Case Number 25455: Small Claims Court


Shout! Factory // 1993 // 1037 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 23rd, 2013

The Charge

Exhibit A: Brilliant Drama.

The Case

The grey one returns for his eighth go-round and if you've been hankering for some righteous small-town crime-solving and courtroom shenanigans then Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith, The Andy Griffith Show) is your guy. For Season Eight, we get twenty episodes on six discs.

* The Play
* The Fatal Seduction (Parts 1 and 2)
* The Diner
* The View
* The Last Laugh
* The Capital Offense
* The Haunted (Parts 1 and 2)
* The Conspiracy
* Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream
* The Defendant
* The Kidnapping (Parts 1 and 2)
* The Temptation
* The Crook
* The Murder Game
* Brennen
* The P.I.
* The Godfather
* The Idol (Parts 1 and 2)

If you're in the market for this, then you know what to expect with Matlock: Andy Griffith doing his old-school, laid-back courtroom persona. With this eighth bite at the apple, he's perfected the routine. Cases are your typical low-impact stuff, as Matlock inevitablly gets caught in circumstances that far eclipse his actual attorney duties. But Griffith keeps it all moving along swimmingly; the guy is like a comfortable pair of slippers.

A few standout episodes: in Matlock: The Eighth Season: "The Play," where Matlock parlays his expertise into getting the director of his community theater production off the hook for murder in exchange for a speaking role in the play; "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream," a, well, dream episode, allowing Griffith to go out of character and play Matlock up like an utter drunk; and "The P.I.," a good old-fashioned backdoor pilot, devoted to launching a series starring George Peppard and Tracy Nelson. Those last two are sure-fire signs that the end is coming and, indeed, the next season would be Matlock's last.

Standard-issue release: 1.33:1 full frame, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, and no extras.

The Verdict

I was bored stiff, but for fans? Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 75

Perp Profile
Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 1037 Minutes
Release Year: 1993
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

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