Law and Order-Special Victims Unit-Premiere Episode

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Product Overview

This hard-hitting and emotional companion series from the popular Law & Order franchise chronicles the exciting cases of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department. Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit follows the exploits of Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni, Oz), a seasoned veteran of the unit, and his partner, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, ER), as they try to crack the city's most heinous crimes. Directing their efforts is Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek, reprising his Law & Order role), whose tough but supportive approach guides the entire squad -- which includes Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), District Attorney Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March), and forensic psychiatrist George Huang (B.D. Wong) -- through the dangerous challenges they face every day.

"Payback": Detective Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson investigate the murder and dismemberment of a cab driver.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 40221055
UPC 025192347924
UPC 14 00025192347924
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2003
Rating NR
Keywords
Cops
Crime
Detective
Detectives
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
Note Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a spin off of NBC's incredibly popular and long running crime drama, Law & Order. SVU focuses on sex crimes and, instead of spending half the program's hour with the cops and the other half with the lawyers, this series stays with the police and the criminals they pursue for most of the show. SVU takes place in New York and stars Christopher Merloni and Mariska Hargitay as Detectives Stabler and Benson, two partners who uncover some of the city's most shocking crimes.
Actors
Mariska Hargitay
Christopher Meloni
Richard Belzer
Cast & Crew
Christopher Meloni - Actor
Dann Florek - Actor
Ice-T - Actor
Judith Light - Actor
Mariska Hargitay - Actor
Richard Belzer - Actor
Stephanie March - Actor
Dick Wolf - Created By
B.D. Wong - Actor
David Platt, et. al. - Director
Dean Taucher, et. al. - Production Designer
Dick Wolf - Executive Producer
Dick Wolf, et. al. - Writer
Geoffrey Erb, et. al. - Cinematographer
Josh Singer - Producer
Mike Post - Original Music By
Nancy Forner, et. al. - Editor
Randall Richards, et. al. - Art Director
Steven Zirnkilton - Actor
Tamara Tunie - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 23479
UPC 00025192347924
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 45 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Winner (2007) Emmy, Leslie Caron, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Winner (2006) Emmy, Mariska Hargitay, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominee (2006) People's Choice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Favorite Television Drama
Winner (2005) Emmy, Amanda Plummer, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series,Golden Globe, Mariska Hargitay, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Nominee (2004) Screen Actors Guild, Mariska Hargitay, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Winner (2002) Image Award, Ice-T, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
People's Choice (2009) Robin Williams, Winner, Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star
Emmy (2008) Cynthia Nixon, Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series,Robin Williams, Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy (2007) Leslie Caron, Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series,Marcia Gay Harden, Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Emmy (2006) Christopher Meloni, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series,Mariska Hargitay, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emmy (2005) Amanda Plummer, Winner, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series,Angela Lansbury, Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Golden Globe (2005) Mariska Hargitay, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Emmy (2004) Marlee Matlin, Mare Winningham, Nominee, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Image Award (2002) Ice-T, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Features
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Law & Order: Special
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Britt Gillette, The DVD Report ...continues the success of NBC's blockbuster Law & Order franchise.
Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic.com ...a television juggernaut. The formula works very well...[and features] compelling writing.
Patrick Bromley, DVD Verdict ...immediately draws the viewer in...each episode is riveting in its ability to create drama through the solving of a puzzle.
David Gutierrez, DVD Verdict The best of the bunch [of Law & Order shows], SVU is one of the best things out there. Everyone should watch it.
NeedCoffee.com ...a television juggernaut. The formula works very well...[and features] compelling writing.
Phase9 Entertainment This riveting show...is packed with powerful storylines and provocative plot twists.
William David Lee, DVD Town "SVU" has a great cast of characters each wonderfully played by their respective actors.

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