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Seinfeld - Season 8


TITLE: SEINFELD - SEASON 8


Info:

DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
1996-97
Color/MSRP: $49.95
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: Approx. 506 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: Approx. 13 hours
Languages: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Special Features:

  • Yada, Yada, Yada - 14 cast and crew audio commentaries
  • In the Vault - 14 Deleted Scenes
  • Notes About Nothing - Behind-the-scenes trivia and production notes for every episode
  • Inside Looks - Behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and creators for 14 episodes
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong With That (Blooper Reel)
  • Sein-Imation - "The Del Boca Vista Express" and "Pinky Toe's Wild Ride"
  • Jerry Seinfeld: Submarine Captain Featurette - behind-the-scenes documentary


    Introduction:

    The New York quartet who changed the face of television -- Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards -- return to DVD with Seinfeld: Season 8. The deluxe four-disc boxed set from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment contains all 22 episodes from the highly-rated eighth season, including such memorable episodes as "The English Patient," "The Yada Yada," and "The Muffin Tops."

    Seinfeld: Season 8 contains extensive bonus material, including two all-new animated "Sein-Imation" features, with Seinfeld scenes re-imagined with original cast voices. The DVD set also includes all-new interviews with the cast and creators, commentaries on select episodes with creators and cast members, factoid track on each episode, bloopers, and deleted scenes.


    Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

    Seinfeld's 8th season premiered on September 19, 1996. The show finished in 2nd place behind ER with a 20.5 rating for the eight (1996-97) season. Seinfeld would reclaim the #1 for the spot during the ninth and final season. Co-creator Larry David left the show following the seventh season. For season eight, Seinfeld was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Louis-Dreyfus), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Alexander), Outstanding Guest Actor (Stiller), with Michael Richards taking home the statuette for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Other accolades include a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical, three Writers Guild of America nominations (winning for "The Fatigues"), four Screen Actors Guild nominations (with Louis-Dreyfus winning for Actress and the cast taking home Best Ensemble), and a People's Choice Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series.

    With the departure of co-creator Larry David, the episodes became a bit zanier. Memorable episodes included "The Soul Mate," in which Kramer falls for Jerry's girlfriend, and George suspects the foundation board thinks he killed Susan so he plants a tape recorder in his briefcase. Elaine realizes that her boyfriend Kevin and his friends are the exact opposites of Jerry, George and Kramer in "The Bizarro Jerry." Elaine promotes a scary war vet at the Peterman Company, and Kramer enlists Frank Costanza to help him cook for a Jewish singles event in "The Fatigues." Kramer boycotts the Kenny Rogers Roasters whose red neon sign glows into his apartment, and Jerry switches apartments with Kramer and becomes like him in the process in "The Chicken Roaster." Elaine's co-worker calls her Susie by mistake but Elaine pretends to be Susie to protect her reputation, and Kramer places bets on Jerry's behalf with Mike Moffitt, who thinks Jerry is a murderer in "The Susie." Kramer asks Jerry to bring him some Cubans from Florida so he can start his own cigar business, and Elaine shocks everyone when she admits to hating the movie "The English Patient" in "The English Patient." George's girlfriend uses the phrase "yada yada" instead of completing her sentences, and Dr. Tim Whatley infuriates Jerry when he converts to Judaism for the jokes in "The Yada Yada." Elaine bumps into Mr. Lippman, who steals her idea for selling muffin tops, and George pretneds to be a tourist to impress a woman in "The Muffin Tops."

    There were a ton of notable guest stars this season. Janeane Garofalo returns as Jeannie Steinman in "The Foundation." A.J. Langer guest starred as Abby in "The Fatigues." James Patrick Stuart appeared as Brett and Gedde Watanabe was Mr. Oh in "The Checks." "The Abstinence" features the return of Debra Jo Rupp as Katie and Brenda Strong as Sue Ellen and appearances by Bob Odenkrik as Bob, Alex Trebek (voice of himself), and Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and David Letterman as themselves. Sarah Silverman played Emily in "The Money." Ben Stein guest starred as Shellbach in "The Comeback." Christine Taylor appeared as Ellen in "The Van Buren Boys." Kristin Davis guest starred as Jenna in "The Pothole." Lloyd Bridges appeared as Izzy Mandelbaum and Chelsea Noble was Danielle in "The English Patient." "The Yada Yada" features Robert Wagner as Dr. Abbott, Jill St. John as Mrs. Abbott, Debra Messing as Beth and Suzanne Cryer as Marcy. Lauren Graham played Valerie in "The Millenium." "The Muffin Tops" features Richard Fancy as Mr. Lippman, Rena Sofer as Mary Anne, Melinda Clarke as Alex and Jack Riley as one of the riders. "The Summer of George" features Raquel Welch as herself, Molly Shannon as Sam, Amanda Peet as Lanette and Neil Flynn as Cop #1.

