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Family Guy, Volume One
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The dysfunctional Griffins of Quahog, Rhode Island, invite comparisons to The Simpsons. The testicular-chinned father, Peter Griffin, is a clueless oaf in the Homer mold. "Peter, what did you promise me last night?" asks his long-suffering wife Lois in one episode. "That I wouldn't drink at the stag party," he replies. "And what did you do?" she asks. "Drank at the stag part--oh ho ho, I almost walked into that one," he cackles. Other family members include teenage daughter Meg, a desperate high school social pariah; 13-year-old son Chris, a chip off his father's blockhead; and Brian, the family's sarcastic talking dog. But this series' true inspiration is football-pated Stewie (voiced by McFarlane, who earned an Emmy), who was born to be a Bond villain once he escaped his mother's "ovarian bastille." Family Guy recklessly ventured where The Simpsons feared to tread. In one episode, Meg's one and only friend turns out to be the member of a suicidal cult. In another, Death (voiced by Norm McDonald) becomes an unwanted houseguest. Each episode plays fast and furious with surreal flashes (in one episode, Peter turns his house into a puppet) and pop-culture references and TV, movie, and commercial parodies that invite repeated viewings. Freed from its own family-hour bastille and the whims of dim network executives, Family Guy can be appreciated at last on its own profane, sacrilegious, and irreverent terms. Welcome to the DVD family, Griffins. --Donald Liebenson
- 28 episodes from the first 2 seasons on 4 discs
- Disc 1:
- Commentary on "Death Has a Shadow" and "The Son Also Draws"
- Disc 2:
- Commentary on "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater", and "Holy Crap"
- Disc 3:
- Commentary on "Fifteen Minutes of Shame" and "Let's Go to the Hop"
- Disc 4:
- Commentary on "He's Too Sexy for His Fat" and "E. Peterbus Unum"
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Internet promo spots
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*Audio Commentary from Seth Macfarlane and director, producers, writers, and editors
*A Conversation with George Lucas
*The Making Of Blue Harvest
*Animatic Version of Blue Harvest
*Family Guy Star Wars Clip Show( my favorite bonus feature from the past releases)
*Uncensored audio track
Something Something Something Darkside:
*Fact Up Version of the feature( kinda like those old VH1 pop-up videos, with fun facts popping up throughout the movie)
*Poster Art Featurette
*Sneak Peak at the next feature with Table read
It's a Trap!
*A very Special message from Dart Stewie
*Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The ultimate Challenge
*Drawing with Peter Shin
*Sock Puppet Outtakes
*Making The Scene featurette
That oughta keep you busy for a while, eh? And then there is the feature itself.Read more ›
I really wanted to see SOME KIND OF picture quality improvement like the 2 newer parodies on Blu-Ray. After viewing disc 1, I just have to assume it was a primitive "upconvert" to the Blu-Ray format. There was NO improvement in the sharpness of the drawn lines, colors are standard-def bland, and stair-stepping is evident in the resolution. Of course, disc 1 is still full screen as expected, so "Family Guy: Blue Harvest" gains absolutely nothing on Blu-Ray over the previous DVD version.
Now, the other two discs are very good on Blu-Ray with sharp lines and colors that really pop! Nice transfer, and the Blu-Ray difference in quality is striking even for animated content without complex textures.
All 3 discs are entertaining parodies of the original Star Wars trilogy, but like the TV show I'm sure they will offend some people some of the time. You probably knew that already ; )
In summary, if you already own the first two, go ahead and buy "It's a Trap" on Blu-Ray or DVD to complete your library. New good laughs, even if not as fresh as the first two. If you don't have the both the first and second films, it might be cheaper to go ahead and buy this TRILOGY package instead!
The jokes fly fast and bawdy and pull no punches. Every pop culture reference no matter how obscure and some of the more controversial issues of the day are tossed in, and for the most part, work.
The story follows the evil genius Stewie, who after a near death experience decides to change his ways as Hell does not hold much appeal for him. After the family gets Tivo, Stewie spots a person on television that is a spitting image of him. Convinced that the man is his real father, Stewie and the family dog Brian, join the hormonally driven Quagmire on a cross country trek.
When Stewie reaches the coast he is shocked to discover the true identity of the man which will propel the remained of the story.
While the show has a few misfires, it is mostly filled with one effective joke after another. The laughs were constant and I found myself enjoying every moment of the film. The laughs are very good, and if you are a fan of the show and do not mind some biting, and crude humor, this is a great escape.
Fans of the show will love the usual interplay of the characters and the familiar style and pacing as the film plays out like a regular episode of the show, as it was initiated as a three part episode. The inclusion of segments that would not have likely made it past the networks Standards and Practices department only ads to the enjoyment of the show as it is nice to see a shown known for pushing the envelope taking steps that it would not otherwise be able to take.
4 stars out of 5.
Gareth Von Kallenbach
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Its the first season and I didn't know that I already missed a lot. Great tv showPublished 4 days ago by Harvey
I'm not a huge fan of Family Guy but I really enjoy Star Wars. Most of this is pretty funny with many laughs. Glad I bought it!!!!!Published 8 days ago by Ronald Hart
An up-and-coming show, at the time, this first set is pretty good.Published 9 days ago by Stefan Hayes
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I like the show to I just started watching it this year in fact I'm watching it right now.
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