Jul 202018
 

Gravity Falls: The Complete Series is the only way to get all of the episodes after Disney only released various episodes in different volumes, but thanks to Shout we get them all in one set.

 

 

Gravity Falls: The Complete Series
— Collector’s Edition —
(2012-16)

Genre(s): Animation, Comedy, Mystery
Shout Factory | TVY7 – 900 min. – $99.99 | July 24, 2018

Date Published: 07/20/2018 | Author: The Movieman


SERIES INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Alex Hirsch (created by)
Voice Cast: Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal, Alex Hirsch, Linda Cardellini, Kevin Michael Richardson
DISC INFO:
Features: Episode Commentaries, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Shorts, Promos
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 7
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Shout Factory provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 4.5/5


Synopsis: Twelve-year-old twins Dipper (JASON RITTER) and Mabel Pines (KRISTEN SCHAAL) are sent to the sleepy forest town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle “Grunkle” Stan (ALEX HIRSCH), a shady, carnival-barker-like con man who forces them to work at the Mystery Shack, Oregon’s lowest-rated tourist trap. Although the Shack is filled with hoaxes and fakes, the town itself seems to be hiding a paranormal dark side, with monsters and mysteries around every corner.

When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book hidden in the forest, he realizes it just might hold the secrets to understanding the town. Soon, conspiracy-obsessed Dipper and goofy, carefree Mabel realize they must rely on each other to survive their crazy, new world. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own — one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.

Quick Hit Review: Gravity Falls was a popular cartoon series that aired on Disney XD from 2012 to 2015 with a proper finale in February 2016 and was a cross between Twin Peaks and The X-Files (more on the former though). Personally, I had never heard of the show but that’s no surprise as outside of Adventure Time, I generally don’t pay much attention to animated shows. Watching it now, it’s an incredibly fun, and funny finding myself genuinely laughing a few times in each episode, show that both children and adults can enjoy.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 5.0/5


The two seasons and single-disc each come housed in their own HD slim cases which side-slides into a sturdy outer box. Strangely, the individual cases are blank and inside are episode lists and/or bonus features.

Discs 1-6:
Audio Commentaries — All 40 episodes come with a commentary:

  • ‘Tourist Trapped’, ‘The Time Traveler’s Pig’, ‘The Last Mabelcorn’, ‘Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Voice Actors Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal
  • ‘The Legend of the Gobblewonker’, ‘Headhunters’, ‘Irrational Treasure’, ‘Boss Mabel’, ‘Bottomless Pit!’, ‘Carpet Diem’, ‘Land Before Swine’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Creative Director Mike Rianda
  • ‘The Hand That Rocks the Mabel’, ‘The Inconveniencing’, ‘Little Dipper’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Creative Director Mike Rianda & Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti
  • ‘Dipper vs. Manliness’, ‘Fight Fighters’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Voice Actor Jason Ritter
  • ‘Double Dipper’, ‘Summerween’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Storyboard Artists Alonso Ramirez Ramos and Matt Braly
  • ‘The Deep End’, ‘Dreamscaperers’, ‘Gideon Rises’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Creative Director Mike Rianda & Voice Actor/Writer Matt Chapman
  • ‘Boyz Crazy’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Voice Actor/Alex’s sister (and inspiration for Mabel) Ariel Hirsch & Voice Actor Jason Ritter
  • ‘Scary-oke’, ‘Society of the Blind Eye’, ‘The Stanchurian Candidate’, ‘Xpcvescqfoxso (aka Weirdmageddon Part 1)’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti
  • ‘Into the Bunker’, ‘Not What He Seems’, ‘A Tale of Two Stans’, ‘Dungeons, Dungeons & More Dungeons’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti & Voice Actor/Writer Matt Chapman
  • ‘The Golf War’, ‘Northwest Mansion Mystery’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Voice Actor Jackie Buscarino & Episode Director Matt Baly
  • ‘Sock Opera’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Writer Shion Takeuchi & Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti
  • ‘Soos and the Real Girl’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Storyboard Artist Alonso Ramirez Ramos & Director Matt Baly
  • ‘Little Gift Shop of Horrors’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch & Voice Actor/Writer Matt Chapman
  • ‘Blendin’s Game’, ‘Roadside Attraction’, ‘Weirdmageddon 2: Escape from Reality’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Writer Jeff Rowe, Shion Takeuchi & Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti
  • ‘The Love God’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Voice Actor Mike Rianda & Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti
  • ‘Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls’
    • Creator/Voice Actor Alex Hirsch, Supervising Producer Rob Renzetti & Voice Actor Jason Ritter

Disc 7:
One Crazy Summer (1:46:38; HD) is a massive documentary, looking back at the series with interviews by members of the cast and crew.

The Hirsch Twins (16:07; HD) – Alex and Ariel Hirsch remember their own summers growing up.

Between the Pines (22:06; HD) is a behind-the-scenes special that I assume aired on Disney XD.

Deleted Scenes (1:02:03; HD) – This is a collection of scenes that didn’t make on the show with the creators watching storyboards and narrating. Kind of unique, I must admit.

Shorts include Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained (13:28), Mabel’s Guide to Life (11:56), Fixin’ it with Soos (4:35), TV Shorts (5:05), Mabel’s Scrapbook (4:50).

Last up are some Promos:

  • “Old Man” McGucket’s Conspiracy Corner (5:52)
  • Creepy Letters from Li’l Gideon (2:41)
  • Soos’ Stan Fiction (3:53)
  • ‘Pocalypse Preppin’ (4:16)
  • Mystery Shack: Shop at Home with Mr. Mystery (12:35)
  • Grunkle Stan’s Lost Mystery Shack Interviews (7:29)
  • Gravity Paws (5:44)
  • Journal 3 Infomercial (1:03)
  • Season 2 San Diego Comic Con Trailer (1:03)

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Shout Factory releases Gravity Falls: The Complete Series where it’s presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio as originally televised and of course this is a bright and colorful looking picture and relatively clean with minimal instances of banding.

AUDIO – 3.75/5


Each episode comes with both a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 tracks, the former being the default option. This isn’t anything amazing since it is animated, but dialogue levels come through the center channel with good clarity and the surrounds get some reserved usage yet nothing especially remarkable.

 


OVERALL – 4.25/5


Overall, Gravity Falls: The Complete Series is the only way to get all of the episodes after Disney only released various episodes in different volumes, but thanks to Shout we get them all in one set. And what a “Collector’s Edition” this is with commentaries on all 40 episodes and some wonderful bonus material, headlined by a feature-length retrospective documentary.

 

 

 

 

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