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The King of Queens - The Complete Eighth Season



DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: Approx 491 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


And with this release, every completed season of The King of Queens is now on DVD -- at least until the series finale -- currently scheduled to air Monday, May 14, 2007. Check local listings for time and channel and any timeslot updates. The eighth season was initially believed to be the final, but lo and behold, the show ultimately was renewed for one final season. By this point, you people know exactly what you are buying -- and not buying -- with these King of Queens sets. Honestly then, this review probably is not going to be earth shattering. I will try to find *something* to discuss.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

I’ll be honest -- by the eighth season King of Queens was downgraded from regular watching-status to DVR-it-for-later. Due to the fickle nature of technology, and both scheduling and desire conflicts keeping me away from the live broadcasts, several of these episodes are entirely new to me. I am electing not to expand too much on memorable episodes, as that is subjective, and the episodes I saw that I liked you may have hated. That said there are a couple episodes I definitely like. In “Shear Torture,” Doug begins making frequent visits to the hair salon (I’ll leave you to find the irony), causing Carrie to become extremely suspicious. Meanwhile, Spence has a fun time while on the way to a sci-fi convention. The episode “G’Night, Stalker” features Doug gaining an e-mail stalker after a karaoke performance. The identity of the stalker isn’t that hard of a mental leap to figure out, but it’s still a nice ride nonetheless. One of the episodes I did get to see during original broadcast, and one of my season 8 favorites, is “Apartment Complex” -- Doug, et al., rent an apartment to use as a secret hangout ­ to get away from various people. Carrie meanwhile goes to great measures to keep her new client happy -- who is her client? Read below.

This season has several guest stars you will want to take note of, such as Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life! Charlotte Rae plays Betty in the episode “Vocal Discord.” Musician Neil Sedaka plays himself in “Sandwiched Out.” Lou Ferrigno makes the first of his usual several yearly appearances in “Shear Torture,” which also has guest star Adam West, who not surprisingly plays himself. When was the last time Adam West played anyone other than Batman or Adam West, anyway? (editor note: He has appeared on George Lopez recently as a lawyer.) Ray Romano guests -- playing Ray Barone -- in “Raygin Bulls.” This is the first appearance of the Ray Barone character since the ending of Everybody Loves Raymond (Some people may not know ­ King of Queens is in fact a spin-off of Everybody Loves Raymond). Another Facts of Life alumnus, Jenny O’Hara -- who played Ms. Mahoney in that show’s first four episodes, once again reprises her role as Doug’s mother Janet in “Baker’s Doesn’t.” Earlier, I mentioned Carrie’s client in “Apartment Complex.” The identity of the client? Kirstie Alley, playing herself. SNL and Letterman alum Chris Elliott guests as Pete in “Buggie Nights.” Ferrigno’s back in “Present Tense,” alongside his wife Carla. Robert Goulet -- a name I never expected to be typing in a review -- guests in “Sold-Y Locks” -- also appearing is Pat Harrington, who as hopefully at least some readers remember co-starred on the ‘70s sitcom One Day at a Time. Ferrigno would make one more appearance this season in the finale, “Acting Out.” Appearing two episodes prior to that is none other than Huey Lewis, as himself.


Really, what can I say here I haven’t already said five or six times. Digipak, glossy covers with random cast photos In front of semi-random backdrops. It’s a formula. At a certain point, you have to ask yourself -- do you prefer the formula, or would rather see something interesting.

I hate Digipaks…cannot stand them. You have to take them out, unfold them -- the things unfolding taking up a lot of space -- it’s just not an efficient way to package DVDs. They could keep the uniform style of King of Queens releases, and still switch to slimcases -- which on 3 discs means either three slimcases with one disc apiece or two with two discs sharing one. Either way, they could adopt slimcases without having to make a single change to the uniformity of the outer box.

