DVD Review: Seinfeld - Season 8
Release Date: June 5, 2007
· Jerry Seinfeld
· Jason Alexander
· Julia Louis-Dreyfus
· Michael Richards
· Wayne Knight
· Jerry Stiller
· Estelle Harris
· Official Site
· Season 7 Review
by Chad Maddux
Published: May 11, 2007
I never watched a single episode of Seinfeld when the series originally aired on NBC. Since the show ended, I've watched every single episode.
And I watch them again and again.
The greatest show of all-time premiered on July 5th, 1989. There would be 179 more episodes spanning nine seasons. The eighth season featured 22 episodes that aired from September 19, 1996 through May 15, 1997.
This season showcased the maturing comedy of the series while maintaining the priceless "nothing" aspect of the show. A new phrase was also introduced to the masses: "yada yada yada." In the episode aptly titled "The Yada Yada," George's girlfriend breezes through the seemingly unnecessary details of various discussions with the phrase. This episode was one of several episodes that was intentionally allowed to run long without being an hour-long episode.
Also this season is the introduction of the bizarro version of the show. In "The Bizarro Jerry", we meet Kevin (Bizarro Jerry), who was introduced in the prior episode, Feldman (Bizarro Kramer), and Gene (Bizarro George). Elaine, who is her own bizarro counterpart, is the bridge between the two worlds. In the bizarro world, everything is the exact opposite. Kevin, Feldman, and Gene are kind and generous. They give to the homeless and read...books. Kevin and Vargus (Bizarro Newman, who works for FedEx) are actually good friends. Feldman brins Kevin groceries, instead of constantly taking his food as Kramer does with Jerry. It's a rather hilarious look at the characters.
From presidential gangs and giant red chickens to cock fights and muffin tops, the eighth season of Seinfeld is another comedic gem. However, every season is packed with bonus features. My favorite bonus feature is always the bloopers. In this season, there are nearly 25 minutes worth of high-quality bloopers. The "Inside Looks" are also interesting featurettes about elements of certain episodes, including the real-life stories that inspired them.
Like all of the past seasons, "Notes About Nothing" are available. During each episode, tidbits of information are displayed on the screen about various aspects of the show...and some information that is totally unrelated. I really enjoy this feature. It's difficult to pay attention to the episode so don't even try. Just read the tidbits and enjoy. And don't forget the Kramer entrance counter.
As I said in my review of the seventh season, Seinfeld is an acquired humor. Some people just don't get it and never will. But for the clever viewers who enjoy the show, this release (along with all of the prior releases) are absolute required additions to your collection. WIth a pre-order price just over $30 with free shipping on Amazon, it's a steal.
Hello. (Watch this season and you'll get it.)
Also available for purchase: Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Gift Set | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7