Rick & Morty: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
From comedic masterminds Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland comes Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season in Blu-ray. Adult Swim's newest series follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez, who returns after 20 years to live with his daughter, her husband, and their children Morty and Summer. All 11 episodes of the hilariously frantic comedy will be available on Blu-ray,.
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Special Features Include:
11 Audio Commentaries with creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, plus various others.
3 Guest Commentaries from the writers of The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, and Adventure Time
Behind the Scenes
2 "Lawnmower Dog"
3 "Anatomy Park"
4 "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!"
5 "Meeseeks and Destroy"
6 "Rick Potion #9"
7 "Raising Gazorpazorp"
8 "Rixty Minutes"
9 "Something Ricked This Way Comes"
10 "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind"
11 "Ricksy Business"
Rick and Morty is like all the best parts of Futurama, South Park, the Venture Bros, and Family Guy / American Dad all in one cartoon.
More philosophically, I think Rick and Morty actually touches on some subtle but very important aspects of the human condition that are overlooked in lots of sci-fi and futurist imaginings. Particularly in the theoretical reality of many sentient and very different races, and the possibility of multi-dimensional interference in our base reality. Someone could probably write a paper on that, but I'm not gonna. Rick hasn't either, that should tell you something.
There wasn't a single episode in the season that I thought was lacking, which is pretty awesome for a first season. There are jokes that carry over from episode to episode, so it is totally worth it to watch the show from start to finish in order. The viewer is definitely rewarded for being a loyal viewer.
I am writing because of a review that claimed amazon lied. Amazon did not lie; this does not come with a digital copy and does not say it on the packaging ...
Belching, stammering, chin perpetually slathered with drool, Rick occupies himself crafting marvels in the family garage for his own amusement from household odds and ends and exotic minerals from other worlds, exposing himself and Morty to a googolplex of dangers, with warning advisories typically issued just after the nick of time.
"I know that new situations can be intimidating." Rick assures his grandson. "You're looking' around and it's all scary and different. But, you know, meeting them head on, charging right into them like a bull, that's how we grow as people. I'm no stranger to scary situations. I deal with them all the time. Now, if you stick with me, Morty, you're gonna be… Holy crap, Morty! Run! I've never seen that thing before in my life. I don't know what the hell it is. We gotta get out of here, Morty! It's gonna kill us. We're gonna die!"
Rick is not merely the smartest man on earth. He is the smartest man in the universe. He has fashioned a handheld device to twist open portals to an infinity of parallel universes. In the infinity of timelines every possible Rick or Morty does or does not exist. Regardless where his portals lead him, Rick's wave function rarely collapses from uncertainty.
He is impatient and unsparing. "There is no God, Summer." Rick coaches his granddaughter. "You gotta rip that bandaid off now. You'll thank me later."
Rick invents a miniature robot with artificial intelligence to pass him the table butter. "What is my purpose?" the robot asks. "You pass butter," Rick says. "Oh, my God," the robot slumps in despair.
When alien parasites attempt to populate the earth by assuming affable characters and implanting bogus fond memories of themselves in their human hosts, Rick must lock down the Smith house to stymie the confusing proliferation of invaders.
"Dad, why does our house have blast shields?" his daughter inquires in surprise.
"Trust me, Beth. You don't want to know how many answers that question has."
Landing on a planet to refill the windshield wipers on his space traveling car, Rick informs Morty. "It's a purge planet. They're peaceful. And then, you know, they just purge."
Morty: "Tha… that's horrible!"
Rick: "Yeah. You wanna check it out?"
Some of Rick's inventions run off the rails with catastrophic results. A love potion he gives Morty to help him seal a romance triggers a storm of rabid suitors for Morty's attention and Rick's concoction to offset the love portion "Cronenberg's" the entire human species into mantid monsters that decapitate their mates. Rick and Morty escape into a parallel reality where everything is identical except that they are dead and must bury their own bodies in the Smith's yard in order to effect their seamless substitution of themselves.
In a subsequent episode, Morty implores his sister not to run away from home. He points to the back yard from Summer's bedroom. "That out there? That's my grave. On one of our adventures, Rick and I basically destroyed the whole world. So we bailed on that reality and we came to this one because it wasn't destroyed. And in this one we were dead. So we came here an… an… and we buried ourselves. And we took their place. And every morning, Summer, I eat breakfast twenty yards from my own rotting corpse!"
