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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Orbach, Paul Sorvino, Michael Moriarty, Chris Noth, Richard Brooks
  • Producers: Dick Wolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 2090 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00080Z5FM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Law and Order - The Third Year (1992-1993 Season)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes


  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes


  • Disc 3:
  • Jerry Orbach Tribute
  • Jerry Orbach Profile
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Powerful, timely and gripping, Law & Order has become television's most celebrated and widely acclaimed crime series of all time. Get ready for another thrilling season of ripped-from-the-headlines cases as all 22 episodes of the groundbreaking third season come to DVD for the first time ever. In the hugely popular third season, Emmy Award nominee Jerry Orbach joined New York's toughest team of prosecutors and investigators: Richard Brooks, Dann Florek, Steven Hill, Michael Moriarty, Chris Noth and Paul Sorvino. In the complex process of determining guilt and innocence, lives often hang in the balance: Law & Order: The Third Year is on the case.

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    Law & Order's third year marked a transitional one for the top-rated drama. In 1992, Jerry Orbach (Prince of the City) joined the cast. His Det. Lenny Briscoe would turn out to be one of its most enduring characters. After Sgt. Phil Ceretta (Paul Sorvino) is shot by a gun dealer in episode eight ("Prince of Darkness"), Briscoe teams up with Det. Mike Logan (Chris Noth) in the next ("Point of View"). It wasn't meant to be a permanent change (Ceretta was injured, not killed), but the two would continue to beat the streets until Logan's departure in 1995 (Orbach, meanwhile, would remain part of the Law & Order universe until his passing in 2004).

    The line-up was otherwise the same: Capt. Donald Craven (Dann Florek), ADA Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks), ADA Benjamin Stone (Michael Moriarty), and DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). In the following season, however, Craven will be replaced by Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), the show's first regular female character (not counting Carolyn McCormick, who was billed as a featured player). The third season would also be Robinette's last; he will be replaced by Claire Kinkaid (Jill Hennessy) in the fourth. Meanwhile, Florek would go on to join Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999 (while Noth would join Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005).

    During Law & Order's third season, a number of soon-to-be-famous TV actors would put in appearances. They include Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Claire Danes (My So-Called Life), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Edie Falco and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Michael Badalucco and Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Ron Rifkin (Alias), and Julianna Margulies (E.R.). The Emmy for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, however, was reserved for Broadway dynamo Elaine Stritch in "Point of View." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

    Customer Reviews

    I can watch the episodes over and over again--and i do!!
    Karen DeShields
    They also improved in my opinion on the dvd case which now has three individual slim cases for each disc.
    S. Thomas
    All and all, this season is well worth the purchase and belongs in any TV crime-lover's collection.
    Ryan

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Indy Reviewer VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
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    Law and Order's third season is the beginning of the golden years of the show, six or seven seasons in which this became one of the best crime shows ever. Part of it is the plots, but a larger part is the addition of Jerry Orbach to add both character and humor to a narrowly written role. The show itself is 5 stars, but I knock off a star for yet another season in which the transfers and extras leave something to be desired. Still, very much worth buying.

    What makes this season golden? Nostalgia for the early 1990s helps, with big hair, Times Square full of strip clubs, crime labs using old IBM 386 computers, colored shirts and narrow ties, and a general feeling that a far more gritty New York made a better backdrop for a crime show than today's sanitized version.

    Some of it is the writing and source material. Episodes include the standard ripped-from-the-headlines stories - Tailhook (Conduct Unbecoming), sweatshop workers (Wedded Bliss), doctors assaulting patients (Helpless, Promises to Keep), drug smuggling rings (Consultation), hackers (Virus) - but one reason the first few seasons are more robust is that they had just started to scratch the surface of historical crimes, like a restaging of the Malcolm X murder (Conspiracy) and a medical device company scandal (The Corporate Veil). This means that while the bang-bang plot advancement really comes into its own this season after a couple of years of slower episodes, the writers don't have to resort to cheap plot tricks to keep things interesting. Routine false leads and judges throwing out evidence every episode can wait for the formulaic later years. I also particularly like several of the non-Hollywood endings, like Prince of Darkness ("What happened to the little girl?" "She was picked up at school by her uncle.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2005
    Format: DVD
    I felt that "Law and Order" truly hit its stride in the third season. When Jerry Orbach joined the cast he added sarcasm, wit and became the series' moral anchor. I really miss him as an actor and his presence will be missed on the TV screen as well where he provided a weekly dose of professionalism, talent and always injected an element of dark wit to the series. A number of great episodes feature during this season. "Prince of Darkness" "Manhood", "Benevolence" are among the stand outs particularly the first where Jerry Orbach first joined the cast. An outstanding episode (one my favorites I might add) about the murder of a police officer stranded without back up suddenly becomes an issue when it turns out its related to prejudice.

    A vast improvement over previous sets, "Law and Order" looks very good here. There's still some dirt and debris but the colors are vivid and the strobing effect mentioned in some previous reviews isn't present that I can tell. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound mix is solid with nice clarity and separation.

    We do get deleted scenes for a number of episodes (and we meet one of the "middle aged dames" that Brisco frequently hangs with in the deleted scene for "Manhood"). We get two featurettes both built around Jerry Orbach. The first "Jerry Orbach Profile" features a nice interview with Orbach with he discusses his feelings about the series. He points out that he believed the series' longevity is directly related to the show's revolving cast of characters and actors. Using this approach, the series has managed to remain fresh. The tribute features actors such as Chris Noth, Dan Florek and others discussing the impact that working with Orbach had on their career and their impressions of them as a person.
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    25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 15, 2005
    Format: DVD
    The third season of Law & Order found Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) assigned another new partner in the sardonic Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), who would become the face of the series for eleven more seasons. The interplay between Briscoe and Logan is one of many highlights of the third season of Law & Order, as characters became more developed (such as Dann Florek's Captain Cragen) and the cases and investigations take twisting turns when the viewer least expects it; something that many cop/crime dramas have imitated throughout the years. However, this would be the last season for original cast members Florek and Richard Brooks, as the revolving cast door of Law & Order began to spin more than ever before. All in all, it's nice to finally have these episodes on DVD, and series afficiondos should consider this landmark season a must own.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By torrid_wind™ on October 26, 2006
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    "Law and Order - The Third Year" is excellent (5 STARS). If you're considering ordering this item, you already know this.

    I ordered this three disc set and had to return it to Amazon because the Side 2 of Disc 3 was blank. Four episodes are supposed to be on that side.

    ***I encountered problems also with "Law and Order - The Second Year". This time, Side 2 of Disc 1 was blank. Amazon immediately issued me a replacement sent by UPS Next Day Air. This time, Side 2 of Disc 1 was fine. However, one of the episodes on Disc 3 (I don't remember which side) stopped and skipped during play. I had had it at that point. I returned both "The Second Year" and "The Third Year" and asked for a refund. It was a shame because I wanted to own both of these sets. However, I'll wait until Amazon investigates the problem and informs me that it has been corrected. I have been a loyal customer of Amazon for years. I will continue to be a loyal customer of theirs. I LOVE THIS BUSINESS! My advisory just pertains to the items mentioned here. BUYERS BEWARE***

    "Law and Order - The Fourteenth Year" I received in perfect condition.
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