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Family Guy- Something, Something, Something Dark Side Blu-ray Review

While not as funny as “Blue Harvest,” “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” is still worth seeing.

The second “Star Wars” “Family Guy” episode tackles the story of “The Empire Strikes Back.” If for some odd reason you aren’t aware of ESB’s plot, it essentially involves the Empire clamping down on the Rebellion and Luke learning about the force. The plot of ‘Dark Side’ is no different as the writer follows the story as close as possible for an hour long episode (much like “Blue Harvest” followed “Star Wars”). Speaking of ‘Harvest,’ I have to say that ‘Dark Side’ doesn’t quite compare to the former. My main problem here was that there were too many familiar elements and jokes. Additionally, several jokes (like the ice bit) and new characters (Chris’s Boss as Yoda, Consuela, and Mort as Lando) just didn’t quite work on screen.

Oddly enough, the best moments had nothing to do with “Star Wars” at all. The random footage of Tom Selleck and Ivan Drago from “Rocky 4” were far and away the funniest moments. I also got a kick out of the nods to “The Jetsons” and “Sesame Street.”

Summary: Despite its shortcomings, ‘Dark Side’ is still well worth purchasing if you love “Star Wars” or “Family Guy” (or both).

The full frame picture looks as clear as can be. The animators did a fine job with the 2D/3D animation (especially with the spaceship and planet shots).

From the iconic “Star Wars” sound f/x and score to the dialogue, this 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does not disappoint.

 Extras include a digital copy, Fox trailers, an annoying pop up feature with “Family Guy” facts, a featurette on the “Something, Something, Soemthing Dark Side” poster art, animatic/complete scenes side by side comparison with commentary by Dominic Polcino, a table read of ‘Dark Side’ that includes alternate dialogue that later went on to be changed, a brief table read fo the upcoming third episode “We Have A Bad Feeling About This,” and commentary by Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, David A. Goodman, Dominic Polcino, Kirker Butler, and Mark Hentemann.

January 27, 2010 - Posted by | 1 | , , ,

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