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Family Guy: Itís a Trap! (2010/Fox Blu-ray)


Picture: A-†††† Sound: B+†††† Extras: C†††† Film: B-



Family Guy: Blue Harvest (i.e. Star Wars: A New Hope) was hilarious and managed the spoof the film wonderfully, as it was able to treat the original with respect while adding its own charm.Next, we got Family Guy: Something, Something Dark Side (i.e. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back), which was a major drop off from the first spoof, but fun nevertheless.Now on Blu-ray is the third and final (?) installment in the Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy with Family Guy: Itís a Trap (i.e. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi).Overall, the direct to Blu-ray film was a failure.The audio and animation are amazingly well done, but the rest of the film falls flat as the jokes donít work and even the character casting is curious.


At this point in the Family Guys: Star Wars Trilogy the creators just seem bored; even the opening crawl ďjokinglyĒ says they only did this one because they had to and the interns are responsible.Whereas that may be a joke in part, the feature did not prove to be all that amazing.Seth McFarlane is competing for title of hardest working man in Hollywood (I guess Ryan Seacrest should watch out?) as he now has three series (on which he is very involved), on top of making his directorial film debut.The creators truly gave audiences fair warning about the third installment with the title Itís a Trap (or the original title We Have a Bad Feeling About This) and even gave further insight with the title crawl; but like a moron I continued on in disbelief.Outside of my undying love for anything Star Wars this installment was simply a disaster.Having seemingly run through all the main Family Guy characters we start to see peripheral characters and some Cleveland Show and American Dad characters slip into this installment.Klaus from American Dad is Admiral Akbar and Roger is a Death Star Worker, Rallo from The Cleveland Show is Landoís wingman and Tim the Bear is Wicked the Ewok.Whereas integrating Seth McFarlaneís other creations into Itís a Trap is an inventive idea, not a single character felt well placed.The characters from Blue Harvest almost seemed perfect and there was passion there, but for this installment I felt the creators were just going through the motions.The jokes were poorly executed and the entire film felt like one huge joke about ďhow they didnít want to do this,Ē rather than paying homage to the classic trilogy.


The technical features on this set are well done, regardless of how ghastly the rest of the film was.The picture is a beautifully crisp, clean and bright 1080p AVC Encoded, 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that demonstrates dazzling colors and solid inky blacks.The image jumps off the screen and this is certainly the most stunning presentation of anything Family Guy to date.The audio is not quite as good as the video, but the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Track is still well done.Apparently Seth McFarlane (amongst others) worked very hard to adapt the original John Williamsí Star Wars scores to fit this fast paced feature and actually the music is one of the things that works VERY well for this film.The feature is dialogue heavy so most of the sound comes from the front, but the surrounds do kick in for the action heavy sequences and for the music.The audio track, whereas not perfect is well rounded and works.


The extras I found to be sad.The audio commentary is the most boring to date, as the cast and crew could not care less to be there; in fact Seth McFarlane seems to have just rolled in (tired ask heck) from some other gig.Little good information is offered on the track and everyone is just plain bored.The most amusing feature on the set is Star Wars Trivial Pursuit that has the cast plying a game of Trivial Pursuit, which is pretty funny.Other extras included are Sock Puppet Outtakes; A Special Message from Darth Stewie; Itís a Trap Animatics; Making the Scene Featurette.


Itís a Trap! May be one of the most fitting titles ever, as audiences are pulled in for round three; knowing full well nothing good could come of it.



-†† Michael P. Dougherty II


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