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It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - The Complete Season 8 (2012/Fox DVD Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Episodes: B+

The gang is back and just as good as ever; and by good I mean horrible…they are horrible, horrible people.

In Season 8 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the gang of Philadelphian misfits continue their decent to hell (so to speak) as the violence, madness, and debauchery continue. As I have said in the past, the gang of Always Sunny manages to take a bad idea and orchestrate in such an ineptly malicious level that they leave you with your jaw on the floor and pee in your pants.

The series has always been wonderful and nothing changes here in Season 8. The whole cast returns as Frank (Danny DeVito), Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Sweet D (Kaitlin Olson), and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) in the roles that made them famous in this short 10 episode run. The series (for those unfamiliar) centers on a gang of friends who are constantly scheming as they abuse society, each other, and even themselves.

The band of sociopaths (consistently in a delusional state of grandeur) manage to again kick it up a notch as the audience is taken down the rabbit hole that is Always Sunny. We are treated to such outlandish episodes as The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre in which the gang gets caught up in a mass murder with none other than the McPoyles (one of the season's best), as well as a recycling scheme, a dinner scheme, a love scheme, and so many other ill hatched plans I've lost count.

The season again is only 10 episodes long, but the gang makes the most of the time they have with few misses.

The technical features are line with the previous DVD release; sliding by as adequate. The picture is a 1.78 X 1 widescreen that is nice with adequate colors, some elements of grain, and an overall passable quality. The sound gets the job done as a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes mostly from the front, but does manage to utilize the rears for ambient noises, musical scores, and more action packed sequences.

The extras are few including some audio commentary tracks with cast and crew that are nothing note worthy, as well as several deleted scenes that neither add nor detract from the series. There are several (short) featurettes , which are probably the most entertaining features. These include Lady House: The Lost Premiere, which looks into how Charlie and Mac's moms live together, Frank Reynolds: How to be a Warthog, a business advice piece by Frank, and finally Fat Mac: In Memoriam, a piece that has the cast recalling their time with Fat Mac.

A great series that continues to get better.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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