Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifth Year (2003)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery
Universal || NR - 1036 minutes - $59.98 || September 14, 2004
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2004-09-20

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Director: NA
Writer(s): Dick Wolf (created by)
Cast: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Diane Neal, B.D. Wong

Theatrical Release Date: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • Police Sketch: Ice-T
  • Police Sketch: B.D. Wong
  • Police Sketch: Dann Florek
  • "SKU" Album

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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I rarely watched "Law & Order: SVU" but I must say that this is top notch show on all accounts. The acting and story are both excellent and would be greatly welcomed. My favorite upisode, "Loss", dealt with the Columbian cartel and threats made to the assistant district attourney. Another great thing, concerning to season 5, are the guest appearances which range from Mitch Pileggi (as an FBI agent no less) to Gary Cole as the father of a murdered frat boy. The main downside with the show, however, is each episode tends to be a downer. It could go from the thrilling aspect of the drug cartel/FBI investigation to the nastiness of incest or religous zealotry.

The roles of Detectives Elliot Stabler (Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Hargitay) are interesting characters which is the most important element of any show, but for one that can become downright depressing, they have to work extra hard to be charming, tough, or whatever adjective you want to place here. The two seem to have a good chemistry (professional, of course) together as well do the supporting actors such as the other detectives (played by Ice-T and Richard Belzer - who don't get enough screentime, IMO).


Now for the bad part. I'm very disappointed that this set does not include a single commentary track. Instead, they give the viewer four featurettes: three of them covering actors Ice-T, B.D. Wong and Dann Horek, which ran at about 4 minutes each.

The fourth one was a montage showing the special guest appearances the show has had over the years (which included John Ritter, Jason Ritter, Angie Everheart and more). The actor profiles had an interview with each actor as they explain how they came to be on "Law & Order: SVU" and how much they like it. This is a really lame set of special features which is too bad because this show deserved more...


Copnsidering this is a TV show, the sound and picture are pretty good, though sometimes when the sound would rise, it would screech a little.


Despite the lack of special features, I am still going to give this set a positive rating. The stories and acting alone make it worth it, however, only if you are a fan of the "Law & Order" series. If you are not, you may want to check out TNT (if you have cable) and catch up on the reruns. I hope future sets will more to offer, though.