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stingermck
08-18-11, 11:39 AM
Wow! OK who is going all in?

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.

Between 2002 and 2010, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released DVD sets of Law & Order, managing so far to put out the first 8 seasons of the show, and "The 14th Year" as well. For the last ten months there were indications that separate season sets of the 9th and 10th years were on the drawing board, but so far the studio has made no official announcement. Fans have, quite simply, grown upset at the long wait for the remainder of the legendary show's 20 seasons!

This morning Universal has solved that with an announcement that on November 8th they will release Law & Order - The Complete Series, a 104-DVD collection of all 20 years of the program! Taking the disc masters from the nine seasons already released and adding the remaining eleven seasons to it on a bare-bones basis, it looks like fans can soon enjoy all 456 episodes!

The cost is $699.99 SRP, which sounds like a lot of course. But let's do the math and keep it in perspective: at 104 DVDs in the set (and each one holding an average of 4 "hour-long" episodes), the $699.99 list price breaks down to just $6.73 per disc. That's far cheaper than most consumers pay for a single-disc release of a recent theatrical film which clocks in at less than half the running time. And it also breaks down to $40 per season, which is quite reasonable for an hour-long show. Plus, don't forget that the above is the LIST price; retailers (such as Amazon.com) will definitely discount it by quite a bit. Our guess (and it's just a guess!) is that the "street price" (i.e., the price you pay) is probably going to end up being closer to $500-ish (about $25 per season, and under $5 per disc).

Package art isn't available yet, so stay tuned for that. Below is a copy-and-paste of the details that Universal has provided to retailers this morning, breaking down the release on a season-by-season basis (note that we've added a count of how many episodes were broadcast during each season, but that's the only alteration we made). There's no word yet from the studio about plans to release the remaining eleven seasons separately. As you can see, previously-released seasons are being re-used with the same specs (notice how The 14th Year has "full screen video" as it did on its 2004 DVD set, rather than anamorphic widescreen like the seasons before and after).

On the other hand, one improvement we see is that season sets which were previously released as two-sided "flipper" discs (like The 14th Year) are now on regular single-sided DVDs, with the studio simply using twice as many discs to make up the difference. The info provided by Universal shows no new bonus material, but all extras found on the previous DVD releases appears to still be present. One thing we've noticed isn't mentioned is the 9th Season special "Exiled: A Law & Order Movie"; we'll try to find out if that's included or not. In the meantime, take a look for yourself about what the studio says you'll find on this great big collection:

Law & Order: The First Year
6 DVDs, 22 episodes
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
The Creation of Law & Order
Preview of Law & Order Interactive Game

Law & Order: The Second Year
6 DVDs, 22 episodes
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
Law & Order: The First Three Years

Law & Order: The Third Year
6 DVDs, 22 episodes
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
Jerry Orbach Tribute
Jerry Orbach Profile
Deleted Scenes

Law & Order: The Fourth Year
6 DVDs, 22 episodes
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
Deleted and Extended Scenes

Law & Order: The Fifth Year
5 DVDs, 23 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
America's Top Sleuths

Law & Order: The Sixth Year
5 DVDs, 23 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish
BONUS MATERIALS:
Homicide: Life on the Street Crossover Episode - For God and Country

Law & Order: The Seventh Year
5 DVDs, 23 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish

Law & Order: The Eighth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, Spanish

Law & Order: The Ninth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Tenth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Eleventh Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Twelfth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Thirteenth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year
6 DVDs, 24 episodes
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, Spanish

Law & Order: The Fifteenth Year
5 DVDs, 24 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Sixteenth Year
5 DVDs, 22 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Seventeenth Year
5 DVDs, 22 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Eighteenth Year
4 DVDs, 18 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Nineteenth Year
5 DVDs, 22 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH

Law & Order: The Twentieth Year
5 DVDs, 23 episodes
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
SUBTITLES: English SDH


Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-The-Complete-Series/15827#ixzz1VOZsJFwe

Red Dog
08-18-11, 11:47 AM
I hate when they do this. This is a real kick in the nuts if they don't release the remaining season sets. I have Seasons 4 through 8 so far and only want S9 and S10 on top of that.

bigjim25
08-18-11, 01:09 PM
Holy $hit!!!! I only have one season.

yoshimi
08-18-11, 01:22 PM
That sucker is going to weigh a ton.

worrywort
08-18-11, 01:45 PM
Anamorphic on a few of those seasons seems a bit dicey.

DJariya
08-18-11, 01:51 PM
Keep in mind, this is 20 seasons. So of course this is going to be really expensive. Going off MSRP, this runs about $34 a season, which is about how much it costs individually.

With a potential 25% discount, it's going to run about $524.

