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ER: Season 8

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ER: The Complete Eighth Season (DVD)

Combining the extraordinary talents of best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) with Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy-winning producer John Wells ("The West Wing," "China Beach") and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the multiple Emmy Award-winning "ER" provocatively explores the chaos of an urban, public hospital emergency room and the lives of its devoted doctors and staff. Attending Physician Dr. Mark Greene forms the emotional backbone of the emergency room, joined by highly talented but less-than-gracious Dr. Kerry Weaver. Greene's wife, gifted British surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Corday, ably serves as associate chief of surgery, and Senior Resident Dr. John Carter strives to prove his skills every day, alongside intensely brilliant surgical resident Dr. Peter Benton. When the difference between life and death rests on split-second decisions, only one thing endures-the power and passion of these dedicated medical personnel in the ER.


Season eight was a time of big changes for the ER, with perhaps the biggest set of in-season transitions yet. Jing-Mei Chen (Ming-Na) is the new chief resident, but a bad call lands her and "Doctor Dave" Malucci (Eric Palladino) in hot water and brings out the self-preserving worst in Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes). Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle) finds himself with sole responsibility for deaf son Reese, and Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) and Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) are already dealing with juggling their jobs, a brain tumor, and a newborn when Mark's teenage daughter Rachel (Hallee Hirsh) arrives. John Carter (Noah Wyle) is still chasing away ghosts, while Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney) and Luka Kovacs (Goran Visnjic) begin to have relationship problems. That seems to open the door for Carter and Abby, but then Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) returns and sets off sparks. In one of ER's famous inclement-weather episodes, Carter's grandmother (Frances Sternhagen), though not fit to drive, does so, breaking her hip and hitting a young woman, while Weaver and medical student/Army reservist Michael Gallant (Sharif Atkins) try to save a pregnant stab victim in a wrecked, electrified ambulance. It's one of Weaver's finest hours, and the firefighter with whom she butts heads at the scene (Lisa Vidal) ends up playing a significant role later.

By the end of the season, a number of doctors are gone, none more significant than the two original cast members. Benton's exit is like the doctor himself: clean, efficient, and with barely a hint of emotion. And Greene's departure is also fitting: unable to separate himself from the ER, he stays at work till nearly the bitter end, when he finally relents and takes a trip to his boyhood home of Hawaii, where Iz's Island-flavored rendition of "Over the Rainbow" proves especially moving in the season's penultimate episode, "On the Beach." Other cast members include Julie Delpy as a barmaid who takes a liking to Kovac, Mekhi Phifer as new hotshot intern Greg Pratt, Mary McDonnell and Michael Gross as Carter's parents, Christina Hendricks as Abby's battered neighbor, and Molly Price and Jason Wiles as New York cops in a crossover episode with Third Watch. Bonus features include a gag reel and deleted scenes, including eight from "On the Beach." --David Horiuchi

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Gag Reel Deleted Scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Edwards, Eriq LaSalle, Goran Visjnic, Noah Wyle, Maura Tierney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 1012 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA74A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Val Wexler on January 14, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm quite surprised by some of the other reviews I have read for this 8th season of ER. I found it to be refreshing and surprising. We received a very well-rounded view of many characters we had come to know, both inside and outside of the hospital. I very much enjoyed the story lines that took place on both levels. Between Dr. Benton and his family situation, Abby and her neighbor troubles, and the deteriorating home life on Doctors Greene and Corday, the hospital wasn't the only place with action. One character that really stands out in this season is Dr. Weaver. She begins the season angry and vengeful, but suddenly heroic on a dark and stormy night inside a crashed ambulance. And it's on that night where we see her take a true turn, finally towards love, and we find her emerging onto a more personable level. And while every season has been like that to a point with its characters, I thought season 8 really shined with this balance. Not only that, but we also got to see sides of doctors that we had never really been aware of before. Season 8 showed us that Dr. Chen actually knew how to stand up for herself. It showed us that Dr. Carter had successfully overcome his demons and was ready to step up as a true leader, admist family problems of his own. And perhaps most surprising of all was the softer side of the loud and proud Dr. Romano, who not only quietly counseled Dr. Corday as she dealt with the news that Dr. Greene's tumor had returned, but he also showed an emotional moment during surgery as he referred to Greene's death.
I'd go as far as to say the majority of the episodes during season 8 were remarkable, and I'm thrilled they are now available to us on DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson R. on March 20, 2009
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Yes, this season is full of the medical drama we've come to expect. But the main story line is around Dr. Greene-- his new family with Elizabeth, his teen daughter, his relationships at the hospital, and his losing battle with the brain tumor diagnosed in Season 7.

