Robot Chicken-DC Comics Special (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 18-Sep-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio
Audio-Visual Commentary
Audio Commentary-2
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Numerous
Featurette-Numerous
Deleted Scenes
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 22:53
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Seth Green
Studio
Distributor
Adult Swim
Madman Entertainment
Starring Hugh Davidson
Mike Fasolo
Douglas Goldstein
Seth Green
George Lucas
Breckin Meyer
Dan Milano
Tom Root
Matthew Senreich
Matthew Senreich
Kevin Shinick
Zeb Wells
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $24.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Robot Chicken is a stop-motion animation satirical television series created by actor Seth Green and Matthew Senrich. It has been running since 2006 and has so far produced 6 seasons of satirical silliness. Over the same period they have now produced three Star Wars themed specials plus now this first DC Comics themed special. This one pokes fun at all your favourite super heroes including Superman, Batman and especially Aquaman. It was made with the full co-operation of the DC Comics people.

     The comedy here is a mixture of juvenile and clever satire, however it is just about always funny. There are numerous short sketches and a through storyline in this 23 minute special. All of your favourite characters are included along with some you may never have heard of like B'dg and Firestorm (who supposedly really do exist). See Superman use his secret kissing power, see Batman and Bane, see Aquaman try to avoid turning evil, see Lex Luthor with hair. All this can be yours in this new Robot Chicken special!

     If you enjoy things like Family Guy, American Dad or The Simpsons and love DC Comics, this is definitely the show for you. Very funny stuff!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good with no issues to report.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080i using the VC-1 codec.

     The picture was very clear and sharp throughout.

     The colour is excellent, with no issues to report.

     There are no other artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are easy to read but a little small.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains an English TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and two commentaries in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear.

     The score and music used are minor in the grand scheme of things.

     The surround speakers were used for a little atmosphere at times.

     The subwoofer was used occasionally.

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Extras

     Lots of extras are included.

Menu

     The menu features some of the music and is still.

Making of (10:15)

     The writers and voice cast discuss the characters and explain why they targeted Aquaman. Not Bad.

Aquaman - Origin Story (1:30)

     Argument amongst the writers about how they decided to use Aquaman.

Chicken Nuggets - Video Commentary

     The writers and voice cast provide video commentary, although it is enabled by seamless branching rather than P-I-P. When a chicken appears on screen you hit enter and a short video segment plays of the writers etc., talking about the scene. The chickens sometimes flash by too quickly to select. Nothing spectacular.

Writers Commentary

     6 writers get together for a reasonably informative commentary about their story and joke choices.

Actors Commentary

     Alfred Molina, Seth Green, Tom Root & Matt Senrich talk about their comic book collections and get silly.

DC Entertainment Tour (7:16)

     Getting shown around the DC Comics office and all the stuff they manage to take away with them.

Stooped Alter Egos (3:47)

     Featurette about a launch party where they all dress up as super heroes.

Outtakes (2:01)

     Voice recording bloopers. Not overly funny.

Cut Sketches (15:15)

     A large selection of other ideas mostly in storyboard form with voiceover. Some funny stuff but mostly gross.

5.2 Questions (2:10)

     Seth Green, Matt Senrich & the DC Comics rep answer short questions on the special.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Our local release is coded for all regions and content wise seems to be the same as the US release. Draw.

Summary

    A funny collection of skits, made with stop-motion animation, which parody DC Comics super heroes and villains.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are plentiful.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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