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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

Date added to database: 2/14/2001
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Releases for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Top)

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Reviews for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Top)
The 5th Year - Great Cast! (9/13/2004)
Video:   9/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   3/10

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Summary of "The 5th Year - Great Cast!":
I'd love to see a featurette for the Law & Order shows that talks about the connection between Oz and the 3 L&O shows. It can't be a coincidence that there are so many former Oz cast members that appear in the L&O shows; Christopher Meloni, B.D. Wong, Dean Winters, Kathryn Erbe and J.K. Simmons, plus all the guest stars!

Special Victims Unit is a pretty cool show, and this is a good set, but Universal has some room for improvement in terms of the chapters and widescreen treatment. I love the new packaging! (read entire review)

The 1st Year - They came from Oz (8/28/2004)
Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   2/10

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Summary of "The 1st Year - They came from Oz":
If I had to pick between the three Law & Order shows I'd have to say that this is my least favorite, but just by a little. It's good in small doses, but it's hard to sit through 4 episodes of sex-related crimes and still have a smile on your face. I love the actors; Belzer from Homicide, and Meloni and Dean Winters from Oz, though Winters is only in the first 13 episodes.

Universal is skipping ahead a few seasons when they release the 5th season on DVD September 14th. I've been told they have plans to fill in the gap though. (read entire review)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit News (Top)
2/08/2018 NOW AVAILABLE! 'The 18th Year' Arrives on DVD as an MOD Title
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf comes the 18th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the longest-running primetime drama currently on U.S. television. Mariska Hargitay returns... (read entire news item)

6/21/2016 Announcement for 'The 17th Year' on DVD
From Primetime Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) comes the seventeenth season of this iconic series. Mariska Hargitay (Primetime Emmy Award winner) returns as Lieutenant Olivia... (read entire news item)

5/26/2015 5-DVD Release of 'The 16th Year' is Announced
Television's longest-running primetime drama is better than ever in its compelling sixteenth season. Primetime Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay leads the iconic cast, including Ice T, Danny Pino, Kelli... (read entire news item)

7/02/2014 Mariska Hargitay Dominates the Cover of 'The 15th Year' DVD Set
THE 15TH YEAR OF THE LONG-RUNNING SERIES THAT CHRONICLES THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT OF THE NYPD IS COMING TO DVD! Created by Dick Wolf (Law & Order), and starring Emmy Award winner... (read entire news item)

7/17/2013 High-Res 3D Package Art Now for 'The 14th Year' on DVD
Two weeks ago we reported on the announcement from Universal Studios Home Entertainment for the September 24th DVD release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 14th Year. At the time we had a thumbnail... (read entire news item)

7/02/2013 'The 14th Year' Comes to DVD this Fall from Universal
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit begins its gripping fourteenth year with a scandal that erupts at the heart of the squad, and the resulting investigation unearths past secrets that threaten the entire... (read entire news item)

7/06/2012 'The 13th Year' DVDs Announced: Date, Cost, Details, Box Art
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit confronts some of its most controversial and topical crimes yet in its powerful thirteenth year. New changes are afoot for the SVU: two new detectives (Danny Pino and... (read entire news item)

6/21/2011 'The 12th Year' DVDs Announced: Date, Cost, Specs and Box Art
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has today announced that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 12th Year is coming out on DVD this September 27th. The 5-disc set will cost $59.98 SRP, but can... (read entire news item)

10/18/2010 DVD Release for The 12th Year is Already Being Planned
The current season of the highly successful spin-off series has just gotten underway a few weeks ago, but Amazon has already begun taking pre-orders for a release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit... (read entire news item)

6/15/2010 'The 11th Year' DVDs Announced: Date, Cost, Package Art and More!
At the end of April we let you know that had already begun taking pre-orders for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 11th Year on DVD, even though Universal had not formally announced... (read entire news item)

4/26/2010 DVDs Planned for the Current Season ('The 11th Year')
The four final episodes of the show's current season (which include a story arc featuring guest star Sharon Stone!) are starting to air, with the first of them broadcasting this week. But the studio isn't... (read entire news item)

6/29/2009 Our First Look at Probable Package Art for The 10th Year on DVD
Earlier this month we reported that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 10th Year - which had already been available to pre-order from Amazon since April (see button link below) - had been formally... (read entire news item)

6/11/2009 Season 10 Announced for September
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit keeps selling strong, so Universal keeps putting out the releases. They've just announced the recently-wrapped 10th season will be out on September 22. The 5-disc set... (read entire news item)

4/08/2009 10th Season Set of L&O:SVU on DVD is Available for Early Pre-order from Amazon
Universal hasn't scheduled the title yet, but online retailer has added a pre-announcement listing where you can pre-order Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 10th Year on DVD right away.... (read entire news item)

3/11/2009 Early Box Art Arrives for The 9th Year on DVD
Last week we reported that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 9th Year is on the way to DVD, with a May 26th release date announced by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The 19 episodes comes... (read entire news item)

3/06/2009 Robin Williams, Cynthia Nixon & More Join Hargitay & Meloni in The 9th Year on DVD
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 9th Year has today been announced for DVD release by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. You'll get a 5-disc set running approximately 800 minutes on May 26th,... (read entire news item)

