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Robot Chicken: Season 7 (2014/Adult Swim/Warner DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B- Episodes: B

After Season 6 of the amazingly humorous Robot Chicken received the Blu-ray treatment (and looked fairly good), it is surprising that Season 7 is back to a standard DVD format. With that said, though the technical features may be less than desirable, the content is just as amusing as ever. The off-center, often times (borderline) offensive series returns in its Seventh Season on DVD with all the same action figure toting, pop culture debauchery as before, but as fresh as ever.

For those unfamiliar, Robot Chicken is the brain child of Seth Green (Family Guy) and crew appearing on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. They customize action figures/models, bringing them to life in order to put them into the most off the wall, gratuitous situations. These situations often times poking fun at the series, film, or real life situation they arose from or sometimes just pure nonsense. Any way you spin it the series is inventive, fun, and continues to embody the creativity and zaniness they hooked viewers from the start.

This set includes 19 episodes with many, many mini skits; my favorite of which is a spin on the Alien Film series, which pits Ripley against the (once) lovable, sarcastic, cat gobbler Alf. The series is fast paced, placing your childhood and the last 100 years of pop culture into a blender; rebuilding with clay, plastic, and God knows what else?!

Simply fantastic.

The technical features are adequate, but (Again) here on DVD they are a noticeable downgrade when compared to Blu-ray. The picture is an anamorphic 1.78 X 1 widescreen that gets the job done, but clarity could be improved; though colors do pop. The sound is a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes heavily from the front, but remains clean and clear throughout without distortion. It is a rather active series that would benefit by engaging the surrounds more, but that has yet to been heard.

The extras contain audio commentary tracks on all episodes, which are humorous and clearly display the love the crew has for what they are creating. Extras also include the Robot Chicken crew partaking in Comic Con.

For fans of the series this is a must own and let's hope in the future we get all Blu-ray releases.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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