Law & Order-Year 3 (1992)

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Released 7-Mar-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 994:08 (Case: 993)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (6)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jace Alexander
Gwen Arner
Gabrielle Beaumont
Steve Cohen
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Jerry Orbach
Paul Sorvino
Carolyn McCormick
Steven Hill
Michael Morairty
Chris Noth
Richard Brooks
Dann Florek
Case ?
RPI $79.95 Music Mike Post


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French 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 for the Hearing Impaired
French
Dutch
French Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   

    "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups, the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who persecute the offenders. These are their stories."

    The Law & Order franchise is one of the most successful sets of TV series, both in the US & here in Australia. The flagship series, Law & Order, started in 1990 and is now in its 16th season with no signs of slowing down. There have now been 4 spin-off series from the original, including Special Victims Unit (SVU), Criminal Intent, a less successful reality based one, Crime & Punishment and new in 2005, Trial by Jury.

    This is the third season of the show which started it all. It presents realistic crimes from the perspective of the police officers trying to solve them and the District Attorneys trying to prosecute the perpetrators. It is set in New York City and focuses on two detectives in the homicide squad and the District Attorneys who work with them.. This series splits its time fairly evenly in most episodes between the work of the detectives and the District Attorneys which is different to both of the main spin-offs.

    This third season was first aired in 1992/93 in the US and the complete season is included on these six discs totalling 22 episodes. This is an excellent series of television; dramatic, challenging, well written and strongly acted.

    The main characters in this season are :

    In detail, the episodes included are:

1.Skin Deep - A great start to the new series sees the team investigating the death of a photographer/model agent who is found with scissors sticking out of his back. A very young Claire Danes guests.

2.Conspiracy - An  African American activist is shot during a rally. Guest : Joe Morton. Excellent episode.

3.Forgiveness - A woman is found dead in an alley after leaving a bon voyage party with her friends.

4.The Corporate Veil - A young man passes out while driving, crashes and dies of a heart attack.

5.Wedded Bliss - A fisherman finds a dead female body, handcuffed and weighted down with concrete blocks in the Hudson River.

6. Helpless - Elizabeth Olivet is sexually abused by her gynaecologist during an exam. Guest - A very different looking Felicity Huffman.

7.Self Defence - A tow truck driver finds a dead body in an abandoned car plus another body in a nearby building. Both had been shot.

8.Prince of Darkness - A hail of gunfire kills a married couple having dinner with their daughter. This is an excellent and dramatic episode which leads to the cast change mentioned above.

9.Point of View - A gambler and alcohol dealer is found shot dead in the street. Lennie Briscoe joins the squad as a supposedly temporary partner for  Logan.

10. Consultation - A pregnant woman arrives via plane from Nigeria. She gets sick in the cab on the way from the airport and dies.

11.Extended Family - A young girl disappears while at a market with her nanny. She is the daughter of a famous Broadway producer.

12.Right to Counsel - Painters find a 61 year old woman dead in her apartment.

13.Night & Fog - An old woman, Mrs Steinmetz, who was a holocaust survivor is found dead in her apartment. Her husband confesses to killing her.

14.Promises to Keep - Joggers find a strangled girl at night in the park. Her boyfriend and their psychiatrist seem suspicious.

15.Mother Love - Police bust into a crack house and find the dead body of a woman with a gun shot wound. Guest : Edie Falco.

16.Jurisdiction - Nurses find two of their colleagues with multiple stab wounds. One of them is dead, the other critical but alive. A jurisdiction issue comes up between New York boroughs.

17.Conduct Unbecoming - A party is being held in a hotel for sailors from the Navy. A female officer is found dead when the rooms are cleaned. Guest : Julianna Marguiles. Excellent episode.

18.Animal Instinct - Security guards at a university research lab find a scientist dead and animal rights slogans daubed on the walls.

19.Computer Virus - 6 diabetes patients die at the same time on the same hospital ward. The premise of this episode is now quite dated as the technology discussed seems quite antiquated these days.

20.Securitate - Girls are walking along a street at night and a car drives by and throws out the dead body of an Eastern European man.

21.Manhood - Confusion between the radio room and responding police officers results in the death of a cop who called for assistance.

22.Benevolence - A deaf university student is found murdered in an alley near her home.

    An excellent television series. Despite now being 13 years old, most episodes have not dated, despite the wild hairstyles. Highly recommended.

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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 was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some background grain. The shadow detail was decent.

    The colour was generally quite reasonable but somewhat dull.

    From an artefacts perspective there was some occasional aliasing on hair, jackets and eyes amongst other things, some jagged edges, a few specks and flecks and some minor edge enhancement.

    There are subtitles available in three languages including English for the Hearing Impaired. They were clear and easy to read.

    The layer changes occur between episodes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in French.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this series by Mike Post features the famous theme tune and other incidental music which is quite appropriate.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menus are still and silent allowing for the ability to select episodes, languages and subtitles. A play all option was available on each disc.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this set, when compared to Region 1, misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this set misses out on;

    On this basis the Region 1 version of the disc is clearly the winner. The Region 2 set is the same as ours.

Summary

    A top quality series of an excellent TV show.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good, doing everything this show requires.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, May 04, 2006
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