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Family Guy: Volume 12 (2014/Fox DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Episodes: B

Eventually we will find Family Guy on Blu-ray, forcing us to purchase this fantastic series all over again; but for now we are treated to yet another volume release of the series in the form of Family Guy: Volume 12.

Quick off the heels of the Volume 11 release, which encompassed most of Season 10, Volume 12 starts us into Season 11. Season 11 is more of the same; which some may associate as a bad thing, but in this reviewer's opinion it is a welcome fact. Family Guy threw out continuity long ago and opted for unbridled insanity to propel each episode forward. Whereas each episode has a loose framework, but the way an episode starts has no relevance on how it ends. Balancing the witty humor of The Simpsons and the self-aware, no one's safe attitude of South Park, Family Guy has managed to maintain a fine equilibrium that has fantastically humorous results. The almost chaotic, A.D.D nature of the series has kept viewers coming back for more to see what the next Griffin Family adventure might be. The creators, again, made the very conscious decision to have Peter go off on his own to reap havoc, while Stewie and Brian teamed up in their own misadventures. And I believe that is what has get the series so fresh; its sporadic nature that ends each episode feeling like 12 instead of 1. The audience is treated to multiple storylines that will have no impact on future events, while concurrently featuring cut away scenes in which we are treated to everything from clever pop culture references to inexplicable insanity.

Though the critics and fans of Family Guy are very polarized, I don't suspect that Family Guy is going anywhere. It continues to rank among top series on television today and has ingrained itself into pop culture, stealing a piece of the pie that Homer Simpson had to himself for oh so long now.

The 22 episodes this season include:

  • Into Fat Air

  • Ratings Guy

  • The Old Man and the Big C

  • Yug Ylimaf

  • Joe's Revenge

  • Lois Comes Out of her Shell

  • Friends Without Benefits

  • Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

  • Space Cadet

  • Brian's Play

  • The Giggity Wife

  • Valentine's Day in Quahog

  • Chris Cross

  • Call Girl

  • Turban Cowboy

  • 12 and a Half Angry Men

  • Bigfat

  • Total Recall

  • Save the Clam

  • Farmer Guy

  • Roads to Vegas

  • No Country Club for Old Men

The technical features this volume set are similar if not exactly the same as the previous volume release. The picture is again presented in a clean, clear, crisp 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that demonstrates vibrant colors and a near pristine image. The sound is a lossless Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track that is lively, getting the job done without too many issues. Again I am hoping for future Blu-ray sets to amp up all technical features. The host of musical numbers remains full of lively action and a packed orchestral back track that make Family Guy a rather impressive series.

The extras include:

  • Audio Commentaries

  • Deleted Scenes

  • 200 Episodes Later Featurette

    • Full of interviews and fun insight

  • Table Read of 200th Episode

  • Scene Animatics for the episode Into Fat Air and Space Cadet

  • 2012 Comic Con Panel

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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