(Apologies for not covering the subject at the time, as real-life concerns consumed my attention. Better late than never, I suppose.)
Last summer, there was a unique anomaly with Criminal Intent's "The 8th Year" Region 1 DVD set: the episode, "The Glory That Was...," was not included. Unfortunately, the matter becomes worse, as "Glory" is apparently unavailable for syndicated reruns, digital download or any other methods of distribution. To my knowledge, Shout Factory has never quite elaborated about the omission beyond "content issues." (If they ever have, I'll certainly update the entry.)
TV Shows On DVD.com speculated a theory, via Wikipedia and international reaction:
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."http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Law-Order-Criminal-Intent-Season-8/17401
Moreover, "The 8th Year" was launched around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which probably didn't help matters. While politics have prevented the re-release/re-airing of particular Mothership episodes ("Life Choice," "Sunday In The Park With Jorge"), they never affected anything with the DVDs or anything in the home release medium. If so, it would create a disturbing precedent for future "Law & Order" DVD fare.
Meanwhile, Movie Metropolis asserted that "Glory"'s "Breakfast at Tiffany's" element might have caused the real imbroglio:
Shout Factory has released the complete eighth season in this 4-disc set with the exception of one episode, "The Glory That Was." No official reason has been given though it could be because of rights issues with the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's," which plays a pivotal role in the episode. http://moviemet.com/review/law-order-criminal-intent-season-8-dvd#.UVo4f5M3tKA
Personally speaking, I'm inclined to believe Movie Metropolis, as DVD companies often deal with music rights, licensing fees and the like. (Besides, the TV Shows On DVD theory would be too depressing to contemplate, even if it is a valid one.) It's certainly a pity that such circumstances happen, yet they do, unfortunately. Until Shout Factory finally reveals the truth, pick your reasoning for the "Glory" ban, dear reader: politics or copyrights.
For those wondering about the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" angle, read the ATLAO recap and scroll downward:http://allthingslawandorder.blogspot.com/2009/06/law-order-ci-glory-that-was-recap.html
Anyway, the next entry will be an Abbie Carmichael one, which should be a tad more pleasant in comparison.