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Product Description

The Boondocks is Aaron McGruder’s boundary-busting series based on his provocative comic strip. This breakout hit was nominated for a 2006 NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Comedy Series).

When Robert “Granddad” Freeman becomes legal guardian to his two grandsons, he moves from the tough south side of Chicago to the upscale neighborhood of Woodcrest (aka “The Boondocks”) so he can enjoy his golden years in safety and comfort. But with Huey, a ten-year-old leftist revolutionary, and his eight-year-old misfit brother, Riley, suburbia is about to be shaken up. Race relations, tabloid media, hip-hop culture, Santa Claus – nothing and no one is safe from these boyz 'n tha ‘hood.

Featuring the voices of Regina King (Ray, Miss Congeniality 2), John Witherspoon (Soul Plane, Friday After Next), Mike Epps (Roll Bounce, Guess Who), and Charlie Murphy (Chappelle’s Show), The Boondocks: The Complete First Season presents all fifteen envelope-pushing episodes on three discs, uncut and uncensored with footage never shown on TV!

Based on cartoonist Aaron McGruder's politically charged daily comic strip, The Boondocks brings no-holds-barred social commentary and comedy to the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming, and now, all 15 episodes of the 2005-2006 debut season are available in an uncut and uncensored format in this three-disc set. As with McGruder's strip, the animated version of The Boondocks uses a fish-out-of-water format--10-year-old revolutionary-in-training Huey Freeman (voiced by Regina King), his 8-year-old brother Riley (also King), and their salty Granddad (John Witherspoon) relocate to an upscale suburban neighborhood--to take aim at all manner of cultural issues in both the black and white communities. Targets sighted in these episodes include singer R. Kelly's bedroom shenanigans ("The Trial of R. Kelly"); gangsta rap ("The Story of Gangstalicious," which includes a wicked spoof of the documentary Tupac: Resurrection); Oprah Winfrey (who is almost kidnapped by Riley in "Let's Nab Oprah"); and Martin Luther King, who revives from a coma to be branded a terrorist in "Return of the King," which generated plenty of heat from the Rev. Al Sharpton upon its broadcast. All of the above topics are handled in a decidedly less-than-respectful and occasionally offensive manner, though exactly who will find The Boondocks scandalous and who will find its approach fearless and on the money will depend on the viewer. But there's no arguing that the show is frequently as funny as McGruder's comic. Extras include audio and video commentary by McGruder and the production staff (as well as commentaries by the character Uncle Ruckus, Granddad's thoroughly unhinged friend whose fixation on a White Jesus is tackled in the season closer, "The Passion of Ruckus"), as well as deleted scenes, some unaired Adult Swim promo spots, and a behind-the-scenes featurette that addresses the show's conception and production. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Audio and video commentaries by creator Aaron McGruder
  • Audio commentaries by Uncle Ruckus
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Animatics
  • Unaired "Adult Swim" TV promos
  • Printable storyboards
  • 15 episodes on 3 discs: Garden Party, The Trial of R. Kelly , Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner, Grandad's Fight, A Date With A Health Inspector, The Story of Gangstalicious, A Huey Freeman Christmas, Return of the King, The Itis, Let's Nab Oprah, Riley Wuz Here, Wingmen, The Block is Hot, The Passion of Ruckus

Product Details

  • Directors: Bob Hathcock, Jae-Myung Yoo, Sung-hoon Kim, Seung Kim, Lesean Thomas
  • Producers: Brian J. Cowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F8O2QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boondocks: Season 1" on IMDb

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Before I start the review, I'd like to tell anyone who's a fan of this show to BUY THE COMIC COLLECTIONS. They're even better than the show (which I love), and if this show introduced you to the Boondocks, then you should definately explore the comics that the show is based on.

