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Law & Order: SVU premiere, Law & Order: CI premier, Monk premier all in June!


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#1 of 37 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted March 24 2003 - 02:49 PM

News about Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

News about Law & Order: Criminal Intent

News about Monk (no cover art yet)

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Sorry to be lazy, but I'm off to bed. Click the links and check it out. Strange that Universal is bringing this stuff, but still no signs of the "Lost 8" that were announced late last year for 2003 release (Galactica, Sliders, Quantum Leap, E:FC, Emergency!, Dragnet, Rockford Files, & Magnum P.I.). I wonder what the holdup is? Posted Image

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#2 of 37 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted March 24 2003 - 02:50 PM

Hey, can a mod correct the subject so that "premiere" is spelled correctly all three times? Thanks. I *Said* I was tired! Posted Image
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#3 of 37 OFFLINE   Adam_WM

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Posted March 24 2003 - 02:56 PM

These must be "water-testers" to see if full-seasons are warranted.
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#4 of 37 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted March 24 2003 - 03:03 PM

How in the heck does this make any sense? Why return to the old Star Trek paradigm given how successful the Fox releases have been?

I love Monk, but there is no way I'd get it an episode at a time.

*Edit : Whoops, you beat me to it. Still, $20 is just asking to fail *

#5 of 37 OFFLINE   Joel C

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Posted March 24 2003 - 04:37 PM

Who is that SVU guy and why is his forehead twice the size of a normal person's? I though *I* had a big forehead.
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#6 of 37 OFFLINE   Damin J Toell

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Posted March 24 2003 - 04:44 PM

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Christopher Meloni.

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#7 of 37 OFFLINE   Joel C

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Posted March 24 2003 - 04:51 PM

His head looks nowhere near that big in Wet Hot American Summer. What a bad picture.
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#8 of 37 OFFLINE   Damin J Toell

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Posted March 24 2003 - 05:13 PM

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His head looks nowhere near that big in Wet Hot American Summer.


You were just distracted by his beard and fridge-humping. Posted Image

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#9 of 37 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted March 24 2003 - 05:23 PM

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I love Monk, but there is no way I'd get it an episode at a time.


Well, at least Monk kicked off with a "two hour" (1:20) TV movie instead of a regular episode. So there is a certain kind of logic to releasing the pilot as a separate disc and following it up with the (short) first season later. But why anyone would issue just the standard-length pilots for the two L & O shows is a bigger mystery than anything in the shows themselves. Posted Image

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Posted March 24 2003 - 05:34 PM

I heard that L&O Season 1 wasn't such a big seller, so perhaps that may explain Universal's cautious approach to these shows. However, I can say I won't be buying these single episode releases.

#11 of 37 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted March 24 2003 - 09:51 PM

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I heard that L&O Season 1 wasn't such a big seller, so perhaps that may explain Universal's cautious approach to these shows.


I have also heard that L&O S1 (as well as Baretta) didn't go over too well for Universal. I take that with a grain of salt, since I didn't hear it direct from Uni but instead through anecdotal evidence from many retailers and even from a ditstributer or two. Still, it was convincing info, at least for me.

So I'm confused: if that's true, why even revisit the L&O fans with this promotion? Why not move foward with at least some of the "Lost 8"? There are some guaranteed sales built into the SciFi crowd, and the 4 SciFi shows in that group should be a license to print money, if produced with any level of decency. Not to mention that the new "Al Bundy" version of Dragnet seems to be doing well in the ratings, so tie into the original version for chrisakes.

Gee, I guess since the excremental new version of Galactica is being worked on for this year, according to SciFi channel's website ("Production begins in Vancouver in March. Battlestar Galactica will air exclusively on SCI FI in late 2003."), I guess that means the classic Galactica DVD set should at least be out in time to tie into that.

Well, "Yes" if Hulk is any indication. On the other hand, it's "No" if Dragnet is any indication. Hulk didn't turn out to be a big shocker announcement, even though it wasn't mentioned in the list of the ten in the original TV-to-DVD initiative press release. We knew it *had* to be coming in some form. Uni choose to MAKE it a surprise, though, and not leak it in any way until their announcement was ready.

The same with these three announcements. Perhaps I heard a whisper about Monk that was entirely discountable, but other than that there were no lead-ins. Just a surprise announcement yesterday.

I wonder what OTHER surprises Universal has for us in the TV-to-DVD genre?


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Posted March 24 2003 - 10:31 PM

Why bring them out on DVD at all when you can watch them for free on TV.

#13 of 37 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted March 24 2003 - 10:52 PM

Why bring them out on DVD at all when you can watch them for free on TV.


A) To watch them at your convenience,

B) To be able to see them long after they stop playing regularly on TV,

C) To see them in their original uncut form, instead of having more and more snipped out to squeeze in another commercial,

and D) For any extras that might be on the disc.


Gee, just because a song plays on the radio every once in a while, doesn't mean I pass up on buying the album!

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#14 of 37 OFFLINE   Sean Aaron

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Posted March 25 2003 - 07:20 AM

I'm still waiting for Series 2 of Law and Order; there's no way I'm going to spend £10 for one episode of the other series -- a whole season? Sure, but not piecemeal. They should do polls if they want a feel for the demand, but a one-off with no promise of future episodes I think is a poor way to gauge demand.

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Posted March 25 2003 - 07:52 AM

I really hope they release subsequent season sets as well. I bought Season 1 the day it was released. A great show, and a decent set. (I was thrilled with image quality, but I was happy to have it!)
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Posted March 26 2003 - 08:19 AM

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Who is that SVU guy and why is his forehead twice the size of a normal person's? I though *I* had a big forehead.


It's not all forehead. Most of it is receding hairline. Posted Image

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#17 of 37 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted March 26 2003 - 08:51 AM

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Why bring them out on DVD at all when you can watch them for free on TV.
E) Presumably better picture (and sound) quality, especially if you have so-so local reception and/or crappy cable.

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#18 of 37 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted March 26 2003 - 12:21 PM

Presumably better picture (and sound) quality, especially if you have so-so local reception and/or crappy cable.


Also, these shows aren't in syndication yet, so this is the only way to see early episodes.
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#19 of 37 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted March 26 2003 - 12:44 PM

This just seems to be setting them up to fail. How many people are willing to commit $20 for just one episode when they see Fox shows next to them at $80 for a full season? I mean, I really like this show, but I can't deviate from the full season model that I have enjoyed so much. Especially if this leads into the dreaded "greatest hits" concept.

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Posted March 26 2003 - 12:56 PM

I will pick up the Criminal Intent pilot, since I'm completely hooked on the series, but if they don't follow the pilot with a full season set, that'll be it for me.
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