Blu-Ray Review: ‘Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III’

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CHICAGO – Is it wrong to say that I prefer the three “Robot Chicken” specials that spoof the “Star Wars” franchise more than the prequel trilogy? Heck, I enjoy the “Family Guy” trilogy of “Star Wars” take-offs more, so I suppose that’s not surprising. In all seriousness, these are very funny specials and the latest was recently released on Blu-ray with an abundance of special features. Don’t miss it. Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s hard to review a title like “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III” in that it’s almost certainly not going to be your first encounter with “RC” or even their series of Lucas-inspired specials. In other words, I can’t imagine you’re starting here. Not that you’d be disappointed if you did. This is damn funny stuff, maybe not the most consistent of the “Star Wars” specials yet produced by Seth Green’s inspired show but pretty damn close. The point is that it’s hard to review the actual SPECIAL when all that really matters is how or if the Blu-ray release will satisfy fans of the series already.

It almost certainly will. The ratio of bonus material to actual running time is one of the highest of the year. “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III” runs 44 minutes but the release includes so many special features that you could spend hours with it. 4 audio commentaries, 26 deleted scenes (all with video intros), sketch by sketch video commentary, 6 behind the scenes featurettes, a piece about the premiere at Skywalker Ranch, and even an appearance by George Lucas himself. It’s a ridiculous list. It’s almost too much. As if there were such a thing in the world of “Star Wars” or “Robot Chicken.”

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12th, 2011
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12th, 2011
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

“Millions of years from now, after Socrates, Shakespeare and the Bible are long forgotten, only two great works will remain: the sci-fi cinema epic Star Wars and Adult Swim’s stop-motion animated, cheap gag extravaganza Robot Chicken. And now, for the first time, they come together for the third time, in this all new, hour-long special!

That’s right, all your most beloved Star Wars characters are going back through the comedy meat grinder. Watch Darth Vader fall into a toilet, while Emperor Palpatine rides the endless Death Star escalator! See Gary the Stormtrooper’s speederbike test-drive come to a gruesome, Ewok-splattering end! And witness the firepower of Boba Fett’s fully armed and operational T-shirt cannon! Plus much, much more!

It’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode III. Set your phasers to “fun”! (Oh wait, wrong franchise.)”

“Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III” was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12th, 2011. content director Brian Tallerico

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