I'm waiting for ER: The Complete series since they finally released all 15 seasons on DVD and I fully expect that to cost an arm and a leg.

davidh777
08-18-11, 02:38 PM
I'm waiting for ER: The Complete series since they finally released all 15 seasons on DVD and I fully expect that to cost an arm and a leg.

:rimshot:

banthafett
08-18-11, 02:40 PM
Ill get it for my wife.

comanche_doyle
08-18-11, 03:17 PM
they should offer a buy back program for dumbasses like me who have been buying them along the way. Either that, or start cranking out the individual releases at a rate of more than just one a year.

starseed1981
08-18-11, 03:28 PM
I'm all over that.

Ish Kabbible
08-18-11, 05:23 PM
Is this the largest (as in number of discs) set ever offered? Not quite. there was an United Artists 90th Anniversary limited edition Box Set of 90 movies with 110 discs (Amazon at $599).

rmw650
08-18-11, 06:23 PM
Anamorphic on a few of those seasons seems a bit dicey.

That damn thing needs to be seriously discounted if anyone is going to bite on that set. Way too much for any set. that's almost the price of a 32" HDTV set

rmw650
08-18-11, 06:24 PM
they should offer a buy back program for dumbasses like me who have been buying them along the way. Either that, or start cranking out the individual releases at a rate of more than just one a year.

Yeah, but how would you have known they were going to do this for such a series like this? Bonanza and Gunsmoke almost fit the same realm here if CBS HE decided to go that route instead of these BS volume sets.

DJariya
08-18-11, 06:41 PM
That damn thing needs to be seriously discounted if anyone is going to bite on that set. Way too much for any set. that's almost the price of a 32" HDTV set

But, it's 20 seasons. 22-24 episodes per season. It's not like this is a 5-6 season complete series. You should be able to obtain this for slightly over $500 with normal retail discounts. I know the people in this forum like really cheap stuff and don't want to pay more than $20 for a TV set or $70-100 for a complete series set, but still I think the amount of content/years this series ran jusitifes a $400-500 price at least. No retailer is going to sell this for $699.

The MSRP for 24's 8 season complete series with $349 and that has far more extras/bonus material than this set.

critterdvd
08-18-11, 09:15 PM
I just can't honestly ever see myself forking over $400 (on a really good sale) for a single release... that's two car payments...

EdTheRipper
08-18-11, 10:14 PM
I just can't honestly ever see myself forking over $400 (on a really good sale) for a single release... that's two car payments...

Exactly. As much as I'd love to get this for the wife, I just won't be able to swing it.

Time Warrior
08-18-11, 10:34 PM
Whilst I would not buy this set, I would give my soul for complete series boxx sets of Bonanza and Gunsmoke with full restorations and mountains of extras.

Qrusher14242
08-18-11, 10:35 PM
yeah, i love law & order, but maybe they should of split this in two or something.

grundle
08-19-11, 12:29 AM
I hate when they do this. This is a real kick in the nuts if they don't release the remaining season sets. I have Seasons 4 through 8 so far and only want S9 and S10 on top of that.

I would think that their accounting department is smart enough to realize that releasing the rest of the seasons individually can only increase their profits, as the vast majority of fans would never buy such an expensive boxed set. It's possible that the individual releasees of the remaining seasons might not happen until after the big box set has been out for a while, but eventually, they should all be released individually. Just remember what happened with Get Smart. At first, it was only available in a complete series box set. But eventually, the individual seasons became available.

My familiarity with this show is mainly from watching reruns on TNT, and I don't know if I could even identity which season(s) might be my favorite(s). But I sure do love watching that teenage girl spaz out at her parents at the end of the season 12 episode "Dazzled."

Wezzo
08-19-11, 04:38 AM
Is this the largest (as in number of discs) set ever offered? Not quite. there was an United Artists 90th Anniversary limited edition Box Set of 90 movies with 110 discs (Amazon at $599).

The now-OOP Australian Complete Prisoner Cell Block H had 179 discs.

I'm waiting for ER: The Complete series since they finally released all 15 seasons on DVD and I fully expect that to cost an arm and a leg.

In the UK it hit around £55 ($90) last Christmas.

I think the Law and Order set will be easily found for $450ish on release day. Wouldn't be surprised to see an Amazon One Day or Black Friday deal on it for sub-$400, either.

Ropes Pierre
08-19-11, 10:45 AM
My familiarity with this show is mainly from watching reruns on TNT, and I don't know if I could even identity which season(s) might be my favorite(s). But I sure do love watching that teenage girl spaz out at her parents at the end of the season 12 episode "Dazzled."

