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Law & Order: Criminal Intent- The Eighth Year - Season 8

4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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With the departure of Detective Logan after the conclusion of year seven comes the emergence of Detective Zach Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) to effectively take Logan’s place as Wheeler’s (Julianne Nicholson) partner.

The Eighth Year features a suspense-packed caseload when Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) investigate the death of a drug dealer who was involved with a politician’s stepdaughter, race against the clock to track down a missing child, are tasked with hunting down a killer’s killer and more. Meanwhile, Nichols and Wheeler become submerged in the dark dealings of the celebrity restaurant world, investigate the stabbing of a young hipster and explore the murder of a high-profile CFO.

Part of television’s most successful franchise, Law & Order: Criminal Intent was created by entertainment kingpin Dick Wolf and ran for ten seasons.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Hendrix
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HUSFXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ann on August 1, 2012
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I really enjoyed season 7, but what happened?

By the end of eight, you could see D'Onofrio had reached his limit, and I'm not surprised he decided to quit after this dog's breakfast of a season. The editing was sloppy, and the direction was careless. And what was with the horrid out-of-character scripts?

Firstly, no reference was made to the events in 'Frame'. Just one discussion with Eames about Bobby's obvious depression would have satisfied, but nada!

Worse still, the eps were all aired in a different order from which they were filmed. I highly suggest you watch them in the correct sequence, so you better appreciate Goren's slow (but silent)recovery from his grief: Faithfully, Folie a Deux, Identity Crisis, Alpha Dog, Playing Dead, Lady's Man, All In,and Family Values.

Of these episodes, my personal favorites were 'Lady's Man', where both Erbe and D'Onofrio get a chance to shine, and 'Family Values'. The latter was a little heavy-handed, but it featured many talented returning guest actors from previous seasons, and the 'aria' made me cry.

The worst episodes were 'Faithfully' which had annoying guest stars (plus Bobby now magically has a niece - continuity please). And then there was the dreadful 'All In' where a character called 'Josh Snow' is ostensibly 'Joey Frost' in a dreadful sequel (of sorts) to the S5 ep 'Cruise to Nowhere' - an insult to long-term viewers.

Still, even a bad S8 episode has a few good moments and VDO and Erbe are always worth watching. Take 'Family Values' for example. Even though the script was a wasted opportunity to explore the Bobby/Frank/Francis Goren parallels, the 'aria' featuring D'Onofrio and Sam Trammel is quietly outstanding.
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Review by Ruby: I was very happy to receive my Season 8 set of LOCI today! I was, however, disappointed that it did NOT include the episode "The Glory That Was"! I paid for the entire season of 16 episodes -- and paid more by pre-ordering than I would pay now, a mere 4 days after release -- and still did not get the whole season, this episode apparently not being available at all now. This fact really should be put in the description of the product!

Nonetheless, I am happy to have the set (though I would have prefered a box cover which was not dented and wrinkled). Can't wait for the final 2 seasons of this iconic show to be released! My favorite of all crime shows!! And Robert Goren is the best of all possible detectives!! Vincent D'Onofrio rocks!!!
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Unlike many VDO fans, I found myself surprised by how much I actually like Jeff Goldbum's character, Det. Nichols. He is quirky, but in a different way than Goren. Also, like many others, I couldn't understand some of the decisions/missed opportunities made by the producers in their stories this season.
Two glaring errors were in the episode 'All In', in which the character Josh Snow was obviously Joey Frost from season 5. There was no reason not to keep him as Joey Frost, which would have provided some continuity. (perhaps they couldn't get the original actor who played Joey for this episode?)
Also, in the episode 'Faithfully', Goren's 'new family' is most likely his previously unknown family via his biological father Mark Ford Brady (the infamous serial killer).
Also, the missing episode 'The Glory That Was' being withdrawn from broadcast (and not included on dvd) due to apparent pressure from outside the U.S. is especially galling.
And finally, there is the inexcusable falling off in manufacturing quality by Shout Factory, from the packaging to the lack of Subtitles (using the obsolete technology of Closed Captions). The use of Closed Captions instead of Subtitles causes people with hearing trouble to make a choice. Watch in HD and have no visible dialogue. OR, hook up your equipment with Standard Definition (RCA red,white yellow) cables and see the dialogue, but have to watch the picture in Standard (Tube type TV) Definition.
Shame on Universal for treating Law & Order C.I. like a proverbial red haired step child!
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This show and Vincent D'Onofrio have held me captive for many years. The attention to detail and well researched story lines have kept it interesting, Although I will continue to watch the many season reruns, I feel that the last three years were not as good as the beginning years. Not as much physical hi-jinks as before. Still love the show and cast and glad it had a long run. Like to see VDO in another series instead of the questionable movies he made during and after this show, in my opinion, not that it stops me from watching everything he is in. VDO is far too great an actor not to be doing A material.
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It really isn't. It took me a while, but I eventually got use to Jeff Goldblum's Detective Nicholas. When I first watched the handful of episodes I caught on NBC, I was still getting over the fact my favorite Detective wasn't returning that season. But After watching it season 8 again in its entirety, I actually found it to be entertaining for the most part. The continuity with Detective Wheeler's broken engagement and her pregnancy. An episode that focused on someone from Eames's personal life. The episode where the poker player from season 5 returns is one of my favorites from this season. And heavy hitters worked on this season such as Walon Green and Ed Zukerman to name a few when Warren Leight departed his duties as show runner. I use to ridicule Walon Green for how poor this season was, but after watching it I realized it wasn't really all that bad. The one thing that prevents me from giving this season five stars isn't the fact that the season didn't last as long as it did in season 7 or SVU did the same year. It's not even the fact that my favorite cop from the Two-Seven doesn't make a comeback or that this is the last we ever see of Detective Megan Wheeler. The reason for my four star rating is the fact that one episode was excluded from this boxset. Probably one of the best episodes in the season. The episode titled "The Glory That Was..." was cut from the boxset and all official forms of online streaming and purchasing due to the fact that the episode was centered on a conspiracy centered on the rigging of location of the 2016 Summer Olympic games. Brazilian government were so outraged that they forced NBC has prevented the episode from re-airing on all its affiliate networks and removed it from all online streaming as well as region 1 DVDs which by the way only work in North America.Read more ›
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