    Returning recurring cast members included Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. Ross, Warren Frost as Mr. Ross, Joe Urla as Dugan, Lawrence Mandley as Larry, John O'Hurley as J. Peterman, Wayne Knight as Newman, Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza, Estelle Harris as Estelle Costanza, Len Lesser as Uncle Leo, Steve Hytner as Kenny Bania, Richard Herd as Wilhelm, Phil Morris as Jackie Chiles, Barney Martin as Morty Seinfeld, Liz Sheridan as Helen Seinfeld, Sandy Baron as Klompus, Larry David as the voice of George Steinbrenner, Danny Woodburn as Mickey Abbott and Bryan Cranston as Tim Whatley.


    Packaging:

    Seinfeld - Season 8 (Volume 7) contains all 22 episodes from another top-rated season. The outer box is light gray (lighter than season 7) and has the Seinfeld Logo at the top, with a photo of Kramer, George, Elaine and Jerry clenching their fists at the bottom. The back of the box has small photos of the cast and gives a listing of the many special features and other technical details of the set. The main DVD box slides out from the left and features the same photo as the cover.

    There are four individual slim cases found in the inner box. They feature a large photo of an individual cast member and the Seinfeld logo. Case #1 features Jerry, #2 has Elaine, #3 has George, and Kramer is featured on #4. The slim cases have the same look and color theme as the earlier releases. The back of the cases list the episodes with a small individual photo, short episode summaries and special features. The summaries are pretty detailed and list all of the storylines for each character. I would have liked to see them list all the guest stars, although they do list a few of the more well-known guests. Inside of the cases, there is a shot of the street with a pothole from "The Pothole" episode. The discs feature a small Seinfeld logo, with an individual cast member on each. Disc 1 pictures Jerry and has episodes 1-5 from Season 8. Disc 2 features Elaine and has episodes 6-11. Disc 3 has George pictured with episodes 12-17. Kramer is shown on disc 4 which holds episodes 18-22. A small, 4-page booklet is included that lists the episode titles broken down by disc, along with the main actor and writing/directing credits for each episode. There is also an insert included that promotes the other DVD releases and states that Season 9 will be released in November! The cover art features a photo of the cast taking a bow.


    Menu Design and Navigation:

    Seinfeld has always had some of the most creative and fun menus that I've seen. Each disc has a different theme related to the show, and every menu is unique. The main menus show different video clips from the episodes with the theme playing in the background, and then everything is looped. Disc 1's main menu has a shot of Jerry's apartment and couch. Disc 2 has a shot of the booth at Monk's. Disc 3 has a pothole in the street. Disc 4 has a bed in the hall of a hospital. There are options for Episodes, Set Up, and Extras on each main menu. When you select one of those options, it takes you to another sub-menu. The sub-menus for the Episodes section are a parking sheet, math book, directory map, and brochure holder. There is is a different photo for each episode as you highlight them. A Play All button is available on the Episodes menu. The Set Up menu allows you to choose the language and subtitles. Set Up menus feature a road sign, Kramer's Pants Story on a spiral pad, a Phil Rizzuto key chain and a flyer for The Real Peterman Reality Bus Tour, and a patient's file/folder. The Extras section conveniently lists all the special features on each disc in one area. Sub-menus for Extras are a mirror in the bathroom, a no smoking sign, bootleg VHS tapes for "Death Blow" and others, and an invitation. There are chapter stops within the episodes but no separate menus for scene selections. I'm not sure I could take any more menu screens anyway.


