Family Guy: It's a Trap! (Blu-ray)

The Family Guy alliance is in for one last outer-space adventure, as Han Solo (Peter), Chewbacca (Brian), and Princess Leia (Lois) battle against the Evil Empire. Meanwhile, Darth Vader (Stewie) and the Emperor (Carter) try to recruit Luke (Chris) to the dark side of the Force with free tacos and T-shirts.

Just like its two predecessors, this parody is crude and obnoxious and occasionally funny. I would have preferred to have seen the TV version to eliminate the "F" word, which I don't particularly care for in this context.

Video Highlights

  • AVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Excellent color saturation
  • Deep blacks
  • Interlace artifacts and occasional video noise

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
  • Intelligible dialog
  • Wide and dynamic stereo separation across the front
  • Strong frequency response
  • Enveloping surround environment

The animation style is rudimentary compared to today's computer generated images, but it gets its point across. The highlight of the presentation is the score, which sounds outstanding.

Bonus Materials

  • A Very Special Message from Darth Stewie
  • Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: The Ultimate Championship
  • Drawing with Peter Shin
  • Sock Puppet Outtakes
  • Family Guy: It's a Trap! Animatic
  • Making the Scene
  • Audio commentary
  • DVD and Digital Copy

I have to admit that I laughed on a couple of occasions, but the program runs much too long and there are too many stretches with virtually no humor. Fans of the TV series will undoubtedly enjoy this more than me since I don't watch the show. I would suggest a rental first to see which camp you're in.

Release Date: December 21, 2010
Studio: Fox

Movie: 5/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 9/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS1 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics