Sam & Max Freelance Police - The Complete Series
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For your own good, and the good of mankind, enjoy Sam & Max: Freelance Police!
A COMIC-CONversation With Steve Purcell!!!
3 Animated Shorts Originally Seen on FOX KidsTM
Sam & Max: Our Bewildering Universe An original animated short written and codirected by Steve Purcell
Telling The Tale Of Telltale Games A look at Telltale Games with cofounder Dan Connors, design director Dave Grossman and technical artist Daniel Herrera
Sam & Max Season 2 Playable Demo by Telltale Games
Original Series Bible by Steve Purcell
"The Trouble with Gary" is a variation on The Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life," in which Sam and Max try to help a boy with the power to alter anything (including people) in his environment. Two more Twilight Zone storylines are quoted in episodes "The Invaders" (which recalls a TZ program of the same title) and "Sam & Max Vs. the Uglions from Outer Spacer" (echoing TZ's famous "To Serve Man"). Special features include an interview with Purcell, in which he explains that Sam and Max were born in his parodies of his brother's comic drawings. There's also a trio of very funny Sam & Max shorts from Fox days, and another short that mocks the infamous "alien autopsy" film allegedly suppressed by the federal government. --Tom Keogh
- Comic conversation with Steve Purcell
- Three animated shorts originally seen on Fox kids
- Sam & Max: Our bewildering universe
- Telling the Tale of Telltale Games
- Sam & Max: Ice Station Santa
- Original series bible by Steve Purcell
Top Customer Reviews
The packaging for this release is superb. It includes new art from Steve Purcell (creator of Sam & Max), a Freelance Police sticker, and three discs. The first two discs hold the show episodes while the third is a bonus disc including several animated shorts (three of which were pulled directly from the show), an interview with Steve Purcell, a brief look at Telltale games, character art, a playable demo, and many other features.
The video looks great for the age of the material. Sound is great as well, though I do miss subtitles. Shout! Factory also decided to use chapter stops within the episodes themselves as opposed to each episode being its own chapter as is more common with recent releases of other animated shows. This is a great feature as Sam & Max can be taken in either extended or short watching periods (many of the episodes are under 10 minutes long).
Those who enjoy the Sam & Max comic will find that much of the mirth and humor have made it in to the show. It has been cleaned up quite a bit but you'll find yourself asking "How did that make it in to a kids cartoon?" in many instances. It's an excellent translation, but some folks may be turned off by the randomness of it all.
The show itself will give more than its fair share of good laughs and quotable quotes. It's well worth the price of admission!
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I've been waiting for this set to be released since DVD became the savior of TV. Being a fan of the original game (Hit The Road) when it was released, I was extremely excited to hear about a cartoon show being developed! In it's original airing I really didn't get to see that many episodes, but when they released a bunch of them on VHS I quickly bought them up.
After years of waiting for something to happen with a complete DVD release our prayers were finally answered by Shout Factory. Coming to the rescue with promise of an awesome set that would be worth waiting for and did they ever deliver!
Steve Purcell has done some custom art for this set that makes it stand out on the shelf. The packaging is a slipcover holding two thinpaks inside (each with their own artwork). It's a thing of beauty to behold. This set really shows that it was put together with a love and care of the series.
On to the actually content! The first thinpak holds two disc's which contain all 24 10 minute episodes (including the 3 shorts). The menu on Disc One is pretty much done in the style of the opener of the show which is a nice touch. The menu buttons are the bumper stickers on the front of the Desoto (The car Sam & Max drive) which take you to the episode selection which is done in a comic book style menu.Read more ›
Even though most of the episodes are available on YouTube and all but a handful can be watched on Gamptap, having the episodes on DVD means you don't have to fight bandwidth traffic or compressed video and audio quality to enjoy the wacky cases of the Freelance Police. There are little details that you probably missed because of the low quality as well as jokes you probably want to revisit to find out what they said now that you can understand them clearly.
If you are already a fan, you probably already have this set of DVDs. If you like cartoons that skirt the lines of what can and cannot be said on TV, you'll enjoy what Sam & Max can get away with.
Either way, get this DVD set. "I have one, as does everyone I respect and admire!"
Now the content is fantastic. The voice acting is a little...off from the video game and the action is a little too quickly paced for the TV medium, but it's a must see for any S&M fan out in the wild blue yonder. The bonus DVD with the sketch book is also very nice as it goes on to show a few frames of how the characters are drawn as well as the original "Show Bible", which is an in-depth character study.
However, buyer beware. The DVD format is some sort of strange formatting. There's something about the formatting on the disk that makes it incredibly hard for DVD players to read. On my PC, it takes a few tries of inserting it over and over again before it'll pick up that there's video/data upon the disk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm glad I got this. It's fun and weird, but just a little shy of meeting my expectations for enjoyment as an adult. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jerry Friends
Eh. The video games and books are better written only because of the target audience. Still, on a “hang-over” Saturday, they’re still watchable and require little-to-no-thought.Published 21 months ago by Rockabilly76
Great laughs all around, had a lot of fun watching the episodes. They go fast though (like 10 min an episode), but enjoy it while it lasts. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Daniel C.
Sam and Max is a fun cartoon. My husband saw it once before on tv and wanted a copy of his own. We really enjoy it.Published on March 30, 2014 by Jessica Wilson
This show is so far ahead of it's time! The spirtual predecessor of Adventure Time and The Regular Show, it would be right at home on any of the adult swim time slots. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by chizokage
Sam & Max was carefully written to appeal to children and parents. Small children love the physical comedy, older kids love the puns and catch many of the jokes, while Mom and Dad... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Kevin Findley