Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 414 minutes - $54.99 || November 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-11-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Bill Lawrence (created by)
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

First off - Sigh of relief Blu-ray fans. This release includes every episode presented in Widescreen! Big news if you picked up the DVD set a few months back where they were presented in Full Frame only.

After what many thought would be the series finale on NBC (a horrible Princess Bride spoof), the show was magically renewed for another, final season on ABC. Disney produces the show which aired on NBC so they are allowed to renew a show if the network cancels it (similar to Paramount renewing "Medium" after NBC canceled it to air on CBS). So here we are with the Final season of "Scrubs"... not. We all know by now after the second series finale aired ABC once again renewed the show (mainly for syndication reasons as the show makes bank, but also to appease Bill Lawrence who also has the new hit show "Cougar Town" airing on the network).

So, with that out of the way, let's discuss season eight.

I'm going to skip the general outline of the show since I can only assume that anyone reading a review of the Eighth season probably has followed it for the past few years.

So what's different? ABC cares. NBC liked “Scrubs” for a few seasons, but it seemed like once the middle of Season 3 hit they just kind of ignored it. It was shuffled around, delayed, ran double episodes...but somehow NBC kept renewing it. At various points it was getting better ratings then some of their other shows, but NBC just didn't care. ABC, who produces the show, really let Lawrence just do his thing with Season Eight as they had assumed it would be the show's last. Some of the sexual humor (Todd's banana hammock) was toned down a bit as ABC is not as 'edgy' as NBC which some fans didn't care for, but the show returned to its more serious roots from earlier seasons instead of the zanier times in Season 4-7 (Elliot and J.D. were literally cartoon characters).

More personal stories are presented this season with J.D. and Turk comforting a dying man during his last night alive, J.D. coming to terms with his baby-mama (played by the always excellent Elizabeth Banks), J.D. and Elliot coming together, Kelso no longer running Sacred Hart while Cox takes over that role. The only real issue I have with this season is to get the show back, everyone had to take several episodes 'off' so some episodes will not have J.D., some no Turk etc. It can be a bit jarring if you are used to seeing them every week, but in return it gives the other characters appearing more time and makes the plots a bit tighter.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes an Embossed Slip Cover and a $10 rebate by mail if you bought the same season on DVD. Everything is presented in HD as well.

Commentary on 16 out of the 18 Episodes by various Cast Members and Bill Lawrence

Season Pass - A glorified Bookmark feature that remembers the last episode you watched ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Seamless Menus (this is really an extra advertised on the box. Is this 1998?) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

It's All in the Name (3 Minutes) - A clip show of all the female names Dr. Cox has called J.D. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Webisodes (40 Minutes) - A dozen 3 minute (or so) shorts are included (2 being ** Blu-ray Exclusive **) that feature all the new interns on the show pulling pranks on each other or doing other quick gags. Cute, but nothing I’d advise anyone else to watch more than once.

My Bahama's Vacation (20 Minutes) - A fairly informative look at the two part "Series Finale" with all the cast talking about the show and the episode in particular.

Deleted Scenes (13 Minutes) - Various scenes that were snipped for time. Nothing really stands out here.

Alternate Scenes (13 Minutes) - Just like above, some dialog just didn't work and we get presented with many of those scenes here.

....and a Gag Reel.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Scrubs” Season Eight is (thankfully) presented in 1.78:1 (MPEG4) on 2, 50GB Disc. This is the shows first appearance on Blu-ray and its first season to be shot in widescreen and it looks fairly average. Since I've seen Disney release some near-perfect shows before on the format ("Lost"), it's a bit of a disappointment to see this show looking fairly soft. The show was brought back with a much smaller budget, so I can't really blame them for how it looks, but anyone expecting quality like "Lost" will not be happy. But hey, it's a comedy, what could you really expect?

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. As expected with a comedy show on a very low budget rears are seldom used while dialog is pushed to the center speaker. I only sampled a few episodes from this season due to time, but was only somewhat impressed.



.::OVERALL::.

So it's not really the "final" season like ABC touted, but the last episode does give closure to fan's if they don't want to watch the "next generation" version that begins in December on ABC. Season Eight probably fits in somewhere towards the middle if I were to rank the seasons and fans should enjoy this Blu-ray release as it's priced right and included a ton of features.