Family Guy: It’s a Trap (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Ah, another year goes by and we’re presented with a new Family Guy installment and their take on the Star Wars series. For the uninitiated, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is somewhat obsessed with “the trilogy” and has numerous references in the “Family Guy” series. A few years back they did an all out movie entitled “Blue Harvest” which was a takeoff on the original “Star Wars” movie. It was a hit and last year they did a parody of “The Empire Strikes Back” and entitled it “Something something something Dark Side” (this is a reference from the series). So now we’re given “Family Guy: It’s a Trap” which is, obviously, a spinoff on “The Return of the Jedi.” And in true form, this takes off where the other one left off.

Ok, if you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen or at least heard of the former two titles or are a fan of the “Family Guy” television series. And I’ll go out on a limb and assume that you’ve seen “Return of the Jedi.” With that said, this is more of a loose interpretation of what happened in the movie with some scenes being replicas and others taking some liberties as only Family Guy can do. The cast of characters is all back and we get a few new ones as well (some even “borrowed” from other Fox series’). I’d like to recommend this for the family but after hearing some of the language in the film I just can’t. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t personally have an aversion to profanity and it is rather odd to hear the characters I watch on TV every week drop the “F” bomb, but then again if you’ve seen the uncensored DVD’s it’s really not that shocking. Quite frankly, this is a perfect ending to the original trilogy and I wonder if they’ll tackle the next (er, “first”) three? Time will tell.

Video: How does it look?

“Family Guy: It’s a Trap” is shown in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio and Fox has given it an AVC HD transfer. The newest season of “Family Guy” is now broadcast in HD and is optimized for HDTV’s and I have to tell you, it’s like watching a whole other show (the same goes for “The Simpson’s). The clarity is such that there’s nearly no comparison to the full-frame series which is what “Blue Harvest” was shown in. That said, there’s literally nothing wrong with the transfer. Colors pop, the outlines of the characters are nice and sharp and save for a few intercut scenes of “Caddyshack” and of Conway Twitty (wearing a Darth Vader helmet no less), this is flawless. Fans will be sufficiently happy here in terms of video quality.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack is fairly good as well. I’m so used to watching the series when it airs that this movie does take it to another level. The score is pretty consistently strong and vocals are, of course, direct and lack any distortion. We get a few instances of some surround sound as well as some LFE (Jabba the Hut’s voice tends to resonate if you know what I mean). There’s not a whole lot else to say here, it certainly exceeded my expectations for sure.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The supplements on this Blu-ray aren’t too Earth-shattering (er, make that “Death Star” shattering) but we do get a pretty good commentary from Seth McFarlane and some of the producers. McFarlane makes the show with his voices and writing and there’s no doubt that if he ever leaves, it’ll only be a shell of a show. And McFarlane is self-effacing enough that he never comes off as smug. We also get a grudge match of “Trivial Pursuit” as these four battle in out in a test of their wits. “Drawing with Peter Shin” is just that, it shows him doing his thing as he gives us his commentary and this is a compliment to the Animatics for several of the scenes shown as well. We also get “A Very Special Message from Darth Stewie” as well as some sock puppet outtakes. We get some BD-Live content as well as a second disc that acts as a digital copy and a DVD of the movie as well.

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