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Roseanne - The Complete Eighth Season


TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007 (Anchor Bay/Starz! Home Entertainment)
Color / 1995-96
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 575 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: 3 video commentaries and an interview with Roseanne


Introduction:

Another classic season of ROSEANNE finds itself on DVD! ROSEANNE -- THE COMPLETE 8TH SEASON sees Roseanne (ROSEANNE) giving birth to another Conner kid, dueling Becky's (alternating stars LECY GORANSON and SARAH CHALKE), Darlene's (SARA GILBERT) wedding and pregnancy, Jackie's (LAURIE METCALF) internet addiction, DJ's (MICHAEL FISHMAN) pageant and a trip to Disney World only ROSEANNE could do ... on the second to last season of ROSEANNE!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable episodes include: "The Fifties Show" in which Roseanne tells the audience that they are about to see the "original pilot" for the "Roseanne" show. "December Bride" in which Roseanne throws a gaudy outlandish wedding for Scott and Leon. "Becky Howser, M.D." is the one in which Becky becomes depressed over Darlene's success and her lack of it. "Out of the Past" is the one in which one of Dan's poker party turns into a heated debate about race and sexual orientation. "We're Going to Disney World" Parts 1 and 2 in which the Conner clan travels to the happiest place on earth. While there, Roseanne tests the staff, Bev entertains the children, Mark is jealous of the characters that "hit on Becky", Darlene reveals her love for Winnie the Pooh and Dan drinks around Epcot. "Springtime for David" in which the show mocks Disney by having David join a cult-like theme park. "The Wedding" is the one in which Darlene and David get married. "Heart and Soul" is the one in which Dan is hospitalized with a heart attack. And "Fights and Stuff" in which Dan and Roseanne suffer their worst fight yet.

Memorable guest stars this season include regulars Johnny Galecki as David, Glenn Quinn as Mark, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy, Martin Mull as Leon, Fred Willard as Scott, Estelle Parsons as Bev, Ed McMahon, Pat Harrington, JR, Jenna Elfman, Shecky Greene, Norm Crosby, Mariel Hemingway, June Lockhart, Shelley Winters, Eric Dane and Tony Curtis.


Packaging:

Instead of the usual Roseanne and Dan cover, we finally get the entire cast. My only gripe is that while Sarah Chalke was Becky regularly in Season 7, she shares the role with original Becky, Lecy Goranson, and in my opinion, should have been on the cover instead. Anyway ... gripe aside, it's a blue and yellow color scheme and features the entire cast on the cover. The back of the box features another family photo with a great description of the series. The set is slip sleeve, which means you have two hard slim cases which hold the four discs. Each case features several episode pictures on the cover.

Case 1 contains Discs 1 and 2. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6. Disc 2 contains episodes 7-14. Case 2 contains Discs 3 and 4. Disc 3 contains episodes 15-19 and Disc 4 contains episodes 20-25.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu is in the exact same design as it has been for the past seven releases. The menu features the same color scheme (blue and yellow) and features the same cast shot. At least it is consistent. There is a "Play All" option as well as an "Episodes" menu that takes you to a sub-menu that lets you pick the episode you want to view. When you select on an episode, it takes you to yet another sub-menu that gives you a brief description of the episode.


Video and Audio Quality:

Video and audio are fine. Nothing to be worried about! Each episode features the chapter skip option and each episode appears to be uncut, running around 23 minutes at length, although Episode's #17 & #19 run 21:30 minutes in length...hopefully those are not edited. UPDATE: There is a thread here that discusses at least of one of the edits.

DISC 1
1- Shower the People You Love With Stuff (22:43)
2- Let Them Eat Junk (23:02)
3- Roseanne in the Hood (23:01)
4- The Last Date (23:02)
5- Halloween: The Final Chapter (23:00)
6- The Fifties Show (22:34) (with optional video commentary)

DISC 2
7- The Getaway, Almost (23:02)
8- The Last Thursday in November (22:51)
9- Of Mice and Dan (22:17)
10- Direct To Video (23:02)
11- December Bride (22:18)
12- The Thrilla Near The Vanilla Extract (22:47)
13- The White Sheep of the Family (22:48)
14- Becky Howser, M.D. (22:47)

DISC 3
15- Out of the Past (22:21)
16- Construction Junction (22:15)
17- We're Going to Disney World, Part 1 (21:32)
18- Disney World War II, Part 2 (22:42) (with optional video commentary)
19- Springtime for David (21:33) (with optional video commentary)

DISC 4
20- Another Mouth To Shut Up (23:08)
21- Morning Becomes Obnoxious (22:47)
22- Ballroom Blitz (22:47)
23- The Wedding (22:42)
24- Heart and Soul (22:47)
25- Fights and Stuff (22:47)


Special Features:

FINALLY! Bonus features again! And good ones too! Yay!

* Video Commentary with Roseanne and Michael Fishman on 3 Episodes
Roseanne partners with Michael Fishman (DJ) to offer select video commentary on several episodes! The following episodes feature video commentary: "The Fifties Show," "Disney World War II, Part 2" and "Springtime for David".

* Brand New Candid Interview with Roseanne -- "Roseanne: Working Class Actress" (8:15)
Roseanne discusses the show and how she wanted it to be working class, division in the home, and she fought each week because "they" wanted Roseanne and Dan dumbed down because they were fat and working class. She also goes through the two Becky's, Laurie Metcalfe and others. It's a VERY good interview and I'm thrilled with it.


Final Comments:

Another polished release from Starz! Home Entertainment (formerly Anchor Bay). I have to say I've been very happy with their releases, especially with ROSEANNE and how fast they are being released. I was disappointed last time there weren't any bonus features but this more than made up for it on this set! I really do love the video commentary idea and wish more sets would incorporate it. Overall, another fantastic release and sadly, just one more season to go before it's all over!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 08/05/07

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