Friday, May 15, 2009

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy Blu-ray Review

Seth McFarlane's
Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy Blu-ray Review

Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 14.3 GB
Film Size: 13.6 GB
Film Rating: Unrated/Uncensored
Region: A

Video
The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The shorts are presented in their original 1:33:1 aspect ratio, and look a lot worse than I expected. The lines in the animation are quite jaggy at times, never reaching satisfying levels. I also noticed quite a bit of banding, to the point that it got very distracting. Colors are good, but far from the best when compared to other animated releases. I'm not impressed, in fact I think the unconverted DVD could be good enough this one time. But for Blu fans, it may be worth the extra money for the pop-up menus alone, so you can easily skip the crappy content before it starts. 5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and is pretty dull. I can't say I was expecting much though, as the animation did look pretty low budget to begin with. The audio track is pretty much front heavy, with an effect here and there. Dialogue is clear as can be, but that's basically all I really can say. There isn't anything here that is going to impress. 5/10.

Extras

Red Carpet Premiere (4:22) (SD)
Footage and interviews from the premiere of the series with the cast of voices. They have a hard enough time being funny when it's written, get to see them in improv mode.

Galleries:
Rough Character Models
Cleaned Up Character Models
Colored Character Models

iTunes Bonus:
If a sticker is included on the cover, peel it off to reveal an iTunes redemption code for the first episodes of Family Guy, American Dad!, & Futurama.

Blu-news Summary
I have to say this release is pretty disappointing in all aspects, with the only thing redeeming it are a few very hilarious shorts, and the low pricing on the Blu-ray release. I really tried to like it, but I feel at times the shorts were being pushed a bit too much, reaching very disgusting levels. I can enjoy a few disgusting jokes here and there, but this pushed it a bit far at times. It was even worse that those jokes weren't even at least a bit genius or funny. That being said, I did enjoy about 7 or 8 shorts of the 50 included.

The Blu-ray release is far from impressive, with a weak video presentation, dull audio track, and lacking extras. This Blu-ray release is a 'Rental At Best.'

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