Law & Order-Corruption Empire (1999)

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Released 6-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated M
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 Gwen Arner
Paris Barclay
Gabrielle Beaumont
Steve Cohen
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Dennis Farina
Jesse L. Martin
S. Epatha Merkerson
Sam Waterston
Annie Parisse
Fred Dalton Thompson
Elisabeth Röhm
Jerry Orbach
Angie Harmon
Michael Moriarty
Dianne Wiest
Dann Florek
Steven Hill
Case ?
RPI $9.95 Music Mike Post


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    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:

  1. Empire - Series 9, Episode 20 (May '99) - A businessman and philanthropist dies of a heart attack in his city apartment after taking Viagra. Two people who seem to be involved are a business associate of his, Julian Spector and the professional fundraiser who organised the dinner he attended on the evening before. Her name is Miss Ludlow (Julia Roberts!) and the presence of a pair of her knickers in his apartment seems to point to her intimate involvement.
  2. Corruption - Series 7, Episode 5 (Oct '96) - A cop shoots a drug dealer during an undercover operation while being backed up by Briscoe & Curtis. He says the guy went for his gun but Curtis is not convinced and starts to investigate despite threats and the objections of Briscoe.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu is very simple including the ability to select scenes and subtitles.

 

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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