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Rating
Video:   9/10
Audio:   9/10
Extras:   5/10

Roger Rocks
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
4/12/2008

    C.I.A. weapons expert Stan Smith is back, keeping the homeland secure while alienating his family and terrorizing his neighbors in the process. Whether he's saddling up for a mad cow cattle drive or destroying evidence of President Bush's drunken debauchery, Stan does whatever it takes to ensure domestic tranquility and make the world safe for democracy of the ultra-right-wing variety! Join the Smith family and Roger, their alcoholic pet alien, for this hilarious Volume Three of American Dad! God Bless America!
Oh yeah, time for more American Dad. The other day I started to think about this show, and what is in store for Stan if a Democratic (Obama/Clinton) is elected to office. Would he leave the CIA? Only time will tell.

This 3-disc set includes 18 episodes which aired during the second and third seasons of the show:

Disc 1 (2:55:16)
Bush Comes to Dinner (21:53)
American Dream Factory (21:57)
A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial (21:56)
Black Mystery Month (21:54)
An Apocalypse to Remember (21:54)
Four Little Words (21:54)
When a Stan Loves a Woman (21:54)
I Can't Stan You (21:54)

Disc 2 (2:54:58)
The Magnificent Steven (21:53)
Joint Custody (21:54)
The Vacation Goo (21:53)
Meter Made (21:53)
Dope & Faith (21:52)
Big Trouble in Little Langley (21:53)
Haylias (21:54)
The 42-Year-Old-Virgin (21:46)

Disc 3 (43:38)
Surro-Gate (21:51)
Franny 911 (21:47)

Video

Woooo, this looks great! The picture looks as though it were painted on the screen; nice, bright, solid colors. There isn't much to say about video that looks like this. There's just one small problem; artifacts in a couple of high-motion shots. That's it, that's the only problem. Fox has included a "play all" option for each disc, but the episode lack a chapter right after the opening.

Fans noticed that "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever," the episode that aired between "Surro-gate" and "Franny 911." This episode was held for the next volume at the request of the producers, or so I was told. There are also 3 unrated episodes; American Dream Factory (21:57), When a Stan Loves a Woman (22:35) and The 42-Year-Old-Virgin (21:52). With the exception of "American Dream Factory," the episodes are a few seconds longer.

Audio

Fox has delivered another 5.1 track for American Dad, and it sounds really good. You'll notice it during the musical numbers, but there are a few others times where the rear speakers are used for sound effects. There are subtitles in English, French and Spanish, as well as Closed Captions.

One thing to note - there are a number of F-bombs in the uncensored audio tracks (available on some episodes).

Extras - How we rate extras

Commentary Tracks
I found the commentary tracks very quiet compared to the audio on the episodes. Bush Comes to Dinner - Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Rachael MacFarlane, Mike Kim and Wendy Schaal
American Dream Factory - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Nahnatchka Khan, Rodney Clouden, Erik Durbin and Matt Fusfeld
A.T. The Abusive Terrestrial - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Dan Vebber, Joe Daniello, Scott Grimes and Shawn Murray
Black Mystery Month - Mike Barker, Matt McKenna, Laura McCreary, Erik Durbin, Brent Woods and Chris Bennett
An Apocalypse to Remember - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Erik Durbin, Matt McKenna, John Aoshima and Bob Bowen
Four Little Words - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, David Zuckerman, Chris McKenna and Jonathan Fener
When a Stan Loves a Woman - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Rick Wiener, Matt McKenna, Rodney Clouden, Jennfer Graves and Matt Fusfeld
I Can't Stan You - Pam Cooke, Ron Hughart, Amy Reynolds, Glenn Buswell, Janson Yee and Jim Feeley
The Magnificent Steven - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Dan Vebber, Mike Kim and Scott Grimes
Joint Custody - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Keith Heisler, Chris McKenna, Joe Daniello and Shawn Murray
The Vacation Goo - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Chris McKenna, Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener and Albert Calleros
Meter Made - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Dan Vebber, Bob Bowen and Scott Grimes
Dope & Faith - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Ron Hughart, Dan Vebber and Scott Grimes
Big Trouble in Little Langley - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Matt Fusfeld, Rick Wiener, John Aoshima and Josue Cervantes Haylias - Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Brent Woods, Rachael MacFarlane and Wendy Schaal
The 42-Year-Old-Virgin - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Nahnatchka Khan, Erik Durbin, Pam Cooke, Jansen Yee and Shawn Kerkhoff
Surro-Gate - Mike Barker, MAtt Weitzman, Nahnatchka Khan, Erik Durbin, Tim Parsons and Jennifer Graves
Franny 911 - Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, Brian Boyle, Rachael MacFarland and Wendy Schaal

Deleted Scenes (25:33)
There are 66 deleted scenes on disc 3.

Comic-Con Table Read (53:07)
The gang goes through a table read at Comic-Con. Unfortunately they didn't have a direct feed for the audio, so it's a bit hard to hear at times. The table read is followed by questions from the audience. I think Jimmy from South Park was asking questions near the end.

Summary

Well, this was another enjoyable sit-down with American Dad. There are some great episodes in this set, like "The Vacation Goo," "Four Little Words" and "Big Trouble in Little Langley." Fox has also done a good job with this set, providing commentaries on every episode, tons of deleted scenes, and the Comic-Con table read (I just wish the audio was better on this).

I can't wait until the next DVD set, whenever that will be.


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