The Boondocks might just be the best show on TV. First of all, it has some great, memorable characters. Huey Freeman, the 10 year old revolutionary that listens to too much Public Enemy...His younger brother, Riley, who is fascinated by gangsta rap, guns, and bling...Grandad, the guardian of the two boys, who's slightly disconnected from the modern times, but has enough sense to be the occasional voice of reason...Tom Dubois (his name is a play on "uncle tom"), his (white) wife, and his confused daughter, Jasmine, who are the Freeman's neighbors...Uncle Ruckus, the self-hating, caucasian loving black man...Ed Wuncler, the owner of almost all of Woodcrest...His grandson, Ed III, and Gin Rummy; 2 crazy crime obsessed white characters played brilliantly by Charlie Murphy & Samuel L. Jackson...And more

Another reason the show is so great is because it touches on interesting and controversial subject matters. It's a show that can really make you think - about social issues, religion, race, relationships, business, war, politics, and just society in general. Episodes about the R. Kelly trial, Martin Luther King Jr. coming out of a coma, ect., all show that there is no place Aaron McGruder (creator of the Boondocks) isn't willing to go. But the key here is EXECUTION. All of the episodes are executed extremely well. A lot of the idea's they've used on The Boondocks could have turned out to be really stupid episodes, but they do a great job at executing ideas. And lastly, the show is just FUNNY.
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This show BLEW me away when it came on earlier this year. I'd heard of, but not read, the comic strip...but I had no idea really how incindiary, topical, scathing, and brilliant this show was going to be. I thought "oh gee...another attempt to bring a little comic strip to TV." I should have detected brilliance when the show was knocked from BET to Adult Swim (Catoon Network...the only channel with BALLS big enough to air something like this).

Like the dearly departed "Chappelle Show," Boondocks is about racism and the culture wars in modern America. It attacks stereotypes (of both whites and blacks)...but evern better, the show also attacks reality. The best example of this would be the infamous "Dr. King" episode, in which in an alternate timeline, we see what would happen if the famous civil rights champion had not died but merely been placed into a coma. When King wakes up and speaks out against the War in the Middle East he's labeled a "traitor." Brilliant. Some people may miss the irony, and humor, of the show. If you take it at face value, the show is the most racist thing on TV today. However, if you examine the context, and the intent of the creators you'll find that this show speaks volumes on the problems of today's world. The people who work on this show obviously are supremely talented, and have a lot of important things to say. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of this DVD, and the second season.
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If you get this title-you've seen the DVD and KNOW what I'm talking about!

Aaron McGruder's THE BOONDOX has provoked a lot of thought and controversy in the newspaper cartoons-and the animated version is (amazingly) even better!

Huey and Riley & co. tackle some really important issues in Black America with raw, biting social commentary and humor. As was the case with Richard Pryor, I didn't like the repetitive use of the N-word and soem scenes get really graphic (such as the portrayal of the urination scene of the infamous R. Kelly video).

But I wouldn't throw out the baby with the bath on this one. In THE TRIAL OF R.KELLY, Huey and Riley take on the manner in which some Black celebrites (and their lawyers) brainwash the masses into thinking their crimes are really racist persecution rather than their own personal stupidity. Having seen this sickening scenario with Mike Tyson and Marion Barry in the 90s, I wanted to stand up and cheer when Huey told the court R. KELLY AIN'T NO NELSON MANDELA-LET'S HAVE SOME G-----N STANDARDS!" Three cheers and a pumped fist from me Aaron!

The same is true when MLK comes back from a coma and curses out some fools acting like a BET video come to life. "DID I GET KILLED FOR THIS!?" Bill Cosby would love it (I know I do)!

Black self-hatred is viciously lampooned with the Uncle Ruckus character, who longs for the return of slavery and worships Ronald Reagan and all things white. When the cops shoot him in one episode, he says, "I can't blame y'all for doing your job."

Ed Asner plays a corrupt (and racist) businessman who cheats little Jazmine out of her lemonade business (among other things).
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I really love this show. It's just genius. Huey's deep/ revolutionary personality coounters Riley's gangsta persona perfectly. The only reason for people not liking the show is the language (of which we hear way worse at school) and the stereotypes (hey Family Guy has stereotypes too so stop hatin!). I own all of the comic books which are funny as heck (just read A Right to be Hostile). I wouldn't mind seeing Cindy in the series and I hear Caesar's comin next season (MC!). I'm buying this on DVD and UMD so I can watch it at home and on the road even though I have all the episodes on my computer already. The hidden messages in the show are crazy. Just watch an episode. This show is too deep. I hope it doesn't get cancelled like most black cartoons. I miss Waynehead!
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