The Family Guy review

I finally found a copy of THE FAMILY GUY DVD boxed set last weekend, after hitting seven different stores.

The good news: It’s a funnier show than I remembered. I’ve only watched the first half dozen episodes so far, but it’s sharp. There are a couple of commentaries on the first disc that really tick me off; I know commentaries were recorded for all the episodes but not included in the boxed set. What a sad waste. Hearing the voice of Stewie swearing in character is worth the price of admission alone.

The bad news: The video quality has serious issues. There’s edge enhancement evident throughout the disc. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll know for sure after watching one of these shows. All the black lines that make up a character look slightly blurry or wavy. Even worse, occasionally it’ll spread out to the background lines. The term “squigglevision” has been applied to this DVD set, and I can’t disagree with it. It’s more than just the freeze frame shots. That’s too bad. It’s always sad when the show looks better on cable TV than through your DVD player.

However, it’s not a deal breaker. You can get used to it fairly fast, and if you don’t let it ruin your enjoyment for the series, it’s not an issue. Yes, it shouldn’t be an issue at all. FOX really screwed up in mastering this set and that’s a shame. However, it’s such a great show that the material can overcome it.


7 Responses to “The Family Guy review”

  1. Jeff
    28. April 2003 at 17:17


    Was it really that hard to find. I’ve been putting off buying that DVD for a little longer than I expected. Where did you happen to pick it up at?

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    29. April 2003 at 11:03

    Hey Jeff,

    Most of the stores around me were sold out — on the day the thing was released!

    I finally found it at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY. At the FYE store, which is usually horrible overpriced, but had a competitive price on this one. ($36, same as Best Buy was advertising it for.)


  3. Jeff
    29. April 2003 at 12:38

    I knew I shouldn’t have put it off…I’d better go check tonight to see if anywhere even has anything left. Thanks!

  4. pmpknface
    30. April 2003 at 16:08

    Family Guy is now on Cartoon Network at 11:30pm – so set your TiVo! I’ve been watching an episode a day.

    Man, that was a great show…

  5. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    30. April 2003 at 16:11

    With May Sweeps upon us, my TiVo is ready to explode already. And I can’t always guarantee that extra half hour a day to watch it. So I’ll be sticking with the DVDs, thanks. I watched three episodes in a row the other night. That felt good. =)


  6. Mark Lungo
    3. May 2003 at 15:59

    I’ve heard that the “Family Guy” DVD set has been censored in America. An episode called “When You Wish Upon a Weinstein”, in which Peter looks for a Jewish accountant, was left off the US collection (although it’s on the European version), and another episode has had an Osama bin Laden joke removed. I was never a big FG fan, but if I were in the market for these DVD’s, I’d be outraged. Comments, anyone?

  7. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    3. May 2003 at 16:26

    Details are sketchy and rumors run rampant, but:

    Seth McFarlane — the show’s creator — was originally scheduled to be on one of the planes that flew into the Towers. One story has it that the joke was removed at his request.

    The missing episode might be included in the second set, containing the third and final season of the series. Different people tell different stories, but it might have been a third season episode.

    I’m more upset at the video quality of the set right now, and that 2/3 of the commentary tracks weren’t included in the set. ARGH