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New Tricks: Season 8 (2011)

Dennis Waterman , Alun Armstrong , Julian Simpson , Robin Shepperd  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Susan Jameson
  • Directors: Julian Simpson, Robin Shepperd, Philip John
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 589 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CYDDRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

SDH Subtitles
BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (19 min.)

Editorial Reviews

THIS SERIES IS THE UN-EDITED, UK BROADCAST VERSION

"Well written and well acted"-Library Journal
"Amusing, off-kilter stories"-Deseret (UT) News

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"Wonderful performances from terrific TV actors" -Daily Mirror (U.K.)

Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series

Detectives Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow’s Law), and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) retired years ago. Then sexy superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) talked them into joining her Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad. Ever since, they’ve been cracking cold cases, proving that old-school sleuthing skills are still the best way to solve a crime.

Britain’s highest-rated TV drama sizzles with wit, camaraderie, and chemistry among its stars. Season Eight takes them from a museum to a zoo and from a biker gang to witness protection in search of killers who thought they were in the clear. Along the way, Gerry signs up for a French cooking class, Sandra copes with a handsome ex, and everyone frets about budget cuts. Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who, The Last Detective), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), and Sheila Hancock (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).

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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, But Season 8 DVDs Have Been Edited July 12, 2012
Format:DVD
UPDATE x2: Unfortunately, I've had to deduct a star, and return this review to its original 3-star rating. Acorn (whom I purchased the DVD from) made a very public spectacle of attempting to put things right with me regarding the edited DVD situation. Unfortunately, it's been over 3 months, and they never sent a new, unedited DVD to me as promised. To make matters worse, attempts to contact them via their Facebook page have gone unanswered.

The product itself ("New Tricks" Season 8) is definitely a 4-star affair, and I don't want to harm its rating. As it stands with the distributor (Acorn), however, that is decidedly a 1-star operation, and so this review once again goes back to 3 stars.

UPDATE: Since this review was published, Acorn have responded (both on Facebook and in the comments section of this review), and have been a class act in their acknowledgement of the issue, and how they plan to address it. I wanted to make readers aware of this, and that I am now bumping the star-rating of my review from 3 to 4 stars. Thank you, Acorn!

I've liked "New Tricks" since the pilot episode. The program manages to blend drama, light humor, mystery and suspense quite well. The cast are top notch, and the writing and direction are good. If I could give this set four or five stars, I would. Unfortunately, I am only giving it three. This is due to the fact that, for some reason, the episodes have been edited. Allow me to explain.

Almost all of the "New Tricks" episodes have a run time of approximately 58 minutes. The episodes on this Season 8 set run for roughly 51 minutes. I found this odd. I also found odd the fact that the late Trevor Bannister was somehow missing from the episode "Old Fossils," which was his last ever role. As a fan of his portrayal of Mr.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Season June 12, 2012
Format:DVD
It is very hard to come up with a police series which is truly original as the subject has pretty much been done to death from every angle over the years. However, the producers of New Tricks managed to do just that when they launched the pilot in 2003. Not really surprising that the show has run and run and we are now up to the eighth series and it has reached a total of 66 episodes. Good to see that we had 10 episodes this time round as in Series 7, rather than the 8 in earlier series.

Despite the long running nature of New Tricks, the script writers still seem to come up with original and sometimes quite offbeat plots. For example the last in the current series concerned the case of a zoo keeper whom it had been assumed had been mauled to death by a tiger, but whom the team suspect was killed before being put in the tiger's enclosure. As is usually the case, the truth, when it is teased out, is far from straight forward. Also good to see that we were not left with a cliff hanger at the end of this episode as has happened in some previous series and is unnecessary in my view since it tends to feel rather contrived.

A lot of the charm lies with the individual quirkiness of the three main investigators in UCOS - Jack Halford (James Bolam), Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong). I thought the first episode in this series was interesting - it concerned the murder of a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum - but was lacking something.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks June 27, 2012
Format:DVD
This show is fantastic! There's nothing like a British who-dun-it. They always do things with style and grace. With New Tricks, you have one gritty, attractive female, Superintendent Sandra Pullman (played by Amanda Redman) who's in charge of three disfunctional, misfit retired copers who don't always like to play by the rules. In fact, they often ignore proceedures altogether. But that's part of what makes this show so great. Actors James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, and Dennis Waterman brilliantly play their characters - Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Jerry Standing, who encounter some strange cases at their ever-moving U.C.O.S. (Unsolved Crime and Open-Case Squad) headquarters. They solve the crimes no one else wants to deal with. They may do some unconventional detective work in the process, but these "old-timers" are far more "experienced", "clever" and "vastly knowledgeable" - compared to their younger counter-parts. This is definitely not like American cop shows (thankfully) with all the 'shoot-em-ups' and 'blow-em-ups'... you get tired of that stuff. Give me a cop who has a head on his shoulders and knows how to use it. That's what this show is all about. What a refreshing change. That's why New Tricks is so great. From what I've heard and read, it's so popular the BBC is picking the show up for another two seasons. FANTASTIC!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable and well done series August 18, 2012
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One may immediately understand how this series is now available on DVD in its eighth series, with more series yet to be offered in the future.

Most New Tricks programs are written quite well and they make for light hearted yet true-to-life stories. In actuality, this series probably offers more true-to-life events than most other similar themed programs. Over time, one gets to know the characters quite well and there is always reason to enjoy each and every of the widely divergent personalities that regularly appear in each season.

While these actors may not be the pictures of perfection, the program offers insight to the many possibilities for older individuals to continue finding adventure and discovery in life.

This is a series that one can also enjoy watching more than once, which would seem to be the very reason to buy a DVD in the first place.

I think most viewers will find the series enjoyable and be left fulfilled at the end of each weeks adventures, while anxiously awaiting presentation of the next series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 10 days ago by ross r. davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a terrific British series. Highly recommend.
Published 19 days ago by kathy henke
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
This is the last full season with the original cast. One of them leaves this season, but the transition to another actor is smoothly done.
Published 1 month ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series!
This series is one of the favorites in my small library. Well constructed, excellent acting, and each mystery is a stand-alone.
Published 1 month ago by joyce conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
I wish they would remake this in the US. It is so well acted and very enjoyable. Old folks rock!
Published 1 month ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks: Season 8
We have really enjoyed this whole series! The characters are outstanding, the plots excellent, and the culture entertaining! We are looking forward to the next series!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
My husband and I own all 9 seasons of New Tricks . We have just ordered Season 10. Well written and well acted. Does not dissapoint. It's Britain's highest-rated TV drama.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marion G. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Redman!!!
NEW TRICKS, like the proverbial vintage wine, just gets better and better. Despite series co-star James Bolam’s concern that the show is becoming stale (the reason for his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jon Wynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
Like the series, but disc 3 was cracked and unplayable.
Had to guess at the series developments in the three missing episodes.
Published 4 months ago by Rudi McCowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
This is a great series.....and keeps getting better. Very entertaining and funny! Excellent. Got to see it and bought it for a friend.
Published 4 months ago by gyspyveg
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