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'Home Improvement: The Complete Eighth Season'
(Tim Allen, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / BVHE)

Overview: After eight unforgettable years of sidesplitting laughs heartwarming family moments and the never-ending quest for "More Power" one of the most popular shows in the history of television bids a final farewell. Relive some of the Taylors' most memorable episodes in 'Home Improvements's remarkable eighth - and final - season. Randy and Brad set off on their own paths Tim quits his job at "Tool Time" and the family makes the ultimate decision to move from their beloved home.

DVD Verdict: We witnessed an end of an era with the conclusion of 'Home Improvement.' How sad it is to see the family so poorly celebrated in our present-day sitcoms! Thank you, 'HI' for reminding us that we're not alone in our familial tribulations, and our desire to destroy things with power tools is not entirely a certifiable offense! I will be watching these DVDs many years into the future, waiting for that much-anticipated HI reunion in Paris!

From the show's very first season, the tried-and-true domestic plotlines (for example: wife wants to have a romantic dinner, husband wants to watch the big game - the fodder of every family sitcom since the dawn of television) were given a fresh spin by 'Home Improvement's embrace (and gentle mockery) of the men's movement that flourished in the early '90s.

In this final eighth season, Tim's on-air sidekick Al (Richard Karn) finds a rich girlfriend, the boys spread their wings, Tim gets jealous when Al gets to star in a TV movie with Morgan Fairchild, Jill (Patricia Richardson) has surgery, that famous fence between Tim and Wilson comes down, and several episodes take viewers down memory lane.

But all the elements that mad the show popular are still in place. Tim is still bumbling, his relationship with Al is still half-pal, half-feud, his ability to relate to his wife and kids is still limited by his own self-interests, and there's still the same mixture of slapstick and heartfelt moments that made the show a fan favorite.

My personal top 3 episodes from this final season of 28 are: 1) 'Whitewater' ... Part "Deliverance" and part "City Slickers," the season opener follows the gang on a whitewater rafting adventure when Jill plans a surprise birthday party for Tim--who'd rather be watching NASCAR in his new recliner. Oh, and did I mention their rafting guide is a psycho? 7) 'Not-So-Great Scott' ... Jill thinks one of her patients is having an affair with Heidi's husband, and because Tim can't keep a secret, all heck breaks loose; and 8) 'Tim's First Car' ... What do you buy the guy who has everything? How about a replica of his first car? While the boys are checking out colleges, Jill tries to replace the beloved car that finally had to be scrapped. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

Tim Allen Presents: The Home Improvement User's Guide - Live Reunion hosted by Tim Allen and Richard Khan
Blooper Reel