    Video and Audio Quality:

    All episodes have been digitally remastered and newly enhanced in high-definition to provide the best picture and sound quality possible. The episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Some of the episodes have a tiny bit of grain, but for the most part these look great. As we have got to the later seasons, the quality has improved gradually. The picture is very sharp and crisp. The outdoor scenes, in particular, have great color. The audio is a Dolby 2.0 Digital track. The volume is at a good level, and the dialogue is easy to hear. These episodes are the original NBC network versions, and not the syndicated versions you see on cable or local tv stations that have 1-2 minutes edited out. One episode, "The Yada Yada", ran a bit longer than usual on NBC, and it is presented in its entirety here running 26 minutes, 30 seconds. There are 2 language tracks offered: English (Stereo) and French. It appears the Spanish option, which was available on seasons 1-4, has been dropped for seasons 5-8. Subtitles are available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Commentary subtitles are available in Spanish and Portuguese. Notes About Nothing subtitles are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    The episodes are in their original production order (the order in which they were made) and not the original broadcast order. Since the episodes are loosely interconnected, this is the order they were meant to be viewed. The production order and original airdate order differed only one time for this season. "The Comeback" was produced before "The Money," but they aired in the opposite order.

    Here is a breakdown of the episodes by disc, with their running times:

    Disc 1
    ---------
    8-1. The Foundation (22:56)
    8-2. The Soul Mate (22:51)
    8-3. The Bizarro Jerry (23:35)
    8-4. The Little Kicks (22:47)
    8-5. The Package (22:51)

    Disc 2
    ---------
    8-6. The Fatigues (22:51)
    8-7. The Checks (22:52)
    8-8. The Chicken Roaster (23:00)
    8-9. The Abstinence (22:50)
    8-10. The Andrea Doria (22:51)
    8-11. The Little Jerry (22:50)

    Disc 3
    ---------
    8-12. The Comeback (23:49)
    8-13. The Money (23:03)
    8-14. The Van Buren Boys (23:09)
    8-15. The Susie (22:51)
    8-16. The Pothole (22:56)
    8-17. The English Patient (22:50)

    Disc 4
    ---------
    8-18. The Nap (22:50)
    8-19. The Yada Yada (26:30)
    8-20. The Millennium (22:50)
    8-21. The Muffin Tops (23:20)
    8-22. The Summer of George (22:51)


    Special Features:

    There are a lot of special features on this set... yada, yada, yada... No, we try and provide as much detail as possible on our reviews.

    Just like seasons 1-7, we are treated to approximately 13 hours worth of exclusive special features from the creative talents behind the show, including all-new interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. These sets set the standard for TV Show DVD releases. I will list the extras by episode below, and then describe the other special features at the end by disc.

    Inside Looks are several minute short features that have interviews with the cast and creators that give some behind the scenes details as the episodes were created and filmed. There are a total of 14 (up from 10 last season) audio commentaries (Yada, Yada, Yada) on select episodes from the cast, creators and writers. In the Vault features some deleted scenes that didn't make the final cut of the episodes. Notes About Nothing are little factoids, with behind the scenes trivia and production notes that scroll on the screen as you watch the episodes. There are notes for every episode. Even if you've watched the episodes 50 times, I'm sure you'll learn something new with the notes. I find it's best to watch the episodes first, and then watch the commentaries combined with the notes, as there can be some downtime in the commentaries.

    8-1. The Foundation - Inside Look (7:13) has interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Director of Photography Wayne Kennan, Michael Richards, Writers Jeff Schaffer & Alec Berg, and Jason Alexander. They talk about how this was the first episode without Larry David, the portrait of Heidi/Susan, the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan reference and camera angle, and Kramer's karate. Deleted Scene (:45) - Jerry gets a call from Elaine, while Elaine talks to Dugan in her office.

    8-2. The Soul Mate - No special features are included besides the Notes About Nothing.

    8-3. The Bizarro Jerry - Inside Look (4:33) has interviews with Andy Ackerman, Writer David Mandel and Jerry Seifneld. They talk about doing the set for Kevin's apartment and shooting the scene where the six of them meet on the street. Commentary with Writer David Mandel - This was the favorite episode that he ever wrote. He talks about how he got the ideas for the stories for the episode, the man hands inspiration, comic book references, Dennis Franz poster, and Kevin's apartment.

