TITLE: FAMILY GUY - BLUE HARVEST
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $22.97 (standard edition); $34.98 (special edition)
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 1
Running Time: 48 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, French, and Spanish subtitles
Special Features: Commentary, A Conversation with George, Once In a Lifetime: The Making of Blue Harvest, Animatic Version, Family Guy Star Wars Clip Show
One of America’s greatest pop culture cartoons meets one of America’s greatest pop culture in Family Guy: Blue Harvest! This single-disc release brings you the extended premiere episode of the 2007-2008 season of Family Guy as well as a handful of special features in a freakin’ sweet DVD.
For those that know the story of Star Wars, the story here will seem very familiar. In fact, it is the same story, except Family Guy characters play the parts of the Star Wars characters. We have Chris as our star in this episode, playing Luke Skywalker, Peter playing Han Solo, Lois playing Princess Leia, Stewie as Darth Vader, Quagmire as C-3PO, Cleveland as R2-D2, and Herbert as a very pedophilic Obi-Wan Kenobi. But how does this all differ from the true Star Wars? Well, in the typical Family Guy fashion, there are the usual jokes and cultural references that Family Guy fans are used to! The only thing missing in the episode is cutaways, but then again, the whole episode itself is somewhat of a cutaway.
I have to admit, I am not the biggest Star Wars fan out there. In fact, I hate Star Wars. But Family Guy is one of my favorite shows, and this is one of the best episodes of this great series... any fan will love this!
Fox doesn’t like to send complete packaging for review copies unfortunately, so we had to do without that. Two versions are being released, however, one with a standard package and one that has bonus packaging, complete a t-shirt, 3D glasses, collectable trading cards, and a booklet of sketches from the episode.
Menu Design and Navigation:
We have very Star Wars-ish menus on this DVD. The main menu has a song that is a cross between the Family Guy theme song and the Star Wars theme song, and gives menu choices including Play Movie, Chapters, Options, and Features. Whenever you select any one of these options, you get some cool Star Wars special effects, but then the menu you get after that isn’t as impressive... but still very nice looking and professional.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality appears to be pretty good, although these screener copies are often of lower quality than the actual releases... so I can only imagine that the retail version will look and sound great. Closed-captioning, as well as English, Spanish, and French subtitles are available. The episode itself runs at 48 minutes, which is longer than it was when it aired on Fox... so it is safe to assume this contains more material than it did on Fox.
It is so impressive to see how loaded this DVD is with special features! First, we have a commentary track that includes Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Clark, Mike Elias, David Goodman, Joseph Lee, Dominic Polcino, Danny Sith, Alec Sulkin, and Kara Vallow. Next, there is a conversation with George Lucas (12:26) where he talks about his involvement with the episode. “Once in A Lifetime: The Making of Blue Harvest” (19:05) gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the episode. If you like animatics, then you can see them... actually the whole episode... only on this DVD. Finally, “Family Guy Star Wars Clip Show” (9:36) goes back to all of the old episodes to look at all of the Star Wars references from the past.
This is a nice DVD, but Fox should have really had something more to go with it. Basically we just have one two-part episode and a bunch of special features, which are great, but the DVD really should have included some bonus episodes. Still, this is a great episode and fans that just can’t wait can pick this DVD up. The special bonus edition sounds even nicer, and despite being a “limited edition” thing, it will probably be readily available. I’d try to make some nice Star Wars sound effects to end ths review, but alas, I can’t.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/10/08
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