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Law & Order: The Sixth Year

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The iconic show that earned 11 consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series continues as Law & Order: The Sixth Year arrives on DVD! Benjamin Bratt hits the streets with New York’s Finest as Detective Rey Curtis, and joins returning stars Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach and Jill Hennessey in 23 gripping episodes ripped from today’s headlines. Also on the case are compelling guest stars, including Richard Belzer (Law & Order), Andre Braugher (The Mist), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Peter Sarsgaard (Rendition) and Jennifer Garner (The Kingdom). This must-own 5-disc collection of the entire sixth season includes the crossover episode “For God and Country” from the Primetime Emmy Award and Peabody Award winning show Homicide: Life on the Street. Renowned creator Dick Wolf brings you television’s longest-running crime series, which has been honored by more than 50 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Captivating and powerful, Law & Order: The Sixth Year will have you following the clues again and again!

The beauty of the Law & Order franchise is its ability to capitalize on its revolving cast of characters. The sixth season of Law & Order introduces viewers to a new detective and kills off another series favorite. There's also a seamless crossover episode with Homicide: Life on the Street and a compelling season finale that gives insight into how the main characters deal with tragedy. The 23 episodes featured in the five-disc set originally aired during the 1995-1996 television season. Aside from a few style issues--and the lack of cell phones--the episodes hold up well today. After the departure of Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) at the end of last season, Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) gets a new partner. Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) is a by-the-book do-gooder. A devoted husband and father, Rey sees things in black and white, while Lennie views things in shades of grey. It isn't until he helps send a man to the electric chair that Rey struggles with his own sense of morality. Though Lennie teases Rey for his youth and model-perfect good looks, the two work well together as they tackle cases involving an au pair charged with killing a baby, a racist serial killer targeting African Americans, and a rapist who may be released due to a technicality. Sam Waterson and Jill Hennessy return as attorneys Jack McCoy and Claire Kincaid. Under the watchful eye of their cantankerous boss Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), the pair are expected to keep criminals at bay, even when the evidence seems to be working against them. Hill is perfect in his role, ordering deals, demanding justice, and laying out non-PC justice. He delivers priceless lines to Jack, such as, "You have the victim and a confession. Munoz has crawled halfway out of the hole we dug for him 30 years ago. You hit him with the shovel before he crawls all the way out." Guest stars include Patti LuPone as a charming defense attorney, Kim Raver as a working mom whose baby is murdered, Amanda Peet as a Patty Hearst-type kidnap victim, and Jennifer Garner as a flirtatious graduate student who tempts a married man. Don't miss the last five minutes of the season finale. Without saying a word, Orbach conveys all the emotions of a guilt-ridden man. --Jae-Ha Kim

Special Features

Disc 3:
  • Homicide: Life on the Street Crossover Episode - For God and Country

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Benjamin Bratt, Steven Zirnkilton, S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Writers: David Streever, Dick Wolf, Nancy Miller
    • Producers: Morgan Gendel, Peter Giuliano
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles: Spanish
    • 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: Unrated
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
    • Run Time: 1090 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001F7Q4JS
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Law & Order: The Sixth Year" on IMDb

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    Season 6 of Law & Order begins with another cast change - Chris Noth is no longer present as Detective Mike Logan. As you may recall, in the 5th season finale, he punched out a city councilman who got away with murder and was mocking the outraged crowds. But Logan's action got him 'exiled' to Staten Island.

    Benjamin Bratt takes his place as Detective Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis. Curtis was a good cop, in need of some seasoning though, but on a personal note, I found him too parochially minded at times. The season ends with the surprising death of a main character, but to keep things interesting, I'm not listing the character here.

    The 6th season of Law & Order continues the series tradition of addressing current social issues such as hate crimes, drugs, rape, racism, and various other crimes. This season also features the first crossover episode between Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Whether the episode from the second series is included in this set, I do not possess that information.

    Of course, the cast delivers excellent performances as always, from the wise-cracking Lennie Briscoe, played by the late, much-lamented Jerry Orbach, to the passionately driven Jack McCoy played by Sam Waterston, as he relentlessly pursues justice in the cases he receives.

