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Rick and Morty: Season 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Rick and Morty” is one of those animated series that you love it or hate it. I enjoy self-deprecating, juvenile humor and watching this animated series which I found to be quite crazy, for me, each of these episodes were unpredictably fresh, but yet so nonpolitically correct. If you loved the first season and enjoy mature animated series such as “South Park” and even the tame “Beavis & Butthead”, then by all means, definitely give “Rick and Morty” a chance!

Image courtesy of © 2016 Cartoon Network, Adult Swim. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Rick and Morty: Season 2

SERIES RELEASE DATE: 2015

DURATION: Episodes 12-21 (220 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition/16:9 HD Widescreen, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: Adult Swim/Warner Home Video

RATED: TV M

Release Date: June 7, 2016


Originally Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon

Directed by Pete Michels, Bryan Newton, John Rice, Stephen Sandoval, Wesley Archer, dominic Polcino, Jeff Myers, Juan Jose Meza-Leon, Justin Roiland

Written by Dan Harmon,  Justin Roiland, Eric Acosta, Tom Kauffman, Wade Randolph, Mike McMahan, Matt Roller, Brian Wysol, David Phillips, Ryan Ridley, Abed Gheith, Rashad Gheith, Dan Guterman, Rich Fulcher, Alex rubens, sarah Carbiener, Jessica Gao and Erica Rosbe

Produced by Ollie Green, Dan Guterman, Kenny Micka

Co-Produced: Ryan Ridley, Alex Rubens

Executive Producer: Delna Bhesania, Keith Crofford, Dan harmon, Mike Lazzo, Justin Roiland, Barry Ward, Joe Russo

Music by Ryan Elder

Edited by Lee Harting, Ken Mackenzie

Casting by Ruth Lambert, Robert McGee

Art Director: James McDermott


Featuring the following voice talent:

Justin Roiland as Rick

Chris Parnell as Jerry

Spencer Grammer as Summer

Sarah Chalke as Beth

Kari Wahlgren as Jessica

Tom Kenny as Squanchy

Maurice LaMarche as Abradoph Lincler

Phil Hendrie as Principal Vagina

Brandon Johnson as Mr. Goldenfold

Dan Harmon as Birdperson


Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) is still living with his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) family and causing more trouble than ever. This season the rest of the family, his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), grand-daughter Summer (Spencer Grammer) and grand-son Morty (Justin Roiland) are dragged into Rick’s intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?


Summer joins Rick and Morty for their latest inter-dimension adventures.  But what happens when they unfreeze time and noticed that the timelines are decaying?

What happens when Jerry becomes a stowaway on Rick and Morty’s adventures and discovers other Jerry’s?  What happens when Rick reunites with his ex-lover Unity.  And who are all these alien parasites and this new friend known as Mr. Poopy Butthole?

What happens when Rick transforms into a younger body and calls himself Tiny Rick?  What happens when Rick and Morty go to a “Festival”, an annual event where people are free to commit crimes for one night without consequences?

Find out in season 2 of the critically acclaimed Adult Swim animated series, “Rick and Morty”, available now on Blu-ray!


What is “Rick and Morty”?

When voice actor Justin Roiland (“Fish Hooks”, “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls”) created an animation parody of “Back to the Future” for the film festival, “Channel 101”, it would capture the interest of the TV network/website’s co-founder, Dan Harmon (creator of the NBC comedy series “Community”).

And the two would collaborate on an mature animated series for Adult Swim titled “Rick and Morty”.

Premiering back in December 2013, the series received critical acclaim and since then, the series has done very well and a third season is set to air in late 2016.

“Rick and Morty” revolves around an alcoholic (mad) scientist named Rick who moves in with his daughter Beth, who is a veterinarian and equine cardiac surgeon.  Rick is often working on high-tech projects which he includes his grandson Morty and later, his granddaughter Summer on dangerous adventures through their own or other alternate universes.

Because Rick has a potty mouth and often talks down to his grandchildren, it tends to stress Morty out.  But somehow, together, they make it thorugh their adventures.

In Season Two, here is a spoiler free synopsis for each episode:

  • Episode 12 – A Rickle in Time – Six months after the events of last season’s finale, Rick, Morty and Summer unfreeze time, but find out they are displaced from time.
  • Episode 13 – Mortynight Run – As Rick and Morty are flying, Jerry has stowed-away in the vehicle.
  • Episode 14 – Auto Erotic Assimilation – Rick, Morty and Summer follow a distress signal to a planet where Rick’s ex, Unity lives.
  • Episode 15 – Total Rickall – Rick kills an alien parasite who was posing as Jerry’s brother Uncle Steve.
  • Episode 16 – Get Schwifty – A massive alien head has appeared over Earth and causing several global disasters.
  • Episode 17 – The Ricks Must Be Crazy – Rick, Morty and Summer are exploring a multi-verse but Rick’s vehicle won’t start.
  • Episode 18 – Big Trouble in Little Sanchez – Rick transforms into a younger body and comes to Summer’s school to deal with vampires.
  • Episode 19 – Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate – Jerry eats a pint of Cherry Garcia which was actually Rick’s virulent bacteria.
  • Episode 20 – Look’s Who’s Purging Now – Rick and Morty go to a planet where people are preparing for a “Funeral” where people are free to commit crimes for one night without consequence.
  • Episode 21 – The Wedding Squanchers – Rick receives a wedding invitation from Birdperson.

