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 Home Video has elected to bring out the recently completed seasons instead, from the 2003-2004 broadcast year.
For Law & Order: Criminal Intent, that means that The Complete 3rd Season will arrive at a $59.98 suggested retail price, with all 21 episodes on a 3-DVD set (each will be a double-sided disc).
Why jump seasons to bring out just the latest? The studio hasn't spoken up about this, nor has Dick Wolf, but we suspect that the goal here is to hit with these while the marketing for the newest episodes are fresh on the consumers' minds, and try to lead into the next season which will be starting up in that fall timeframe. We'll try to find out if our thinking is correct, or if something else is at work here.
No further details are available this early, but stay tuned! We'll bring you updates on this - and cover art, too - as the studio releases more information about this.