Supernatural Season 8 DVD Review
Season 8 of “Supernatural” delivers what fans want.
Continuing events from the seventh season, the 23 episode eighth season of “Supernatural” starts with Dean escaping purgatory and rejoining Sam. Sam, Dean and Kevin then set out try to seal the gates of Hell by going through various trials. Throughout the season, fans can expect to see episodes involving the demon Crowley (who wants to open the gates of Hell), Benny (a vampire), Kevin Tran (a prophet), a powerful Word of God tablet, human hearts, werewolves, vampires, a specter, a dream world, the angels Naomi and Metatron, a fairy, a Golem, a hellhound, a witch, Prometheus and Zeus, Lucifer’s Crypt, a demon cure, and the return of fan favorite characters such as the demon hunter Garth, Castiel, Bobby, and hacker Charlie.
While I’m by no means a die-hard fan of the series, it’s clear that season 8 gives the fans what they want. Not only are beloved characters brought back, but there’s also inventive stand-alone stories and engaging ongoing arcs that continue to spill over into seasons. You need only watch episodes like “LARP and the Real Girl,” “Pac-Man Fever” and the jam packed“Sacrifice” to see what I mean. It doesn’t hurt that genre favorites like Amada Tapping (“Stargate SG-1”), Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of the Nerds”), and Felicia Day (who should have her own spin-off series as the character Charlie) bring their scene stealing talents to the series either.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The episodes look fine in DVD, but it should noted that a Blu-ray is also available.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? From a sound perspective, this is a very active show and the 5.1 track handles it all well.
* Deleted scenes for episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
* “Finding Supernatural: Creating The Found Footage Episode”- A 25 minute featurette on the found footage gimmick episode.
* A bland commentary on “Hunteri Heroici” by writer Andrew Dabb and post-prod producer Todd Aronauer.
* Commentary on “As Time Goes By” by Bob Singer, Jeremy Carver and Adam Glass. There is a lot of dead air here.
* Commentary on “Everybody Hates Hitler” by Phil Sgriccia and Ben Edlund. Hands down the best commentary here. Discussions range from lighting, sets, Seth Green, stories from the set, etc.
* A funny near 9 minute gag reel.
* “Angel Warrior: The Story Of Castiel”- A near 20 minute featurette (complete with cast and crew) about the ever popular Castiel character.
* “For The Defense Of Mankind: The Tablets Revealed”- A 20 minute extra about the tablet story arc in season 8, “Supernatural” mythology, character arcs, etc.
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