Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Release Date: Available On Blu-ray & DVD September 15, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
With Leonard finally engaged to girl-across-the-hall Penny after countless proposals, the possibilities for happiness seem endless…while the probability for laughs is a foregone conclusion. What’s unknown is how this might impact the ironclad “Roommate Agreement” he’s entered into with Sheldon. Add to this, Sheldon’s uncomfortably close relationship with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler; Raj’s newfound ability to talk to and date women; and Howard and Bernadette’s solution to an in-house caretaker (their friend Stuart) for the always outspoken Mrs. Wolowitz, and the worlds of science and sitcom are about to hilariously collide!
The eighth season of the incredibly successful sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ picks up following Sheldon’s departure in the seventh season finale. Unable to survive independently, after touring the country via train for some time Sheldon finally breaks down and contacts Leonard after being robbed of everything including the pants he was wearing. Though once Sheldon is back home, things resume their kooky normality for the most part.
Season eight includes a number of goofy adventures and no shortage of hilarious and memorable moments that fans will be thrilled to relive time and again, including Billy Bob Thornton’s notable guest appearance as a lonely doctor determined to win Penny’s love, a trip to Skywalker Ranch, a Halloween puzzle that offers no challenge whatsoever for the group, the trouble involved with trying to run a comic book store, in addition to one emotional and painful loss, plus a great deal more. While I wouldn’t say this is by any means the best season yet, it’s definitely a memorable one with plenty of laughs and some real heart.
Fans of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ will definitely want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘The Complete Eighth Season’ on Blu-ray to add to their collections. The Blu-ray release delivers impressive high definition video and audio presentations, easily the best available for the series to date, in addition to a number of great bonus goodies including a ‘Gag Reel’, the ‘2014 Comic-Con Panel’ and plenty more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making this a definite must own for all of the BBT fans out there, especially those who have already been collecting the previous season releases on Blu-ray.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the eighth seasons episodes. The video presentations look fantastic overall, delivering a rich, detailed presentation on each episode with no notable faults to be found within, whether small or large, everything holding up impressively at all times. Overall, these are top notch high definition video presentations with a more than sufficient bitrate, especially for the activity occurring within, they shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 24 Season Eight episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound great for what they are and don’t suffer in any noticeable way whatsoever, delivering a crisp and clean audio presentation on each episode. While unsurprisingly the majority of the episodes don’t allot for much utilization of the surround channels, they are taken advantage of for crowd chatter and other naturally fitting situations, although most consistently noticeable during the scene changes. Overall, these are solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that deliver in every way required of them.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season’ includes a number of enjoyable extras. Included on the release is the ‘2014 Big Bang Theory Comic-Con Panel’ (running approximately 28 minutes in length) in addition to ‘Shooting Stars: BBT on BBT’ (5 minutes) which takes a behind the scenes look at Billy Bob Thornton’s guest appearance this season. We are also treated to a dedication for the late actress who provided the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz in ‘Here’s to You, Carol Ann Susi’ (10 minutes), plus ‘Constellation Prize: Chuck, Jim and Kaley make the Hollywood Walk of Fame (4 minutes), in addition to ‘It’s A Quark… it’s an Atom… it’s the #BBTSuperfans! (12 minutes) which follows fans of the show who won a trip to attend a live screening. Lastly, we are treated to a ‘Gag Reel’ (7 minutes).