I like the one where a guy was killed by a falling migratory Canadian Goose and Jerry Orbach quipped "I guess he shoulda ducked"

DJariya
08-19-11, 11:34 AM
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005HU0TBI/tvshowsondvdtwitter-20

$489.99 pre-order price on Amazon.com. 30% off MSRP.

Grand total amount of content= 20,700 minutes.

Darkgod
08-19-11, 02:14 PM
If we get a sub 400 dollar BF deal, I'll jump on it just to turn around and sell it for profit

VikingsSooners
08-19-11, 03:02 PM
-eek- at the price! That is just too overpriced and how will it fit on the shelf unless you put it on top of the shelf?

DJariya
08-19-11, 04:13 PM
http://tvshowsondvd.com/n/15834

Artwork released. It's a huge box set. Will probably take up an entire shelf.

Noonan
08-19-11, 04:21 PM
Just set up a PC as a DVR and set it to record nothing but TNT, 24/7. You should have all the episodes in about a week.

VikingsSooners
08-19-11, 04:27 PM
Just set up a PC as a DVR and set it to record nothing but TNT, 24/7. You should have all the episodes in about a week.

Who would want to see commericals?

Noonan
08-19-11, 04:30 PM
Who would want to see commericals?
Would would think I was being serious?

jjcool
08-19-11, 05:22 PM
Would would think I was being serious?

What what?

sleepyhead55
08-19-11, 05:31 PM
I'm a big Law and Order fan but there is no way I want to see some of these seasons ever again. The ones with Dianne Wiest as DA are pretty forgettable as well as that one year with the female detective Cassidy.

rmw650
08-19-11, 05:48 PM
But, it's 20 seasons. 22-24 episodes per season. It's not like this is a 5-6 season complete series. You should be able to obtain this for slightly over $500 with normal retail discounts. I know the people in this forum like really cheap stuff and don't want to pay more than $20 for a TV set or $70-100 for a complete series set, but still I think the amount of content/years this series ran jusitifes a $400-500 price at least. No retailer is going to sell this for $699.

The MSRP for 24's 8 season complete series with $349 and that has far more extras/bonus material than this set.

You have to be a huge fan to really want this set then, but to me and host of others, that's just a lot of money, so then why did Universal even bother releasing those other few seasons if they were going to go this route anyways?

Evan Meadow
08-19-11, 06:00 PM
Its still not actually complete.

According to the press release the Exiled: L&O movie with Chris Noth isn't included and while they do have the Homicide crossover episodes, they don't seem to have the episodes where they'd do direct crossovers with SVU.

Red Dog
08-19-11, 06:48 PM
I'm a big Law and Order fan but there is no way I want to see some of these seasons ever again. The ones with Dianne Wiest as DA are pretty forgettable as well as that one year with the female detective Cassidy.

The worst period was with Rohmbot, and unfortunately she had the longest run as 2nd chair.

Red Dog
08-19-11, 06:51 PM
Who would want to see commericals?

Particularly with the way TNT chops the episodes and inserts commercials.

sleepyhead55
08-20-11, 12:54 AM
The worst period was with Rohmbot, and unfortunately she had the longest run as 2nd chair.

Yep, the year with Farina was pretty bad too. I think Benjamin Bratt probably regrets leaving the show after four or five years considering that his career kinda went into neutral.

I don't think they ever replaced Steven Hill until McCoy took the job in Season 18 or so.

Back to Rohmbot, she brought us at least the most entertaining L&O departure with the completely out of left field "Is this because I'm a lesbian" question/comment.

Fist of Doom
08-20-11, 02:31 AM
I never understood the hate for Röhmbo. I thought she did a good job. Plus, she was nice eye candy.

I don't think they ever replaced Steven Hill until McCoy took the job in Season 18 or so.

"Cut a deal!"

Steven Hill was great. He just exuded New York.

indymlvc
08-20-11, 09:31 AM
Two huge problems with this set:

1) All episodes aren't in 16x9 as they're currently broadcast.
2) It's not on blu-ray.

If it were released on blu, I wouldn't hesitate on this. I'd buy it in heartbeat.

rmw650
08-20-11, 08:36 PM
Two huge problems with this set:

1) All episodes aren't in 16x9 as they're currently broadcast.
2) It's not on blu-ray.

If it were released on blu, I wouldn't hesitate on this. I'd buy it in heartbeat.

Can you imagine [then] the cost of this set in BD? Probably double on the MSRP.

indymlvc
08-20-11, 09:24 PM
Can you imagine [then] the cost of this set in BD? Probably double on the MSRP.

Doubtful. I could see it being $850 or $900.

