Saturday, 16 February 2008

DVD: Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest

Lowdown: Family Guy takes on Star Wars.
Review:
To be honest, the biggest deliberation I've had with Blue Harvest is whether it deserves a review or not. On one hand, it's just a 45 minute double episode from the Family Guy series that's been packaged into a DVD. On the other, it does have a lot of good things standing for it, including a very well prepared DVD and, let's not beat around the bush, some hilariously funny loud laughs filled 45 minutes.
The plot starts with the family watching TV when suddenly there's a power failure. The solution for passing the time is to retell the story of the original Star Wars film in the Family Guy way, which means that it covers the plot, roughly, and adds a sarcastic take on each of the key scenes it picked up on. Needless to say, the Star Wars characters are reenacted by Family Guy characters, with the highlight being Stewie's portrayal of Darth Vader.
One thing I am unable to explain, though, is the choice of name. What does Blue Harvest mean?
Best scene: There are many contenders here. Jo's favorite is the one featuring the musicians in the Moss Eisley bar pretending to take requests from the crowd but always opting to continue playing the same tune; my favorite was the argument between the gunners on board of the imperial cruiser ordered not to fire at the escape pod R2D2 and C3PO are in because there are no lifeforms on it and because they are now budgeted by the laser.
Picture quality: There's not much that could go wrong here, really, with the type of animation Family Guy goes with. That said, some of the space scenes look remarkably like the original, making me wonder whether the Family Guy crew actually used the originals there (they certainly had Lucas' cooperation; he is appearing in the DVD supplementals). Other than that, the only grip I have with the picture is the aspect ration of 1.33:1; aren't we on widescreen now?
Sound quality: With a full on 5.1 sound, the sound here is pretty good. Much better than everything else originating from a TV show I know of, but then again we hardly ever watch TV through the full blown hi fi system.
Overall: Let's take things in context here; this is just a TV episode thing. However, it's a good one, as good as they get. It's the best take on Star Wars I'm familiar with and it shows how movie parodies should be done. The fact Family Guy picked on the original Star Wars and not on the sick newer episodes also says something about where the makers came from.
5 out of 5 stars - no Star Wars fan should miss this one!

5 comments:

wile.e.coyote said...

based on the reivew (and I'm not sayin I read it as a) I don't like to read reviews before watching a movice b) it was too long and in English) I D/L the movie and it was great, I don't remember all the first episode (I think the car was taken from part 1) but it was great, it is a bit sad I never watch familiy guy as I can't understnad part of the jokes and also didn't like the fact that my hero was so short

Moshe Reuveni said...

Given that you're in the US all the time, how come you don't get the Family Guy jokes?

wile.e.coyote said...

I'm not in the USA all the time, the fact that I'm writing this answer from the states does not prove me wrong.
It does not seems to be the real states in any case as I'm sitting with a room full with people that were born and live east of Israel and they seems a bit black.
Anyhow I don't watch Family Guy as I watch it a bit and don't find it very funny

wile.e.coyote said...

This is also a good one
http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=mini_home&mini_id=54078

Moshe Reuveni said...

Are you fooling around or what? That link leads to a very depressing documentary.