Law & Order-Corruption Empire (1999)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||88:17 (Case: 87)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Warner Home Video
Jesse L. Martin
S. Epatha Merkerson
Fred Dalton Thompson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Here is an odd release. Although presented as one programme, this show is actually two episodes of Law & Order (completely unrelated ones) tacked together to form a "movie", with the end credits removed from the first and the opening credits removed from the second. The episodes are from 1996 and 1999 and at least feature the same detective pairing, Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), although Bratt is obviously younger in the second episode. Both also feature ADA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) as the prosecutor in charge of the case. These are good quality episodes of the show but why they have been released in this fashion is not something I can answer. The episodes are:
No prizes will be awarded for guessing how they came up with the title for this disc - Corruption Empire. These series have not been released locally, so if you must have these episodes this is currently the only way to get them.
The video quality is good.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non-16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture is not overly clear and sharp but no worse than you would expect for 1990s television. There is no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail is also fine considering the source. There is light grain throughout, especially noticeable in backgrounds.
The colour is fine with no major issues to report.
The only noticeable artefacts are some regular, but small, specks and spots of white.
There are subtitles in English and English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles are clear and easy to read but slightly small.
The audio quality is fine but unexciting.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue is clear and easy to understand and there are no problems with audio sync.
The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is very simple including the ability to select scenes and subtitles.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc does not seem to be available outside of Region 4 and the seasons these episodes come from have not been released yet in Region 1 either.
Two good quality (but unrelated) episodes of Law & Order tacked together to form a "movie".
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is fine.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|