I would still pay it with the 30% off discount...or more eventually.

stingermck
08-21-11, 11:00 AM
NOTE: The packaging picture shown is a black-and-white image, which is the only version available at this time; the actual box is expected to be in color. Amazon.com's pricing mentioned above is subject to change at their discretion.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/graphics/news3/LawAndOrder_Complete_e.jpg

$489 @ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005HU0TBI?tag=tvshowsondvdcom&link_code=as3&creativeASIN=B005HU0TBI&creative=373489&camp=211189

DJariya
08-21-11, 12:39 PM
Two huge problems with this set:

1) All episodes aren't in 16x9 as they're currently broadcast.
2) It's not on blu-ray.

If it were released on blu, I wouldn't hesitate on this. I'd buy it in heartbeat.

I know that all Law and Order repeats, including the earlier seasons, air on TNT in 16X9, but I have to assume that Universal took the masters from the original NBC airings from those earlier seasons since they were only 4X3 back then. Those earlier seasons have been out for a long time already and this set is mostly just a re-package of all the seasons currently out and the newer ones.

Considering TV on DVD sells alot better than BD on TV, I don't blame Universal for not wanting to re-master everything in HD for home video. I would cost too much and I don't think even the most hard core Law and Order fan could afford it.

indymlvc
08-26-11, 09:25 PM
I know that all Law and Order repeats, including the earlier seasons, air on TNT in 16X9, but I have to assume that Universal took the masters from the original NBC airings from those earlier seasons since they were only 4X3 back then. Those earlier seasons have been out for a long time already and this set is mostly just a re-package of all the seasons currently out and the newer ones.

Considering TV on DVD sells alot better than BD on TV, I don't blame Universal for not wanting to re-master everything in HD for home video. I would cost too much and I don't think even the most hard core Law and Order fan could afford it.

Again, ALL seasons of Law and Order have HD masters for TV already. The ones that are airing are not simply stretched or cropped. They're legitimate HD.
And, again, I would buy it on blu in a heartbeat.

Red Dog
09-07-11, 09:54 AM
I hate when they do this. This is a real kick in the nuts if they don't release the remaining season sets. I have Seasons 4 through 8 so far and only want S9 and S10 on top of that.

Welcome news.....S9 being released on 12/6:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Season-9/15890

Just one more to go for me after that. :thumbsup:

comanche_doyle
09-07-11, 11:48 AM
Welcome news.....S9 being released on 12/6:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Season-9/15890

Just one more to go for me after that. :thumbsup:

at the rate they are going, they won't be done until 2022.

Spottedfeather
09-11-11, 11:49 PM
Again, ALL seasons of Law and Order have HD masters for TV already. The ones that are airing are not simply stretched or cropped. They're legitimate HD.
And, again, I would buy it on blu in a heartbeat.

Not all seasons are HD. The first 10 or 12 seasons or so are standard def. HD didn't really exist in 1990....at least not for tv.

DJariya
09-11-11, 11:54 PM
Not all seasons are HD. The first 10 or 12 seasons or so are standard def. HD didn't really exist in 1990....at least not for tv.

I think he assumes that every season should be mastered in HD because the repeats air in 16:9 HD on TNT, which includes the older seasons.

I assume the DVD releases for the older seasons are being taken from the NBC masters, which weren't in Hi-Def and are in 4:3. It's probably alot cheaper to do it that way.

bigjim25
09-15-11, 12:35 AM
Nice to see they come in their own colorful cases for anyone who may want to buy one and sell off seasons they don't want. ;)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qW1h8uonL._SL500_AA500_.jpg

indymlvc
09-15-11, 01:27 PM
Not all seasons are HD. The first 10 or 12 seasons or so are standard def. HD didn't really exist in 1990....at least not for tv.

ALL seasons are HD. They were filmed on 35mm film and the re-runs are not upconverts.

banthafett
09-15-11, 01:46 PM
Can you fit 6 discs in those thin boxes? Or are they doing flippers?

davidh777
09-15-11, 02:02 PM
When this thread was bumped, I thought someone was going to say that the set was eligible for the Amazon Chase discount :lol:

rmw650
09-15-11, 08:20 PM
Black Friday deals for this set might get interesting now.

Viper187
10-05-11, 12:14 AM
It's $450 right now. I'd jump on it if it weren't for the fact I already own 8 seasons (1-7 + 14). If it goes lower on Black Friday, etc. I'll probably have to. It's obvious it'll take them years to get all the individual seasons out and probably still cost more. At $450, it's 22.50/season. Really not bad, just a major sting to one's wallet all at once.

Rypro 525
10-06-11, 09:11 PM
Can you fit 6 discs in those thin boxes? Or are they doing flippers?

yep. The Alias newer sets are in regular sized cases and its 6 discs

FriendofSonic
10-07-11, 10:09 AM
Wow, that's a beastin' set. I'd have to admit that if they did something like this for SVU, I'd be extremely tempted.