King of the Hill: Season Five

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Hank Hill is a normal man. He likes to work hard, mow his lawn, and drink a few beers with his friends out in the alleyway. He is the head of his household, with his strong, but loving wife Peggy and off kilter son Bobby, as well as his absentminded niece Luanne. When Hank isn’t selling propane, a product he believes in with all of his heart and soul, he loves to talk about the old days when he played high school football, or just stand around and drink beers. His life sounds like a simple one, but when you have friends like the paranoid Dale, the quirky Bill, and the incomprehensible Boomhauer, not to mention his sometimes off the wall family, your life is anything but simple. Even so, Hank loves his family and tolerates the bad times with his friends, and when conflict arises, he never shrinks under the pressure.

The success of The Simpsons resulted in more than a few new animated shows, but almost all of them met with a quick cancellation. An exception is King of the Hill, a series that follows a family from Arlen, Texas and while not as wild as The Simpsons, the show is quite humorous. I didn’t tune into King of the Hill at first, as it seemed like a normal sitcom, just animated. That happens to be the truth, as the show is grounded and doesn’t try to be as over the top as The Simpsons, but that is one reason it is so damn great. The characters do insane things and behave like idiots sometimes, but these actions fall within realistic boundaries, so while a little crazy, the show never goes too far. You can relate to these characters and thanks to the excellent writing, each episode delivers tons of laughs. Who knew Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead, could come up with such a laid back, yet hilarious concept. This fifth season has no extras, but the episodes alone are priceless, so this release earns a solid recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The prints have minimal signs of wear, so debris and grain are never problems. This allows for a clean, crisp visual texture, so the show’s bright presence comes off in fine fashion. The white, white, white office atmosphere looks excellent, as do the assorted color patches that arise. This is not a very colorful show, but when needed, the hues have ample richness. I found black levels to be spot on also, which means there is no imbalance within the darker hues. So we have more than solid visual treatments here, as all the episodes look even better than when shown on television.

Audio: How does it sound?

I don’t have a whole lot to discuss in this department, since the show’s audio is basic and so is this presentation. There is no real power or depth to mention, outside of the music, which has a little presence at times. The sound effects don’t amount to much, but all of the needed elements are on full showcase in these tracks. In other words, the background noises sound good, but don’t expect much beyond the basics. The real focus is on dialogue, so the clean and clear vocals found here are a welcome fixture in the mixes. This release also includes a Spanish language option, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish, in case you might need those at some point.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Sadly, no supplements have been included.

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