The main characters of “Rick and Morty” are:

  • Rick Sanchez – An alcoholic mad scientist who loves women.  His daughter is Beth and he is the grandfather of Morty and Summer.  He is often irresponsible but despite Beth’s husband Jerry thinking Rick is up to no good.  Beth defends her father’s scientific creativity.  He often takes Morth and Summer on dangerous adventures through their own universe or other alternate universes.
  • Mortimer “Morty” Smith – A stressed out 14-year-old due to the adventures of his grandfather.  Often questions his grandfather, thus on the receiving end of Rick’s verbal chastising.
  • Summer Smith – A 17-year-old who is intelligent and superficial.  Often jealous that Morty gets to accompany her grandfather on his adventures.
  • Beth Smith – Rick’s daughter who is a cardiac surgeon for horses and a vet.  Often struggles with her husband Jerry who thinks that Rick is always up to no good.  She is not phased of how Rick treats her children and always sees her father in a positive light (over her mother).
  • Jerry Smith – Beth’s insecure husband and dislikes Rick’s dangerous tendencies around his children.

VIDEO:

“Rick and Morty” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  Colors are vibrant and the animation features a colorful palette.  I didn’t notice any artifacts or banding issues.  Line art shows no jaggies and for the most part, looks crisp.  Overall, “Ricky and Morty” looks very good in HD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Rick and Morty” Season 2 is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and English subtitles.  Dialogue and music are crystal clear. Sound effects are well-utilized through the surround channels.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Rick and Morty” Season 2 comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Ryan Ridley and Wes Archer.
  • Deleted Animatic Sketches – (2:11) Featuring animatic sketches that were deleted.
  • Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party Featuring Chaos Chaos – (43:13) Featuring Chaos Chaos concert at the Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party.
  • Animatics – Featuring 11 Animatics for each of the episodes of season 2.

EXTRAS:

“Rick and Morty” Season 2 comes with a Plumbus Owner’s Manual, a slipcase and an Ultraviolet code.


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For those looking for a mature, nonpolitically correct animated series, one can look towards “Rick and Morty” to provide a hilarious and crazy time thanks to its inter-dimensional adventures and fun characters.

With Rick being an alcoholic, mad scientist and a grandfather who has no qualms of cussing at his grandchildren and a daughter who refuses to see her father’s faults because she wants to have a better relationship with him, suffice to say, it’s a series that is crazy and lewd.

No doubt, “Ricky and Morty” is a series that will either be something that you either will enjoy or not.  It’s not an animated series to show around the children, especially with the sexual jokes and profanity.  But it’s an animated series for those who grew up watching “Beavis and Butthead” and “South Park” and can’t get enough of the jokes and situations.

You just won’t see series where a grandfather has no problems telling his grandkids “f*** you” and really tearing them up emotionally and the parents don’t really do anything about it.  If you are politically correct, this series is not for you because it’s so wrong, it makes the whole situations so crazy and unpredictable.

With season 2, we get to see more of eldest daughter Summer now joining Rick and Morty on their adventures.  And similar to Morty, Rick treats here just the same as he did with Morty.

In another episode, we get to see an assassin who actually is a fart and Morty freeing Fart against Rick’s wishes.

In another episode, we see how alien parasites have taken the bodies of various characters and the family having a new friend named Mr. Poopy Butthole.

A hilarious episode featuring an alien head appearing over Earth and killing all of Earth’s famous musicians, except Ice-T.

Another episode in which Rick gets trapped in a young body and an episode where Rick’s penis can be used to be converted to a replacement heart for Shrimply Pibbles, the galaxy’s most famous civil rights activist.  Will Rick agree to donating his penis?

And what happens when Morty gets his own advanced power armor suit?

Needless to say, this is just a few things that happen in season two and I happen to find the series to be quite hilarious and crazy.  And while I laughed at various scenes, meanwhile my wife who watched a few episodes alongside with me, would shake her head and often interrupt and say that she hoped that our young teenage son never watched “Rick and Morty” because of the adult humor.

As for the Blu-ray release, animation is vibrant, lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music.  And there are a number of special features including a concert performance by Chaos Chaos.

Overall, “Rick and Morty” is one of those animated series that you either love it or hate it.  I enjoy self-deprecating, juvenile humor and watching this animated series which I found to be quite crazy, for me, each of these episodes were unpredictably fresh, but yet so nonpolitically correct.

If you loved the first season and enjoy mature animated series such as “South Park” and even the tame “Beavis & Butthead”, then by all means, definitely give “Rick and Morty” a chance!

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF HUNTER X HUNTER ON ADULT SWIM

April 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Reboot Of Fantasy Adventure Anime Series Based On Bestselling HUNTER X HUNTER Manga Launches With A Brand New English Dub Cast On Leading Animation Network April 16th

San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, excites action/adventure fans as it announces the launch of the all new HUNTER X HUNTER anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the action-packed, supernatural adventure series will premiere on Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

This latest anime property to join the VIZ Media catalog was produced in 2011 by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE, and was broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV. The series reboots the popular HUNTER X HUNTER manga series created by Yoshihiro Togashi. For the North American debut, VIZ Media has assembled a fresh cast of talented voice actors that includes Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Matthew Mercer as Leorio, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original HUNTER X HUNTER manga series, which is also published in print and digitally by VIZ Media (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

In the HUNTER X HUNTER anime series, abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world… Gon departs on a journey to become a Pro Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world!? His wild and epic journey is about to begin!!

