“The Big Bang Theory” isn’t my kind of show and Chuck Lorre’s humor doesn’t do much for me, however, the series is quite popular thanks to some geek cred and all. This 2-disc set from Warner is fairly basic with some OK bonus material but solid video/audio transfers.
“The Big Bang Theory”: The Complete Eighth Season
Warner Home Video | NR – 478 min. – $49.99 | September 15, 2015
Synopsis: Sheldon (JIM PARSONS) is rescued from his soul-searching cross-country train trip (older but no wiser), and that means “The Big Bang Theory” gang’s all here. Enroll in the comic curriculum to observe Leonard’s minor surgery, which signals major catastrophe for Sheldon, Howard’s (SIMON HELBERG) obsession over his mom’s relationship with friend-turned-freeloader Stuart, and the unexpected results of Penny’s (KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING) technique as a pharmaceutical rep. Discover ways to re-create proms not attended, or holiday celebrations not especially beloved, and play a new game based on Raj’s (JUNAL NAYYAR) dating life. Savor online fan fiction by Amy (MAYIM BIALIK), watch Bernadette (MELISSA RAUCH) take indelicate command of some delicate family matters.
Quick Hit Review:
I’m not the biggest fan of “The Big Bang Theory” or of Chuck Lorre’s brand of humor but the cast at least has some chemistry with one another though Jim Parsons’ schtick is getting quite tired though the Emmy and Golden Globe voters still seem to love him. That said, I did at least laugh more than I ever did with “Two and a Half Men” and “2 Broke Girls” (two other CBS “comedies”) but that’s really not saying much…
- The Locomotion Interruption
- The Junior Professor Solution
- The First Pitch Insufficiency
- The Hook-Up Reverberation
- The Focus Attenuation
- The Expedition Approximation
- The Misinterpretation Agitation
- The Prom Equivalency
- The Septum Deviation
- The Champaign Reflection
- The Clean Room Infiltration
- The Space Probe Disintegration
- The Anxiety Optimization
- The Troll Manifestation
- The Comic Book Store Regeneration
- The Intimacy Acceleration
- The Colonization Application
- The Leftover Thermalization
- The Skywalker Incursion
- The Fortification Implentation
- The Communication Deterioration
- The Graduation Transmission
- The Maternal Combustion
- The Commitment Determination
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5
The two-disc set is housed in a standard HD slip case and side slides into a matted slip cover. Inside is an episode guide and redemption code for the Digital HD copy.
Shooting Stars: BBT on BBT (5:00; HD) is a behind-the-scenes featurette on Billy Bob Thornton’s guest stint.
2014 “Big Bang Theory” Comic Con Panel (28:20; HD) – The writers, and Wil Wheaton, discuss the then upcoming eighth season of the series.
It’s a Quark…It’s an Atom…It’s the #BBTSuperfans! (12:29; HD) – Three superfans from across the world won a trip to L.A. to see a live taping of “BBT”.
Constellation Prize: Chuck, Jim and Kaley Make the Hollywood Walk of Fame (3:52; HD) – Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Chuck Lorre get immortalized on Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.
Here’s to You, Carol Ann Susi (9:47; HD) is a memorial to the actress who played Mrs. Wolowitz.
Gag Reel (7:17; HD)
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Warner Home Video releases season 8 of “The Big Bang Theory” onto Blu-ray presented in its original televised 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. As with the previous releases, this is a show that will always look good in HD with bright colors in just about every scene to go along with sharp detail levels. There were no obvious signs of aliasing or artifacts making for a clean transfer that matches up with how it was originally aired.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is fine but nothing extraordinary. The dialogue sounds clear in each episode and the music/score makes the most usage of the front and rear channels but the bulk of the audio comes through the center speaker.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, “The Big Bang Theory” isn’t my kind of show and Chuck Lorre’s humor doesn’t do much for me, however, the series is quite popular thanks to some geek cred and all. This 2-disc set from Warner is fairly basic with some OK bonus material but solid video/audio transfers.
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