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  • Actors: David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, Daniel Butler, Peri Gilpin
  • Directors: Pamela Fryman, Ken Lamkin, David Lee, Sheldon Epps, Kelsey Grammer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63ZOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 22 episodes from the eighth season of the US sitcom about the middle-aged Seattle psychiatrist played by Kelsey Grammer, beset by problems largely of his own making. In this season, wedding bells chime a sour note when Daphne (Jane Leeves) flees her marriage ceremony to run off with Niles (David Hyde Pierce), and the two lovebirds - as well as a hapless Frasier - ultimately find themselves embroiled in a lawsuit as a result of the marital mayhem. Frasier also seeks the wisdom and advice of an old college professor, whom Frasier drafts as his 'professional mentor'. Meanwhile, new-puppy training quickly goes to the dogs when Roz (Peri Gilpin) brings home a new Dalmatian and Martin (John Mahoney) takes command as the puppy's official trainer. Episodes are: 'And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon (Part 1)', 'And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon (Part 2)', 'The Bad Son', 'The Great Crane Robbery', 'Taking Liberties', 'Legal Tender Love and Care', 'The New Friend', 'Mary Christmas', 'Frasier's Edge', 'Cranes Unplugged', 'Motor Skills', 'The Show Must Go Off', 'Sliding Frasiers', 'Hungry Heart', 'Hooping Cranes', 'Docu.Drama', 'It Takes Two to Tangle', 'Forgotten But Not Gone', 'Daphne Returns', 'The Wizard and Roz', 'Semi-Decent Proposal (Part 1)', 'A Passing Fancy (Part 2)', 'A Day in May' and 'Cranes Go Caribbean'.

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Seemingly not content to win all those Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Frasier made a convincing bid in its eighth season for Best Drama. Make no mistake, Frasier still serves up its unique blend of sophisticated wit and farce with the usual panache. But season 8 finds Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) in a contemplative mood and mid-life crisis mode. The episode "Frasier's Edge" resonates throughout the season, as a lifetime achievement award and a suspect (only to Frasier) congratulatory note from a mentor sends him into a characteristic tailspin. "Thank you for honouring my life," a subdued Frasier remarks at the awards ceremony. "I just wish I knew what to do with the rest of it." It is just one of several powerful moments on which many of the season's best episodes fade out. In the season finale, Frasier finds himself torn between a new, "perfect" woman in his life, Claire (Patricia Clarkson), and the tempestuous Lana (Jean Smart reprising her Emmy-winning role, and winning her second consecutive statuette). In an affectionate phone call with Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth), he asks, "Do you think I know how to be happy?" In the cleverly constructed "Sliding Frasiers," which takes its cue from the film Sliding Doors, parallel Valentine's Day storylines illustrate how "the tiniest decision can change your whole destiny." In "Cranes Unplugged," Frasier feels like he and his son Freddy are growing apart, but on a predictably disastrous camping trip they manage to share "a golden moment." John Mahoney, too, gives an Emmy-worthy performance in "A Day in May," as Martin attends a parole board hearing for the man who shot him. But it's not all sturm and drang. "The Show Must Go Off" features an Emmy-winning performance by Derek Jacobi as a former Shakespearean actor Frasier rediscovers at a sci-fi convention and mounts a one-man show, only to discover that he is a talentless ham. In "Motor Skills," Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Frasier enroll in an automobile repair class and take on unaccustomed roles as the class bad boys. This season also resolves all the obstacles keeping Niles and Daphne (Jane Leeves) apart, including a lawsuit by jilted groom Donny (Saul Rubinek), the vindictive schemes of Niles's jilted fiancée, Mel (Jane Adams), and Niles and Daphne's own illusions about each other. For longtime viewers with an emotional investment in Frasier and company, this is a richly satisfying season worthy of this gold-standard series. --Donald Liebenson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Dave VINE VOICE on 4 April 2008
Format: DVD
Season 8 is the first season of Frasier that didn't quite reach perfection. Daphne and Niles are now together and although the show handles it very well in general it does take an edge of their characters. Jane Leeves who plays Daphne fell pregnant during this series and an overeating story line develops until about half way through when Daphne goes to the "fat farm" to seek help. While in real life Jane Leeves gave birth and she returns later in the season. We don't have the wonderful character of Bulldog anymore but instead we have the return of Lana. A lover of Frasier in the previous series and now a friend who has you in stitches the same way Bulldog did.

