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Family Guy - Volume Five



DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: Approx. 360 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English, Spanish, and French subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: Commentaries on every episode, deleted scenes, animatic episodes, “Drawing Peter” featurette, “Toys, Toys Galore” featurette


It seems today, that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV. And you get all that and much more on Volume 5 of Family Guy! Volume 5 brings the 13 episodes of the animated sitcom on DVD that aired on Fox between September 2006 and March 2007 (wouldn’t it be easier to just do complete seasons?), as well as a whole disc worth of bonus features, in a three disc set.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The episodes contained here are the first 13 episodes of season 5, beginning with “Stewie Loves Lois,” where Stewie begins to develop an unhealthy obsession over Lois and Peter gets a prostate exam (except he doesn’t understand what he is getting when he gets it). Phyllis Diller returns as Peter’s mom in “Mother Tucker,” where she finally divorces Peter’s father and starts dating channel 5 news anchor Tom Tucker. Brian and Stewie have to save Quahog from a new superstore in town that is putting all of the small businesses out of business in “Hell Comes to Quahog.” Brian and Stewie somehow manage to join the Army (and get sent to Iraq) in “Saving Private Brian.” Lois gets to work with Peter and Brian has a new girlfriend that can be described, at best, as being smarter than a box of rocks, in “Whistle While Your Wife Works.” In “Prick Up Your Ears,” Meg loses her virginity when she has... ear sex. Mindy Cohn guest stars.

Peter makes a movie that is perfect for Lifetime and Stewie gets married to Olivia (remember her from WAY back in the original episodes?) in “Chick Cancer.” Garrett Morris guest stars in “Barely Legal,” where Brian takes Meg to her prom. Hopefully, the series didn’t jump the shark with the episode “Road to Rupert,” where Ted McGinley has a cameo role when Stewie and Brian have to go to Colorado to get Stewie’s teddy bear. Peter’s father finally dies in “Peter’s Two Dads,” but was that horrible person really his father? In “The Tan Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” Peter finds joy in being the neighborhood bully and beating up young children. Hugh Heffner (as himself) helps Quagmire out after Peter causes Quagmire to lose his job as a pilot in “Airport ’07.” And we end this set with “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey,” where Bill Clinton (not played by himself, of course) becomes Peter’s friend... and Lois’ sex partner.


Once again, we have the slimcases, just like we have had on the previous four volumes. That is a good thing, though, because it shows consistency and the packaging is pretty convenient anyway. The front of the box has the family on a stage performing some musical number (who knows what). On the inside, we have three slimcases (one for each disc), with the front of each slimcase showing a picture that has several things related to several of the episodes contained within the set. Just like all of the other sets, the back of each slimcase contains a listing of all of the episodes, as well as a thumbnail snapshot from the episode, original airdate, writers, directors, an episode description, and a list of commentators. Disc 1 contains the first six episodes and Disc 2 contains the other seven, while Disc 3 contains just the special features and nothing more.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu on each disc is very nice and simple, with the theme music playing in the background with scenes from each episode on the disc playing on the top of the screen. On the bottom, we have a listing of all of the episodes as well as a Play All option. Once you select an episode, you get a menu that gives you the options of playing the episode, selecting a scene, language selection (actually the only spoken language is English, but you can choose censored or uncensored audio; uncensored will play by default), and Commentary. Disc 3 is nothing but special features, and basically you have a very similar menu on there as you do on the main menu of Discs 1 and 2, but instead of listing episodes, this menu lists the special features.

Video and Audio Quality:

You can’t really go wrong with material that is only about a year old (well you can, but don’t worry, Fox didn’t), so the video and audio are essentially flawless on the set. Believe me, I tried to find flaws, but did I find any? No, except that the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track provides audio levels that are a little bit low if you don’t have great audio technology. To give an example of what I’m saying, the season sets of The Simpsons used to contain a Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, and the 2.0 sounds much better on older televisions. But the difference isn’t that bad. The episodes are closed-captioned and subtitled in English, Spanish, and French. And they are indeed unedited, and in many cases the episodes have footage reinserted into them that was deleted when the episodes were shown on the air.

