Fasten your sofa belts for another fiendishly futile attempt at world domination for Stewie-and a diaper full of fun for "Family Guy" fans around the globe! Boasting laughs as big as Peter's waistline, these 14 hilarious e... more »pisodes from Season Four find television's most outrageous animated family in all sorts of comically compromising situations. Don't miss out on this Fox TV DVD best seller--a 3 disc set available for $39.98 & $54.98.« less
It's Family Guy, It's Hilarious, It's Uncencored & Extended,
Kaya Savas | Bethesda, MD USA | 11/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"REVIEW: Family Guy is one of the best shows on television. I am a huge fan and am so glad to see how far it has come. I smile every Sunday night because I know Family Guy will be on. I remember when it was cancelled, I remember doing online petitions, I remember sending emails, and I remember sending letters. Yes, Family Guy was that important to me. It was that rare breed of comedy that worked, that was hilarious, it was intelligent, and completely crude. The pop references are absolutely hilarious, and I'm sure everyone loves it when they get a pop reference and their friends don't. So if nothing else, Family Guy makes you feel smart.
This 3 disc set is the second half of season 4 and is labeled as volume 4. In this set we truly have some of the funniest episodes to come from the series. "Brian Goes Back To College" is one the best episodes on this set and has some of the series' most quotable lines. Stewie and Brian make a large presence in these episodes and the writing is incredibly sharp. We have an amazing musical number where Peter and the New England Patriots perform "Shipoopi" from The Music Man. It truly is pure genius comedy. Fans of the show will snap this one up in no time and will get the most out of the episodes with constant references to the past seasons. Another bonus of this DVD is that there are so many restored scenes that are put back into the episodes that were originally cut due to time constraints.
VIDEO: The difference between before the show got cancelled and after it came back on air is quite notable. The crew utilizes CGI in a few episodes and the image and animation gets better with every episode. The transfer is in 1.33:1 fullscreen and is absolutely as good as it gets when it comes to animation. Colors are sharp with no bleeding, the images are sharp.
AUDIO: In terms of sound we get a really great 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. There are a lot of musical numbers in this volume and they seriously benefit from the surround mix. There is an optional censored audio track for those who are offended by the un-bleeped language.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The highlight of the special features for me were definitely the commentaries. Honestly, I am not a commentary type of guy, I think they are uninvolving. However, I love television series commentaries, and no one gives better commentaries than the cast and crew of Family Guy. Seth MacFarlane gives so much info behind the jokes and the process of making the episodes. The writers and producers such as David Goodman and Mike Henry add lots of stuff too. The great thing about the commentaries are that they are f*cking hilarious. Seth and gang cuss, laugh, sometimes go into character, make fun of each other, yet still provide informative comments. Some episodes also have multi angled sequences to show the animation process in greater depth. On disc three is where you'll find the featurettes. There are over 40 deleted scenes, mostly cutaway and filler stuff, but there were some hilarious scenes. They are also completely finished and animated (lacking music and finished sound effects though), not just pre-visualizations like in previous sets. The "Director's Life" featurette is a look at how animation directors do their job and how their jobs differ from live action directors. Seth MacFarlane has nothing but respect for his directors, and this featurette is dedictated to the hard work they do on the show. The next little segment is animator Peter Shin doing a demonstration of how to draw Stewie. The final featurette is a behind the scenes look at the Family Guy offices. Adam West is toured through the offices by Mike Henry and we get to meet some of the great people behind the scenes, it's fun and entertaining. Overall, this set offers a great amount of new content that is on par with the past sets.
BOTTOM LINE: Family Guy will make you laugh loud and hard. It is truly the smartest and funniest animated show to grace television. The fact that it was cancelled still boggles me, but we fans brought it back and I'm so happy we did all that we did. I continue to me amazed by the sharp writing and smart references that the show has in each episode. Truly a must buy."
