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Murder, She Wrote: Season 8 (2008)

Angela Lansbury , Ron Masak  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Ron Masak, William Windom
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 1074 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011UF79M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder, She Wrote: Season 8" on IMDb

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Return to the scene of the crime as all 22 episodes of Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Eighth Season arrives on DVD in this 5-disc collectible set! Rejoin Angela Lansbury in the season that won her the Golden Globe for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. Writer/detective Jessica Fletcher (Lansbury) is always uncovering clues, whether she's at home in the charming town of Cabot Cove, teaching in New York City, or traveling the world. Along for the investigation are great guest stars, including Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), John Hillerman (Magnum P.I.), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), and more. During its impressive run, Murder, She Wrote earned a phenomenal 41 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 16 Golden Globe nominations, along with innumerable fans. Get ready for the best chapter yet!

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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful year December 29, 2007
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Well, here we are again. America's most popular crime series returns in its eighth season. Jessica is no longer the "Down Maine" girl we have grown to love. She has moved from her cozy life in Cabot Cove, Maine, to the hustle-bustle of New York City to teach criminology.

For subsequent seasons, the show's "new look" divided its viewers with an adjustment of premise alternations. The switch to Manhattan permitted Jessica to expand her range of acquaintances and habitats. This irked some viewers. Fans of the show thought the series had changed its course and was becoming too--how shall I say this?--expansive? Jessica was leaving her comfort zone in Cabot Cove, and for some TV watchers, the change was disastrous. Like many people today, they did not like change; the idea of Jessica moving part-time to Manhattan and leaving her circle of friends back home, was a mystery in itself. On occasion, however, Dr. Seth Hazlitt and Eve Simpson would make apperances with Jessica in New York.

Ms. Lanbsury, however, wanted change. She was tired of the quaint life in Cabot Cove; she wanted to expand her horizions and take Jessica back into the classroom as a teacher. Personally, the shift added a freshness to the show--and it gave Jessica other dimensions and facets to her personality that were missing in previous seasons. After Jessica's sporadic absences in seasons six and seven, Ms. Lansbury had to steer the show in another direction. She became executive producer. This allowed her to take charge of the show. She hired female writers, and gave Jessica a makeover as "businesswoman." Out with the hand-me-downs of sweaters and jeans. A new Jessica Fletcher would be announced!

For all you Cabot Cove lovers out there, this season offers Jessica a reprieve from the hectic city life.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's in New York!!! January 16, 2008
I'm very excited about this release. Even though I love the small town appeal of Cabot Cove, I also enjoyed the polished look Jessica acquired when she moved to a New York apartment and there began solving mysteries. I'm looking forward to the episode where she gets a computer and has to learn how to use it, all the while writing her books and solving crimes. What I always loved about this show was they allowed a mature woman to not only be attractive and interesting, but adventurious and couragous. (A lot like the Golden Girls!) I hope after this is released they also release Father Dowling on DVD. When Tom Bosley left his role as Sheriff Tupper, I missed him. But I was so pleased when he went on to star in Father Dowling. Keep these great DVDs coming.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another year of Murder and Mystery With J B Fletcher April 13, 2008
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Here is another year of Murder and Mystery J B Fletcher, but this time she had decided to move to New York as a new place for her to be near more murder stories but still comes back to Cabot Cove every couple of episodes. What I find is so funny is that when she is back in Cabot Cove she has the typewriter/xcomputer in the kitchen on the kitchen table rather than ona comuter Desk and she lives in a big house and when she is in New York she has a computer Desk and a kitchen table and uses the table as a table where is the computer when in Cabot Cove and she is entertaining. All in All I still watching the series so I am definately looking forward to enjoying them. So keep buting them so they can realse the other four season and tv made movies that followed after the show ended in 1996
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
First of all, let me reiterate that Murder She wrote is my favorite TV series. As I have said in past reviews, the show defied Hollywood Standards by creating a heroine ( Jessica Fletcher) over 50. The character has incredible depth, and is incredibly well written and perfectly performed by Angela Lansbury. The character is inspirational for everyone, showing how a widow has a second chance at life after having lost her husband.
Nonetheless, Seasons 1-7 are MUCH better than 8. If you are a fan of the series and have seen 1-7, you'll notice how 8 has been revamped with a more Miami Vice feel; the music has been sexed up a bit ( they go back to how it was done in previous series come season 9, which is available on Netflix). The writing is also much weaker, save one or two strong episodes ( of course, the Cabot Cove ones!).
Then, Angela's character moves to New york for a good part of the series, and while in previous series the New York episodes were very strong, they were weak in 8. It was really a let down. But possibly the worst part was that the character ( Jessica Fletcher) had a different, much more metropolitan feel.
See, what makes this TV show is how Lansbury's character is so complex, as she is a small town woman who is highly educated but doesn't let the pomp and circumstance of the glitzy literary world change her spirit. That's what makes the show: how genuine and compassionate the lead character is.
But in 8, it's different.
Season 9 ( which again you can get on Netflix) they return to the 'old fashioned' music and traditional style of writing; nonetheless, 1-7 reign supreme.
If you are looking for an inspirational, well-written and groundbreaking show, Murder She Wrote ( with all its fantastic characters and guest stars) is for you!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder she wrote:Season 8
I'm trying to get all of the Murder She Wrote DVD Series, and love them all. I have never had a bit of trouble with the DVD's, they are brand new and work wonderfully.
Published 25 days ago by B. Lyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, She Wrote
We have all 12 seasons and enjoy having a Murder, She Wrote marathon that lasts several days. Highly recommend to all. Good, Clean and very Enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Amy L. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD's Good
I've finished viewing this season & don't recall any issues with the DVDs. I so enjoy "Murder She Wrote" and am grateful for these DVDs.

Thank you, JudyT
Published 1 month ago by Judith T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
As always Jessica is at her very best. She is at friends houses most of the time in all states and countries. She doesn't let anything keep her from investigating the case.
Published 2 months ago by Mamie Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars As always enjoyable + like watching an old friend
This is a series for the entire family as my 10 y/o daughter enjoys the series as much as me. The characters are the main focus + their interactions together, + the mystery... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joe-anna Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like watching it on TV
The dvd's are just like watching it on live television. Very good DVD quality and audio/visual. My wife really enjoys watching it on her portable DVD Sony player.
Published 4 months ago by Ellis D. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good prompt service
Very very fast service,prompt curtious people, a must have for any mystery buff as myself. thank you so much. GOod price as well,
Published 4 months ago by chipfortune
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Published 5 months ago by N. Soper
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for everyone.
She is just so good in the series. I am a big fan of hers. Can't imagine any one else doing the series. She is just perfect.
Published 5 months ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 8
Well plotted stories as always. Each year of this series offer more joys and interesting characters who bring in surprises.
Published 6 months ago by Charlene
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