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At least two of the episodes have missing scenes. "Patient Zero" is missing a crucial moment when it is discovered that the defendant's wife wanted the victim dead. And Dectective Briscoe's last episode, "C.O.D", is missing the part where Green hands Briscoe a characture drawing of himself.
These are the only ones I noticed, but there might be more. I enjoyed this dvd set, but I paid to get all of the original content, not 90% of it. Am I the only ones who noticed this?
There's been a lot said about how recent seasons of Law and Order have "jumped the shark" and to some extent I agree. It is still better than many shows on television, but in general only a precious few episodes live up to the quality of the glory years from seasons 3 to 9 or so. Some point to the cast, although in fairness watching the end of season 15 with Annie Parisse flatlining scenes should make most reconsider if Elisabeth Rohm really was that bad of an actress. (While she wasn't great, in fairness she had a very tough comp following Angie Harmon, who was just as stunningly beautiful but surprised everyone by arching her eyebrows and drawling her lines out in a way that took over scenes from even Sam Waterston.) To me, its just that the actors don't have a lot to work with as the writing has become incredibly predictable. (If you don't think Jesse Martin can act, watch him shine in Christmas Carol; he might not be Chris Noth but he doesn't have Noth's lines either.Read more ›
I love Law & Order, always have. I own Season 5-13 on DVD and will eventually get Seasons 1 through 4 on DVD since I've since gained an appreciation for the characters Ben Stone, Max Greevey, and Phil Ceretta. However, Season 14 is still butchered. This is the SECOND release of Season 14. You can still see the original release on Amazon.com and the universal complaint is that while the show was broadcast in widescreen, the DVDs were cropped. I held off in hopes that Universal would change this if/when they rereleased the show. Well, come 10 years later in 2014, they are. And I snatched it up thinking, "Oh, they'll put the episodes on as they were broadcast."
10 seconds in and the show is still cropped to 4x3. I can only imagine the other complaints, such as cut scenes still exist. Come on, Universal. Get your act together. If you can release Seasons 4-13 in widescreen when they were mostly broadcast in 4x3, you can release the show in widescreen AS IT WAS BROADCAST. As for these, I will be returning them for a refund.
This is a particularly noteworthy season as it was the last season with long-time cast members, Jerry Orbach. So frustrating that NBCU cannot get its act together here.
Having dispensed with that issue I have to disagree with most of the previous comments about the characters. Without a doubt Briscoe is my favorite character. He has been since his arrival (I've watched from the beginning). I am so sorry to see him go and find it highly improbable that Dennis Farina will come close to filling the gap. I was not a Logan fan...he was written as way too much of a hot head from the beginning and came across as way too smug and short sighted. (Though I did like it when they brought him back for an episode later and would love to see them do that some more.) I am a Green fan. I like his low key approach and his dry humor. (Being a huge theatre fan I also just love the pairing of Orbach and Martin!!)
As far as the "Order" part of the franchise I MUCH prefer McCoy to Stone. Stone was so damn "holier than thou" that I wanted to reach into the TV and slap him!! I prefer the more realistic portrayal that I believe McCoy delivers. No one is as saintly as Stone was written, especially in a job like that. Angie Harmon's Carmicheal is by far my favorite ADA. Please bring her back!!! Southerland was way too mouthy and condescending from the very first episode. Sorry...Read more ›
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These are not widescreen. I believe the original broadcast were in HD (rectangular) aspect ratio -- these have black bars on the sides. Read more
Law and Order has always been my favorite television show, for its great combination of sharp writing, tight drama, caustic humor, superb acting, marvelous characters, and at the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kiwiwriter
I bought this dvd set because Netflix was missing this particular season in their lineup. The dvds play great, I have no complaints.Published 3 months ago by T. Pierce
great series. i cant get enough of it. rest in peace Mr. Orbach. My husband went to the same chemo center as you did. Loved your pic on the wall. You were the greatest. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doreen Ottendorfer
More of the L+O series with tales to enjoy. Orbach remains my favorite.Published 4 months ago by Douglas A. Sommer
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I believe season 14 was special as it was the final season that Jerry Orbach (Lenny Briscoe)appeared - it was a tribute to him.
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