    8-4. The Little Kicks - Inside Look (5:36) has interviews with Andy Ackerman, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Wayne Kennan, Jerry Stiller, Editor Skip Collector and Jerry Seinfeld. They talk about Elaine's dance, show some outtakes of Jerry Stiller and Julia, and Seinfeld tells a story about a mountain lion and one of the lines from this episode. Commentary with Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Writer Skip Feresten. They talk about some of the guest stars in the episode, how much of the script changes from the original draft and some of the props they have from the show.

    8-5. The Package - Deleted Scene (:42) - Newman makes a trip to the photo store.

    8-6. The Fatigues - Inside Look (5:04) has interviews with Writer Andy Robin, Writer Gregg Kavet, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller and Andy Ackerman. They talk about the idea of the mentor-mentee relationship, Jerry Stiller being nominated for an Emmy and the use of the music from Platoon. They also show a few clips that they shot but didn't make the final episode. Deleted Scene (:37) - George and Abby talk at his office. Commentary with Writers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin - They won a Writer's Guild Award for this episode and Jerry Stiller won an Emmy. They talk about how they got the ideas for this episode, guest star Ned Bellamy, Kramer cooking, and shooting at a different part of Monk's.

    8-7. The Checks - Commentary with Writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross - This was their only episode this season and last episode for them of the series. They talk about the cold openings; Jerry's umbrella twirl technique; guest stars Gedde Watanabe, Jock Plotnick, James Patrick Stuart, Sab Shimono, Richard Herd and George Wallace; Kramer and the bureau drawers; Tom's cameo in the episode. These guys commentaries have always been among my favorites.

    8-8. The Chicken Roaster - Inside Look (5:33) has intervews with Writers Jeff Schaffer & Alec Berg, Andy Ackerman, Michael Richards, John O'Hurley and Wayne Kennan. They talk about where they got the ideas for the episode, Jerry living in Kramer's apartment and becoming Kramer, and the "Apocalypse Now" parody. Deleted Scenes (:54) - 1) George wears the hat on the street. 2) Elaine is in a Burmese phone booth calling to find Peterman. Commentary with Jerry Seinfeld and Director Andy Ackerman - They talk about Jerry wearing an overcoat, the cold weather scenes, guest star Mark Roberts as Seth, the coffee shop scenes, Jerry as Kramer and Kramer as Jerry. Commentary with Writers Jeff Schaffer and Alec Berg - They talk about how they got the ideas for the episodes and how long the episode was in the making, the 3-way call scene, the Russian hat, the red light in Kramer's apartment and Wayne Kennan's lighting of the set.

    8-9. The Abstinence - Inside Look (7:14) has interviews with Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Phil Morris (Jackie Chiles). They show some outtakes of Jerry laughing about Kramer's brown teeth. Phil Morris recounts some stories about meeting Johnnie Cochran. Commentary with Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman and Writer Steve Koren - This was the first episode written by Steve. They talk about writing the opening scenes; the guests stars such as Bob Odenkrik, Lawrence Mandley, Brenda Strong, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams; Phil Morris as Jackie Chiles; the Kramer billboard special effect; David Letterman's cameo in the closing credits.

    8-10. The Andrea Doria - No special features are included besides the Notes About Nothing.

    8-11. The Little Jerry (:50) - Deleted Scene (:50) - Jerry and Elaine walk and talk on the street.

    8-12. The Comeback - Inside Look (4:15) has itnerviews with Producer Suzy Greenberg, Gregg Kavet, Production Designer Tom Azzarri, Wayne Kennan, Andy Robin and Producer Tim Kaiser. They talk about the difficulity they had with filming the tennis scenes in this episode because of the weather and about Robby Benson providing the voice of Vincent. Deleted Scenes (1:59) - 1) George is at Monk's and dreams about the shrimp joke. 2) Kramer crawls on what he thinks is a wet floor in the lobby. Commentary with Writers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin - They talk about the casting of Milos, Director David Trainor, Robby Vincent as the voice of Vincent, the group effort of writing for the last 2 seasons, Ben Stein, and Robert Fuller coming in to do a voice-over.

    8-13. The Money - Inside Look (1:56) has interviews with Andy Ackerman and Gregg Kavet. They talk a little about Sandy Baron and his appearance in this episode. Deleted Scene (:56) - Elaine and Morty are working in her office.

