Law & Order: The Sixth Year (1995)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Universal || NR - 1111 minutes - $59.98 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Dick Wolf (created by)
Cast: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterson, Jill Hennessy, Steven Hill


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Cross-over Episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Back in the day, “Law and Order” was one of the biggest hits for the crime and drama series ever. The first half deals with how the cops investigate people after a murder or something along those lines happen, while the second part shows viewers the trials and tribulations lawyers have to go through to get a conviction. Yes, at times it is predictable, like for example if the bad guy or girl gets off and there are still ten minutes left in the episode it’s safe to assume something’s going to happen to throw a giant twist into the mix.

Starring the late Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe and Benjamin Bratt as Detective Rey Curtis, they continually hunt down the clues given to them from the crime scenes they investigate. They interview witnesses, chase down criminals, and eventually arrest who they think is guilty. Okay, it sounds like real life, but it’s better than real life since both Briscoe and Curtis have snippy lines and make it humorous throughout each episode.

After the criminals are arrested that’s when the District Attorney’s office takes over. Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy (Sam Waterson) and his assistant Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) prosecute them in court. As always, some loops are thrown in to make the episodes more interesting such as evidence being thrown out due to illegal searches or something along those lines. The lawyers are also entertaining, as it’s easy to see why McCoy has been around since he was introduced in the previous season when the last D.A. left the office.

Sadly though, some of the episodes in the season aren’t as entertaining as the rest of the season. Some of the weaker episodes such as “Rebels,” “Blood Libel,” and “Deceit” don’t hold a candle to the stronger ones such as “Aftershock,” which explains what happens to Kincaid and shows a much more emotional side to the cast.

While the episodes for the most part are strong, “Law & Order” veterans will be able to accurately guess who the real criminal is before each episode ends, or if he or she will get off scot free. For anyone who hasn’t seen the show before though, season six is a great place to start. Even if you skip a few episodes here and there, you won’t miss anything vital to the storyline other than a little back story into Curtis and Briscoe.

Overall, season six is well worth a pick-up for fans and newcomers to the show.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only special feature which isn’t really one to begin with is a cross-over episode from Homicide: Life on the Street episode “For God and Country.” It’s an episode which features the cast from Homicide as well as Briscoe and Curtis, but probably not one you’re going to watch twice.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For anyone who hates grain as much as I do, I would strongly recommend shutting your eyes and just listening to the audio portion of this DVD. Grain is abundant in nearly every scene on every disc. Contrast is also heavily off, as some scenes (check out the courtroom scenes versus the police station scenes for references) are way too dark and others too light. Colors on the other hand are spot on, which is the only saving grace for this transfer.

Presented in a lackluster 2.0 Dolby Digital Track, there’s nothing spectacular about it. This is a television show with nothing going on except the occasional blast in the first thirty seconds or random gunfire throughout. It’s a 2.0 track, what can you really expect in a dialogue-heavy show?



.::OVERALL::.

Lacking any sort of commentary from Dick Wolf, Sam Waterson, or any other member of the cast is a major disappointment. The video is well-below average as is the audio for this release. Fans of the show should probably just catch the re-runs on television, as they look better and are seen in HD rather this SD. Hopefully the show will get a re-release in high-def some point down the road. Verdict? Guilty of being not worth a purchase.