11/22/2008 High-Resolution Final Packaging Pic for the 8th Season DVD Set
Yesterday we brought you Universal's official announcement for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 8th Year, which is becoming available on February 17th. We had an early look at the box art for... (read entire news item)

11/21/2008 8th Season Set Officially Announced: Date, Price, Packaging and More!
A couple of weeks ago we had the heads-up about Universal's plans to release Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 8th Year on DVD early in 2009. This morning the studio has officially announced the... (read entire news item)

11/05/2008 Early Box Art, Info, Possible Street Date for the 8th Season DVDs
Last week Universal announced the February 3rd release of the Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection 1990 on DVD. What does this have to do with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? As you see below, the... (read entire news item)

6/13/2008 Press Brief (VERY Brief) Issued by Universal for SVU's 7th Season Set
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT THE SEVENTH YEAR Overview: Recipient of 15 Primetime Emmy® nominations, including two nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actress... (read entire news item)

5/19/2008 7th Season DVD Menu Screens Answer Question about Extras Inclusion
Late last month Universal announced the July 29th release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 7th Year on DVD. We said at the time that we didn't know whether any extras would be included on this... (read entire news item)

4/29/2008 The 7th Year DVD Set Announced for Late July ***UPDATE: PACKAGE ART***
At the beginning of this month Universal released the sixth season set on DVD, and they've wasted no time in announcing the next! Universal Studios Home Entertainment wants fans to know that Law & Order:... (read entire news item)

1/26/2008 Main and Bonus Menus from SVU - Season 6 Verifies Sesame Street Supplement!
Earlier this week we found the clues telling us about a cool Sesame Street-related bonus item that will appear on Universal's April 1st DVD release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 6th Year.... (read entire news item)

1/21/2008 Season 6 Extra: 'Sunny Day, Sweeping The Clouds Away...'
Last month Universal announced the DVD release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 6th Year, which is coming our way on April 1st. At first they didn't have box art or extras, but within the last... (read entire news item)

1/11/2008 Special Delivery: Package Art Just Arrived for The 6th Year!
It's been several weeks since Universal announced the April 1st release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 6th Year on DVD, and fans have been wondering what the package will look like. The studio... (read entire news item)

12/18/2007 1, 5, 2, 3, 4...Next Up Is April's Release of Season 6!
Since Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 4th Year just came out two weeks ago, why is the 6th Season the next release? Because Universal Studios decided to release the 2004 Season (Season 5) three... (read entire news item)

9/19/2007 Investigate the Package Art for The 4th Year DVD Set
A few days ago we showed off a menu screen that Universal provided us with, for the December 4th DVD release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 4th Year. Now the studio has sent out box art to... (read entire news item)

9/14/2007 Menu Screen Appears for 4th Season DVDs
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Fourth Year THE BEST-SELLING SERIES IN THE LAW & ORDER FRANCHISE! Recipient of 15 Primetime Emmy® Nominations, including the most recent 2007 Nomination for... (read entire news item)

9/04/2007 After Skipping Around Seasons, Universal Announces 4th Year SVU DVDs
This past April we brought you word that a coupon, enclosed in the DVD release of Law & Order - The 5th Year, was good until the end of 2007 for $3 off the 4th season DVDs for L&O spin-off Special Victims... (read entire news item)

4/05/2007 SVU - Year 4 DVDs Coming This Year, Insert Says
Fans of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit have certainly had a confusing time getting their DVDs, as the folks at Universal jumped from releasing Season 1 over to Season 5, then went back and released... (read entire news item)

11/10/2006 Yup, more SVU in 2007 - Season 3 Announced - Artwork Added
Last month we told you more SVU was coming in January or February, and today Universal has announced that they'll release the third season on January 30, 2007. The 5 disc set (all single-sided) will include... (read entire news item)

10/30/2006 More SVU on the way?
It's been a loooong time since we had news about SVU, so we figured fans of the show would be interested in hearing some news, even if it's just a rumor. One of our retail friends just emailed to let... (read entire news item)

8/18/2005 Finally, we have season 2 art!
Universal finally made art available for the second season DVD set that was announced over a month ago. Here is it: (read entire news item)

7/08/2005 Second Season in Sept
Universal Home Video has just announced the second season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for release on September 27. This 3 disc set (double-sided) will include all 21 episodes (924 mins) from... (read entire news item)

6/16/2004 Season 5's cover art (full-size this time)
Following up on our story the other day, we now have full-sized artwork for the Sept. 7th release of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The 5th Year/2004 Season. Enjoy! (read entire news item)

6/01/2004 'Backwards' L&O releases continue with SVU
September 7th will see a wave of Law & Order releases, as all three popular series from Dick Wolf see DVD season sets arrive. However, instead of continuing in order from the beginning, Universal Studios... (read entire news item)

8/04/2003 Boxwatch: Cover Art for SVU - The First Year
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7/21/2003 1st Season!
Well, they seem to have gotten the message that season sets are preferred! Universal Home Video has today announced season sets for both Law & Order SVU and for Law & Order CI. Here is all the available... (read entire news item)

3/24/2003 Pilot episode announcement
We've been getting emails asking when Universal might release the second season of "Law & Order" and while we haven't heard any news about that, here's a related item. Law & Order: Special Victims... (read entire news item)

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