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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Thirteenth Year

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit confronts some of its most controversial and topical crimes yet in its powerful thirteenth year. New changes are afoot for the SVU: two new detectives (Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish) join the team, while the returning squad members must deal with the fallout of last season’s shootout and the departure of one of their own. As they face these challenges, a new slew of sex crimes hit the headlines, making it vital that the team learn how to separate their personal emotions from the intense cases they must see through to their stunning ends. Starring Primetime Emmy Award Winner Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Dann Florek and Richard Belzer and guest starring Harry Connick, Jr., Andre Braugher, Treat Williams, T.R. Knight and Chloe Sevigny, watch all 23 compelling episodes, back-to-back and uninterrupted, of producer Dick Wolf's award winning, uncompromising series.

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  • Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Brandon Richardson, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Richard Belzer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 996 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005Q27DNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Season 13 of this excellent drama is by far the best season yet of this award winning series. Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) does some career-best work as the solo leader of a group of aggressive yet beleagured detectives who ply their craft in a world that sees human beings at their worst. Danny Pino (Nick Amauro) has been expertly cast as her new partner, and his arrival has created a whole new level of complexity and revelation for the characters of the SVU, and watching the progression of Benson and Amauro's professional partnership and personal friendship is both intriguing and compelling. Whether you have never watched the show before, or if you are a long-time fan, this season is incredibly compelling television and worth every penny.
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First many of the people you grew to love are gone from Season 13 noticeably Elliot Stabler. The replacements are a closer like southern belle and a smooth talking gel haired brute. The jury is still out on both of them because; their characters have yet to be fully developed. Whats worse is the gritty filming is gone. They remodelled the SVU station house and with the old station went the raw filming style that made SVU and the Law & Order Franchise so realistic. Now all the perfectly lit scenes scream the fact that these are just sets and the acting appears as forced and artificial as the new surroundings. Because; I love Law & Order I will endure this change but; I don't like it. Many of the story lines in Season 13 are extremely weak and totally predictable. The only great episodes in Season 13 are those that lead to the cliffhanger at the end. This season lacks the sudden plot turns and twists that used to be a Law & Order Staple. The writing is weak to the point where you don't invest yourself in the pain and struggle of the "special victims or their families \ friends!" There are no characters like Lenny Briscoe to liven up horrible situations with his characteristic sardonic wit. In Season 13 they sucked all the juice and flavor from the series and replaced it with a pale boring mix of people. The sets look great unfortunately they look very much like sets. The sets look too damn perfect. The grunge of the old sets and the somewhat blurred filming style let the viewers imagination fill in the blanks when going to the station or other places. I must admit the Rikers Island visits look amazingly good as if they are the real thing.Read more ›
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By jorgo on November 13, 2012
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I HAVE ALL OF SVU IT JUST GET'S BETTER EVERY YEAR I LIKE THE TWO NEW ACTORS DANNY PINO AND KELLI GIDDISH THERE STARTING TO FIT IN THE SHOW I REALLY MISS (STABLER)CHRISTOPHER MELONI HE'S BEEN IN SO LONG AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE'S GONE WHAT'S HE UPTO NOW IF ANYONE KNOW'S 13 IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE REST.
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At the begining of season 13, we see Olivia Benson (Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Mariska Hargitay) has lost her partner Elliot Stabler after 12 years of working together, due to his sudden "retirement". What happens over the next 23 episodes is some of the best dramatic network television produced last year. Why it didn't receive several Emmy Nominations is a case that needs solving.
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After season nine, I felt that the show changed in more ways than with the cast. Most of the episodes weren't even about rape, abuse, pedophilia, etc. Some of the episodes I did not like include "Swing," "Lunacy," "Babes," "Wildlife," "Liberties," "Zebras," "Solitary," "Hammered," "Spooked," "Turmoil," "Anchor," "Shadow," "Savior," "Beef," "Shattered," and for season 12 it would be easier the names the episodes I did like. But the worst I've seen of any of the Law & Order shows was "Bombshell" from season 12. It was the worst of any show ever. The plot was stupid, the outcome was worse and I saw the incestuous relationship coming a mile away.

The changes in season 13 were a must not only for SVU, but for everything that is Law & Order. SVU has had the same principle characters since season 2. The show needed new characters, but not a psychiatrist or an ADA or a Medical Examiner (though varied and fresh actors for those roles would help), but the show needed new detectives. Kelli Giddish is fun to have as Det. Amanda Rollins. Other than having another female Detective in a Sex Crimes Unit, her character's history and flaws were interesting as well. A Sex Crimes detective from another state who moved because her affair with her boss and a gambling problem. Danny Pino on the other hand plays Det. Nick Amaro. Another Narc transferred to SVU. But this one wears a suit, unlike Fin. Nick's wife fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and they have a daughter. Their marriage is a little rocky and have issues involving trust. Nick does feel almost like a rehash of Stabler, but hopefully, the writers will work on avoiding that symmetry in season 14. The ADAs are all recurring, because there is never never just one case and there there are multiple people in the ME's CSU and TARU showing that there are more people in those departments than just Morales, O'Halleran and Warner. Sease 13 is worth watching. Don't let Stabler's absence stop you from enjoying this breath of fresh hair.
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I have a serious thing for Mariska Hargitay, so when I see her on the front cover of anything, I usually feel compelled to pick it up. I know I'm silly. But aside from that, this is a great, I mean, great show! I love Dick Wolf for putting this show on the air and for NBC to keep ordering more seasons. I thought I would lose interest after Det. Stabler (Chris Meloni) was no longer in the show, but I was proved wrong. I'm starting to love the characters Det. Nick Amaro played by Danny Pino, and Det. Amanda Rollins played by Kelli Giddish. Amaro is an interesting character because he has a lot of issues going on in his life. Can't wait to see what is revealed as more seasons come. This is a definite buy for the ultimate SVU fan!
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