    Now, Universal, get the rest of the seasons out!!!
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    Season 6 of Law and Order ranks up there with some of the other truly incredible seasons of the show...Rather than listing all of the great episodes, let me say this...pretty much every episode is highly entertaining...I have my personal favorites, but I enjoyed it from start to finish...

    This being the last season for Jill Hennessey playing Assistant ADA Claire Kincaid, definitely makes you appreciate her character...she portayed it very VERY well...her chemistry with ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), is practically unmatched...maybe Seasons 8 and 9 with Briscoe and Curtis, or seasons 11 and 12 with Briscoe and Green...but other than that, these two really worked well together and were an amazing really feel like they work for the District Attorneys office...and you never really find out if they are actually sleeping together, but you kind of sense that they are...given McCoy's "history" with prior female 2nd chair ADA' is heartbreaking to see how Claire Kincaid bites the dust in the season finale, but fortunately Carie Lowells portrayal of Jamie Ross was good enough of a replacement in Seasons 7 and 8...

    Also, we are introcuded to Briscoe's new partner, Detective Ray Curtis, as Det Mike Logan gets transfered to Staten Island as punishment for his temper getting the best of him in the Season 5 finale...they get off to a rocky start, but after a handful of episodes they are pals and start to develop some chemistry...which they perfect a couple seasons's great to get a fresh face in the department after 5 years of Mike knock on him, but it was definitely time for him to bow out and for someone new, and a bit more in contrast personality-wise and appearance-wise than Briscoe, to join the team...
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    Although I love all the Law and Order seasons, especially after McCoy is Assistant DA, I think this is the season that has the best of the episodes; the ones that I recall as being so good when first televised. My favorites are "Girlfriends" (this daughter one could do without!), "Trophy" (puts McCoy up on ethical charges when a former girlfriend/ADA did no-no's on his behalf and was going to let him take the fall), "Humiliation" (YOU CAN'T KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS!), and "Encore" (where a murderer who got off in an earlier episode commits another muder and is finally caught).
    Every episode with Lenny Briscoe is memorable and the show hasn't been the same since he passed but I think Law and Order: The Sixth Year is probably the best of the best. I highly recommend!!
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    Adam Schiff continues to shine, even if he comes across as a curmudgeon. I do enjoy his character on the show. He knows how to balance law and politics. Lt. Van Buren is great. Her character is maternal in nature, but she balances her duties well as she keeps her detectives focused. Briscoe is classic, albeit a little cynical. He plays a nice counter to Curtis, as they strive to solve the crime.
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    During the investigation of the murder of a gay politician and after the subsequent prosecution, Detective Logan attacked the defendant who was acquitted on a mistrial. The defendant, another politician. After throwing that punch, Detective Logan was demoted and transferred out of the 27th. His replacement was one Detective Reynaldo Curtis. A great contrast from Mike Logan, who was an undevout Irish-Catholic womanizing chauvinist, Rey Curtis was was a Hispanic devout Catholic who had a wife and three daughters. Curtis always looked cool and calm on the surface, but his hidden rage came out during an interrogation (and sometimes even an arrest) with a burst of energy you like a Dragon Ball Z character. Also around this time, Governor George Pataki reinstated the death penalty in the state of New York. The first time the death penalty was mentioned on the show was during an investigation and prosecution of a cop killer. Opinions spread like butter on toast. Unlike Mike and Lennie who always seem to agree or at at least accept each others points of view, everyone at one point or another seem to conflict. The conflict between Van Buren and Curtis is probably my favorite in this season. The new kid and the boss. For the most part Claire and Jack seem to agree more often, but not when it comes to the death penalty. Another reason to get this season is because it has the first episode that crosses with Homicide: Life on The Streets, a show about a homicide unit in the Baltimore Police department based on David Simon's bestselling non-fiction book. Also we see Detective John Munch for the first time making an appearance on Law & Order before his SVU days. Also included is the Homicide episode that concludes the story from the Law & Order episode.Read more ›
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