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Universal brings you TV series premieres on DVD

Universal Studios Home Video is releasing the original premiere episodes from three hit TV series -- Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Law & Order Criminal Intent and Monk on Region 1 DVD this June. Details on these releases are as follows...

Law & Order Special Victims Unit: The Premiere Episode arrives on June 3rd 2003 with a retail price of $19.98. On the disc you will find the 45-minute season premiere presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame video. As a bonus you will find the first episode of the original Law & Order series on the disc.

Law & Order Criminal Intent: The Premiere Episode also arrives on June 3rd 2003 with a retail price of $19.98. Specs are identical to the SVU premiere episode release.

Monk: The Premiere Episode arrives on June 24th with a retail price of $19.98. On the disc you will find the 80-minute season premiere presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, and thats about it!

What follows are the epsode synopsis taken from the press release...

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode Synopsis

From the acclaimed franchise watched by over 20 million weekly viewers comes Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Focusing on the NYPD’s Major Case squad, the series stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black) as Detective Robert Goren, a brilliant and exceptionally dedicated homicide investigator bent on putting the baddest of the bad behind bars. Partnered with the equally talented Det. Alexandra James (Kathryn Erbe, OZ) the pair ably tackles the toughest assignments their commanding officer, Capt. James Deakins (Jamie Sheridan, Shannon’s Deal) manages to throw their way. With the able legal assistance from no-nonsense District Attorney Ron Carver (Courtney B. Vance, The Tuskegee Airmen), the squad quickly gets down to cases using all the psychological tools at their disposal to get inside the very minds of the city’s most dangerous criminals in this compelling dramatic series from renowned producer Dick Wolf.

Law & Order: SVU Premiere Episode Synopsis

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 Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni, OZ), a seasoned, seen-it-all veteran of the unit and his capable partner, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, NBC’s ER), as they try to crack the city’s most heinous crimes. Directing their intense efforts is Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek, reprising his Law & Order role), who’s tough but supportive approach guides the entire squad - which includes Detectives John Munch (Richard Belzer) and D.A. Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) and forensic psychiatrist George Huang (B.D. Wong) - through the dangerous challenges they face every day.

Monk Premiere Episode Synopsis

The only thing crazier than the crimes committed daily on the streets of San Francisco is the detective assigned to solve them. Golden Globe-winning actor Tony Shaloub (Men in Black, Spy Kids) stars as the brilliant but neurotic Adrian Monk, a top homicide investigator who was suspended from the force four years ago when his unusual behavior made him unfit for duty. Never one to give up, he’s been busy battling his obsessive-compulsive disorder ever since with help from Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram, A League of Their Own) a mystery-loving practical nurse who’s become an unlikely Dr. Watson to Monk’s Sherlock Holmes. And now that a string of unsolved murders involving a local political candidate has forced his former boss Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine, Silence of the Lambs) to call him in, this defective detective is back fighting crime while fighting back his abnormal fears of germs, cars, heights, crowds, and virtually everything else known to man.

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