"So you're not my brother?"
"I'm better than your brother. I'm a version of your brother you can trust when he says 'don't run'. Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everyone is gonna die. Come watch TV."
The animated "Rick and Morty" series (2013), created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, was introduced on the Adult Swim network (a prodigious cradle of invention for humorists working in video media). Roiland provides the voices of the title characters. The featured voice actors are Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell, Kari Wahlgren, and Spencer Grammer, supported by a multiverse of regular voices and an impressive roster of guest voices including David Cross, Stephen Colbert, Tom Kenny, Keith David, Alan Tudyk, Ice-T, Dana Carvey, and others. Ryan Elder composed all the music, kicking off with a pulsating "Rick and Morty" theme reminiscent of "Doctor Who" that throbs like an accelerating heartbeat.
Writers and story board artists drive the concepts and dialogue: Ryan Ridley, Tom Kauffman, Wade Randolph, Eric Acosta, and others too numerous to list.
"Rick and Morty" is a teeming comic thicket that bristles with sharp stabs at family values, formal education, sexual mores, species chauvinism, conventional science fiction tropes, and Panglossian optimism. Is this the best of all possible worlds? Holy crap! Let's hope not. Let's party!
The pilot episode concludes with Rick's fervid lubricated rant: "It's just Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty and their adventures, Morty. Rick and Morty forever and forever a hundred years Rick and Morty. Some… things… me and Rick and Morty running' around and… Rick and Morty time… A- all day long forever… All a- a hundred days Rick and Morty! Forever a hundred times…"
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It follows the misadventures of Rick Sanchez, an alcoholic genius, and his underachieving grandson Morty Smith, who's struggling at school (although this is mainly due to his grandfather dragging him across alien worlds and forcing him to insert giant seeds up his rear end). For anyone who enjoyed Futurama, the element that Rick and his portal gun bring to the series will fill in that sci-fi hole in your life. From alternate timelines to fantastic voyages through a homeless man's gut, there's no limit to the imagination here and that's what makes this show so fresh and exciting.
Of course, for those who want traditional family comedy, Jerry, Beth and Summer, who make up the rest of the cast, cater for that side of things. Jerry Smith is your typical idiot patriarch ala Randy Marsh from South Park, yet is hilariously dumb and a great character. Wife Beth Smith, also Rick's daughter, is a horse surgeon voiced by Sarah Chalke (Elliot from Scrubs) and finally there's Morty's sister, Summer, who just wants to be popular. Initially they're grounded to the family sitcom position, but as the series progresses they occasionally end up accompanying Rick and Morty on their intergalactic space travels.
Still undecided? I think this classic Simpsons quote may best describe it: "So you want a realistic down to earth show that's completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots?" That sort of sums up Rick and Morty. Wubba lubba dub dub!
Rick and Morty are interesting and complex characters and the show does a good job of developing them and exploring relationships between them but its not so serious that it can't spoof Jurassic Park inside the body of a homeless man, I could not make that up if I tired.
So it has points for comedy, continuity, characters, some forth word beginning with C and each episode is just as enjoyable as the last so if you are in the market for a sci-fi animated comedy series then I can recommend Rick and Morty, if not then I recommend it anyway because it most deserves to be watched.
Rick and Morty is an extremely well written show with colourful animation, funny and intelligent humour, great characters and great voice acting and is honestly the best thing I've had the pleasure of watching in quite some time. I am so glad that I randomly stumbled upon this show whilst browsing for something new to watch. I've seen it three times already and in my opinion is more enjoyable than Family Guy and South Park both of which I still love but they have lost some steam over the years, this show feels more fresh and original with it's writing and humour overall Rick and Morty is definitely worth your time and money and I can't wait for season 2.
The Blu-Ray transfer of Rick and Morty is sharp colourful and vibrant and is also region free. All 11 episodes come on 1 disc along with commentary's, deleted scenes for certain episodes in storyboard form and an amusing behind the scenes feature. The only negative I have with this Blu-Ray is that the disc is housed in one of those cheap flimsy eco cases which pretty much all US imports have these days but it's easily resolved by replacing with empty 11mm spine amaray cases.
