TITLE: THE CLEVELAND SHOW - THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE
Release Date: September 28, 2010 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color / 2009 - 2010
Packaging: Viva pack
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: 582 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles and Captioning: English, Spanish, and French Subtitles; Closed-captioned
Special Features: Audio Commentary on Select Episodes; "Meet Cleveland" Featurette; "Get Your Hump On" Music Video; Making of "Get Your Hump On" Music Video; "The Brotherly Love" Table Read; Deleted Scenes
What does a series do when it reaches a certain level of success? It does what many others before it have done--create spinoffs! And now, Family Guy's Cleveland has his own show with The Cleveland Show. The Cleveland Show - The Complete Season One is the first DVD release of the series where Cleveland Brown and his son, Cleveland Jr., decide to leave Quahog for a new and better life. But along the way, they end up on a detour back to his hometown, a detour that ends up being a permanent stop when he runs in to his high school sweetheart, divorcee Donna, and suddenly decides to marry her. Now, Cleveland is in Stoolbend, VA with his son and wife, and his two stepchildren, Roberta and Rallo, making the best of everything.
Cleveland and Donna marry in the "Pilot" episode. In "Da Daggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance," Cleveland is trying hard to fit in with his new family, which proves to be difficult after he runs over the family dog. Cleveland Jr. is determined to lose his virginity to please his father in "Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb." In "Ladies' Night," Donna pretends to be single in order to fit in to a group. Rallo and Cleveland fight over who gets to sleep with Donna in "From Bed to Worse."
Cleveland encourages Cleveland Jr. to play baseball in "Field of Screams," but what will he do when he realizes he is terrible? Cleveland accidentally becomes a drug dealer (yes, accidentally) in "Our Gang." Cleveland takes Donna on a honeymoon to New York City in "Once Upon a Tyne in New York," but it is more eventful than expected. Loretta (Cleveland's first wife, from Family Guy) is dead in "Gone With the Wind," and Donna is angry when he becomes upset over her passing. There is a fight over the confederate flag in "Brown History Month."
The episodes all appear to be unedited from their original broadcasts, with runtimes as follows:
"Da Daggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance" (21:43)
"The One About Friends" (21:45)
"Birth of a Salesman" (21:41)
"Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb" (21:38)
"Ladies' Night" (21:42)
"A Brown Thanksgiving" (21:43)
"From Bed to Worse" (21:42)
"A Cleveland Brown Christmas" (21:45)
"Field of Streams" (21:44)
"Love Rollercoaster" (21:43)
"Our Gang" (21:43)
"Buried Pleasure" (21:43)
"The Curious Case of Cleveland Jr. Working at the Stool" (21:42)
"Once Upon a Tyne in New York" (21:28)
"Brown Knight" (21:43)
"Gone with the Wind" (21:32)
"Brotherly Love" (21:42)
"Brown History Month" (21:42)
"Cleveland's Angels" (21:42)
"You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown" (21:33)
The packaging for the set is very nice, beginning with the outer sleeve! The outer sleeve has a picture of Cleveland that APPEARS to be normal on the surface, but if you feel the mustache on the front, you'll feel that it is made of actual felt! It is a very nice touch. The back of the outer sleeve has Rallo, along with a list of special features and information about the season. It is important to note that, if this is like most other recent releases from Fox, the outer sleeve will only be on the first batch that has been released, and will not be on later pressings, so if you want the outer sleeve, you'd better get it soon! Inside, there is a standard Viva case with the entire family on the front, and the same information as on the back of the outer sleeve, but a slightly different picture of Rallo. Oh, and the case itself isn't a standard clear, white, or black case--it is a transparent purple case. Inside, the discs have a listing of the episodes contained on the disc, with a picture of Cleveland on Disc 1, Donna and Roberta on Disc 2, Cleveland Jr. on Disc 3, and Rallo on Disc 4. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7, Disc 2 contains episodes 8-12, Disc 3 contains episodes 13-17, and Disc 4 contains episodes 18-21.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on the set are fairly standard, with the main menu listing all of the episodes, and having all of the primary cast members dancing on top of the screen to the closing theme song (which, of course, didn't air on the episodes as aired on Fox). At the bottom of the list, there is a Play All option, and on Disc 4, a Special Features option. Selecting an episode takes you to a menu for the episode, where you can choose Play Episode, Scene Selection, Language Selection, or Special Features. There is also a snapshot from the episode on this menu. The options are all relatively self-explanatory. Chapters are placed throughout each episode at all of the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
Are there any video and audio quality issues on here? Not really, this series looks about as flawless as it possibly could look. The animated Fox series almost always look and sound great on DVD, particularly the newer ones, and this set is really no exception at all. The video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, just as the episodes aired on TV (this series was in high-definition from the beginning), and the episodes really shine on screen. Perhaps the episodes would look better on Blu-ray, but my limited experience with Blu-ray has so far shown that animation doesn't really seem to change much between DVD and Blu-ray. The audio on the set is loud and clear, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. And there are subtitles in English, Spanish, and French, along with closed-captioning for all of the episodes.
