BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003546Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Law & Order (S1)
DVD disk
Oct 6, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Law & Order (S1) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
George Dzundza
Chris Noth
Michael Moriarty

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This six-disc set features the 22 episodes that made up the first season of the critically acclaimed television series featuring a one hour split format between the detective work and courtroom prosecution, allowing the viewer to follow a crime from its start to solution in each installment.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LAW & ORDER was, for a good period of time, one of the only shows on television to tackle important social issues and to stimulate the viewer's intellect. By staying away from the characters' private lives and focusing solely on their job, the series avoided the soap opera feel of most "cop shows" in order to provide a riveting look (albeit quite abridged) at the dilemmas we sometimes find in the American judicial system. With most shows based on events pulled from the headlines, creator Dick Wolf was able to captivate viewers with issues of which they already seemed to be aware. No big stars, no fancy effects, no half naked babes. This is a show with an emphasis on writing and that excellent writing is what helped keep it one of the longest running shows and one which now has more spin-offs than I can count.

The first season was marked by its gritty feel and by an amazing cast of characters, each hitting the nail on the head with their portrayals of cops and prosecutors. My personal favorites have always been Chris Noth's cynical detective Mike Logan and Michael Moriarty's (one of the most underrated actors of our time) contemplative prosecutor Ben Stone. That being said, no one on this cast left anything behind as they all truly put up great performances week after week as they performed in shows that were loosely (and of course, coincidentally) based on such real life events as the Menendez brothers trial, abortion clinic bombings, New York (Teflon) gangsters and many more.

This series had long-ago developed a great following, one which has greatly increased in the past few years. I remember staying up late myself to watch repeats on A&E at midnight, and then setting my alarm to watch that same episode re-air at 3:00AM. That's one of the reasons that this DVD set is so appreciated. You can watch these episodes over and over again and keep finding them challenging. Even if you manage to know them well enough to turn down the sound and lip-sync them yourself, you'll want to come back for the great performances. The first season also featured some interesting guest appearances including Cynthia Nixon (Subterranean Homeboy Blues), Courtney B. Vance (By Hooker By Crook), Samuel L. Jackson (The Violence of Summer) and Christine Baranski (The Torrents of Greed (parts I & II)

Episode guide

DISC 1: Prescription for Death, Subterranean Homeboy Blues, Special Features

DISC 2: The Reaper's Helper, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, Happily Ever After, Everybody's favorite Bagman (original series pilot)

DISC 3: By Hooker By Crook, Poison Ivy, Indifference, Prisoner of Love

DISC 4: Out of the Half-Light, Life Choice, A Death in the Family, The Violence of Summer

DISC 5: The Torrents of Greed (part I), The Torrents of Greed (part II), Mushrooms, The Secret Shares

DISC 6: The Serpent's Tooth, The Troubles, Sonata for Solo Organ, The Blue Wall
THE EXTRAS
Only one 15-minute featurette entitled "The Creation of Law & Order with Dick Wolf" in which Wolf discusses (you guessed it!) the creation of LAW & ORDER. It's an ongoing discussion which will continue in the second season release but this time he focuses mainly on the pilot episodes and on the efforts that were made to pitch the show to broadcasters. You'd be amazed at the reasons some studios use to pass on shows, like FOX who apparently said that it wasn't a "FOX kind of show"-- which means it probably involved actual speech capabilities to understand.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a great series and the set is a must-own for fans. While it doesn't come with any extras worth a second look, it does pack almost 22 hours of the most intelligent, entertaining and thought provoking programming television has to offer, so instead of staying up all night waiting to catch some reruns, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this season.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!