Und ja… Der Rest ist Geschichte. Ich bin ein R&M-Fanboy geworden. Mein Schicksal hat sich erfüllt wenn man so will. Diese Serie ist für mich ungelogen die witzigste, cleverste und kreativste ihrer Art seit einer verdammt langen Zeit. Sie ist überaus zynisch, bissig, stellenweise so vulgär wie South Park und ebenso gory. Aber bei all ihrem zynisch/fiesen Charakter hat sie auch überraschend viel Herz.
Apropos Herz- das Herzstück der Serie sind zweifelsohne die fantastisch geschriebenen Charaktere. Egal ob nun die beiden Haupt-Protagonisten Rick Sanchez und Enkel Morty Smith, welche ein genial ungleiches Gespann abgeben (wobei Morty aus Opa Rick`s Sicht eher nur den unbedeutenden Sidekick mimen darf), oder Morty`s Eltern Beth und Jerry, und Schwester Summer- sie alle sind witzige und überraschend facettenreiche Figuren. Hinzu kommen kultige Nebenfiguren und Alienrassen, Running Gags, grandiose Dialoge und Parallelwelten die so genial und crazy sind dass man sich fragt was Dan Harmon und sein Team wohl alles eingeworfen haben während sie die einzelnen Folgen erarbeitet hatten.
Rick & Morty persifliert zudem viele Serien und Filme aus der Popkultur- verwebt aber auch tatsächliche wissenschaftliche Theorien und Erkenntnisse mit den verrückten Geschichten- was die Serie aus meiner Sicht nur noch cooler macht. Hinzu kommt eine extreme, serienübergreifende Detailverliebtheit die ich bspw. in anderen Vertretern wie den Simpsons schon immer vermisst habe. Das meine ich nun nicht unbedingt aus zeichnerischer Sicht, sondern eher was die verschiedenen Handlungsstränge, Hintergrund-Stories und die Serien-Kontinuität betrifft (wobei zahllose kleine Easter Eggs und Meta-Gags in nahezu jeder Episode zu finden sind). Was mich aber auch begeistert hat sind tatsächlich vorhandene Story-Arcs die sich über mehrere Staffeln hinweg aufbauen. Jede Handlung hat Konsequenzen. Zwar gibt es überwiegend Stand-Alone-Folgen die eine in sich abgeschlossene Geschichte erzählen. Allerdings wird der Status Quo am Ende einer Folge nicht wieder hergestellt. Rick und co. beziehen sich auch oft auf vergangene Abenteuer. Und so kommt es oft zu überaus genialen Wendungen!
Das von mir anfänglich eher ungeliebte Charakterdesign ist mir im Verlauf der Serie ans Herz gewachsen. Hinzu kommt das die Animationen der Serie grandios sind und von Staffel zu Staffel besser werden. Wirklich top notch! Der Soundtrack überzeugt auch auf ganzer Linie. Es gibt einige verdammt kultverdächtige Lieder (Schwifty und so…). Ich sehne das Soundtrack-Album schon herbei!
Auch muss ich eine Lanze für die Deutsche Synchro brechen, die mir sehr gut gefällt. Ich habe die Serie jetzt dreimal gesehen. Davon einmal im O-Ton. Beide sind in meinen Augen gleichwertig. O-Ton-Puristen mögen das anders sehen. Aber per se zu sagen die Deutsche Vertonung sei schlecht ist meiner Meinung nach ungerecht.
Es dürfte klar sein dass ich einfach eine uneingeschränkte Empfehlung aussprechen muss! Zweiflern rate ich unbedingt in Rick and Morty reinzuschauen. Wer den Humor von South Park schätzt wird Rick and Morty bspw. lieben. Der Hype ist in meinen Augen mehr als gerechtfertigt. Ich sehne schon die vierte Staffel herbei! Und das tat ich selbst zur Blütezeit der Simpsons nie. Wer mal wieder so richtig Bock auf was genial-abgefahrenes hat und eine Serie sucht bei der man merkt das sich die Macher dahinter mega Gedanken drum gemacht und Herzblut reingesteckt haben, der MUSS sich Rick and Morty einfach geben! Eines eurer Ichs aus den unendlichen Parallelwelten wird dies ohnehin schon getan haben!
Von daher- 10 Sterne und ein Plumbus für diese geniale Serie!
You will not be disappointed, worth it for the extras alone if you are already a fan
The characters have good dynamics and play will against each other.
Great first season and I can't wait for the next adventures.
Wubba Lubba Dub Dub.