"Why do we need the horse suit for that?"----Brian
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 11/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, what is with the selection screens? I have to adjust my television just to read the options! Anyway, several episodes here are up to the high standards of previous Family Guy seasons. My favorites are "PTV," "The Fat Guy Strangler," "Father, Son, and the Holy Fonz," and "You May Now Kiss..." (Jasper is funny). Others, however, I found to be mediocre or just plain bad ("Patriot Games"). There are not as many episodes I want to see over and over as there are on volumes 1-3, but this season is still good enough for 4 stars. There are a lot of extras on disc 3, too. 44 deleted scenes and you can select all and have them play one after the other (some of these jokes are better than the ones that got left in the shows). The featurettes are very interesting where many of the directors and artists are interviewed on what all is entailed in putting a show together. Also, these episodes are uncensored (there is an F-Bomb dropped or two) but there is a censored option (isn't it usually the other way around?). Anyway, here are the episodes:
Disc 1 "PTV": A wardrobe malfunction involving David Hyde Pierce at the Emmys causes the FCC to censor all tv--"The `bleep' Van `bleep' Show, Starring `bleep' Van `bleep.' So Peter starts his own network featuring such highbrow programs as "The Side-Boob Hour" and "Dogs Humping." "Brian Goes Back to College": The New Yorker magazine is interested in Brian as a contributor but requires a college degree. Brian had dropped out of Brown University. It's strange to think of an animated dog in this way, but I'd always thought Brian was so cool and together. Hearing him lament about how he never finishes anything put a new spin on his character. "The Courtship of Stewie's Father": Chris works for that disgusting old man who likes young boys while Stewie and Peter bond over something they both enjoy immensely: terrorizing Lois. This episode almost makes one sympathize with that old pediaphile (well, almost). "The Fat Guy Strangler": My favorite of this volume. Lois finds out she has a brother who went crazy after seeing their mother having relations with Jackie Gleason (hence his hatred of fat men). Meanwhile, Peter makes the shocking discovery that he is fat and starts the NAAFP. "The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz": Peter's father baptizes Stewie with tainted holy water and he has to be quarantined in a plastic bubble. Meanwhile, Peter starts the church of the Fonz--"Please rise.....Now sit on it."
"Brian Sings and Swings": A near-death experience causes Brian to feel he must live for the moment so he hooks up with Frank Sinatra Jr. as part of the New Rat Pack. A funnier side story is Meg pretending to be a lesbian to be accepted into a club. "Patriot Games": This has to be the most stupidest Family Guy ever. Peter meets Tom Brady and joins the New England Patriots (along side Diet Pepsi machine?) but is transferred to a London team for showboating. Meanwhile, Brian fails to pay a debt and Stewie gives him a beat-down mob-style. "I Take Thee Quagmire": Quagmire gets married and soon realizes it was a mistake. Meanwhile, Lois is weaning Stewie but he finds he is addicted to breast milk. "Sibling Rivalry": Peter donates to a sperm bank and Stewie's rival baby is born (remember "Emission Impossible"?). Meanwhile, Peter stops having relations with Lois after his vasectomy and Lois gets fat. I like that part. Another highlight: Chris's shoebox diarrhea of the evolution of man. "Deep Throats": After getting what he deemed to be an excessively high parking ticket, Brian wants to find dirt on Mayor West and sees him dating his young intern: Meg.
Disc 3 "Peterotica": First off, that Quagmire stuff in the beginning is very annoying. Anyway, Peter writes erotic novels and uses Lois's father's name as the publishing company. When someone gets into a car accident listening to Peter's book on tape (read by Betty White), Mr. Pewterschmidt loses everything and must move in with the Griffins. "You May Now Kiss the...Uh...Guy Who Receives": (You get it? Hahaha). Brian's gay cousin Jasper plans on marrying his partner but Brian first must fight Mayor Wests' ban on gay marriage. "Petergeist": Peter digs in the yard and finds an Indian skull and weird things start to happen. Part of the plot is similar to that Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors where a 3D Homer is stuck in another dimension. "The Griffin Family History": The Griffins are stuck in a panic room while their house is being robbed so Peter tells them stories of his ancestors Nate the slave, Willie "Black-Eyed" Griffin the silent comedy star, and Peter H*tler who was the brother of...yeah."
A Freaking Sweet Collection
WayneXtreme | Indianapolis, IN USA | 12/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been anxiously awaiting the release of this collection since the end of the 3rd volume. But instead of boring you with all my details here it is, my review.
