In life, there are finishes and finales some are whole satisfying and appropriate, some that are a little disappointing and some that leave you somewhere in the middle, because try as we might endings never quite go the way we hoped. Available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from our friends at HBO Home Entertainment in the final season of the adventures of a group of friends from Queen’s, New York making it good in the topsy turvy world of Hollywood. Get ready for “Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season”
Starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven
Created by Doug Ellin
Vince, Eric, Drama & Turtle (Grenier, Connolly, Kevin Dillon & Jerry Ferrara) have been through quite a bit over the years, chasing dreams, women and good times as if the party would never end. Through all the highs and all the lows, it’s their unwavering friendship that has kept them together all these years, but has the time ultimately come for them to all grow up and branch out as individuals. In this season find out if each of the guys can compete on his own in the high stakes of Hollywood, not to mention life. Change is a foot for our favorite friends who went to Hollywood with only a dream.
The final season of “Entourage” ended not with a bang or a flourish but a quiet departure and an awkward cliffhanger. The story arced appropriately as it all (sort of) came to an end and the ultimate end feeling you get out of 8 seasons with Vincent Chase and the boys, is one of love and of friendship and that theme was prevalent throughout. It’s not the most satisfying but it is what it is, because it’s not that these characters aren’t friends anymore, it’s just the end of one chapter in their lives, that (much like the cliffhanger suggests) will lead to another and as much as we get drawn into the excessive stories about life in Hollywood, it is a show we have stayed with for 8 years because it is ultimately about friendship between these characters and after 8 years what was written undoubtedly became true.
Starting off playing brothers and friends, they eventually became brothers in real life and in the behind the scenes extras and even in the episodes, all four guys play so free and easy with one another that it is simply a joy to watch and is the real gold behind what made this show so effective. Even when they are overcoming storyline obstacles, Vince’s drug problem from season 7 and Ari’s impending divorce in Season 8 they come together and you feel that they genuinely care about one another, it’s just the perfect marriage of talent and time spent together and it worked brilliantly on screen with some sharp character driven writing as we follow every single one of them on their respective journeys. In particular, Jeremy Piven really delivered some strong work as his charismatic yet volatile Ari Gold went through some genuine emotional changes and Piven carried it quite well.
The picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray are obviously top notch and the Bonus Feature is called “Hollywood Sunset: A Farewell to Entourage” that is a look back with exclusive behind the scenes footage and intimate interviews with the cast and crew and the some of the special guest cameos that have appeared over the years.
At the end of the day, “Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season” will be remembered as the swan song for the standard bearer of shows the looked at the inside life of what it takes to make it for better and for worse in Hollywood. And with this show coming to an end, it seems only fitting that these boys do what all TV stars do when their show comes to an end…and go make a movie.
4 out of 5 stars.
“Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season” is available for rent on DVD & Blu-Ray at video stores all across Canada; it’s also available for purchase at all major retailers like amazon.ca and HMV.
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