Family Guy - The Freakiní Sweet Collection
B†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C†††† Episodes: B
longtime fan of Family Guy, I was a little disappointed in this short
episode collective. Back in the days of VHS (hard to imagine that was
just a few years ago), this would have been a passable anthology - since owning
the entire run of episodes on that format would have taken many volumes and the
cost would have been outrageous. But now that DVD is king, inexpensive TV
show box sets that cover entire seasons are the norm for collectors.
Meanwhile, single disc ďbest ofĒ collections have become a rarity, with
animation and childrenís programming being the exception to the rule.
These five episodes of a great show do little to whet your appetite for the
upcoming new season; and the only reason for someone to buy becomes the
advertised special features. Unfortunately, they seem rather thrown
together and are definitely not enough to warrant purchase of this disc.
packaging makes it seem like youíre getting more that you actually are - and
while it is nowhere untruthful, you donít exactly get what you may be
expecting. For instance, while some of the commentaries may be new, I
believe at least one of them to a leftover that went unused on the previously
released box sets, as it makes reference to the show still being cancelled for
good. This doesnít make much of a difference really, as itís still gone
unheard by the public - but itís just the idea that this collection has been
stuffed up with filler, rather than having time put into it to make it worth
owning. But aside from the fact that they may not be totally new, none of
the commentaries are insightful or even funny at all - much like their tedious
brethren on the box sets.
from the commentaries, itís also stated that there are 30 minutes of content
from Seth MacFarlane, including a look at American Dad and the upcoming
4th season of Family Guy. Most of this is just an interview with
him, with clips from past seasons of Family Guy inserted here and there
to keep the flow moving during edits. The thing is - you can find the
same exact information directly from Seth on Internet fan sites for free and
get fresher updates as well. There is a short preview of American Dad
that runs a few minutes long thrown in to give a taste of what that show has to
offer - but if you watched the pilot that aired after this yearís Super Bowl,
then you saw all of that and more. Besides, it doesnít seem that that
show will live up to the reputation its big brother has rightfully earned.
the ďrestoredĒ version of Road to Rhode Island only includes about an
extra minute of material that almost goes overlooked. In it, Stewie has
to do a song and dance routine to distract airport security, then makes a comment
hoping that Saddam doesnít know showtunes. Even though the episode
originally aired before 9/11, since it dealt with terrorism, it was deemed too
much by the censors. Granted, this is a funny and classic segment that
should have been left in to begin with - but I donít think it's reason enough
to buy this disc.
picture and sound for the episodes is still excellent, as good as it would be
when watching them air on TV. The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is very crisp
and detailed, with little to no pixelation noted at any point in time.
The sound is credited as 2.0 Dolby Surround like the box sets that came out a
while back, but thatís only a slight improvement for those looking for an
excuse to pick this up. The only purpose I see for this DVD overall is
getting it as a gift for an uninitiated potential fan of the show. But if
youíre already familiar and have gotten the box sets already - thereís nothing
here that youíll watch more than once before tiring of. If you've been
meaning to get your fix of the show on, just pick up the complete seasons -
they're well worth that little bit of extra money you'll be spending.
-†† David Milchick