Community is an entertaining show that for whatever reason I didn’t watched when it was on TV. But now with a Blu-ray release, it was a great experience catching up and although there are a few episodes that were merely okay, the bulk were utterly hilarious thanks to the sharp writing and its ensemble cast.
— The Complete Series —
Mill Creek Entertainment | TVPG – 2423 min. – $99.98 | October 23, 2018
Date Published: 11/06/2018 | Author: The Movieman
Mill Creek Entertainment 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
Series Synopsis: Recently divorced lawyer Jeff Winger (JOEL MCHALE) enrolls to get a legit degree the quickest and easiest way possible, but when he starts a fake Spanish group solely for the purpose of hooking up with sexy classmate Britta (GILLIAN JACOBS), he doesn’t expect to be joined by a random group of misfit fellow students: Abed (DANNY PUDI), Shirley (YVETTE NICOLE BROWN), Troy (DONALD GLOVER), Annie (ALISON BRIE) and Pierce (CHEVY CHASE).
Quick Hit Review: Community was a series that I never watched during its airing on NBC for the first five seasons and Yahoo for the sixth and final season. I have no clue why this was not on my radar more or at least DVR’d but this was one hilarious show where every moving part worked so well between the great ensemble cast and finely crafted scripts that felt part Office and part Seinfeld. Joel McHale in particular was in his element while Chevy Chase, although from what I remember reading, was a bit of a jerk, reminded me he was once funny.
Although the show only ran for six seasons, unlike the aforementioned The Office, which probably ran a good three seasons too long, even more so following Steve Carell’s exit in season seven, this one seemed to be just right in its run with the sixth season, which did have some strong moments, though the departures of Chevy Chase in season four (with only a cameo in the fifth season premiere) as well as Donald Glover leaving after episode five.
The series also saw some great supporting roles include Eric Christian Olsen as the hacky-sack kicking Vaughn, John Goodman as the college’s vice dean, John Michael Higgins as a professor and even future Academy Award winner Brie Larson.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.75/5
|This 12-disc set is housed in a cardboard slip case. The 6 seasons are split into 3 Blu-ray cases and each season is contained on two discs. With so many features, I’ll do my best quickly breaking down, the commentaries especially were tedious since the features menu does not list the participants.
Outtakes (TRT 17:07) and More Outtakes (TRT 16:15) finds the cast breaking up into laughter and some line-o-ramas across both discs.
Creative Compromises (2:53) is a mock feature from Dan Harmon on how the TV execs “watered down” the series.
Alternate Scenes (3:56) from the ‘Advanced Criminal Law’ episode.
Season One Cast Evaluations (11:43) finds, in this skit–like featurette, the cast talking about the others in mocking fashion. Also includes some short audition footage.
Last is the Extended Producer’s Cut (26:34) of ‘Communication Studies’ with cut footage due to time constraints.
Outtakes (TRT 11:58) and More Outtakes (12:36), DJ Steve Porter Remixes Season One (1:50) and some Deleted Scenes.
Season Two Cast Evaluations (10:35)
Outtakes (TRT 13:16), More Outtakes (TRT 10:01), A Glee-ful Community Christmas (6:22) featurette, This is War: Pillows vs. Blankets (13:26), and some Deleted Scenes round things out.
Lastly, we get some Outtakes (6:28), Inspector Spacetime: Inspection (9:43) and Adventures in Advanced Puppetry (15:37) featurettes and some Deleted Scenes.
Other features include: Re-Animating the ‘80s (17:36) featurette, a set of Outtakes (5:58) and Advanced Television Production: 5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep (42:26), a pretty good behind-the-scenes featurette
The final season gets Outtakes (7:51), some Deleted Scenes, Community Trivia (24:46) game with the cast/crew and Six Seasons and a Finale (19:36) featurette wrapping up the series.
VIDEO – 3.75/5
|Every episode is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio as originally televised on NBC/Yahoo and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although I won’t say this is a brilliant looking picture as earlier seasons had a certain splotchy appearance rather than anything crisp and sharp, colors were at least bright in keeping with the light-hearted nature of the show and at least there were no noticeable flaws like dust marks or scratches.|
AUDIO – 4.0/5
|The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is available for each episode and it’s perfectly serviceable since this is primarily dialogue driven with some fine depth for the score/soundtrack as well as any ambient noises which is apparent whenever the scene is outside with the background extras moving about.|
OVERALL – 4.25/5
Overall, Community is an entertaining show that for whatever reason I didn’t watched when it was on TV. But now with a Blu-ray release, it was a great experience catching up and although there are a few episodes that were merely okay, the bulk were utterly hilarious thanks to the sharp writing and an ensemble that works so well together.