“HUNTER X HUNTER is a fast-paced fantasy adventure beautifully animated by studio MADHOUSE and we are pleased to debut the series on Adult Swim’s Toonami with a first-ever English dub that adheres very closely to the storyline depicted in the original manga series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “We invite audiences to immerse themselves in this action-filled anime series and catch a new episode broadcast premiere each week!”

VIZ Media is the official North American distributor of the HUNTER X HUNTER anime series and holds the broadcast rights, digital streaming rights, home video rights and merchandising rights to the series.

For more information on HUNTER X HUNTER and anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family- friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV)
Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in 1953, Nippon TV has become the country’s undisputed ratings champion and finest producer of all genres of programs. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format Dragons’ Den, which has been sold in over 26 countries and regions. With well-established companies that deal in a broad range of businesses from movies, animation, events, to fitness clubs, Nippon TV is leveraging its ideal platform to expand into new realms. Recently launching a channel in Southeast Asia named GEM through a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television Networks, and taking a stake in the SVOD market through wholly-owned subsidiary Hulu Japan, Nippon TV is steadily solidifying its presence and brand as a global media powerhouse.

Robot Chicken: Season 7 (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

July 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Robot Chicken: Season 7″  retains the adult humor and continues the craziness and bold parodies that the series is known for.  While there are some sketches that will appeal to many of the people who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s,  for the most part, if you are into over-the-top, adult humor, especially involving toys and claymation characters, you’ll love this latest season of “Robot Chicken”!


DVD TITLE: Robot Chicken: Season 7

DURATION: (Episodes 121-139) 220 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 4:3, Bilingual Japanese & English, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Adult Swim

RATED: TV MA

Release Date: July 21, 2015


Directed by Zeb Wells

Written by Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Jordan Allen-Dutton, Zeb Wells, Matthew Ireland Beans, Rachel Bloom, Jason Reich, Mehar Sethi, Jessica Gao

Executive Producer: John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner

Co-Producer: Ethan Marak

Supervising Producer: Janet Dimon

Line Producer: Victoria L. Howard

Associate Producer: Nakia Trower

Music by Shawn Patterson

Cinematography by Helder Sun

Edited by Matt Mariska, Jenny McKibben

Casting by Ivy Isenberg

Art Direction by Trisha Gum

 


Featuring the voices of:

Seth Green

Breckin Meyer

Matthew Senreich

Dan Milano

Tom Root

Laurent Vernin

Seth MacFarlane

Jamie Kaler

Abraham Benrubi

Victor Yerrid


Adult Swim’s Emmy® Award-winning stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken returns on DVD with 20 all-new episodes from Season 7, including the now famous “Bitch Pudding Special”. Packed with hours of bonus content, Robot Chicken Season 7 will include 20 commentaries from show creators and cast, deleted animatics, outtakes, interviews, behind the scenes, and more.


In 2005, actor Seth Green (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Austin Powers” films) and Matthew Senreich along with writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root went on to create “Robot Chicken”.

Back when “ToyFare” was published, the magazine writers Senreich, Goldstein and Root would feature a humorous photo comic-strip  and sure enough along with Green, the guys would create a sketch comedy featuring parodies of popular American pop culture using toys via stop-motion or claymation.  Inspired by a dish at Kung Pao Bistro, “Robot Chicken” was born and it would air on Carton Network’s “Adult Swim” in 2005.

The show has won an Annie Award including three Academy Awards and as the series will continue for another eighth season on Adult Swim, the seventh season of “Robot Chicken” has been released on DVD in July 2014.

And this time around, the crew bring in more celebrities for voicework but also a few female writers for a fun and crazy season!

For those not familiar with “Robot Chicken”, each episode is about eleven minutes long and features a number of stop-motion and claymation skits. The episodes are not for children as their is profanity and adult discussions on each episode.

For the seventh season, there are a total of 20 episodes:

1. Bitch Pudding Special
2. G.I. Jogurt
3. Link’s Sausages
4. Secret of the Booze
5. Rebel Appliance
6. Legion of Super-Gyros
7. El Skeletorio
8. Snarfer Image
9. Up, Up and Buffet
10. Panthropologie
11. Catdog on a Stick
12. Super Guitario Center
13. Noidstrom Rack
14. Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone
15. Walking Dead Lobster
16. The Hobbit: There and Bennigan’s
17. The Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays but Don’t Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special
18. Batman Forever 21
19. Victoria’s Secret of Nimh
20. Chipotle Miserables

Plus the following specials “Bitch Pudding Special”, the 2013 Christmas special “Born Again Virgin Christmas Special” and the 2014 Christmas/New Year special “Lots of Holidays but Don’t Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special”.


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Robot Chicken: Season 7″ is presented in widescreen.  While the series received an HD release last year, for the seventh season, the DVD releases is good as one can expect on DVD. The details can be seen on the toy and claymation figures but there are some jaggedness with animation and DNR is applied.

Dialogue is clear and understandable, while certain scenes with explosions have good dynamic range coming from the front channels.  For the most part, the episodes are primarily front and center-channel driven.

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Robot Chicken: Season 7” comes with the following special features:

  • Commentary – All episodes come with audio commentary.
  • The Ones That Got Away – (6:07)  A featurette about sketches that got cut.
  • Beneath Harv’s Beard – (6:54) John Harvatine IV gets a shave after losing a bet.
  • Favorites from the Room – (4:00) The creators discuss their favorite sketches.
  • The Gummy Bear Challenge – (5:01) A few of the staff members take the gummy bear challenge.
  • Born Again Virgin Christmas Special – (11:10) The 2013 “Robot Chicken” Christmas special
  • Stoopid Buddy Stodios Takes San Diego Comic Con – (4:02) The crew visits San Diego Comic Con.
  • Cut Sketches – (18:04) The crew discuss some of their cut sketches and feature the sketches (with voice acting).
  • The Making of Bitch Pudding Special – (4:21) A special feature about the making of the Strawberry Shortcake sketch character and how the fan demanded more of Bitch Pudding.

