. Conviction - The Complete Series is a 3-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 13 episodes; Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) video; Dolby Digital 5.Read more ›
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 12, 2007
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    I love this show!!!It's great that Alex was let out of Witness Protection after they caught the man that shot her. I can't believe Numb3rs beat it. Personally, I don't think Numb3rs is that great, maybe an episode or two.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paula Cross on June 11, 2011
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    They should have given it another season......they screwed up. Could have been a great series. I do agree that Cabot's b itchy character wasn't like her Law & Order character. This could have been fixed in the next season.
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    Apologies in advance for this being a lengthy review, BUT I believe that this part of the L&O Universe deserves some good reviews on it's behalf (as I personally think this was one of WOLF's best series). I could never really get into the whole Law & Order Universe (franchise). I used to complain when my family would be glued to the TV watching any of them. I injured my spine so badly in April of 2010 (got hit by a Police Car (LOL, Oh the irony!) and was on temporary disability for about 10 months until I recovered. I got so bored laying on the couch all the time and watching the same stuff over and over. My Mom brought me over Law & Order SVU seasons 1&2 to watch something else rather than "Weeds, Dexter and True Blood." I was skeptical at first because I don't really like watching any POLICE related programs as I am a Police Officer myself, and more than often find them all to be over exaggerated and not true to the nature of an Officer's career. I reluctantly started to watch them from the beginning in chronological order. WELL... Along comes Season 2 and ADA Alexandra Cabot was introduced. I got so invested in her character and how she presented herself in the role that I couldn't stop watching. From April 2010 right through to December 2010, I bought every box set available to purchase for SVU and just laid there on the couch everyday watching episodes in order from about noon till 5/6 AM sometimes. I WAS TOTALLY DEVASTATED when they showed Cabot being killed off (I must have repeated the scene like 15 times to actually convince myself it happened and it wasn't the combination of opiates and benzo's the Doc's were making me take daily during my 10 month spinal recovery), I was like, "OMFG!!! They just killed off my favorite character!Read more ›
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