Aqua Teen Hunger Force-Four (2005)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Voice Cast
Featurette-Comicon 2004 preview
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
This fourth Aqua Teen Hunger Force box presents the show's third season in its entirety. This late night comedy 'toon is the absurd dynamic between its various characters. The vague crime/mystery solving premise that that the first series briefly flirted with has long been dumped, so much so that it has become a running joke throughout the series.
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force team consists of three characters; Master Shake, an obnoxious and self-centred man-sized milkshake and the self-appointed "leader" of the team; Frylock, a super-intelligent floating carton of fries who has a goatee, can shoot fireballs from his eyes (and frequently does) and tends to do most of the actual mystery solving; and Meatwad, an innocent, child-sized, dim-witted meatball who just wants to dance most of the time. Their slovenly classic rock-loving neighbour Carl continues to complain about the Aqua Teen's existence, but begrudgingly participates in their schemes as soon as any vague bribe is waved in his direction.
The recurring cold-openings featuring a mad scientist in his lab have been replaced openings featuring two different sets of recurring alien characters, the Mooninites and the Plutonians, pranking each other in outer space.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force has more or less been the flagship for the Cartoon Network's late night "Adult Swim" brand since it was loosely spun off from an episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast in 2000. It also managed to spawn a limited-release movie (in the US at any rate) in early 2007. Like many of its' peers, its brand of absurd humour is best enjoyed late at night and chemically enhanced (whatever your poison). The show had certainly found its groove by the time these episodes had come around. The episodes are more consistently funny than those in the first season.
This season set consists of the following episodes:
The show is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
The video is generally of a high standard, but features interlacing artefacts (that are only really noticeable if you pause the video).
The show also makes use of a lot of cheaply recycled backgrounds from other shows that frequently appear in poor focus, but this does not result in any unpleasant MPEG artefacts or undue low level noise. The main characters and focal objects are quite sharp.
The show has a rather bright, and occasionally garish, colour palette that has made an accurate transition to DVD.
The English subtitles are a bold yellow colour. They appear to be well-timed and accurate.
This set is presented on one single layer disc and one RSDL disc. The layer change occurs between episodes on the second disc.
There is one English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 Kbps) audio track available.
The dialogue is clear and easily understandable throughout and appears to be in good sync (as good as you could expect from a cartoon, at any rate).
The music sounds great on this soundtrack, particularly the theme by rap legend (and part-time narrator) Schooly D. There is a lot of dynamic range in the mix. The music sounds crystal clear and plenty of bass is pushed to the subwoofer.
There is little discernable surround usage in the mix, though occasionally it is used to quite good effect.
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The set is presented in a stunningly designed digi-pack that resembles one of the Mooninites (fan-favourite occasional characters).
Selecting "Play All" on the menu of the first disc causes all the episodes on the disc to play simultaneously, along with a series of coordinated explosions that aren't in the regular versions of the episodes. The second disc has the same feature, labelled "Play None".
Commentary is provided by writers/creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis for 9 of the episodes. The pair mainly riff on their work and the haphazard production values of the studio. Amusing, but that's about it.
A string of short promos for the show. Featuring a range of characters and no real coherence at all, these are all pretty funny.
Shake and the Mooninites plug the proposed 2004 Adult Swim lineup (a number of which didn't make it to the air that year). Worth a look for fans.
The pilot episode for proposed, but never commissioned, Aqua Teen Hunger Force spin-off Spacecataz, which was to feature the ongoing run-ins between the Mooninites and Plutonians. About half of this pilot was used for the old-openings of the shows in this season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Whilst this episode is pretty funny, it is hard to imagine the concept stretching any further.
A rather silly superhero themed live action short from the show's creators. Reasonably amusing.
A animated slideshow of fan art. The art itself ranges from lame doodles on napkins to really impressive stuff, but it is an awful lot to take at once.
An overlong set of footage of the voice cast in action. There are some funny bits, but not enough to make this all worthwhile.
A series of trailers other Madman animated product.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 release misses out on alternate audio tracks for four of the episodes that are featured on the Region 1 release, but is otherwise identical save for PAL/NTSC differences.
A must have for late night cartoon fans, but best left on the shelf by anyone that likes their shows to make a lick of sense.
The video and audio quality are good. The extras are reasonable in number and worthwhile.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|