As it regards to this season’s packaging though: One of this season’s photos doesn’t even make any sense. First of all, the front cover has the usual three. It’s a generic photo of them in front of the usual slanted houses in Queens. The inner digipak has the trio with two microphones in front of a purple curtain in a karaoke lounge style. The “shadows” behind them don’t even look convincing. Opening up the digipak reveals a house under construction, with Kevin/Doug at least appearing relevant to the scene -- wearing a tool belt. However, he doesn’t appear to be casting a shadow! In addition, on the other side they’ve stuck an absolutely random photo of Leah. Opening it up one last time reveals the four panels, and as always, the art of the information panel and disc 1 panel go together, while behind the third and fourth panels are random scenes. There is an old farmhouse and a field, with them in front, on the first two panels. Panel three features a blue background and what looks like the rear of a cargo transport truck, with them playing poker (?!) in front. The last panel has them on a “Roller coaster”, but you can tell they’re not even seated. Each disc then matches the art section it is in front of. Disc 1 has the first 8 episodes, disc 2 has 9-16, disc 3 has 17-23. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Or not.

Menu Design and Navigation:

Menus are the same relatively nice looking, but ultimately plain, menus we’ve become used to seeing. As with the packaging, the main menu features a random shot of Doug/Kevin and Carrie/Leah in front of whatever structure was used as the front cover, in this case the Queens houses. There is a blue bar covering this background in the lower 1/4th of the screen. Episode selection features nice looking but random gold borders around stills of each episode, with the episode title below.

Video and Audio Quality:

I do believe this is on its way to being my shortest full review --­ the problem is we’ve seen everything in this set already. There is nothing new or different other than the episodes. Even the video quality is the same as before -- it’s at an identical level as the previous season’s. Video is presented in widescreen -- an issue in previous sets. Audio is nice, loud, and clear -- no defects in either the audio or the video segments. Chapter stops at the end of each act.


Disc 1:
Pole Lox: 21:46
Vocal Discord: 21:46
Consummate Professional: 21:46
Like Hell: 21:46
Sandwiched Out: 19:22*
Shear Torture: 21:13
Inn Escapable: 21:31
Move Doubt: 21:45

Disc 2:
G’Night Stalker: 21:46
Raygin Bulls: 20:32
Baker’s Doesn’t: 21:43
Fresh Brood: 21:12
Gambling N’Diction: 21:46
Apartment Complex: 21:47
Buggie Nights: 21:47
Knee Jerk: 21:12

Disc 3:
Present Tense: 20:08*
Sold-Y Locks: 21:48
Emotional Rollercoaster: 21:48
Four Play: 19:22*
Hartford Wailer: 21:49
Fight Schlub: 21:46
Acting Out: 21:47

*I don’t have an original copy of this episode -- please, if you have a copy and can provide the runtime for me, email me at or PM me via the forums. This runtime seems VERY short -- in any sitcom, anything at or less than 20 minutes is automatically a red flag -- though in modern times it could just be a really short episode.

Special Features:

None, but I wanted to comment about one of the previews -- it’s the “Classic Comedy TV” one. They discuss being able to buy All in the Family S1 and S2, The Jeffersons S1 and S2, Good Times S1, a few others, and the one it was good to see again -- Barney Miller S1. I don’t like recycled promos, but it was good to see Barney Miller S1 plugged again.

Final Comments:

I’m somewhat concerned about the run-times of a few episodes...specifically those two that are LESS THAN TWENTY MINUTES. This is just another regular set, there is nothing unique or different -- but it’s a must-own for fans. With only one more set to go -- the final season -- perhaps, we could see a mass of special features spanning the history of the show. All the stuff Sony has elected not to use in past sets...something to make the final set special. However, I’m not holding my breath. Still, if you’re a fan of the show, pick this and the rest up already if you haven’t. If you’re not a fan, you might want to start on an earlier season. This season’s good, but not a starter season.

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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3/5
Special Features: 0/5
Final Score: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 04/15/07

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