Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Volume One
The best thing about the Cartoon Network has, for a while now, been their Adult Swim programming. Weird, off the wall cartoons geared to an older audience that maybe sometimes push the boundaries of good taste a little further than say, The Powerpuff Girls. And one of the best things about Adult Swim, is Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the thrilling adventures of a not so smart but egotistical milkshake named Master Shake, a box of French Fries named Frylock who talks like Morpheus from The Matrix, and a loveable wad of meat named Meatwad who just wants to dance. Together, they run a detective agency and solve crimes and fight injustice. They also watch TV and hang out in their in the above ground pool which belongs to their neighbor, Carl, a man with an impressive selection of trackpants and wifebeaters.
Going up against such adversaries as the dreaded 2 dimensional Mooninites, who resemble something out of an old Atari game, of evil but dim witted Leprechauns, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force deliver some truly bizarre laughs in some all too short fifteen minute intervals filled with plenty of pop culture references and totally weird but effective humor.
Granted, humor is a very subjective thing and what is amazingly funny to some people is dull and inconsequential to many others, but even if the jokes in Aqua Teen Hunger Force don't get to you, the supporting cast of quirky characters, and especially the whacked out situations that the crew finds themselves in, when time after time something escapes from the extremely unsecured laboratory of one Dr. Weird should keep you snickering, even if it's to yourself and not out loud. The writing and attention to detail in many of the episodes also warrants it for repeat viewing, which is always a nice touch when considering owning a television series on DVD.
The episodes included on the two disc set are:
Escape From Leprechaupolis
Bus Of The Undead
Space Conflict From Beyond Pluto
Revenge Of The Mooninites
MC P Pants
All episodes are presented in fullscreen, which is how they were composed. Colors are nice and bright and aside from some small edge enhancement problems that appear in a couple of scenes, this is a nice clean transfer without and serious problems.
Dolby Digital 2.0 is the order of the day here, and the soundmix present on this release is problem free. There are no hiss or distortion problems, dialogue is crisp and easy to follow, and the sound effects and music levels are well balanced. A 5.1 mix might have made the set a little more fun, but it really wasn't needed given the nature of the material and what we have here is quite solid.
There are a couple of nice extra features to be found on this release, all of them on the first disc. First up is the original version of the Rabbot episode, which is different than the other version on the disc. The creators of the show provide commentaries on not only the original Rabbot episode but also on the Space Conflict From Beyond Pluto and Mayhem Of The Mooninites episodes as well. The commentaries are fun and give you a rough idea of what's going through their heads as the episodes develop. There is also a section that includes some 'never before seen footage' that is good for a laugh or two. Mostly it's a piece from the San Diego Comics Con, with Master Shake talking to the audience, and it's pretty funny stuff. It also compiles some nice little tibits from the show's history towards the end.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the best shows on The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program, and one of the funniest shows currently on TV period, and it's great to have them on DVD in such a nice package.
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