    8-14. The Van Buren Boys - Inside Loook (2:42) has interviews with John O'Hurley, Michael Richards and Andy Ackerman. They talk about Michael doing his physical comedy.

    8-15. The Susie - Commentary with Writer David Mandel and Peter Mehlman - They talk about Kramer setting his watch ahead, Lee Arenberg as Mike Moffitt, George's Greatest American Hero themed answering machine message, the Pomodero restaurant and Elaine's Wrath of Khan of shot. This commentary is mostly David Mandel. Peter Mehlman doesn't have much to say.

    8-16. The Pothole - Inside Look (6:52) has interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Ackerman, Writer Dan O'Keefe, Wayne Kennan, Michael Richards, Skip Collector and Wayne Knight. They talk about how this episode was a complex production and a grueling shoot. They talk about how they did the shot of the toothbrush in the toilet, shooting the scene of everybody in the janitor's closet, Michael Richard's near accident shooting the trash pick-up scene, the special effects shots and Newman's truck catching on fire and his "Oh, the humanity!" line. Commentary with Jerry Seinfeld, Director Andy Ackerman and Writer Dan O'Keefe - They talk about why the show had a checkered flag logo this season, Michael Richards near accident with a car and guest star Jack McGee. Jerry mentioned that this episode was one of his favorites.

    8-17. The English Patient - Deleted Scene (:55) - Elaine and Peterman are at the movies. It's too bad this episode didn't have an Inside Look or a commentary, as I think this was one of the fan favorites of the season.

    8-18. The Nap - Inside Look (3:51) has interviews with Andy Robin, Gregg Kavet, Larry David and Wayne Kennan. They talk about how they got the ideas for this episode, Larry David coming back to voice Steinbrenner, shooting the dock scenes with a blue screen and the swimming scenes. Deleted Scenes (2:49) 1) The mattress guys leave Elaine who tries to move one by herself. 2) George is talking to Steinbrenner who receives a call from Jerry who is pretending to be a terrorist. Commentary wirh Writers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin - They talk about the cold opens, the nap idea, Propmaster Stan Ascow, Production Designer Tom Azzari, Jerry's new kitchen and how they shot it, and the involvement of Los Angeles' real bomb squad in the episode.

    8-19. The Yada, Yada - Inside Look (6:54) has interviewers with Writer Peter Mehlman, Andy Ackerman, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston (Dr. Tim Whatley) and Danny Woodburn (Mickey). They talk about how they came up with the ideas for the episode, Jerry's confessional scene and Kramer and Mickey's fight scenes. Deleted Scene (1:05) - George talks to Marcy and drills a hole in the wall. Commentary with Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander and Writer Peter Mehlman - They talk about Suzanne Cryer; how they popularized the yada, yada, yada phrase; Bryan Cranston; Julia being pregnant; Danny Woodburn; Debra Messing; David Chandler; Jason's suggestion to Jerry about the confessional; Anti-Dentite; Robert Wagner and Jill St. John.

    8-20. The Millennium - Deleted Scenes (1:29) - 1) Elaine talks to the Putumayo store clerk. 2) Elaine and Jerry are at Jerry's apartment, and she sees herself in the newspaper.

    8-21. The Muffin Tops - Inside Look (7:48) has interviews with Andy Robin, Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Michael Richards, Kenny Kramer, Andy Ackerman and John O'Hurley. They talk about Kenny Kramer and his tour, the parody of Pulp Fiction, the muffin tops idea, and the book signing with Peterman and Kramer. Deleted Scene (:44) - George and Mary Anne are in the car talking. This unfinished scene has a blue screen. Commentary with Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander and Writer Spike Feresten - They talk about the bag story idea, Melinda Clarke, Richard Fancy returning as Lippman, how the muffin tops story wasn't part of the original episode, Rena Sofer, Kenny Kramer's real reality tour, the Seinfeld people on the bus, Larry David returning to voice Steinbrenner, Pete Papanicholas as Don Tyler, the return of Chaim Jeraffi and Jerry as a werewolf.

