Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season Blu-ray Review
Sam and Dean Winchester are back with Sam taking a year off while Dean was in Purgatory but the brothers return to hunt monsters and right the wrongs of the world.
Film making 4/5
Bonus Features 3/5
Recommendation 4/5 Stars
Supernatural follows the monster hunting antics of Sam and Dean Winchester whose family follows a long line of monster hunters. Vampires, werewolves and demons are real and the Winchesters hunt them with Sam Winchester played by Jared Padalecki and Dean played by Jensen Ackles.
In season 7 Sam and Dean Winchester fought the good fight and wound up with Dean and Castile the angel being sent to Purgatory after their best friend Bobby is killed. After seven seasons of Supernatural we have seen major season long themes with season eight mainly consisting of finding two tablets and protecting a prophet of God.
Sam and Dean have fought demons, angels and Lucifer and now have to contend with another demon named Crowley who is a crossroads demon that is very powerful. A crossroads demon makes deals with humans that end with the person being sent to hell usually after being killed by a hellhound.
Crowley is trying to get the tablet called The Demon Word of God that can close the gates to Hell forever which would banish all demons to Hell. The tablet can also open the gates of Hell and allow all demons to enter earth so Sam and Dean have a mission to keep the tablet from Crowley.
Dean meets a vampire in purgatory that helps him find the way out named Benny who also helps in in the fight against Crowley and others. Castiel enters the picture part way through the season with some bad news for Sam and Dean but he cannot tell that at first what is going on.
Sam and Dean find out that another tablet named the Angel Word of God that can expel angels from Heaven just like God did to Lucifer. In the end Sam and Dean are successful in stopping Crowley but the final scene of the season is Angels plummeting from the heavens and falling to earth.
Supernatural Season 8 has 23 episodes on four discs for the Blu-ray edition which is about a normal for a season of 45 minute shows. The story behind the series is in many of the episodes but several episodes do not have this theme much and are standalone episodes.
The writers behind Supernatural are great and have a good enough sense to keep episodes not too focused on a single theme to keep things mixed up. Supernatural is a good series and well worth a purchase for its action, humor and drama that really does make it worthwhile.
The Blu-ray Season eight package includes some great video and audio but alas not perfect but with excellent color and surround sound. Slight problems creep into episodes in noise and banding but are not bad enough to lower enjoyment of the episodes or the show.
Audio is also very good with excellent surround sound and the usual great rock and roll mix of many songs throughout the episodes. Both audio and video are excellent and only occasionally do problems occur that are just noticeable but not distracting.
Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season has some short but decent extras on the four disc set with a gag reel, audio commentary and some making of features along with a special feature on Castiel, the angel. The extras are good with the usual gag reel and making of features but they are just too typical for Blu-ray movies and shows.
Supernatural is a unique and different show that has lasted as many seasons as it has due to great acting, wonderful direction and production along with excellent writing. Supernatural is a great series and the show really does stand out from other fantasy drama shows to make an easy recommendation.