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My Black Friday Receipt

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


My favorite shopping day has come and gone, and this year was a bit of a letdown. Maybe because I have most of everything that was on sale, my purchasing was limited a bit. I ended up with the following:

Six Feet Under: The Complete Series ($119.99)

Extras: Season 1 & 2 ($13.49 each)

24: Season 2 ($24.99)

Family Guy: Season 4 ($14.99)

House: Seasons 1 & 2 ($12.99 each)

Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 ($14.99 each)

A couple of those things were for Christmas gifts, and the HBO sets were for me. My receipt total was pretty low considering all I got. Hope everyone had a good day of shopping, I did despite the lack of choices.


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Family Guy: Season 5 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Another year, another Family Guy volume. Right off the bat I don’t like that this show has such short seasons. 13 episodes on a DVD that you pay full price for (opposed to the Simpsons who have up to 25 eps for the same price) seems like a ripoff.

In the 5th edition, Family Guy uses the same concept. Shock value and politically incorrect humor. However, unlike Sarah Silverman who uses her politically incorrect humor in a subtle way that makes me laugh, Family Guy uses it in an over the top in your face way that seems to be going stale.

While I still think the show is funny, the shock value has been eliminated since we have come to expect the brash and bold comedy. While the first several seasons worked so well being ‘did they just say that’ their new remedy for fixing up the show is curse words and lots of them. They’ve run out of shocking things to say so they throw in as many foul mouth words as they can, and in this DVD set they are uncensored. I have nothing against it, I just think it’s a cheap way of appealing to that ‘bro humor’ which is what the show has become, and one other reason it’s losing it’s appeal to me.

However, it’s still Family Guy, and it’s still funny. My favorite joke has to be the spider from Charlotte’s Web who suffers tourettes. There’s a few other ‘laugh out loud’ moments, but for the most part, we’ve seen this season, about 2 seasons ago. One other thing I noticed is they used several of the same ‘jokes’ multiple times this year, and by the same joke I literally mean the exact same clip. I don’t know if it was intentional but it sure was strange seeing it.

One other gripe I had about the set is they have one full disk exclusively for bonus features. Now I’m not a big fan of special features, I will rarely watch them on any set since I have so many other sets to watch, and I’m big on packagaing and the way a set looks on the shelf, so I didn’t like that this set is bigger than it should be with a full extra disk.

If your a fan of the show you’ll like it. They didn’t break any new ground this year, but it will make you chuckle. However if this is the direction the show is going, it is slowly going down hill.

Score: 6.5/10

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