The runtimes for the episodes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. “Stewie Loves Lois” (21:48)
2. “Mother Tucker” (22:44)
3. “Hell Comes to Quahog” (22:40)
4. “Saving Private Brian” (22:45)
5. “Whistle While Your Wife Works” (21:51)
6. “Prick Up Your Ears” (22:10)

Disc 2:
7. “Chick Cancer” (21:40)
8. “Barely Legal” (22:39)
9. “Road to Rupert” (23:09)
10. “Peter’s Two Dads” (22:48)
11. “The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (22:52)
12. “Airport ‘07” (22:52)
13. “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey” (22:05)

Special Features:

We should be getting used to the wealth of special features on these sets by now--and this set is not disappointing at all. First of all, as previously mentioned, the episodes are all unedited and even include footage that was never aired during the original airings, and nearly every episode has an uncensored audio track where you can actually hear all of those bleeped out words (but you can also cover them up with the censored audio track if your ears can’t handle a few f-words and others). Additionally, every episode has a commentary track (not just some, many, or most... EVERY episode). The commentators for each episode are as follows:

Disc 1:
· “Stewie Loves Lois” -- Seth MacFarlane, Kim Fertman, David Goodman, Mike Henry, and Mark Hentemann
· “Mother Tucker” -- Seth MacFarlane, Tom Devanney, David Goodman, James Purdum, Chris Sheridan, and Leann Siegel
· “Hell Comes to Quahog” -- Seth MacFarlane, Kirker Butler, David Goodman, Don Povenmire, Chris Sheridan, and Danny Smith
· “Saving Private Brian” -- Seth MacFarlane, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, David Goodman, Seth Green, Charles Song, and Cyndi Tang
· “Whistle While Your Wife Works” -- Seth MacFarlane, Drew Barrymore, Steve Callaghan, David Goodman,Chris Sheridan, and Kara Vallow
· “Prick Up Your Ears” -- Seth MacFarlane, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, David Goodman, Suzanna Makkos, James Purdum, and Danny Smith

Disc 2:
· “Chick Cancer” -- Seth MacFarlane, Rachel MacFarlane, Pete Michels, Chris Sheridan, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild
· “Barely Legal” -- Seth MacFarlane, Kirker Butler, David Goodman, Mila Kunis, Zac Moncrief, and Danny Smith
· “Road to Rupert” -- Seth MacFarlane, David Goodman, Mark Hentemann, Patrick Meighan, Dan Povenmire, and Andy Tauke
· “Peter’s Two Dads” -- Seth MacFarlane, David Goodman, Mike Henry, Walter Murphy, Danny Smith, and Cyndi Tang
· “The Tan Aquatic with Steve Zissou” -- Seth MacFarlane, Kevin Biggins, David Goodman, Mark Hentemann, Danny Smith, and Julius Wu
· “Airport ‘07” -- Seth MacFarlane, Tom Devanney, David Goodman, Mark Hentemann, John Holmquist, and Danny Smith
· “Bill and Peter’s Bogus Journey” -- Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Steve Callaghan, Andrew Goldberg, David Goodman, and Joseph Lee

And there you have it, that is all of the bonus features, very impressive... wait... no, that isn’t all! There is another whole disc with nothing BUT special features! First, we have deleted scenes, which, as it sounds, is a bunch of deleted scenes (16:33). These are NOT the same deleted scenes that have been reinserted into episodes, but instead, these are new ones.

Next, we have animatic episodes. Yes, you heard that right, animatic EPISODES, entire episodes where we have nothing but the animatic! We have these for “Stewie Loves Lois” (25:54), “Prick Up Your Ears” (27:55), and “Chick Cancer” (24:26). These even have commentaries from the animators of the episodes on them!

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to draw Peter, you can learn in the “Drawing Peter” featurette (5:06). Basically, just like the “Peter Shin Draws Stewie” featurette that was featured on a previous set, animator Peter Shin shows you how to draw Peter.

Finally, we have “Toys, Toys Galore” (16:29) where we get to learn about all of the toys inspired by Family Guy. We get to listen to the toy designers and Seth MacFarlane talk about all of these toys, how the toy ideas are inspired, and much more in thei featurette.

Final Comments:

Seasons, Fox! Come on, is it that hard to wait to release a whole season, or is it necessary to milk Family Guy fans for extra dollars to give us these ¾ of a season sets??? It would have only taken five more episodes to give us the COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON, yet Fox decides that only the first 13 episodes are all we need. With that aside, though, this is another great set of a great series, and fans have little to complain about with these sets in all honesty. Any fan will definitely want to pick up this set, but if you haven’t been collecting these Family Guy sets so far, my suggestion is to WAIT until October 30th. That is when Fox releases the Family Guy Party Pack, which retails for just under $150 and contains all five volumes as well as “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story,” as well as some bonus items in a collectors case. That’ll be even more freakin’ sweet!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/22/07

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