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As a fan of “Robot Chicken”, the comedy around stop motion and action figures/toys was a fascinating and hilarious concept when it was first conceived and still remains crazy, hilarious and fun today!

Sure, the comedy is mature and each episode is about 11 minutes long but part of the allure is how much stop-motion and the amount of creativity that goes into the making for each small stop-motion story in each episode.

I haven’t personally counted on how many stop-motion toy skits there are per episode but I can imagine that the serious takes a long time just to create but most importantly, the creativity that comes into writing for each episode and trying to emulate what is seen on the script and making it happen and believable with the action figures and toys.

But with the seventh season of “Robot Chicken”, it’s even more crazy and raunchy as ever (yes, I know I say this every year).

You can expect a good number of crazy episodes in season 7 as Cobra wants to outdo G.I. Joe when it comes to PSA’s, watch what happens when Punky Brewster become evil, the crew of the video game “Punch Out” visits Doc’s funeral, a Star Trek parody, many “Masters of the Universe” skits, Superman visiting Santa Claus and more!

This seventh season DVD set also features the return of Bitch Pudding, the mean Strawberry Shortcake sketch character in her own special. The DVD also includes the hilarious and crazy Christmas and New Years special titled “Robot Chicken: Lots of Holidays but Don’t Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special”, with one of the craziest parody of “The Chipmunks” which always makes me laugh, each time I have watched it.  And also, the inclusion of the 2013 special which was not included on the season six Blu-ray or DVD.

As for the DVD release, this is a jam-packed and fans should love it as their are many hours of special features.  For one, each episode has audio commentary, then there are a number of hilarious featurettes included and also many deleted sketches and more.

Once again, this is a series not for children.  So, just because there are toys in stopmotion and claymation, there is a lot of profanity and adult humor featured on each episode.

Overall, “Robot Chicken: Season 7″  retains the adult humor and continues the craziness and bold parodies that the series is known for.  While there are some sketches that will appeal to many of the people who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s,  for the most part, if you are into over-the-top, adult humor, especially involving toys and claymation characters, you’ll love this latest season of “Robot Chicken”!

 

Black Dynamite: Season One (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you have been looking for a mature animated series with sex and violence and mature humor or a fan of the “Black Dynamite” Adult Swim animated series and want to see it uncensored, then “Black Dynamite: Season One” is worth checking out!

Images courtesy of © Adult Swim. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: Black Dynamite: Season One

TV EPISODE RELEASE: 2011

DURATION: 10 Episodes (220 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English DolbyTrue HD 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Espanol – Latino, Dansk, Suomi, Norsk, Svenska

COMPANY: Adult Swim

RATED: TV MA L

Release Date: July 15, 2014

Directed by Carl Jones, Lesean Thomas, Kalvin Lee

Written by Bria Ash, Carl Jones, Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White

Produced by Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White, Monica Jones

Executive Producer: Jillian Apfelbaum, Jon Steingart, Nick Weidenfed, Carl Jones

Edited by Felipe Salazar

Art Direction by Antonio Canobbio

Starring:

Liz Benoit as Voice

Jimmy Walker Jr. as Roscoe

Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn

Byron Minns as Bullhorn

Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite

Kym Whitley as Honeybee

 

It all began when actor Michael Jai White (“Spawn”, “The Dark Knight”, “The Underground Bounty Hunter”) was listening to “Superbad” by James Brown on his iPod and suddenly he came up with an idea to have a film spoofing ’70s blaxpoitation films (1970′s exploitation films targeting urban Black audiences).

White got together with a few friends and began taking photos of himself in ’70s outfits and hooked up with director Scott Sanders (“Thick as Thieves”) and their friend and fellow actor Byron Minns (“Undisputed”, “South Central”) to help craft the 2009 film known as “Black Dynamite”.

The film that is set in the 70’s revolved around a former CIA agent named Black Dynamite (played Michael Jai White) who finds out his brother had been killed by the mafia.  He is recruited by government who tells him that his brother was killed by drug dealers, dealing with “smack” and now Dynamite, who swore to his mother that he would protect him, is now out for revenge.  Black Dynamite is a tough man but also a man who’s know to get his ladies.

Having received a lot of hype because of its theme and its protagonist, “Black Dynamite” would eventually find new life in 2012 as the series would receive an animation adaptation from Titmouse, Inc. and would star Michael Jai White reprising his role as Black Dynamite, Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn, Byron Minns as Bullhorn and Kym Whitley as Honeybee.

The series would feature a mature rating and would be featured on Adult Swim.

With a total of 10 episodes created, the first season will be uncensored and released on Blu-ray.