The set has many nice bonus features, beginning with commentaries for over half (twelve total) episodes. In fact, the "Pilot" episode has two commentaries, with one where Mike Henry gives commentary in character as Cleveland. I think that was my favorite among the commentaries. All of the commentaries are as follows:
"Pilot" (Commentary #1) - Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, Mike Henry, and Kara Vallow
"Pilot" (Commentary #2) - Mike Henry (as the character of Cleveland)
"Birth of a Salesman" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Kirker Butler, and Stephen Robertson
"Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Mike L. Mayfield, and Kevin Michael Richardson
"A Brown Thanksgiving" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Matt Engstrom, Craig Robinson, and Kym Whitley
"A Cleveland Brown Christmas" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Jonathan Green, Gabe Miller, and Corey Holcomb
"Field of Streams" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Aaron Lee, and Ian Graham
"Love Rollercoaster" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Ron Rubio, and Kevin Michael Richardson
"Buried Pleasure" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Julius Sharpe, and Ian Graham
"Once Upon a Tyne in New York" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Mike L. Mayfield, and Kevin Michael Richardson
"Gone with the Wind" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Ron Rubio, and Sanaa Lathan
"Brotherly Love" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Kara Vallow, and Anthony Agrusa
"You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown" - Richard Appel, Mike Henry, Justin Ridge, and Frances Callier
The set also contains "original televised episodes" as special features, and these are exactly what they sound like--the original televised versions. However, unlike the features of the same name on the Family Guy sets, these do not contain any additional footage on this set, and are basically just the same episode with an censored audio track (the standard version that you play on the DVD is uncensored). Still, it is good to have both versions included.
If you ARE interested in deleted scenes, however, even though none have been inserted back into the episodes on this set, there are plenty of deleted scenes available from the Special Features option on the individual episode menus. In fact, every episode includes them, and they are generally in the one to two minute range for each episode. Runtimes of the deleted scenes are as follows:
"Da Daggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance" (21:43)
"The One About Friends" (1:04)
"Birth of a Salesman" (0:46)
"Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb" (2:12)
"Ladies' Night" (2:09)
"A Brown Thanksgiving" (1:52)
"From Bed to Worse" (2:36)
"A Cleveland Brown Christmas" (1:55)
"Field of Streams" (1:29)
"Love Rollercoaster" (1:56)
"Our Gang" (2:49)
"Buried Pleasure" (1:55)
"The Curious Case of Cleveland Jr. Working at the Stool" (1:31)
"Once Upon a Tyne in New York" (2:38)
"Brown Knight" (2:06)
"Gone with the Wind" (1:31)
"Brotherly Love" (2:19)
"Brown History Month" (2:44)
"Cleveland's Angels" (2:44)
"You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown" (2:51)
"Meet Cleveland" (24:35) is a very nice featurette that takes us back to Family Guy to show us who Cleveland is, how the character was developed, how they had to modify his character for the series, how they put the family together, and gives a nice introduction to the production of the series. It features interviews with several people including Mike Henry, Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, Sanaa Lathan, Anthony Lioi, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez, Jamie Kennedy, Arianna Huffington, Aseem Batra, and Walter Murphy... I think that I got all of them! It is very insightful, and among the best of the features of this type that I've seen on any DVD set. You won't want to skip this one.
Next, there is the Earth, Wind, and Fire "Get Your Hump On" music video (2:51), which is the Christmas song that was produced for the series. If that isn't enough, you can even watch the making of this (5:28) as well.
The final special feature is a table read from the episode "Brotherly Love" (45:10), which is another type of special feature that we have become accustomed to on these releases of series from Seth MacFarlane. What makes this episode so special? Probably the guest star in the episode, which happens to be Kanye West. Clearly, the DVD producers didn't steal the microphone from him as he has done to people before.
I feel that this set is fairly complete with regards to special features, although I am a little surprised that no animatics were included. However, to be honest, I think those are getting a little old and tired for DVD sets, so perhaps we don't really need them anyway. Maybe what would be nice for future sets would be video commentaries.
It is about time that Fox release one of their animated sitcoms in season sets! Of course, they did release The Simpsons and King of the Hill as season sets, but every other animated sitcom has been released in haphazard volume releases and special single episode releases. Hopefully, they will stick with seasons for this series. It is even nicer to see that they managed to put out a season set that has nice special features like this one has. The only thing that this set is really missing (and I wouldn't expect to see it on any future release, as Fox seems to have discontinued them for just about every other series) is an episode booklet. At least the episode titles are printed on the disc, though. Everybody should enjoy Cleveland's happy mustache face with this set!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/10/10
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