has an average rating of 7.6 on IMDb
1080p in AVC MPEG-4 on a 50gb disc
DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
include sneak peek & Digital Copy
– 54 Minutes
This uses 12.9GB for the movie out of 33.9GB total.
Overall Verdict – Recommended for Fans
— Review written by: Brendan Surpless —
The Movie Itself is the 2nd episode in the “Star Wars: Family Guy” re-telling “Episode V” coming after the remake of “Blue Harvest” (“Episode IV“), which oddly hasn’t been released yet on Blu-ray. The basic story finds Luke Skywalker (Chris) joining forces with Captain Han Solo (Peter) and Leia (Lois) in the hopes of defeating both the empire and Lord Vader (Stewie). The show retells the plot of the film only adding the humor we’ve come to expect from “Family Guy” with numerous instances of both insanity and pure humor.
I could simply sit here and list all the gags featured in the episodes and why they are truly funny. But I’ll avoid that for obvious reasons. The continuing and honestly lasting charm that “Family Guy” has is its ability to insert random moments of insanity that we never ever question but simply can’t help but laugh at. Take in point this one from “Dark Side“. As the Rebels flee from the Empire, the Millennium Falcon enters an asteroid field and, hilariously I might add, John Burnell from “World’s Wildest Police Video” starts narrating the chase inputing that style from the “Videos” show. This is just one of the sequences that is so completely out there but we just laugh at it, never wondering why it was thrown in there. Moments of complete and utter randomness between characters and their surroundings are what makes “Family Guy” what is has become.
While some of the gags here have been seen on the series (fresh off the top of my head is the gag where R2-D2 (Cleveland) falls off the ship on Dagobah and goes “no, no, no” clearly doing the same exact gag as seen in the series (the joke in the series is that Cleveland, after having his house randomly destroyed by Peter, falls to the ground in his bathtub). Yet even though the show revisits the gags over and over, each time they’re presented in a way that we’ll laugh at at least one or more times. Herman playing Obi-Wan is also another nice touch here as Obi-Wan wants to help Luke (Chris) to both keep in line with the story and because, as evident by the show, Herman is a pervert and likes boys like Chris. Lines are switched out resulting in a similar theme as those presented in episodes we’ve seen before, but still remain fresh.
Overall, “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” is enjoyable throughout, has a few laughs and is a good companion piece to “Empire Strikes Back“. While not completely hilarious as some of the series’ episodes, I still think that fans of the show and both “Blue Harvest” will find a lot to enjoy here. Recommended.
Video Quality on this release is in full 1080p using the AVC MPEG-4 codec on a BD-50 (50 gigabyte, dual-layered Blu-ray Disc) in the 1:33:1 aspect ratio. With this being entirely digital, there is no grain to speak of. Obviously the print is in perfect condition. There aren’t many “3-D” pop moments but there is a good sense of depth to the image. I will mention that the overall image does look impressive at times (especially when compared to the HDTV broadcast). Like most of its other series’ episodes, the color palette here features mostly brighter colors, all of which are bold, bright and defining. Can’t really speak on fleshtones or contrast levels. Really this is a solid image but one that can’t be compared to the upper echelon of animated offerings on Blu-ray. All in all this earns a good “4 Star Rating“.
Audio Quality on this release is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. With this being a cartoon, there isn’t that much atmosphere here to mention. The mix does tend to focus on a front heavy mix. Dialogue is reproduced just fine with no instance of drop out. The varying music (all taken from “Empire Strikes Back“) and originally composed by John Williams sounded fantastic. This only makes me wish “Star Wars” would come to Blu-ray ASAP! (come on Lucas!!!). LFE is sparse at best with with only a few thumps and bumps here and there while rears are pretty much only active for occasional background noise. I’ll be honest by mentioning that I didn’t expect all that much here and came out fairly pleased with this DTS-HD track. All in all this earns a “3.5 Star Rating“.
Bonus Materials are presented in High Definition with Dolby Digital Stereo Sound.
- Audio Commentary with Executive Producers Seth MacFarlane, Mark Hentemann and David A. Goodman, Writer Kirker Butler, Director Dominic Polcino and Actor Seth Green:
- Family Guy Fact-Ups: This is a pop-up feature that runs along side the feature-length film. This is definitely worth a watch as not only do they show how many voices Macfarlane did (25!), but also other random little facts about both “Star Wars” and the film in question.
- The Dark Side of Poster Art: This runs about 9 minutes in length and shows how the film’s poster art was originally painted.
- Table Read: This is a table reading of the first 2 acts of the film, Acts 1 and 2. This runs close to the feature length (about 49 minutes) and has many different takes on the dialogue and scenes.
- Sneak Peek: Here we get roughly a 3 minute sneak peek at Episode VI of the series.
- Digital Copy: Here included is a Digital Copy of the film playable on PC, iPod, etc.
Blu-ray Disc packaging:
NOTE: The full-sized 1920×1080 files are in a .PNG file format and uncompressed. Bare with the slow loading times, keep in mind these files are at least 1MB (1 megabyte) in size each.