Here is a spoilerless synopsis of each episode:

  • EPISODE 1 – “Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo’ Eyes” – Cream Corn saves a young Michael Jackson, but this young performer may not be as cool as Cream Corn thinks he is.
  • EPISODE 2 – “Bullhorn Nights or Murder She Throats (a.k.a Mandingo’s Got a Pink Toe)” – Bullhorn goes undercover in the porn industry.
  • EPISODE 3 – “Taxes and Death or Get Him to the Sunset Strip!” – Black Dynamite must take on a job because he owes $60,000 in taxes.
  • EPISODE 4 – “A Crisis at Christmas or The Dark Side of the Dark Side of the Moon” – Black Dynamite wants to be more likable during Christmas, so he tries to be like O.J. Simpson.
  • EPISODE 5 – “Panic on the Player’s Ball Express or That’s Influenza Sucka!”- Leroy Van Nuys (voiced by Snoop Dogg) has hijacked a train.
  • EPISODE 6 – “The $#*! That Killed The King or Weekend At Presley’s” – President Nixon tries to destroy Black Dynamite by trying to introduce cheap drugs to the Black community.
  • EPISODE 7 -“Apocalypse, This! or For the Pity of Fools (AKA Flashbacks Are Forever)” – Black Dynamite and friends must go to Vietnam to stop Laurence Tureaud from restarting another Vietnam War.
  • EPISODE 8 – “Honky Kong or White Apes Can’t Hump” – Honeybee is depressed and Black Dynamite, Bullhorn and Cream Corn take here to the circus.  What can go wrong?
  • EPISODE 9 – “The Race War or Big Black Cannon, Balls Run!” – Black Dynamite is reunited with his old talking car “Eartha K.I.T.T.”.
  • EPISODE 10 – “Seed of Kurtis AKA Father Is Just Another Word For Motherf#@ker” – That Bastard Kurtis wants revenge on Black Dynamite.

VIDEO:

“Black Dynamite: Season One” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  The look and feel of the series features a colorful palette and a fluid animation style that works with this series with its shading and use of Earthtones but an emphasis on backgrounds and character animation.  It has a feeling almost like Japanese animation but it’s great to see American animation utilize a creative style.

I didn’t notice any banding issues or artifacts

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Black Dynamite: Season One” is presented in English DolbyTrue HD 5.1.  “Black Dynamite” is an action-driven series and features a great dynamic range of audio as one would expect.  Dialogue and music is crystal clear.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French, Espanol – Latino, Dansk, Suomi, Norsk and Svenka.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Black Dynamite: Season One” features the following special features:

  • The Making of Black Dynamite – (10:37) Featuring Carl Jones, Michael Jai and more discussing how “Black Dynamite” became an animated series and how long it takes to make and more!
  • Video Commentary for “Just Beat It” featuring Carl Jones, Tommy Davidson, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns
  • Video Commentary for “Bullhorn Nights or Murder She Throats” featuring Carl Jones, Tommy Davidson, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.
  • Video Commentary for “Taxes and Death or Get Him to the Sunset Strip” featuring Carl Jones, Tommy Davidson, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.
  • Video Commentary for “Apocalypse, This! or For the Pity of Fools a.k.a. Flashbacks are Forever” featuring Carl Jones, Tommy Davidson, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.
  • Video Commentary for “Honky Kong! or White Apes Can’t Hump” featuring Carl Jones, Tommy Davidson, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.
  • Pilot – (11:21) The original Pilot Episode.

EXTRAS:

“Black Dynamite: Season One” comes with a slipcase plus a UltraViolet code.

As a big fan of the original “Black Dynamite” live action film, “Black Dynamite” the animated series is a more mature animated series in which the creators can go farther than what was seen in the movie.

With it uncensored, the series is literally in-your-face with its use of profanity and adult humor and combined with the cool animated look with its vibrant colors and bold presentation, “Black Dynamite: Season One” on Blu-ray goes farther than “Boondocks” and even “South Park” and literally becoming one of Adult Swim’s more mature action comedy series because of the type of character Black Dynamite is.

For characters, you got the jive-talking pimps, the militants, the crooked cops and politicians, the whores, the drug dealers…all integral to the film with dialogue filled with’70s expletives and ethnic slurs.  An obvious nod to “Shaft”, “Superfly”, “The Mack”, “Return of the Dragon” and “Foxy Brown” and other films and the talents of that era.

But when I say they go farther, who would think that for the first episode alone, they would feature a young, violent Michael Jackson with hints of the future Michael Jackson.

Or Black Dynamite needing a job badly, so he must escort a drugged-out and emotionally unstable Richard Pryor to a comedy performance.

Or what happens when a giant albino gorilla kidnaps Honey Bee and it wanting to make sweet love to her?

And how far will Cream Corn go to save the kids?

Suffice to say, each episode is audacious but enjoyable, raw and fun but definitely not a series to have the children watching as it features sex, violence and taking on a lot of cultural taboos.

So, for those who enjoyed the original “Black Dynamite” but also dig the humor of “Boondocks” and the action of “Afro Samurai” will enjoy this animated series!

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is fantastic.  The character designs and even backgrounds are well-done, colorful and bold.  While the lossless audio is also crystal clear.  For special features, you also get a making of, the original pilot plus several video commentary for several episodes.

Overall, if you have been looking for a mature animated series with sex and violence and mature humor or a fan of the “Black Dynamite” Adult Swim animated series and want to see it uncensored, then “Black Dynamite: Season One” is worth checking out!

The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

March 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you are a longtime viewer of the crazy misadventures of the Adult Swim animated series “The Venture Bros.”, will no doubt enjoy the continued adventures of Team Venture, especially in HD!

