Family Guy-Season 6 (2006)
Featurette-3x Animatic Epidsodes with Optional Commentary
|Year Of Production||2006|
|Running Time||284:01 (Case: 299)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roy Allen Smith
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in a couple of episodes.|
Although packaged here as Season 6, this is in fact the first two thirds of the fifth season – for some reason the last 5 episodes have been left off and will likely comprise the first part of (or possibly the entirety of) Season 7 upon its release in Australia.
While some fans consider that with the relaunch of Seth MacFarlane’s twisted animated family sitcom, MacFarlane has crossed the line, degenerating into paedophile jokes, fart jokes, anal rape jokes and movie parodies, this reviewer considers that this is some of the finest yet offered by the series, comprising some truly hilarious paedophile jokes, fart jokes, anal rape jokes and movie parodies – what’s not to love?
For those not familiar with The Family Guy, the show is about a dysfunctional middle American family:
The last 14 episodes of the fourth season, re-badged for Fox Australia as Season 5, are spread across these 3 discs. I do not intend to give you a full run down of each episode, mostly because I don’t want to spoil things for you. You can get complete summaries at TV.com amongst other places:
While I can’t wait to see the Family Guy recreation of the Star Wars Saga – Blue Harvest (technically the first 2 episodes of the real Season 6 – this will tide me over in the interim. Strange choice not to put the whole season on four discs with extras, but I don’t work for marketing at Fox Home Entertainment.
All I can say is get yourself a copy and laugh til you cry.
Presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame, this is the original broadcast aspect ratio of the series.
The transfer is smooth, colour is garishly (but appropriately) cartoonish, I noticed no film-to-video artefacts, and the only MPEG defects present were some minor aliasing.
There is no dirt on the transfer.
Subtitles are available in English for the Hearing Impaired. They are white with a black/grey border and reasonably accurate – at least enough to get the jokes across.
The first two discs are dual layered. I didn’t spot any dual layer pauses. I assume they are placed between the episodes.
Audio is available in English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround encoded at 448Kb/s.
The audio is slightly off-kilter, in that the surrounds have a lot more power than the dialogue channel and are used infrequently, so that when they come to bear they can drown out the dialogue a little, but when not there, the dialogue is overly loud.
Subwoofer was used sparingly this season by comparison to last season and to good effect.
|Surround Channel Use|
All menus are presented in 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, static and silent.
Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, all episodes have commentaries by the cast and crew.
All scenes are presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame, with Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround sound. Some of these are a scream, but are also high on the offensive side so you can see why they were pulled – indeed, the parody sitcom “Rape & Hope” has to be one of the all-time wrong moments of this show.
These are the original draft versions of the show with pencilled story-board animation and the original “workshop” dialogue, much of which is changed for the final version for various reasons. Some of these are worth a look, and they have good commentaries to boot.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I do not have an R1 copy for an exact comparison, but from what I can tell the content is the same, although the name is different. The substantive difference is only in the NTSC picture format, the region coding and the title. Buy whichever is cheapest.
Family Guy: Season 6 is vulgar, puerile, disgusting, offensive ... and absolutely freakin' awesome. I laughed myself stupid, but I’m disappointed by the fact this is only the first 13 episodes.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3 (HDMI 1.3) with Upscaling, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW60 SXRD Projector with 100" Longhorn Pro-Series White Matt 16:9 screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Jensen QX70 Centre Front, Jensen QX45 Left Front & Right Front, Jensen QX20 Left Rear & Right Rear, Jensen QX-90 Dual 10" 250 Watt Subwoofer|