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Full House - The Complete Eighth Season


TITLE: FULL HOUSE - THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007 (Warner Home Video)
Color / 1994-95
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 554 Minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Goodbye, guys and girls! The fun final season of Full House is now on DVD from Warner Home Video! The long-running family sitcom Full House is now complete on DVD after this set. The show ran for an impressive eight seasons on ABC from 1987-1995. The final season stars John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, Blake & Dylant Tuomy-Wilhoit, and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The final season has many memorable episodes. This season, D.J. graduates from high school. You will see Michelle & Jesse waiting for cops instead of Santa on Christmas Eve. Stephanie starts her own band, while Joey has a freaky Super Bowl Sunday. Danny takes Valentine’s Day advice from the King of Romance - Jesse. D.J. runs off to a wedding chapel, but not for the reason her family thinks. In addition, the series finale has comedy, drama, and tears. Will Michelle recover from her accident on the finale?

Recurring are Jason Marsden as Nelson, Marla Sokoloff as Gia, Tahj Mowry as Teddy, and Marcia Wallace as Mrs. Carruthers. Guest starring are Barry Williams & David Ruprecht in “Making Out is Hard to Do,” Mickey Rooney in “Arrest ye Merry Gentlemen,” Frankie Valli in “D.J.’s Choice,” Kathy Kinney in “Super Bowl Fun Day,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Air Jesse,” and Will Estes in “Michelle Rides Again, Parts 1 and 2.”


Packaging:

We have an outer box that holds two slim cases. The color scheme for this set seems to be purple and yellow. The cover of the box features a nice shot of the cast from the last season, with a shadow of a house in the background. The back of the box features a nice description of the sitcom as well as three-color photographs.

The slim cases list the episodes of each disc. There are two slim cases, so both sides of the slim cases have the episode info. We get two color screenshots on the front, and three on the back. The episode info has the title, the writers, director, original airdate and a brief synopsis of the episode. When we open each slim case, we get a disc on each side. Underneath both discs is a nice cast photo embedded inside the case (it is the same on both cases, though). There is also a cast list on both slim cases on the right side. Disc 1 features Stephanie, Michelle and DJ and contains episodes 1-6. Disc 2 features Alex & Nicky, Rebecca and Jesse and contains episodes 7-12. Disc 3 features Joey and contains episodes 13-18. Disc 4 features Danny and contains episodes 19-24.

We also have a little booklet from Warner Home Video highlighting other Warner DVDs, such as George Lopez, Lois & Clark, and Welcome Back, Kotter. The back of the booklet has an ad for Gossip Girl, Wednesdays on The CW.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu itself is similar to past releases. It features a colorful background with the cast photo similar to the main box art. The show logo is also present and the pointer is a purple house. The options are "Play," which is a play all option. "Episodes," which takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes on that particular disc and "Languages," in which you can select English as the spoken language and English for the subtitles. The theme song, with lyrics plays in the background (and it loops). The “Episodes” section also has three photos on the top.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio look and sound great! This is the last season for the show, so obviously is the newest for the show and it should look good. Hard to believe the show ended over 12 years ago. The series finale was a two-part episode, so I am sure many fans want to know how it is broken up? It is in two-parts, and at the end of the first part we get the “to be continued” tag also with a preview of the next episode saying “next time on Full House.” Part 2 has “previously on Full House” teaser before the credits. Each episode is unedited at like 23 minutes and each episode has four chapter stops. The following are the runtimes for each episode on this set:

DISC 1
1- Comet’s Excellent Adventure (23:21)
2- Breaking Away (23:32)
3- Making Out is Hard to Do (23:31)
4- I’ve Got a Secret (23:32)
5- To Joey with Love (23:28)
6- You Pet it, You Bought it (23:08)

DISC 2
7- On the Road Again (23:29)
8- Claire and Present Danger (22:59)
9- Stephanie’s Wild Ride (22:29)
10- Under the Influence (23:29)
11- Arrest ye Merry Gentlemen (22:53)
12- D.J.’s Choice (22:58)

DISC 3
13- The Producer (22:59)
14- Super Bowl Fun Day (22:59)
15- My Left and Right Foot (22:59)
16- Air Jesse (22:58)
17- Dateless in San Francisco (22:58)
18- We Got the Beat (22:58)

DISC 4
19- Taking the Plunge (22:58)
20- Up on the Roof (22:58)
21- Leap of Faith (22:58)
22- All Stood Up (22:58)
23- Michelle Rides Again, Part I (22:58)
24- Michelle Rides Again, Part II (22:58)


Special Features:

How rude! This is the last season of a long-running series, and we get no special features? The series had decent features for the first set then very limited features on the next two seasons, but after that, we have been getting none at all! What gives? I am sure bloopers could have been included at least. Interviews would have been nice as well, with at least Saget, Coulier, and others. I think Warner put more effort into the complete series set, which will just be all eight seasons with the same material in a house package that resembles the house on the show. Therefore, there is nothing really extra on that set, but the cool new packaging.


Final Comments:

Everywhere you look, you’ll see Full House on your DVD shelves, especially after you buy this set! I’m not a fan of this show, but I know it has a big fan base as it continues to do well on television on ABC Family and Nick at Nite, and obviously on DVD as well since we now are on the final season in like 2 1/2 years. This set has the most important thing, unedited episodes. However, the missing bonus features is a problem and makes this set look cheap. I recommend this set for fans that have the first seven sets already. If you have not bought any season yet, then I recommend you buy the complete series set that came out the same day this set did. As I mentioned, that set is the same exact content, but just in a house packaging holding all eight seasons. It just looks cooler. If you’re a fan who bought each season separately and you like that house packaging, then you’re screwed I guess. Anyway, if you are a huge fan, you will buy that set, too. Now Full House is complete on DVD! You got it dude! 


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 11/09/07

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