Metalocalypse-Season 3 (Blu-ray) (2006)

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Released 1-Dec-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Deleted Scenes-Deleted and Extended Scenes
Music Video-Music Videos
Easter Egg-Easter Eggs
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 217:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jon Schnepp
Chris Prynoski
Mark Brooks
Tommy Blacha
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Brendon Small
Tommy Blacha
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Brendon Small
Felipe Salazar
Damon P. Yoches


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

   Get ready to have your face blown by the best death metal band in the world, Dethklok! In a precarious position without management after a violent attack on Mordhaus, how will the biggest entertainment act in the universe deal with the brutality of a troubled music industry, declining economy and their own unbridled narcissism? Or with getting too big and losing touch with their roots - by joining their own tribute band?

   The first thing you notice watching the third season of Adult Swim's popular Metalocalypse is that the episodes are now half an hour long - 20 minutes without ads - instead of the 10-minutes that are standard for the programming block. It's something of a daring move for the show, whose hit-or-miss style makes the extended running time a mixed blessing; some episodes are more fleshed out and funnier, others drag longer and longer, beating an unfunny scenario into the ground. Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha return in full force as their incredible metal fictional band Dethklok, now without guidance following the brutal death of their manager at the end of Season 2. It takes less than an episode for him to return, without explanation - something that is promised to be "a story for another day," and then the usual Dethklok antics ensue.

  Now having run for over three years, Metalocalypse sustains its absurdist humor and potent over-the-top parody but feels frustratingly lacking across this season; questions about the underlying plot - of which the main characters are oblivious to - are not answered, especially that of their manager (which the title of this set "The Dead Man" refers to) who is a part of a grand conspiracy and series of events which we see only glimpses of but nothing more. The lack of development of this mythology is unsatisfying, especially after the triumphant end of Season 2, and makes the wearing antics of the band even more tiresome. Episodes that reprise characters' annoying behavior or background offer little new, but make the better episodes - such as the late season Rockzo-focused Deathzazz or tribute-band satiring Tributeklok - more notable.

   The best episode in the set is the finale, Doublebookedklok aka "The Dead Man", which is equally as enjoyable as it is frustrating; the phenomenal suggestion that the band members are all as messed up as they are because of a lack of father figures, and their subsequent dependence on their manager, is brought into centre stage when their idiotic antics nearly cause World War III. It's a great mix of the humor, music and character that we expect from the series but still doesn't go far enough in nailing the psychology of the band members, nor of showing us behind the scenes with Charles Offdensen, or delivering upon the intriguing mythology that the show has established over the years. Its cliffhanger scene is fascinating but aggravating, answering none of the big questions posed.

   This BD set offers the entire third season on one disc completely uncensored, again a mixed blessing. The complete and uninterrupted opening and closing sequences for each episode are great, but the lack of censorship on the swearing and the surprising graphic nudity doesn't really enhance the experience. Nathan's constant bleeping is much better for comedic effect, as is never having to have seen  Murderface's genitals. Fortunately the audio and video are fantastic, even if the extras are negligible, and for many Australian fans this is the only way they can actually acquire the show to view. Let's just hope that the next season will offer more for fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

   The video is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.

   I have never before watched an Adult Swim Blu-ray and was blown away by the quality of the 1080p HD video transfer on display here. Long gone is the washed-out colours and agonising interlacing, with bright flourising images and strong dark tones that make the series a joy to watch.

   The only real issue with the transfer quality is that it's maybe too good - you can see all the problems with the cheaper animation used on the show because of the high resolution and quality of the transfer. Also, with this uncensored set, there's so much grotesque nasty that you can see with high detail that the video transfer may occasionally make you sick - but that's all in good fun!

   As with previous sets there are English subtitles, and they are excellent. Considering how hard it can be to make out some lines of strongly-accented dialogue, as well as the awesome metal lyrics, these are sometimes essential to the viewing experience. You're just not getting the entire metal experience if you don't hear every line that rolls off Skwisgaar Shwigelf's tongue.

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Audio

   The audio is presented in English Dolby TrueHD.

   Metalocalypse sounds perfect - this is a flawless mix of music, dialogue and effects, something that is essential for a TV series about musicians, but the quality is a new highbar for me personally. Ideally played loud, LOUD, all of Dethklok's wonderful death metal is given the fan-desired treatment with full surround and thumping bass. Scenes with crowds use the rear speakers well and everything works together to make for a really, really impressive soundtrack, far above that of the Season 1 DVD set I've reviewed previously.

  The soundtrack is performed by show creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha and features some of the most brutal melodic death metal you'll ever hear, ever - excellent to hear it giving the treatment it deserves here.

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Extras

Music Videos

   Several of the Dethklok songs from the show are given music video treatment here, with some nifty effects and the same high video and audio quality as the rest of the series. Brutal.

Deleted and Extended Scenes

   The main event for the extras on this BD are the deleted and extended scenes, nearly an hour in total, with varying degrees of quality. Some are desperately overlong - it's one thing to have a 3 minute joke, which is already pushing the audience, but one of these goes for 37 minutes - your mileage will vary.

Easter Eggs - Klokateer Recruitment Videos, Murderface Calls an Escort, Pickles Drunk at the Amusement Park

   Several mildly amusing Easter Eggs are available moving around on the menus - again, your mileage will vary, as none of these were really missed from the TV series.

R4 vs R1

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

  The Region A and Region B versions of this package are identical - buy whichever is cheapest.

Summary

   Metalocalypse is the most metal television show ever, but at three years without major storyline progression it is starting to tire.

   The video and audio transfers are both very exemplary, with the video transfer maybe too good for the source material!

   Time-wise there are a lot of extras, though I would have preferred more in the way of commentary and actual behind-the-scenes looks.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ryan Aston (Bioshock)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3 (HDMI 1.3) with Upscaling, using Component output
DisplayPhilips 47PFL9732D 47-inch LCD . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderLogitech 5500 THX.
Amplification"Onkyo TS-656"
SpeakersLogitech 5500 THX

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