I received this edition for Christmas, actually, I received the Target Collector's Edition. With this edition (along with the DVD's) comes a book of Artist Series Postcards containing pictures of Peter, Quagmire, 2 of Brian, 2 of Stewie, a postcard of Peter and Brian, and a postcard featuring Meg. This edition also comes with 3 storyboard cards, one from each of the 3 previously released volumes ("If I'm Dyin' I'm Lyin'" from Volume 1; "Lethal Weapons" from Volume 2, and "North by North Quahog" from Volume 3).
The edition also contains the uncernsored tracks to five of the episodes, though there isn't really much difference in adding those tracks in my opinion. Was a little surprised to hear the F-word a couple of times, but that was all.
The episodes contained on this volume are...
Disc 1: PTV: Television has been heavily censored by the FCC, Peter takes action by performing his own "as nature intended" channel. This leads the FCC to take more drastic action censoring the people of Quahog themselves.
Brian Goes Back to College: After being snubbed by the staff of The New Yorker for not graduating, Brian returns to college to get his degree. All the while, Peter, Joe, Cleveland, and Quagmire, form the "new" A-Team.
The Courtship of Stewie's Father: Chris breaks one of old man Herbert's windows and must do chores in order to pay back his debt. Stewie and Peter start hanging out with each other doing their most favorite activity, tormenting Lois.
The Fat Guy Strangler: Lois finds out that she has a long lost brother living in an insane asylum, but is haunted by his troubled past. Peter creates the NAAFP (Natinal Association for the Advancement of Fat People).
The Father The Son, and The Holy Fonz: Peter's devout Catholic father returns for a visit and Peter decides to create his own religion for worshippers of "The Fonz".
Disc 2: Brian Sings and Swings: Following a car accident, Briand falls into a deep depression, but is quickly brought out of it by meeting and singing with Frank Sinatra Jr in a local nightclub.
Patriot Games: During his 25-year high school reunion, Peter meets Patriots QB Tom Brady who recruits Peter for the team because of his runing skills.
I Take Thee Quagmire: After Peter wins a week of free maid service on a game show, Quagmire falls in love for the maid, and they soon plan to wed. Until Quagmire, learns about that his bride to be is a few fries short of a happy meal.
Sibling Rivalry: Nine months after a mishap at the sperm bank, Stewie's half brother Bertram is born to a lesbian couple and the two battle it out for world domination.
Deep Throats: After Meg lands an internship in the Mayor's Office, Brian and Stewie go undercover in an attempt to expose Mayor West.
Disc 3: Peterotica: Peter becomes a best selling novelist for erotica, but ruins his father-in-law after a book of Peter's is published on tape resulting in a big lawsuit.
You May Now Kiss The ...Uh...Guy Who Receives: Brian's gay cousin comes to visit the family, bringing his fiance along with him. After the two decide to marry, a same-sex marriage ban is proposed as Brian works ferersihly to reverse Mayor's West decision.
Petergeist: Peter disturbs an ancient burial site in an attempt to one-up Joe after he gets his new home theater system. The spirit of the dead indian leader then wreaks havoc on the Griffin family.
The Griffin Family History: After burglars break into the Griffin house, the family hides in a panic room. Now faced with imminent death, Peter retells the history of the family in their last hours of life.
And that's all of the episodes that come along with this volume. However, with my edition, I received a special bonus disc with a sneak peek at Seth Macfarlane's new show "The Winner". It also contains an episode of American Dad: Roger 'N' Me.
I really enjoyed this volume of Family Guy and look forward to more seasons from this great show."
It's wrong to split seasons up like this.
munkeyknutz | va. beach, va. | 12/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love the episodes, they are hilarious as every fan knows. The problem is the split seasons on dvd. They could easily fit an entire season into one set, but they choose not to so they can sell us two sets per season and squeeze more money out of the fans. They lose one star for being GREEDY, GREEDY, GREEDY."
Great show horrible deal!!!!!!!!
A. Shah | 07/12/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"beleive me i love family guy i think its hilarious but what annoys me is that they are selling seasons by the half! look at it this way a show like the simpsons can cost any where between $20 msrp to $50 msrp depending on the season so lets say the average simpsons season costs $35 when i buy the simpsons which is in my mind equally as good as family guy i get 25 episodes for $35 but when i buy family guy im getting 13 episodes for $40 it just doesnt make sence to me they are just trying to rip us off it honestley is not fair at all id rather by the simpsons"