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Rating
Video:   9/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   5/10

The Coolest Grandpa!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
10/06/2014

    From comedic masterminds Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland comes Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season Blu-ray and DVD. Adult Swim's newest series follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez, who returns after 20 years to live with his daughter, her husband, and their children Morty and Summer. All 11 episodes of the hilariously frantic comedy will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring a unique slip case designed by the show creators themselves.
Every once and awhile I like going into a show completely blind, or nearly blind. That was the case with Rick and Morty; I knew Dan Harmon was a co-creator of the show, and I knew it was an animated sci-fi series on Cartoon Network (and that was deduced from the cover art).

This single-disc release includes all 11 episodes from the first season:

Disc 1 (4:01:00)
Pilot (22:01)
Lawnmower Dog (21:58)
Anatomy Park (21:55)
M. Night Shaym-Aliens! (21:05)
Meeseeks and Destroy (21:09)
Rick Potion #9 (21:28)
Raising Gazorpazorp (22:01)
Rixty Minutes (22:15)
Something Ricked This Way Comes (22:20)
Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind (22:27)
Ricksy Business (22:21)

Video

The video on this looks almost perfect, as though someone has drawn right on your TV screen. There are really only a couple of scenes that blow the perfect score, with some noise in the picture, and a little bit of shimmering. There's a play all option on the disc, as well as a chapter placed right after the show opening. There's also a chapter placed right before the segment at the very, very end of the show, allowing you to skip over the end credits to watch it. Extremely handy.

Audio

I'll be honest here, I was a bit disappointed by the audio track. Since it's a sci-fi show, and it's animated, I was expecting lots of directional effects that utilized the rear speakers, but I found the show was almost entirely based around the three front speakers. I also found the Dolby TrueHD track to be a little bit quiet; I had to turn my receiver up from the "normal" volume setting. The episodes are subtitled in English.

Extras - How we rate extras

Commentary Tracks
Wow, commentary on every episode, and sometimes TWO on an episode, with the second commentary coming from famous fans of the show. That's right, there are 14 commentary tracks for the 11 episodes. I only had time to listen to a few of the tracks for this review, but I'd really, really like to go back and listen to the others. These are also unbeeped, and full of fun words. I love that they got some guest commentators to provide commentary, including "The Simpsons" guys, the "Adventure Time" guys, and "The Walking Dead" guys. Awesome!

Deleted Scenes (8:06)
These are scenes removed from some of the episodes, featuring rough animations.

Behind the Scenes (19:08)
A usual "behind the scenes" featurette for a show, featuring interviews with many of the people that work on it. You'll want to pause the "white board flashback" part of the featurette, as there are many hilarious, and definitely NSFW, drawings in there.

Animatics (3:55:26)
My least-favorite special feature on a TV release; watch crudely-animated versions of the episodes.

Summary

This show is awesome! It's a bit like an insane version of Back to the Future or Doctor Who mixed with Stargate. The cold opening in the pilot had me seriously confused, as I had no idea who the characters were (I thought "Morty" was the old man), or what was going on, but that's clearly what they were going for. I finished the first episodes, said "WTF?!" and then started watching the second one. I also like that they use adult language for an adult show, featuring adult situations. It's just so bizarre, and so much fun to watch.

I have no love for animatics (I think they're a complete waste of time), but I thought the behind-the-scenes featurette was decent, though a bit silly at times. However, the real gem on the release are the wonderful commentary tracks featuring a ton of people who worked on the show, along with guest tracks from "famous fans." They're fun to listen to, so definitely give them a shot if you have a chance.

I'm hooked on the show, and I can't wait for season 2.


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