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Sam & Max: Freelance Police – The Complete Animated Series (Shout! Factory DVD)


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



Sam & Max to this reviewer was always a comic series and a hit Lucas Arts game series; but to his shock and pleasure it is also an amazing animated series.  Sam & Max: Freelance Police – The Complete Animated Series originally appeared in 1997 on the FOX Network and lasted for a total of 24 episodes.  The series is kooky, creepy and some times full of poopy (opps! I mean guff).  Sam & Max are our two lead detectives who go after some of the most oddball crimes that can range from a battle on Mount Olympus to a case of Mutant infested waters at the Bohunk Lagoon. The series remains edgy throughout with its use of impious and silly dialogue coupled with an impressive art direction.  The characters are likable and will surely leave a lasting impression…and probably a few stains.


It won’t take a detective to figure out that the features on this 3-Disc set are surprisingly solid.  The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that is crisp, clean, and bright with only the rare occasion of debris being visible in the scene.  What is especially surprising is how good colors and brightness is with the series being so dark to begin with; this reviewer gives SHOUT! Factory a pat on the back for this one.  The sound is presented in a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is adequate for the series and displays the zaniness that is the Sam & Max world quite well, from the scratchy (maybe annoying) character voices too the oddball opening soundtrack it is all there in solid stereo sound.


The most impressive technical feature available on this set is the awesome amount of extra features.  Fans will be pleased to find a plethora of features such as ‘A Comic Conversation’ with creator Steve Purcell, 3 animated shorts originally seen on FOX Kids, an all new animated short, a look behind the Telltale Games with cofounder Dan Connors, some playable game demos, an art gallery, and an ‘Original Series Bible’ by Steve Purcell.  The extras do the series justice and will give any fan the chance to catch up on all the behind the scenes action of Sam & Max: Freelance Police – The Complete Animated Series.


In the end, Sam & Max: Freelance Police is an amusing and hilariously funny series that embodies an off-the-wall brand of humor that infuses a brand of characters and art direction that you can’t find anywhere else.  Steve Purcell’s series may have been an underground comic phenomenon at first, but it is time to bust out those flashlights and shed some light on some of the weirdest criminal cases to ever hit your DVD player.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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