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TITLE: The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season

TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2013

DURATION: 10 EPISODES (198 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 16:9 Widescreen, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: Adult Swim

RATED: TV MA L

Release Date: March 5, 2014

Created by Christopher McCulloch

Directed by Christopher McCulloch, Ethan Marak

Written by Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer

Executive Producer: Christpoher McCulloch, Keith Crofford, Michael Lazzo, Steven S.H. Yoon, Doc Hammer

Music by J. G. Thirlwell

Cinematography by Jeff Gardner

Edited by Elizabeth Winter

Starring:

Christopher McCulloch as Hank Venture

James Urbaniak as Dr. Venture

Michael Sinterniklaas as Dean Venture

Doc Hmmaer as Henchman 21

Patrick Warburton as Brock Samson

Steven Rattazzi as Dr. Orpheus

Paul Boocock as Dr. Jonas Venture

Mia Barron as Molotov Cocktease

Brendon Small as Action Johnny

Enjoy the fun adventures of Finn and Jake with this Adventure Time DVD featuring the complete third season. Travel through the Land of Ooo with your favorite characters including Beemo, Marceline the Vampire Queen, and the Ice King.

In 2003, “Venture Bros.” would have its series premiere on the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim”.

The adult animated series was created by Christopher McCulloch (a.k.a. Jackson Publick) and the series would air on Adult Swim every other year.

Often compared with an adult and twisted version of “Jonny Quest”, “The Venture Bros.” is a series that revolve around Team Venture, especially the Venture twins (Henry and Dean) who take on their nemesis known as The Monarch.  And an ongoing storyline of how these twins constantly are killed but are replaced by clone versions.

The main characters featured on the “Venture Bros.” are:

  • Henry Allen “Hank” Venture – The fraternal twin with blonde hair.  He is outgoing and athletic.
  • Dean Venture – The fraternal twin who is a brunette and is the more intelligent of the twins.
  • Dr. Thaddeus S. “Rusty” Venture – The father of the twins and the lazy scientist who inherited Venture Industries from the famous Dr. Jonas Venture.
  • Sergeant Hatred – The former nemesis of Dr. Venture turned Venture family bodyguard.  His wife has left him for Scorpio and has a obsession of looking at his man boobs.
  • Dermott Fictel – A compulsive liar and was revealed in season four to be the third son of Dr. Venture.
  • Dr. Jonas Venture, Jr. – The deformed twin of Dr. Venture, who is more successful than Rusty.
  • The Monarch – The nemesis of Team Venture.
  • Dr. Mrs. the Monarch (Dr. Girlfriend) – Wife and assistant to The Monarch with a voice of a man.

Season 5 features a total of 10 episodes which are 45 minutes long (all episodes are on one Blu-ray disc). Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode:

  • EPISODE 56 – “What Color is Your Cleansuit?” – Dr. Venture hires Billy Quizboy, Pete White and others. Meanwhile, Dean becomes more emo.
  • EPISODE 57 – “Venture Libre” – General Manhowers sends Dr. Venture, Hank and Sgt. Hatred to Central America to find Venturestein.
  • EPISODE 58 – “SPHINX Rising” – After Gary posts a request on Guildlist for work on SPHINX, those interested are former members of SPHINX.
  • EPISODE 59 – “Spanakopita!” – Dr. Venture, Billy and White head to Spanakopita Festival for the Greek Islands.
  • EPISODE 60 – “O.S.I. Love You” – Molotov and Monstroso are kidnapped by Brock and the OSI.
  • EPISODE 61 – “Momma’s Boys” – Hank and Dermott try to sneak out of the house without their father knowing.
  • EPISODE 62 – “Bot Seeks Bot” – What is happening to Council 13?
  • EPISODE 63 – “The Devil’s Grip” -With Dr. Venture assumed to be dead, the twins are sent to live with their godparents.

VIDEO:

“The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  Colors are absolutely vibrant, there is some banding issues, as well as some artifacts that I saw in different parts of the series, but nothing too hideous.

If anything, the color palette is vibrant, blacks are nice and deep but picture quality is not perfect, nor does it hinder one’s enjoyability of the series.

AUDIO:

“The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season” is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1.

For a Cartoon Network Blu-ray release, the good news is that the series was given a lossless soundtrack and that there is surround and LFE usage.  Not a whole lot but there is surround usage and also a few moments of LFE-use.  Dialogue is crystal clear and while there is music, it’s more background noise.

Subtitles are in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Each episode features audio commentary by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.
  • Deleted Scenes – (5:52) Featuring deleted scenes from the fifth season of “The Venture Bros.”.
  • Fax My Grandson – (3:14) The further adventures of Diamond Backdraft.
  • A Very Venture Halloween – (22:29) A special Halloween episode of “The Venture Bros.”
  • A Very Venture Halloween Audio Commentary – (22:29) Audio commentary with Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick for the special Halloween episode of “The Venture Bros.” and the use of newer production and with an editor.
  • From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story – (11:45) A story of failure and triumph and more failure and more triumph about the band “The Shallow Gravy Story”.

EXTRAS:

“The Venture Bros. – The Fifth Season” comes with a slipcase. Also, included is an Ultraviolet code which allows you to watch and share on computers, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, game consoles and connected TV’s.

As season six of “The Venture Bros.” is being planned for release, the fifth season is now available on Blu-ray!

The adventures continue the craziness of Team Venture and the misadventures of the group continues as the fifth season marked a change in the series as we got to see the twins going through major changes. From the twins learning that they are clones, Dermott finally learning his relation to the Venture family and also The Monarch finally enacting his plans to catch Dr. Venture.

For those not familiar with this series, you will definitely want to catch the previous seasons to know the characters and what has transpired in previous seasons as these characters do evolve.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is vibrant, while there are some issues of banding and minor artifacts, but nothing that ruins your viewing of the series.  The soundtrack is also lossless and there is use of the surround channels and LFE, not a whole lot, but the fact that we do get a lossless soundtrack is a plus.

