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FAMILY GUY PRESENTS:
BLUE HARVEST

Review by Michael Jacobson

Voices:  Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry
Director:  Dominic Polcino
Audio:  Dolby Digital 5.1
Video:  Full Frame 1.33:1
Studio:  20th Century Fox
Features:  See Review
Length:  48 Minutes
Release Date:  January 15, 2008

A long time ago, but still somehow in the future…

 

Film ***1/2

It had to happen eventually…after years of Star Wars gags on the show, Family Guy finally went all out last year with their hour long production Blue Harvest, which was, of course, the ‘secret’ production title used when George Lucas was making The Phantom Menace.  And man, the creators of the show held nothing back for this one.  I think they totally blew their load making this spoof, and it works.

In a time of rebellion and renegade paragraphs floating through space, the Family Guy characters take on some very familiar and endearing roles in a story well known to just about everyone.  This might be the most detailed and loving comedic tribute to the classic, pop-culture infesting vision of Lucas.  It might also be the funniest.

Yeah, I didn’t remember Obi-Wan Kenobi having such a problem with youngsters, or R2D2 being so urban, but come on…the gags are fast, funny and furious.  There may be a stretch or two where jokes are milked a little too long, but hey…it wouldn’t be Family Guy otherwise.

The best aspect is how the show kids the little parts of Star Wars that fans have joked about for years.  Now it’s all out there…and yes, George Lucas will actually have to come to terms with the fact that a parsec is a unit of distance, not time.

BONUS TRIVIA:  Keep an ear out for cameos from Rush Limbaugh, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Judd Nelson!

Video ****

“Man, hyperspace always looks so freaky!”

But nothing freaky about this presentation...animation tends to look phenomenal on DVD, and Family Guy really upped the artistic ante with Blue Harvest.  This is a colorful, well-detailed transfer.

Audio ****

“John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra, everybody!”

The 5.1 audio is a real kicker...lively, dynamic...it's almost like watching a Star Wars movie.  Imagine that!

Features ***

“That’s how we do it in my neighborhood, BITCH!”

Some fun extras are included, starting with a commentary by the cast and crew.  There’s actually a conversation with the man himself, George Lucas, plus a making-of special.  Then you can watch the animatic version of the show, plus a collection of Star Wars gags as seen on Family Guy as well as a promo for the show.  Oh, and the menu screens are a hoot, too!

Summary:

Damn the laser blasts and full speed ahead…Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest might just reign supreme as the ultimate Star Wars spoof.  It’s loving, detailed, and richly funny.

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