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Ghost Canyon

'Family Guy - Volume 5'
(Various / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Critics agree...of all the animated shows featuring a talking dog and a maniacal baby, Family Guy is certainly one of them! Join the Griffin clan for another 16 freakin' funny episodes that'll keep you laughing long after the series gets cancelled again. Witness panicky Peter’s first prostate exam; see lovable Lois jump into bed with Bill Clinton; watch miserable Meg get a crappy job at the local superstore; hear crazy Chris sing in a goth band; follow boozing Brian all the way to Iraq and back; and get a rare glimpse of smitten Stewie as he hooks up with a very young old flame. Sweet!

DVD Verdict: OK, let's get this out into the open from the start: Splitting Season 5 into two separate volumes and charging more for one volume than a previous entire season costs is just greedy! There, that's been said so 20th Century Fox, please take note!

Anyway, back to the job to hand ... and since Seth MacFarlane's 'Family Guy' was brought back from the dead by said Fox a few years back, the show has remained a hit thanks to it's brand of out of nowhere references and humor. However, as some episodes in this collection will tell you, the comedy is starting to get stale. The jokes and visual gags just aren't as funny as they used to be, and I'm sorry for pointing this out and even mentioning it, but since South Park's "Cartoon Wars", the show just doesn't provide the laugh out loud hilarity for me that it used to.

Despite that though, the episodes found here are winners, including Brian and Stewie joining the military and going to Iraq, Peter sues his doctor for sexual harassment and later gets a job at the Wal-Mart-esque superstore that is destroying Quahog, and Meg falls in love with Brian (yes, you read that right). The voice cast still does great work, and despite the flaws (the Brian and Stewie interplay is really downplayed, the Marilyn Manson gag isn't half as funny or clever as it thinks it is), this first part of the fifth season of Family Guy succeeds.

If you're a die hard fan of the series, you'll be picking this up immediately. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

13 Audio Commentaries
38 Deleted Scenes
3 ANIMATIC EPISODES with Optional Commentary
"Drawing Peter"
"Toys, Toys Galore"
Sweet Promo
Tickle Video - EASTER EGG on "Steve Loves Lois"