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American Dad!, Vol. 4

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From Seth MacFarlane, the twisted comedic mastermind behind "Family Guy," comes another outrageous animated farce, the sublimely subversive "American Dad." C.I.A. weapons expert Stan Smith is back, keeping the homeland secure while alienating his family and terrorizing his neighbors in the process. Whether he's saddling up for a mad cow cattle drive or destroying evidence of President Bush's drunken debauchery, Stan does whatever it takes to ensure domestic tranquility and make the world safe for democracy of the ultra-right-wing variety! Join the Smith family and Roger, their alcoholic pet alien, for this hilarious Volume Four of American Dad. God Bless America!

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If Family Guy could spoof Star Wars with the epic Blue Harvest episode, then it's only fitting that American Dad take on the espionage world of Agent 007. In "Tearjerker," a season 3 benchmark that kicks off this three-disc set, Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) portrays secret agent Stan Smith, with the other characters taking on Bondian persona. Dutiful wife Francine (Wendy Schaal) is transformed into the femme fatale Sexpun T'Come, and alien Roger (MacFarlane) portrays arch villain Tearjerker, a failed actor with a diabolical scheme to make the saddest movie in the world that will make all who see it cry themselves to death. At one point, Stan meets his superior, B (a game Patrick Stewart), in Japan. When Stan asks why they must be dressed as geishas, B replies, "Because I thought we could be secret Asians." Which just goes to show that American Dad will go any distance for a gag. And we mean that literally. In the episode, "Pulling Double Booty," Stan and Francine's rebellious peacenik daughter (Rachael MacFarlane) gets hot and heavy with Stan's CIA body double, which elicits a projectile reaction from Francine. "Oedipal Panties" is another cringe-worthy episode in which we discover the lengths to which Stan will go to keep his mother to himself.

There are a couple of milestones among these 14 episodes from seasons 3 and 4. "1600 Candles" marks Roger's 1,600th birthday, while "Oedipal Panties" is interrupted to celebrate the series' 1,000th vagina joke. By this point, we should be past Family Guy comparisons. Both series are a riot of obscure pop-culture references, gratuitous celebrity potshots, and meta asides (in "Widowmaker," Francine ponders making a "gag me with a spoon" joke, "but then I thought, 'Who's that for?'"). But at least when Stan goes to absurd extremes, it is more in keeping with his overzealous, xenophobic character. The writing takes some rewarding chances as it careens wildly from the smart to the sophomoric. The holiday episode, "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever," contains an Auschwitz joke that is actually kinda funny, even as one cringes at the "oh, no they didn't"-ness of it. As with previous volumes, this set contains bountiful extras, including deleted scenes, audio commentaries for every episode, a featurette on the making of "Tearjerker," and, best of all, a live ComiCon table read of the first act of "Pulling Double Booty." American Dad, we salute you. --Donald Liebenson


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Special Features

Disc 1
Episodes: Tearjerker, Oedipal Panties, Widowmaker, Red October Sky, Office Spaceman

Disc 2
Episodes: Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie’s Gold, Spring Break-Up, 1600 Candles, The One That Got Away, One Little Word

Disc 3
Episodes: Choosey Wives Choose Smith, Escape From Pearl Bailey, Pulling Double Booty, The Most Adequate Christmas Ever
Deleted scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RIZ7OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Dad!, Vol. 4" on IMDb

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The following 14 episodes will be on this set:

Tearjerker
Oedipal Panties
Widowmaker
Red October Sky
Office Spaceman
Stanny Slickers
Spring Break-Up
1600 Candles
The One That Got Away
One Little Word
Choosy Wives Choose Smith
Escape From Pearl Bailey
Pulling Double Booty
The Most Adequate Christmas Ever

What this means is that there will be 14 episodes left unreleased from the current(4th) season. Hopefully they will release those after the season and then maybe they can just release full seasons instead of these partial season "volumes" we have been getting(at full season prices , might I add). As far as the show itself.......well , my title says it best! In it's 4th season , the show continues to get better and better every week. The episode "Tearjerker" is probably the best one on this set. It is the one parodying the James Bond Movies. As much as I loved the Family Guy Star Wars Parody , in my humble opinion , this is far superior. My only bone to pick with the writers is that Klaus seems to be used a little less than in the early episodes. This set will also contain the usual bonus features ( Deleted Scenes , Commentary , Unrated/Uncensored Episodes , etc.)

BTW To those wondering about the future of the show , FOX has extended this show for a 5th season!

UPDATE: I picked up my copy today and one little note for the few that might care. The packaging is different from the first 3 Volumes. The case is smaller , the size of a single dvd case with three slots inside for the discs.
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Another great season from another great series. American Dad just gets better with age. I think the show's creators really enjoy these characters and its shows in such episodes as "Oscar Gold" and "Pulling Double Booty." In these episodes, great personas like Jeff and Roger really get to come forward and take the show to the next level. But really, Oscar Gold is by far the number one reason to buy this latest season. Any episode with Roger as the focus is always gravy. "Seriously Barry, you are the worst architect ever!"
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Roger is such a mind blowing character( in so many ways). He alone is worth owning every single volume of this series.
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This is another excellent volume in the series. Stan Smith a CIA agent extraordinaire, and "Roger" an alien from unknown quadrants of the universe..., ( both of them voiced by Seth Mcfarlane ) basically carry this show with their humorous rapid-fire comments and interaction. I like Family Guy, another of Seth McFarlane's well known and successful creations, but American Dad is simply a better show. The characters in American Dad are more comfortable and less restrained than on Family Guy. Unlike Peter Griffin, Stan Smith is not limited to being a naive idiot who stumbles into humorous situations but is a more developed character with a wider vision of the world and a better appreciation for his kids... although... ( like Peter Griffin ...) he's perpetually disappointed in his daughter..., ( although he does not physically and psychologically abuse her , like Peter Griffin does to his daughter Meg... I always hate that aspect of Peter Griffin's personality ), Stan is distressed over his daughter Hayley because of her rebellious liberal activist views. But there is a loving relationship under the surface in the Smith Family that simply does not come through in the Griffin family. Along with the humor there is a general warmth to the Smith family that makes it more attractive. It's a series that has a lot of adult humor, but it's not overt or disgusting. The series can be watched by both kids and adults though kids younger than teenage probably will not understand most of the humor. The DVD's worked perfectly.

- Mike Silverman
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The cast of characters in this DC Family will have you roaring with laughter. From the Far Right Father to his Far Left Hippy Daughter and the hilarious wife to the Nerd Son who doesn't meet the fathers expectations and the talking Gestapo fish and of course an alien (a la from out in space alien) complete just the immediate family but the friends and neighbors wont let you down either. This is from a top notch seller and one of Amazon.Coms group of companies- The Best!
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Saying that American Dad is going "anti-christ" is absolutely hysterical. The show does NOT bash christians anymore than it pokes fun at anything and everyone else. To stop watching a show just because you took a joke personally is ridiculous. Either everything is okay to make fun of or nothing is. This show pokes fun at every group of people you can think of, whether it be political, sexuality, religious... A show like this shouldn't put restrictions on the jokes they want to use, even if people like you get offended too readily.
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This show pretty much seemed like a knock-off of Family Guy, and at first, it wasn't even as funny. But as the seasons went along, they decided to make the characters even more twisted than anything you see on Family Guy and this show really found it's stride. It's always taking a strange turn, just when you think you've got a handle on it and they do a tremendous job of keeping it funny. Give it time. This show is worth the wait.
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