    8-22. The Summer of George - Inside Look (8:26) has interviews with Jason Alexander, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer & Alec Berg, Wayne Kennan, John O'Hurley, Andy Ackerman and Costume Designer Charmaine Simmons. They talk about David's appearance in the episode, the seat filler idea, the shooting at the location that served as the movie theatre/stage set, Raquel Welch's appearance and where they got girl had a dude story. Deleted Scene (:50) - Elaine talks to her co-workers who make cat noises as Sam walks by. Commentary with Writers Jeff Schaffer and Alec Berg - They talk about Amanda Peet, Alec's story about his date having a dude, Molly Shannon, the seat filler story, the original title for the episode, Raquel Welch playing the diva and the return of Victor Raider-Wexler.

    Some of the other special features scattered on the discs include:

    Easter Egg - The Bar Mitzvah of Robert Padnick (Disc 1 - 1:17) This hidden egg is not mentioned on the packaging. On Disc 1, go to the "The Foundation" episode menu and go to the bottom to the main menu button and push down twice. The receipt label at the top will light up in blue. You will see some video footage of The Bar Mitzvah of Robert Padnick from January 2, 1999. I would assume that he is the son of Castle Rock Executive Glenn Padnick. This was the only egg I've managed to find so far. Other sets all have had more than one egg, so I'm sure there's more on them.

    Jerry Seinfeld: Submarine Captain (Disc 1 - 23:22) - You know him as "Master of his Domain;" now in a behind-the-scenes documentary, dive beneath the surface to see how Jerry Seinfeld juggled his act as star and show runner following Larry David's departure. This featurette includes interviews with Writer Carol Leifer, Executive Producer Howard West, Castle Rock Executive Rob Reiner, Director Andy Ackerman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, John O'Hurley, Len Lesser (Uncle Leo), NBC Executive Warren Littlefield, Co-creator Larry David, Bryan Cranston (Dr. Tim Whatley), Director Tom Cherones, Executive Producer George Shapiro, Writers Max Pross & Tom Gammill, Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller, Writers Jeff Schaffer & Alec Berg, Writer Peter Mehlman, Writer Gregg Kavet, Writer Skip Feresten, Writer Andy Robin, Writer Dan O'Keefe, Director of Photography Wayne Kennan, Television Critic Ray Richmond and NBC Executive Rick Ludwin. They talk about Jerry's work ethic and how he was very committed and focused, how he became a good actor, and how he assembled small groups of writers to work on the episodes. Various clips are from the episodes are shown, and there is some footage of Jerry on the Emmys with Michael J. Fox.

    Sein-Imation - "The Del Boca Vista Express" - (Disc 2 - 1:08) - A re-imagination of one of the scenes of Jerry doing stand-up telling a story about his parents.

    Sein-Imation - "Pinky Toe's Wild Ride" - (Disc 3 - 2:05) - A re-imagination of Kramer's wild story of trying to save a pinky toe.

    "Not That There's Anything Wrong With That" (Disc 4 - 23:59) - Almost 24 minutes of bloopers from this season, which I believe is a record for any Seinfeld set. The video quality on these clips is generally excellent and not the poor videotape quality bloopers you sometimes see from other shows. Lots of hilarious moments, such as Michael Richards trying to walk the rooster (Little Jerry) on a leesh. These are gold Jerry, gold!


    Final Comments:

    I can't say this was one of my favorite seasons of Seinfeld. The departure of Larry David was a major loss. I think they tried their best, but some of the magic of the earlier seasons was gone. Many episodes from this season just had many zanier moments that weren't part of the earlier seasons. Jerry Seinfeld was so busy with the overall producing and writing of the show, they dropped his stand-up comedy bits and less of the stories seemed to be focused on him. Still, even a weaker Seinfeld is much better than a lot of sitcoms.

    Sony has done their usual excellent job with this set. If you've bought the other 7 seasons, you know what to expect by now. There are just an overwhelming amount of special features. The episodes all have so much re-watchability with the on-screen trivia option and commentaries. There's just the ninth and final season left to be released. You will be excited to know that based on an insert in this set, Season 9 will be coming in November (most likely on November 20th)! Season 8 was supposed to be the final season, but they did one final season as a gift to the fans... and it went out as the #1 show, becoming one of only three shows to ever do that.


    Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

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

    -- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 05/25/07

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