Also, you get the Halloween special and each episode including the special Halloween episode comes with an audio commentary track.  How awesome is that?!

Overall, if you are a longtime viewer of the crazy misadventures of the Adult Swim animated series “The Venture Bros.”, will no doubt enjoy the continued adventures of Team Venture, especially in HD!

Robot Chicken: Season 6 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Robot Chicken: Season 6” is crazier than ever!  And for fans of the series, you’re getting a jam-packed Blu-ray release with a lot of special features included!  If you dig the series and are aware of its adult humor then this Blu-ray release is recommended!

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TITLE: Robot Chicken: Season 6

FILM RELEASE: 2012

DURATION: 220 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 16:9, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital English 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH

COMPANY: Adult Swim

RATED: TV MA L

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Directed by Zeb Wells

Written by Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Jordan Allen-Dutton, Zeb Wells, Matthew Ireland Beans, Rachel Bloom, Jason Reich, Mehar Sethi, Jessica Gao

Executive Producer: John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner

Co-Producer: Ethan Marak

Supervising Producer: Janet Dimon

Line Producer: Victoria L. Howard

Associate Producer: Nakia Trower

Music by Shawn Patterson

Cinematography by Helder Sun

Edited by Matt Mariska, Jenny McKibben

Casting by Ivy Isenberg

Art Direction by Trisha Gum

Featuring the voices of:

Seth Green

Breckin Meyer

Matthew Senreich

Dan Milano

Tom Root

Laurent Vernin

Seth MacFarlane

Jamie Kaler

Abraham Benrubi

Victor Yerrid

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Cybernetic fowl from the Adult Swim late-night animated bizarro programming block is back with another full season of Emmy Award-winning stop motion comedy insanity!  Twenty colossal, mega-sized quarter-hour episodes! An avalanche of expertly produced, lovingly crafted extras that were not in any way thrown together at the last minute! All on a spinny disc, read by lasers! LASERS! What, are we in space?

In 2005, actor Seth Green (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Austin Powers” films) and Matthew Senreich along with writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root went on to create “Robot Chicken”.

Back when “ToyFare” was published, the magazine writers Senreich, Goldstein and Root would feature a humorous photo comic-strip  and sure enough along with Green, the guys would create a sketch comedy featuring parodies of popular American pop culture using toys via stop-motion or claymation.  Inspired by a dish at Kung Pao Bistro, “Robot Chicken” was born and it would air on Carton Network’s “Adult Swim” in 2005.

The show has won an Annie Award including three Academy Awards and as the series is on its seventh season, the sixth season of “Robot Chicken” is being released on Blu-ray and DVD in October 2013.

And this time around, the crew bring in more celebrities for voicework but also a few female writers for a fun and crazy season!

For those not familiar with “Robot Chicken”, each episode is about eleven minutes long and features a number of stop-motion and claymation skits. The episodes are not for children as their is profanity and adult discussions on each episode.

For the sixth season, there are a total of 20 episodes.  Here is a spoilerless summary of each episode:

  • EPISODE 111 – Executed by the State – G.I. Joe’s new modern challenge.  The origin of the Starbucks logo and Wile E. Coyote takes on the Road Runner and what happens when Orville Redenbacher confronts the “Children of the Corn”.
  • EPISODE 112 – Crushed by a Steamroller on my 53rd Birthday – Alvin and the Chipmunks have alone time with their female human groupies.  Mary Poppins is being investigated.  G.I. Joe helps the modern army fight the Taliban.
  • EPISODE 113 – Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special – Wilson from “Cast Away” is found and what happens when Thelma is unavailable to help Scooby Doo and the gang.
  • EPISODE 114- Poisoned by Relatives – The Shirt Tales gang fight in World War II and Osama Bin Laden’s end.
  • EPISODE 115 – Hurtled from a Helicopter into a Speeding Train – Adventures with E.T., Captain Planet has a new mission.
  • EPISODE 116 – Disemboweled by an Orphan – Frosty goes through a change, what happens when tourists witness He-Man and Skeletor fighting.
  • EPISODE 117 – In Bed Surrounded by Love Ones – The Lego people react to non-conformity and the consequences that Captain Kirk must face.
  • EPISODE 118 – Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves – The Robot Chicken Nerd joins Team Fortress 2 and She-Ra’s revelation.
  • EPISODE 109 – Hemlock, Gin and Juice – Krypto is neutered, Dora the Explore turns 15 and why are the Angry Birds to angry?
  • EPISODE 110 – Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War – E.T. takes over an ER, why Black Widow and Hawkeye are members of the Avengers.
  • EPISODE 111 – Eviscerated Post-Coital by a Six Foot Mantis – Mario and Luigi become rich and Rambo purchases modern furniture.
  • EPISODE 112 – Butchered in Burbank – The real life of Pac-Man, what kind of junk will Ariel find?
  • EPISODE 113 – Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special – Justin Bieber’s new holiday song, Santa contacts Jason Bourne to give Bieber a Christmas gift, G.I. Joe members try to decide what to give Snake Eyes for Christmas.
  • EPISODE 114 – Papercut to Aorta – Badtz-Maru goes back to his old ways, “Hunger Games” Smurf style!
  • EPISODE 115 – Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm– The end of iCarly.
  • EPISODE 116 – Eaten by Cats – The Teletubbies become the new Power Rnagers, Mjolnir becomes annoying.
  • EPISODE 117 – Botched Jewel Heist – Jasoon Voorhees meets with Michael Meyers.
  • EPISODE 118 -Robot Fight Accident – The “Robot Chicken” nerd becomes Little Red Riding Hood.
  • EPISODE 119 – Choked on a Bottle Cap – The Humping Robot is back and it attacks the Navy and what happens when the Thunder Cats are in heat?
  • EPISODE 120 – Immortal –  Cabin in the Woods parody.

