The Brak Show: Season One

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A neighborhood that looks and sounds like a normal, quiet neighborhood. A house that looks just like many others, a simple, quaint house. But within this house is Brak, a space pirate who has settled down and now goes to school, like little children do. He lives with his parents, including his father, who is a very small Latin man. His mom is sort of like Brak himself, only more feminine, of course. Most of his time is spent with his best pal Zorak, also a nefarious villain who has moved to a more normal lifestyle. Or at least as normal a life as creatures like Brak and Zorak can manage. The two often hang out with Thundercleese, a massive robotic instrument of destruction that happens to live next door. Thundercleese has a short temper and a powerful weapons system, which means a lot of stuff explodes in this neighborhood. All of these characters and others wind up in situations like you wouldn’t believe, stuff like time machine voyages, instant singing voices, and neighborhood wars over bikini briefs, all of which are sure to result in hilarity.

I admit it, I am a full scale Adult Swim junkie. I love all the shows and without fail, my personal video recorder is always loaded down with episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, not to mention this show, The Brak Show. A spin-off of sorts from Space Ghost, which is kind of a spin-off itself, this series revolves around Brak. He isn’t the lone Space Ghost element however, as the lovable Zorak is also on hand, but don’t think this is a Space Ghost clone. On Space Ghost, Brak was random and never made sense, but his lines were always hilarious. That trend continues on his own show, as the stories make no sense and the dialogue is off the wall, but the laughs are frequent. Brak’s constant presence does lessen the humor at times, since his limited screen time on Space Ghost made what time he did have worthwhile. While not as surreal and addictive as some Adult Swim shows, The Brak Show is still another sold series. So for fans of Brak or Adult Swim in general, this first volume of The Brak Show is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. This series has an overload of colors, but this disc never slips, not even for a second. The hues look as vibrant as humanly possible, but never smear or oversaturate, which is highly impressive work. The black levels are rich and never obscure detail in the least. I also saw no evidence of edge enhancement or compression flaws, these all look terrific. The visual design, with animation on photorealistic backgrounds is one of the show’s strong points, so I am pleased that Warner has been able to give us this terrific treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

The exciting sounds of the Brak sitcom realm are in full force here, from the quirky musical numbers to the squeaky vocals. Of course, this sounds much like the series does on television, so don’t expect much in terms of dynamic presence. I found the audio to be a little sharper here however, so this disc is an improvement, to an extent. The elements all sound terrific here, with booming music, clean sound effects, and well presented dialogue. This release also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, and French, in case you want to read Brak’s ramblings in another language as you watch.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You can listen to audio commentaries on two episodes, though one of those episodes, Goldfish has been graced with two such sessions. As Brak is involved, that means a lot of nonsense, but in this case, I think we’d rather have fun stuff than technical information. The creators do dish some decent data, but I still prefer Brak’s insane take on things, hands down. A radio play option is also offered, in which the never before released original pilot episode is acted out in classic radio drama style. The rest of the extras represent a vault of sorts for Brak’s previous work. A large helping of clips from Cartoon Planet make us pine for the old days, while material from Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak is also most welcome. Rounding out the supplements are some fake news reports, with Brak in the anchorman position.

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