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Robot Chicken: DC Special (Blu-ray)

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Robot Chicken: DC Special (Blu-ray)

Robot Chicken and DC Comics collide -- who will survive with their super-dignities intact? NOBODY! In Robot Chicken's hands, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and even Mr. Banjo could end up dead or naked or both or neither!

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Special Features

• The Making of the RCDC Special • RCDC's Aquaman Origin Story • Chicken Nuggets • Writers' Commentary • Actors' Commentary • DC Entertainment Tour • Stoopid Alter Egos • Outtakes • Cut Sketches o Deadman Waits For No One o Teen Titans Prom o Ice Cream Headache o Booster Gold's Politics Are…Complex o Joker Phone all o Black Manta Helmet o Etrigan Orange Rhyme o Hawkman Birdman Elevator o Hourman Runner o Red Tornando o Captain Boomerang Gives Up o The Spectre Gets an iPhone o Mister Terrific Golf • 5.2 Questions

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cartoon Network
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BZIPBB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By DC_Fan_52 VINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
Format: DVD
I love DC. I buy all the stuff they put out, so I had to check this out.

I was shocked to find the "RC/DC Special" is only 23 minutes long! I had assumed they were going to throw in all their old DC comics sketches, but NOPE... It's just the main 23 minute episode.

Sure, they got two commentaries (with the creators and with the actors) and lots of behind the scenes stuff... but it's still not worth it. If they had thrown in all the other DC jokes they had done before it would have been good, but they didn't.

I feel bad for spending $10 on the DVD, so speading $15 for the bluray is ridiculous. If you ever find it in the $5 bin of your local retailer, it's totally worth the $5, until then... I'd give this a pass.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By McHenry John on July 9, 2013
Format: DVD
As much as I appreciated the new material, they should have added the previous DC Comics parodies that they did. This "Special" was too short to really get any real yuks out of.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Ehrbar VINE VOICE on July 18, 2013
Format: DVD
Robot Chicken, like Saturday Night Live, Lipitor or Cymbalta, is not for everyone. But it's enjoyed significant success. This particular entry in the stop-motion Adult Swim satire series provides quite a notable twist in the ongoing saga of super powers engaged in battle -- not superheroes, but entertainment companies with growing portfolios of characters and franchises.

DC has had some bumps along the big-screen freeway to box office and critical success while Marvel is enjoying a measurable edge. However, Warner can spoof their characters to a searing degree. Disney probably would demur to do the same with its properties. It's ironic that Robot Chicken, which hit big with its Star Wars sendup (before Disney bought Lucasfilm), has allowed satire within its own library, from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

Some may take umbrage at how Warner can produce satires of this kind with their classic characters, but the point is in the irony. Robot Chicken is an unapologetically crude, edgy puppet show that is now a six-season series with over 100 episodes. Big name stars do voices and awards have been won. I'm not making an evaluation here, just observing and tilting my head to the side in wonderment.

Members of Robot Chicken's team are also behind Cartoon Network's animated MAD series, which follows the same rhythm, transitional devices and hit-and-miss satire, albeit for a younger audience. MAD does not come near the expletive level of Robot Chicken.

But it's not the use of language that makes this particular entry in the series funny, it's the silliness and the running gags. Aquaman's lack of respect is the show's "through line," as the writers call it on their commentary.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Rankin on July 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Robot Chicken's Season 6 premiere last September began with a DC Comics Special. Written by Geoff Johns and regular RC writers, the Special was a fast and, in my opinion, sporadically funny comic spoofery of the Robot Chicken kind. Meaning lots of jokes, of which many that hit and many that fall flat.

As an avid fan of Robot Chicken in general (and owner of every RC season), I was really looking forward to seeing DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and famous comic scribe take on the Robot Chicken 10-minute, rapid-fire skit format and for the most part he succeeded in providing lots of laughs. The in-joke in Bane reappearing to 'break the Bat' in multiple Batman skits is priceless. And so is Aquaman's early floundering (excuse the pun) with his fellow Justice League-ers and later...you'll find out!

In a manner of speaking, Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special is not as funny or memorable as any of the three Star Wars Specials they've aired in years previous (which were AMAZING). Yet the veteran writing skills of Geoff Johns shines through and allows the viewer to get the in-jokes while laughing through most of the special.

The question on your mind just may be: Is Robot Chicken's DC Special worth forking over the cash for? Well, that's up to how dedicated a Robot Chicken viewer you are. If you are a dedicated viewer, then nothing's stopping you for purchasing the 9.99 DVD or 14.96 Blu-Ray. With either the DVD or Blu-Ray format to choose from, it's completely up to you to decide on which platform you prefer (or have).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Roy on July 15, 2013
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So, it's 23 minutes (+2 hours bonus features) for ten bucks. Have to agree with those people who said that it would be nice if those "bonus features" included all of the previous DC Comics character segments from past seasons of Robot Chicken. As it is, the bonus features are two different audio commentaries, a "pop-up" fun-facts version of the special, a behind the scenes feature, and some deleted sketches (not actually filmed; audio with storyboards). So, it depends on how much of a hardcore Robot Chicken and/or DC fan you are whether this will be worth it to you. It's about the same as the RC Star Wars specials in terms of content, so be forewarned.

The one really odd thing I found (as a toy collector and DC fan) in watching this special was the odd mix of classic Mego-style action figures with the regular larger size "DC Universe Classic" (Mattel) figures and "DC Direct" action figures. I wish they had gone either all Mego-style or all modern-style, because mixing the two types together in one sketch gives the viewer a strange feeling of incongruity. Other than that, the material is pretty funny.
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