VIDEO:

“Robot Chicken: Season 6” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  The picture quality for the toys are good as fabrics can be seen in great detail.  Colors are vibrant, sharpness is good.  Of course, the details can be seen when it comes to the toy and claymation figures.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Robot Chicken: Season 6” is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 Stereo with English SDH subtitles.

Dialogue is clear and understandable, while certain scenes with explosions have good dynamic range coming from the front channels.  For the most part, the episodes are primarily front and center-channel driven.  With a few occurrences of LFE.

But the dialogue, sound effects and music are crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Robot Chicken: Season 6r” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – All 20 “Robot Chicken: Season 6” episodes includes audio commentary by Seth Green, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root,  Skeet Ulrich and Zeb Wells.
  • Making of Season 6 – (10:08) Doug Goldstein, Zeb Wells, crew and cast talk about season six.  Also, behind-the-scenes of recording in the studio.
  • The Wilson Identity: From People to Puppets – (1:33) Zeb Wells and crew planning the Wilson segment and comparison to the final product.
  • They Came to Play – (5:35) Seth Green talks about how they have fun doing this job and how the celebrities can come in and have fun for season 6.
  • Our First Ladies – (6:15) The female writers for “Robot Chicken”.
  • Kirkman on Kirkman – (2:26) Robert Kirkman talks about playing himself on “Robot Chicken”.
  • Outtakes! – (3:53) The outtakes from season six of “Robot Chicken”.
  • My First Time… – (1:43) The first time of the celebrities doing “Robot Chicken”.
  • The Dirt on Seth and Matt(2:23) – Celebrities talk about Seth and Matt.
  • The Inside Joke – (2:00) About the Mike Fasolo character.
  • The Benefits of Robot Chicken – (3:31) How “Robot Chicken” can give one benefits by the sheer mention of the name.
  • Who the F*** is Zeb?? – (6:14) Crew talk about their new director and co-writer, Zeb Wells.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Future of Holidays – (4:54) Behind-the-scenes of “Post-Apocalyptic Future of Holidays”.
  • Deleted Channel Flips – (13:10) Every deleted things on the cutting room floor (sketches).
  • Chicken Nuggets – Featuring the episode plus access to the sketch by sketch video commentary (a chicken icon appears on screen, and you need to hit enter on your remote).  For episode 1 – “Executed by the State”, Episode 13  – “Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special” and episode 20 – “Immortal”.
  • Deleted Scenes – (2:40) Featuring five deleted scenes: Airport Thumper, Pac-Man Colonic, Frank Gone Wrong, Fugitive Death, Giraffe Skeleton.
  • Deleted Animatics – (55:13) Featuring 37 deleted scenes with video intros by crew and sketch animatics.

EXTRAS:

“Robot Chicken: Season 6” comes with an UltraViolet code (Digital Copy) and a slipcase.

As a fan of “Robot Chicken”, the comedy around stop motion and action figures/toys was a fascinating and hilarious concept when it was first conceived and still remains crazy, hilarious and fun today!

Sure, the comedy is mature and each episode is about 11 minutes long but part of the allure is how much stop-motion and the amount of creativity that goes into the making for each small stop-motion story in each episode.

I haven’t personally counted on how many stop-motion toy skits there are per episode but I can imagine that the serious takes a long time just to create but most importantly, the creativity that comes into writing for each episode and trying to emulate what is seen on the script and making it happen and believable with the action figures and toys.

But with the sixth season of “Robot Chicken”, it’s crazy and raunchy as ever.

What happens when G.I. Joe is sent to join with a modern military to fight with the Taliban?  What happens when the Thundercats go in heat?  What happens when the Great Zordon brings in their new Power Rangers, the Teletubbies?  What is the truth about Pac-Man? What happens when Wilson of “Cast Away” makes it back to the United States?  And what happens when Alvin & the Chipmunks find out they have female fans that are human?

The “G.I. Joe” segments are hilarious.  For those who remember the animated series, most of the time the group were trying to stop technological weapons of destruction, but this time around, everyone has to train the current military and fight the Taliban.  And sure enough, G.I. Joe learns that their military days and today’s military are quite different?

The “Alvin & the Chipmunk” segment is so wrong but so hilarious…what if the three have alone time with their groupies?

And yes, “The Robot Chicken” nerd is back in several skits including one where he joins “Team Fortress 2”. Unreal!

As for the Blu-ray release, this is a jam-packed and fans should love it as their are many hours of special features.  For one, each episode has audio commentary, then there are a number of hilarious featurettes included and also many deleted scenes and deleted channel flip animatics and deleted animatics with video introductions by the crew.

Picture quality is better than the DVD and while details of clothing and even little imperfections are seen much more clearly, the colors really pop and the audio is crystal clear, although a more center and front channel driven lossless soundtrack.

Once again, this is a series not for children.  So, just because there are toys in stopmotion and claymation, there is a lot of profanity and adult humor featured on each episode.

Overall, “Robot Chicken: Season 6” is crazier than ever!  And for fans of the series, you’re getting a jam-packed Blu-ray release with a lot of special features included!  If you dig the series and are aware of its adult humor then this Blu-ray release is recommended!

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