Robot Chicken-Star Wars-Episode III (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 3-Aug-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio
Audio-Visual Commentary
Audio Commentary-4
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Numerous
Featurette-Numerous
Deleted Scenes
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 45:00
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 1080p
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 Senreich. It has been running since 2006 and has so far produced 5 seasons of satirical silliness. Over the same period they have now produced three Star Wars themed specials, of which this is the third.

     The comedy here is a mixture of juvenile and very clever satire, however it is just about always funny. It takes characters or scenes from the Star Wars films and adds amusing back story or just satirises them. A good example is if you ever wondered what exactly happened to Luke's uncle and aunt while he was off visiting Obi-Wan, you can find out how their house burnt down and they ended up dead. A storm trooper called Gary was involved. Also, Jar Jar Binks may not be as sweet and innocent as he seems. The individual sketches move by pretty quickly and there is an overall story line involved.

     If you enjoy things like Family Guy, American Dad or The Simpsons and love Star Wars, 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 1080p.

     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.

    There is no obvious layer change during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good. This disc contains an English TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and four commentaries in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear. The score and music used are really good featuring variations on the Star Wars theme plus The Who's Baba O'Reilly.

     The surround speakers were used quite a lot for surround effects such as passing spacecraft, more than you might expect for something television derived. The subwoofer was used throughout for action and music support.

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Extras

     Lots of extras are included.

Menu

     The menu features some of the music and is amusing to listen to, despite being boring visually.

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.

For the Love of Toys (3:59)

     Creators and Crew talk about their love of Star Wars toys.

For the Love of Star Wars (3:11)

     Crew talk about the Star Wars films.

For the Love of Filmmaking (4:24)

     Crew talk about the process of stop-motion animation and why they enjoy it.

Behind the Scenes - Writing (3:07)

     Footage of writers’ meetings and collaborating.

Behind the Scenes - Voice Acting (4:20)

     Voice actors including Billy Dee Williams & Anthony Daniels talk about the process.

Behind the Scenes - VFX (3:29)

     Visual effects shots and how they were constructed.

Robot Chicken Skate Tour '09 (21:59)

     One for deep fans. 22 minutes of footage of the Robot Chicken crew touring the US in a bus having roller skating parties.

Deleted Scenes (25:08)

     Mostly animatics with some little bits of completed scenes. There is some funny ideas here and a few just odd ones.

Time Lapse (7:39)

     In fast motion, shows how much work there is involved in doing stop-motion animation.

Skywalker Ranch Premiere (4:05)

     Footage of the team going to George Lucas' ranch for the premiere of this special.

Audio Commentaries

     Four audio commentaries are available for the feature. All feature lots of silliness and joking around.

  1. Actors 1 - Seth Green & Matt Senreich with Benrubi, Best, Ferguson & Billy Dee Williams
  2. Actors 2 - Seth Green & Matt Senreich with Bob Bergin, Donald Faison & Brecken Meyer
  3. Writers - 6 of the writers
  4. Crew - 8 of the crew

Animation Reference (8:05)

     Seth Green producing reference footage to base the animation on.

Star Wars Celebration V Robot Chicken Panel (7:05)

     Panel discussion by the Robot Chicken crew at a fan convention. 4x3

Gag Reel (3:11)

     Unfunny.

Sunday in the Boardroom with George Lucas (8:20)

     The Robot Chicken team meet with George Lucas. Some interesting discussion but mostly just joking around with George.

Trailers

     3 trailers for the show and one for a game

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 Star Wars.

     The video quality is very good. The audio quality is very good.

     The extras are plentiful.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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