DVD TV Show Reviews
It's really amazing to think that Law & Order is just starting its 15th year
on TV. Most shows nowadays don't last five years, let alone three times
that. I atribute it to two key factors. One is the cast. It changes
frequently. That's because it is a true ensemble cast. The stories
are what's important about the show, not the characters, or their love lives, or
which actors play them. So it doesn't matter if the cast changes, as long
as the stories are good. Not that the actors aren't great, too. They
almost always choose fine actors for the show.
The second reason the show has lasted is because it takes stories from the
headlines. This keeps the show very fresh and interesting. There are
always more stories out there for them to come up with because in real life
there are plenty of murders for them to write about. Add to this the
show's integrity and fanatical attention to detail. They make sure that
the shows are realistic and not overly melodramatic. As they used to say
on Dragnet, "Just the facts, ma'am".
I have watched the show off and on for years, but it's great to get the DVD
for last season's shows so I can watch the ones I missed. Along with the
episodes, there are some great extras. There are lengthy interviews with
cast members Jesse L. Martin and Fred Thompson, as well as technical advisor
Park Dietz. Star Jerry Orbach gives us a tour of the set. The only
disappointing bit was something they called "Cast Profiles", which was really
just a short advertisement for forthcoming DVD cast interviews. I really
enjoyed the cast interviews that they did include.
The DVD is well worth adding to your collection. This is the last
season for Jerry Orbach; he was replaced this year by Dennis Farina. Like
all of the L&O DVD's, this one comes with a nice box and a beautiful colorful
booklet with episode descriptions.
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