I would rate seasons 1-7 at 10/10. However, season 8 drops to 9/10. It's still a fantastic show but some of the story lines (e.g. "fat" Daphne) and episodes don't quite reach the heights of previous season. It's also disappointing to find that there are no extras at all - they could have at least included some interviews with cast/makers about the Daphne/Niles relationship.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2007
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After the explosive ending to season 7 where Daphne & Niles finally get together expectations were perhaps always going to be a little too high for season 8.
The Season starts with the fallout for the new couple as the jilted Donnie & Mel go from unhappy to angry & wreak their revenge. This is tied in with Jane leeves who plays Daphne being pregnant & a need to have an excuse for her increase in size. This is accomplished by having Daphne fret over her increasing frustration as she & Niles are kept apart & so comfort eating. In truth this is not very subtle or kind in it's execution & does the series no favours. When daphne leaves for a 'fat farm',(Jane Leeves having her baby), upon her return things seem to even out & the show finds it's feet once again. There are some superb episodes with Niles becoming a sports star in 'Hooping cranes', the 2 brothers showing a rebellious streak in 'Motor skills' & a typically manic holiday in the Caribbean that is the series' conclusion.
All in all this is not the greatest season the show produced but all that means is you get a moment to catch your breath between laughs. Frasier has yet to be equalled and this is a welcome addition, albeit a late one,(the 1 remaining season left to be released in the states has just come out, we are 3 seasons behind!),.
So basically the same advice as ever, if you haven't seen any/many before go to season 1 where all will be explained but if you're an old hand then you already either have the region 1 or this pre-ordered, if it's the latter then sit back, relax & laugh your socks off at the finest television has to offer.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug. 2006
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After the frenzied and brilliant ending to series 7 it was difficult to see where the show could go. After all Nile's unrequited passion for Daphne was a staple ingredient to the show and so surely once they were paired up the humour in their relationship would end? Funnily enough it would seem that for this series anyway Niles' and Daphnes' new relationship was going to become a real hurdle for the scriptwriters to get over. this was exacerbated by the fact that the actress who played Daphne was pregnant as shooting began and so a strained and somewhat annoying story arc began of Daphne overeating and becoming fat and her and Niles battling with their infuriated former partners. to be honest it was all a little strained and farcical and led to the opening few episodes of series 8 being the weakest of the whole 11 series.

So how come 4 stars? simple really, even at it's weakest Frasier was still streets ahead of anything else telly had to offer, and there are still some classic episodes in here.

The picture is soft but good enough and the sound is only a stereo mix but dialogue is clear. There are no extras.

If you haven't seen Frasier before then don't start here, go to series 1, but if you have series 1-7 already then there's plenty here to enjoy as it recovers well from a weak start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Bennett on 27 Jan. 2015
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I was enjoying Frasier Season 8 on Amazon Prime instant video then the powers that be have decided to make me pay...even though I already pay for it.

Frasier is a brilliant show, intelligent and witty. But the greed displayed by the Amazon Instant Video Service is shameful and screams of a company that are disorganised with their pricing , ruthless and uncompassionate about there customers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 25 July 2011
Format: DVD
Frasier is one of those shows which made the great transition from Cheers to what it was back then, a sitcom about two psychologist brothers living in Seattle, one a radio shrink, the other an office shrink. They both love music, wine and good food, and of course women. Frasier lives with his father Marty, who's really funny, and Daphne, the home care helper who makes sure Marty does his exercises.

This season moves on to the drama of the last season, where we saw Donnie and Daphne getting ready to be wed. Frasier is still desperate to find a woman, and Ross Doyle - his producer is still on the hunt for young men. The station, KACL is still the same with Bulldog Bristow and Gilles Chesterton still bringing the funnies as a support cast to Frasier.

This isn't a bad series, but there just isn't the energy that flowed through the first seven series, the storylines seem a bit ragged, and in a hurry to end by the time 23 minutes kicks in. It also does not help that there are no extras whatsoever, and no commentary from Kelsey or any of the other cast, or even the directors. The DVD is really barebones from CBS and really was annoying because it was expensive at the time, and really didn't satisfy many of the questions I had over Frasier and the show. Even the image quality isn't the best, which seems to be compressed quite heavily, even though the total time on each disk is 2 hours and five minutes. There are subtitles in English only, so if you're not completely au fait with English you might get lost in translation.

Not the best- same for the DVD too. I'm wondering why there are two versions of this too?
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