The episode in which Greene and his family go to stay in a tranquil house in Hawaii is without a doubt one of the very best in the entire series. I don't think anyone can see it without tears. Greene is the good father and good man we've come to care about, Elizabeth the strong woman we respect, and Greene's daughter gives a fine performance. It's moving, life-affirming, and honors the characters in a way that fans of the show will appreciate.

A strong season.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Readz Alot VINE VOICE on January 31, 2008
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We can, of course, argue endlessly over which seasons are 'best' and which episodes are 'best', and there is no right or wrong answer, since we all have different tastes. IMO, Season 8 wasn't one of the better of the 'middle' seasons. I found most of the Dr. Greene/Elizabeth/Rachel stuff to be tiresome in the extreme, Kerry's 'outing' very badly handled, the Nicole story pointless, and Benton's paternity story-line utterly tedious. On the other hand, the return of Dr. Lewis and the storylines with Carter's mom were very enjoyable. Still, I generally preferred Seasons 6,7 and 9.

Be that as it may -- the DVDs. It seems that as the series goes on the DVDs become more and more bare-bones, while the price remains about the same. The extras include the usual deleted scenes (some of which were not actually deleted ...), and a very short gag reel, (which took some hunting down -- it was on a different disc than the box claimed) about a quarter of which consists of scenes of Tony Edwards surfing in Hawaii. That's it. No commentary tracks. While the box claims to have French language subtitles, the discs only offer English.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Jones on February 18, 2008
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I would say that season eight was the last of the good years. Dr. Green leaves the show and can never return and the story lines just aren't quite as engaging as they previously were. Most importantly, almost all of the visual integrity is gone. I loved the early shows and their long, uncut steady cam shots. It seems as the show progressed through the years this went away and i find it really takes away from the ER style. All in all though, season 8 is still worth the watch and it provides enough excitement, at least it did for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Spaulding on April 1, 2008
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This season set of ER gets five stars from me mainly because of the great story lines, strong character development and overall presentation of this season of ER. However, as has been the case with many of the show's releases, the extras were severly lacking, with a gag reel and deleted scense comprising all of the extras. A huge ER fan like myself could really use some more insight into the show.

As the title of this review says, season eight was the swan song for Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards). Watching the episode where Carter reads the letters from Greene and Corday, written during the good doctor's final hours on the beach in Hawaii, a true ER fan couldn't help but get choked up. And then, one episode later, watching as Mark enjoys his final weeks with his family in Hawaii, it wasn't easy. But Anthony Edwards was leaving the show and t his is the way it was determined his exit would take place. It was certainly tough to see him go.

In his final season, Greene dealt with more than his fair share of issues, but the biggest was the return of the tumor that had first appeared a season earlier. As viewers, we had watched Dr. Greene go through so much, an attack in the hospital bathroom, a divorce, the death of his parents, but with British surgeon Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) he seemed to have found a new happiness. They had a daughter, Ella, and seemed happy, but then the tumor reappeared and everything changed. The couple dealt with some tough times in his final months, but in the end, they were happy and together and that's what fans would've wanted for Mark. He got the chance to get to know his older daughter, Rachel (guest star Hallee Hirsch) a little better and while they had their own problems, it was obvious they cared for each other.

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