Law & Order: The Complete Series
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The Emmy®-winning series Law & Order is the longest running crime series of all time and you now hold a complete collection worthy of its iconic status. This incredible set includes every powerful hour made from Law & Order's 20 years on NBC and comes with an exclusive and collectible episode guide. For twenty seasons, Dick Wolf's Primetime series covered the dedicated New York City police who investigated crimes and the district attorneys who prosecuted the offenders. Known for its hard-hitting, ripped-from-the-headlines style, the series showcased the talents of numerous illustrious stars from stage, film and television. Rediscover Law & Order's intelligent writing and the riveting acting that inspired a brand of successful dramas that continues to captivate audiences around the globe.
From its gritty documentary look to its signature note-knocking "tching-tching" that signals scene changes, Law & Order was a groundbreaking cop show when it debuted in 1990. It has since earned Emmys for Best Dramatic Series and spun off satellite franchises, and reruns of the original series are as omnipresent in syndication as those of I Love Lucy. Devoted fans and those who came late to the series can catch it from the beginning with this six-disc set that contains all 22 episodes from the inaugural season. Law & Order is television's most resilient series. It has survived wholesale changes to its ensemble. One of the secrets of the show's durability: its compelling structure. The first half of each hour-long episode is classic police procedural in which "Law," personified in the first season by partners Greevey (George Dzundza--and be sure to catch the interview segment with series creator Dick Wolfe to learn how to pronounce his name) and Mike Logan (Christopher Noth, the future "Mr. Big" on Sex and the City) investigate a crime and make an arrest. The second half chronicles the ensuing trial, as prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks) under the supervision of Steven Hill's Adam Schiff (more feisty and animated here than in later seasons). Law & Order is also distinguished by its superb writing. Several episodes take their inspiration from the headlines, including "By Hooker, By Crook" about a socialite-run call-girl ring, and "Indifference," which recalls the tragic Lisa Steinberg child abuse case. Others deal with such hot-button issues as abortion ("Life Choice") and AIDS ("The Reaper's Helper"). Another plus is the talent pool of character actors who lend their verisimilitude. Guest stars include Samuel L. Jackson and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Violence of Summer"), The West Wing's John Spencer ("Prescription for Death"), Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon ("Subterranean Homeboy Blues"), and The Sopranos' Dominic Chianese ("Sonata for Stolen Organ"). --Donald Liebenson
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1, 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 12 x 7.85 x 5.75 inches; 10.35 Pounds
- Media Format : Box set, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 345 hours and 18 minutes
- Release date : November 8, 2011
- Actors : George Dzundza, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Dick Wolf
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B005HU0TBI
- Number of discs : 104
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There's a manufacturer defect/scratch on the final disc, rendering it unwatchable. During the last three weeks, I've reached out twice to the seller very politely asking how we can resolve this. I'm trying to be understanding and patient, considering especially the ongoing COVID-19 situation – but all I've gotten back is radio silence. And that's unacceptable to me; thus the one-star review.
If you love Law and Order- then this is a must. I gave up cable and as this series is not available to stream anyplace, it was only natural to get the dvds. Currently binging it from episode 1 to the very end. Interesting to see the changes over the years in both production and actors. A well-done series.
I was initially disappointed with the quality of the product when received, but the seller was very apologetic when I brought it to their attention and since the product was out of stock, they refunded the full purchase price. I am very pleased with their prompt response and look forward to doing business with AMZ-Deal Team in the future. I realize that product can occasionally be defective, but this seller wasted no time in making it right. - Thank you AMZ-Deal Team
One star due to quality of product not the quality of show material.
I have watched two seasons thus far and of the ten discs I have viewed, four are defective. Most defective discs freeze in the middle if an episode, other will jump from the beginning of an episode to the near the end.
I got this at a great price, but it appears it is not a great value. I have purchased complete series of more than ten of my favorite television series (most from Amazon) and never experienced this problem.
Hopefully Amazon will make it right.
Thinking it might be our dvd player, we tried other disjs and entirely different movies and had no issues at all. I decided to return our set for a copy of the same item.
Lo and behold, the new set has the EXACT SAME PROBLEM. This is my dad's favourite show and I saved for months to get it for his 50th birthday. Absolutely horrid experience and I hope others don't make the same mistake I did.
I wouldn't recommend purchasing this item to my worst enemy. Seriously, you're essentially throwing away $300.
I DO LOOOOVE the packaging : looks like the original from NBC Universal Studios.
Also love the booklet with the listing of the discs and episodes.
There is nothing like the original Law & Order. The spin-offs, to me, can't touch this!! Briscoe & Logan were my favorite detectives, absolutely dynamic. Assistant DA Stone & Robinette, wonderful characters..... Jack & Claire, the perfect justice duo. Obviously, I'm still watching the first few seasons, but it's unbelievably great!!
If you love Law & Order, then you MUST watch it from the beginning. Learn how it all got started. Learn why it was and will forever be the best crime show in television history!!!
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I am on season 5 and so far I had issues with a couple of CDs not playing properly so the 4 stars rating but I am still pleased with my purchase.
It is quite expensive but If you are a Law and Order fan (the original series), go ahead and treat yourself. You won't regret it.