Yesterday we brought you Shout! Factory's official fact sheet
for their upcoming October 23rd
DVD release of Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The 8th Year
. We - and our readers - noticed quickly that the fact sheet specifies that the 4-disc set will contain "15 original episodes
" from the season...but that this particular season includes 16 installments during its original broadcast run!
We checked with the studio to see if this was a typo, but unfortunately they tell us it's no mistake: the eighth episode of the season, "The Glory That Was..." - one found memorable by fans because of the way the detective solved the case by piecing together elements from the classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany's
- is not included on this DVD set. We've since learned that the episode is also unavailable for syndicated reruns, for digital download, and in other methods of distribution as well. the reason for this omission seems to be content issues, which are best described in the English language by a WikiPedia write-up
about the episode:
Aired in Brazil on September 3, 2009 by AXN, this episode caused uproar at the headquarters of Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Mayor Eduardo Paes expressed disgust for the show, claiming it was "ridiculous and pathetic." State governor Sérgio Cabral Filho said jokingly that "now even [Law & Order's] screenwriters are desperate."
We do not have official confirmation that this is the reason for the episode to be taken out of the mix, but no alternate theory for the omission has readily presented itself. In any case, the cause isn't the purpose for this story: our goal is to make our readers aware that for whatever reason, the episode unfortunately isn't going to be found on this DVD release.