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Home Improvement
The Complete Eighth Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV PG

Running Time: 621 minutes

Starring: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Debbe Dunning, Zachary Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Smith, Richard Karn

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Blooper Reel, Tim Allen Presents: Home Improvement, The User's Guide

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scenes (4 per episode), Four-Disc Set

Released: June 10th, 2008

 

 

The eighth season of "Home Improvement" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes are a little on the soft and even grainy side, and there is an excessive amount of noise and edge halos - which sometimes can be pretty distracting. Other than that though, fleshtones are excellent, detail is fine and color saturation hits the mark - bold, but not overdone. Not perfect, but pleasing enough overall.  

 

"Home Improvement" also features English Stereo tracks, which are just decent - nothing more, nothing less. The dialogue is easy to hear and is clean, and the tracks are free of distortion. The audience laughter also comes in fine. Everything else though - the music and sound effects - don't have any sort of bounce, even within the limitations of stereo (I expected a bit more).

English subtitles are also included.

 

Like the other seven seasons, there isn't much. The fourth disc houses the two extras. There's a 6 minute Blooper Reel from the last season that's worthy of a few chuckles, but the big thing is Tim Allen Presents Home Improvement, The User's Guide lasting about 43 minutes. Hosted from the Wadsworth Theater, I think this special aired on ABC around the time the series bowed out on TV. It's a nice tribute to the show hosted by Allen and Richard Karn, basically introducing memorable moments from the series - plus some stand-up bits from Allen himself. Nothing too exciting, but it's a decent enough retrospective.

 

"Home Improvement" was one of the 1990s most enduring and successful sitcoms, and now a decade after it ended, it has completed its run on DVD. Like past seasons, the episodes look and sound pretty good - but there is not much in way of supplements. Still, you get a lot of episodes for your money, so if you're a fan of the series (or own the other seven sets), the price can easily be justified.