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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Third Year, Season 2001-2002

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Join the force with 2006 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress, Mariska Hargitay, and Emmy nominee Christopher Meloni, along with the rest of the elite squad of New York City detectives as they investigate sexual crimes ripped from today's headlines. Renowned producer Dick Wolf brings you all 23 riveting episodes in this 5-disc set, each packed with powerful storylines and provocative plot twists. Joining the incredible cast is a compelling roster of guests, including Eric Stoltz, John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Bobby Cannavale, and Martha Plimpton in the role that earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress. The recipient of 12 Emmy nominations and tremendous critical acclaim, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Third Year delivers the quality that viewers have come to expect from this intelligent, hard-hitting franchise.

One of the few spin-offs that actually equals the original in terms of quality, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has another stellar season in its third year. Detectives Olivia Benson (Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) continue to investigate sexually-based crimes with compassion and vigor. There are a slew of guest stars playing roles we're not accustomed to. Former Saved By the Bell child actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar makes a heartbreaking appearance as a newlywed who gets involved in the gay porn industry to support his baby and indifferent wife. John Ritter guest-stars as a doctor who may have been involved in his pregnant wife's death. And Diane Neal--who joins the cast in the show's fifth season as attorney Casey Novak--plays a cocky businesswoman whose friend is found dead after a wild girls' night out. With a supporting cast that includes detectives Tutuola (Ice-T) and Munch (Richard Belzer), as well as Captain Cragen (Dann Florek), and psychiatrist George Huang (B.D. Wong), SVU tackles cases so heinous that viewers are never certain whether the detectives will be able to make it to the next case. Good storytelling aside, the biggest draw to the show are the characters of Benson and Stabler, whose chemistry is based on fierce loyalty and trust. That they haven't slept with each other is a testament to the skilled writing on the series. The show is so good that a romance between the two doesn't have to be forced on the viewers to keep us interested. From the first episode (involving a therapist who may have encouraged her patient to commit a crime) to the last (where the detectives uncover a sex scandal in the Catholic church), the stories stick with the viewer long after the episodes have been watched. The third season ran from 2001 to 2002 on NBC, but time hasn't tempered the impact of this powerful series. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • 23 episodes on five discs

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  • Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 996 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGH00W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cam T. on December 1, 2006
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The third season of SVU brought about further great stories of dark human drama which continually draws in a large audience. The role of Dr. Huang, introduced near the end of season 2, became a recurring character. This meant we'd see a lot less of L&O staples Dr. Olivet and Dr. Skoda, which is the only negative about Huang's intro, IMHO.

Season 3 had some of the best episodes. I especially like the episode "Stolen", in which Munch and Cragen continue an investigation originally started by the late Max Greevey from season 1 of the original Law & Order. Shows some nice continuity between the shows. But at the same time, this was a hard one for me to watch, involving the custody case and the boy being torn between his bio-father and the parents who raised him.

"Wrath" was another good episode, in which three seemingly unconnected murders point to a man who Benson once wrongfully busted, and now wants revenge!

One episode that surprised me though, was "Sacrifice", starring "Saved by the Bell" & "NYPD Blue" alumnus Mark-Paul Gossellar as a supposedly gay porn star who is discovered beaten half to death, and is very uncooperative with the detectives, to protect a secret which left me rather sad at the end. But it was good writing!

Another episode, "Ridicule" proved somewhat prophetic as Diane Neal, the future Casey Novak who took Alex Cabot's place in season 5, played one of three women accused of raping a male stripper. The defense lawyer in this episode was played by the great CCH Pounder.

The episode "Monogamy" features a guest appearance by the late John Ritter whose pregnant wife was viciously attacked in a parking garage, and the baby stolen.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Cartwright on December 24, 2006
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Despite the fact that the show "Law & Order; SVU" is in its 6th season, we are just now getting season 3 on DVD (its even worse for the original series, Law & Order, which is currently entering its 17th season, but we've only seen seasons 1-4 on DVD).

Of the three spin-offs of Law & Order, (Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit, and Trial by Jury), I believe I enjoy SVU as much as the original and season 3 is full of numerous outstanding episodes, including the ones mentioned by previous reviewers. A must have for L&O fans!

I've questioned a couple of individuals that are involved with NBC and are familar with the production crews on the various versions of the L&O series francises and it has been explained to me why they are so slow at releasing season DVD sets. It has to do with the value of selling episodes from past seasons of the francises and the ability to keep their price up to the independent distributors for those individual episodes.

Once a season DVD set has been released to the public, the value of selling the re-runs to the independent stations is greatly devalued. This includes a possible reduction of "$" to the individual actors involved as well (depending on their contracts). If the popularity of the DVD sets is good, chances are there's more money to made there, its all a gamble, but I would think that with the popularity of all versions of L&O, sales of the DVD sets has to be very high.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
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The Special Victims Unit of the L&O franchise is brilliantly conceived and executed, featuring standout performances from its gifted regular cast and marvelous turns from its guest stars. The third season is no exception.

Tackling controversial subjects such as priests abusing young boys to the issue of fetal deaths, this series often doesn't come out the way you expect. This season's stellar season includes strong turns from Mary Steenburgen, Estelle Parsons, John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Eric Stoltz and Emmy-nominated Martha Plimpton.

Creator Dick Wolf keeps things moving at their usual pace and the stories grab you and hold your interest. Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March, Ice-T and Dann Florek continue their impressive performances making SVU a marvelously entertaining series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FireDove on October 25, 2007
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I have ordered the box set Homicide: Life On The Street DVD bundle...Homicide Life on the Street - Seasons 1-5 DVD Set with all the "extras" including the Homicide movie and Law & Order cross over episodes...and two seasons of Law & Order SVU,Law and Order SVU Bundle: Seasons 1, 2, and 5 DVD Set season 1 and season 3 from Amozon. They all came in a timely fashion and in excellent condition. I ordered new, of course. I am extremely pleased with ALL the products I have ordered from Amazon. I am very pleased with the prices, service and quality I have received thus far. The L & O SVU DVD'S are great. Very good condition, reasonably priced and of course I am a fan of the show. I have season's 1, 2, 3 and 5. I see that season 4 is now out and will be ordering asap! I really do hope that more season's are released soon. When they do finally release the remainder's, Amazon will be the place I will purchase them from. However, Homicide is by far the best cop show ever made, in my humble opinion. It is by far the most realistic, intelligent and unique program of it's genre I have yet to experience. The bundle I refer to is a great value...with more than the first bundle and a really nice case. The quality of the DVD's are excellent, making it that much more pleasurable to watch one of my favorite television shows.
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