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Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Blu-ray Review

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Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Blu-ray Review
SRP: £18.59

Extras


  • Commentary with Seth MacFarlane, Mark Hentemann, David Goodman, Kirker Butler, Dominic Polcino and Seth Green.

    One of the funniest chat tracks it has ever been my pleasure to listen to. At times it gets a little crowded in there, with 6 people having their say, so things can get a little lost but still this is a must listen. Not only does it indicate their commitment to their own production but also the wealth of knowledge they all have about the Star Wars universe. It ever so slightly dips towards the end but really you can't fault it. A must listen.



  • Family Guy Fact-Ups.

    The main feature but this time with a number of fast firing facts popping up on screen. Not only do we get an insight into some Family Guy facts but also facts and figures from the original Star Wars films. The facts come thick and strong yet I was never bored with any and loved soaking up all the additional information they contained. Wonderful.



  • The Dark Side of Poster Art. - 0:09:18 - 1080i/MPEG-4

    Painter Joe Vaux and character designer Mick Cassidy giving their thoughts on how they took Roger Kastel's original poster and produced their own Family Guy version. It's not a boring piece by any stretch of the imagination with both characters having a good sense of humour. Kastel also appears having his say on this new piece of art.



  • Animatic Scene-to-Scene with Commentary by Director Polcino. - 0:06:36 - 1080i/MPEG-4

    Various scenes from the original pencil drawings to the final colourised versions. Narrated by the director we learn how the animation of Family Guy progressed from paper drawings to computer, producing the Juicy Fruit insert, the differences between the pencil and the final versions and the feel they tried to produce from this particular episode. It's an interesting watch and shows there's not that much difference between the first and final versions.



  • Family Guy - Something Something Something Dark Side Table Read Featuring Acts 1 & 2. - 0:49:27 - 1080i/MPEG-4

    Taking up almost the entire run length of the main feature this shows the cast and production crew, of which there are many, reading the first two acts from this episode, from the opening scenes to the Millennium Falcon detaching itself from the Imperial Cruiser. It's self congratulatory but none the worse for it and there's a fair few laughs to be had here. You can spot some differences in this script and the final version and can argue that a couple of the jokes should have been left in. Another excellent watch.



  • Sneak Peek of Family Guy - Episode VI: We Have a Bad Feeling About This. Table Read. - 0:02:26 - 1080i/MPEG-4

    The same format as the previous addition but this time a few lines from the next Star Wars venture they are embarking upon.


It's not often that you find a set of extras that are all worth watching, this is definitely one of them though. On top of this sterling set you also get a digital version to copy to your PC, laptop, iPOD or service droid. I can only recommend watching every single one of these; you'll laugh and cry again as you do so.
Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side

Once again Seth McFarlane and his team have continued the best parody of the Star Wars franchise. Ignore Space Balls, this is the one you need to be looking at if you want to see the Airplane of this science fiction franchise.



All the characters that you know and love have their equivalent in the Family Guy universe and the writing is so good that they seem to fit flawlessly into their counterparts from a galaxy far, far away. Only Meg seems to be a little underdone but with their forthcoming We've Got a Bad Feeling About This coming to your Jedi screens there'll be plenty for her to get her teeth into in Jabba's palace.



This apparently unlocked Region A disc is an absolute joy and one that fans of both Family Guy and Star Wars should definitely watch if not own. Admittedly it's not quite on the same level as Blue Harvest, at times not quite as sharp, but it's not too far off. There's an excellent set of informative and funny extras, the sound is superb and the video is pretty much pristine. Luckily there's a man who, positively can do all the things that makes us laugh and cry. That man... Carols Spicy Weiner.

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side

Picture

The Something Something Something Dark Side blasts onto your force laden screens at 1080p, using the MPEG-4/AVC codec at its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Much like the earlier Fox release of The Simpsons Movie this 2 dimensional hand drawn cartoon looks stunning on Blu-ray and it's difficult to see how much better this could be presented.



There is occasional banding to be seen in some gradients, however apart from that the encoding cannot be faulted.



The blacks of space are rich and deep and perhaps some of the deepest I have seen. Whites on the icy planet of Hoth are pristine with some subtle hues apparent giving structure to the background landscapes. Colours are stable and glorious to look at and as this is the first ever time I have had the opportunity to watch any Family Guy in 1080p I have to say it's the best it has ever looked by far.



This is no Clone Wars animation, as such the frame is flat without any apparent depth but that's not the point of this exercise so no deductions there. The best I can say is I took many screen grabs from the 54 minutes and it was difficult to decide upon the 9 to go here.

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side

Sound

This DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is clean and precise with little to detract you from the comedy rapidly hitting your senses.



Although a predominantly frontal affair there is good use of the surrounds as the speeders attack the approaching robotic camels, the flight of the Millennium Falcon and T.I.E. Fighters though the asteroid belt and the escaping Falcon as it flees Bespin. Timing is excellent as a ship traverses through the left surround channel panning overhead and slowly descending over on the right. I expected a little more use of the surrounds, but what we have is well implemented.



The frontal array is well used with John Williams' score beautifully presented, wide and deep and this hopefully bodes well for any future Star Wars release. The hilarious dialogue is sharp so you're not going to miss any laughs. Sometimes this dialogue is presented off screen and on those occasions the panning between centre and left, or centre and right as appropriate is well timed and positioned.

Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side

Scores

Movie

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8

Picture Quality

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9

Sound Quality

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8

Extras

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8

Overall

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8
8
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