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Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side [Blu-ray] by Directed by Dominic Polcino
Review by Charles Mohapel
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002LASCJ8
Date: 31 December 2009 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /

No one in their right mind has ever accused Family Guy of being Politically Correct - except maybe with their tongue planted so deeply in their cheek that they resemble a human chipmunk. And why should Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side [Blu-ray] be any different? Loyal Family Guy fans can rest easy - the show is as crude, potty-mouthed, and funny as ever!

Directed by:
Dominic Polcino

Writing credits:
Seth MacFarlane (creator)

Seth MacFarlane (developer) &
David Zuckerman (developer)

Kirker Butler (written by)

Episode Cast (in alphabetical order):
H. Jon Benjamin ... Carl as Yoda (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin as Princess Leia (voice)
John G. Brennan ... Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian (voice)
D.C. Douglas ... Imperial Guard #3 (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker (voice)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown as R2-D2 / Herbert as Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice)
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin as Han Solo / Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader / Brian Griffin as Chewbacca / Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO (voice)
Danny Smith ... Ernie the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Joe Swanson as Imperial Probe Droid (voice)
James Woods ... (voice)

Alternating rapidly between funny and crude, Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side is many things, but boring is most definitely not among them. The second time I watched the film, I paid close attention to the little homages to Juicy Fruit Gum, Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the Back To The Future trilogy, and classic Star Trek with the guest appearance of George Takei. I imagine a few people will quibble with my inclusion of Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, but I stand by my words. Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side is a parody of Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, but it's done with love and respect.

The Audio Commentary had so many inside jokes that most of them are incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't work on the show or isn't a diehard Family Guy fan. That said, these six men sounded like they were having way too much fun at their jobs.

"Family Guy Fact-Ups" is another complete showing of Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side with pop-ups giving explanations of the scene or giving us funny, crude, or useless trivia Ė and sometimes combinations of these three categories.

In "Animatic Scene-to-Scene with Commentary by Director Dominic Polcino", he defines it as a "...pencil-drawn rough reel that we can watch at the studio to determine if things are working...". This is the last time they did hand-drawn storyboards in pencil; now they use computer screens to draw the storyboards directly to computer instead of having to scan them in.

"Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side Table Read - Featuring Acts 1 & 2" takes place in a large conference that is so packed, a few people are forced to stand. If you pay close attention, you can see that this occurred reasonably early in the process as Peter Griffinís call sign had not changed yet. Iíve never previously seen an extended scene reading like this and not only was it different, it was a fascinating view into the inner workings of a TV show.

I really wish that "Sneak Peek of Family Guy - Episode VI: We Have A Bad Feeling About This Table Read" would have run longer than 2 minutes, 26 seconds, but I also realize that would have given the too much of the story away. It certainly made for an entertaining little teaser.

If you're a Star Wars fan as well as a Family Guy fan, this Blu-ray set is for you. But if you're a Star Wars fan and have a low tolerance for crude potty humor or have young children at home, then Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best in Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope when he controlled the Storm Trooper commanderís mind and said, "Move along!"

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