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"It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas" {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre:
TV-Series
Release Date:
11/17/09
Special Features:

Deleted scenes, featurette, “Sunny Sing-a-Long”

Review:

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is an acquired taste as a comedy but if you do a taste for it the show can be addicting. As with the TV series lessons aren’t exactly learned as much as the characters just move on. Frank (Danny DeVito) loves Christmas so much that he would give everyone pretty boxes…that were empty or give them things he would keep for himself. Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) decide that it’s time for revenge so they plan their own “A Christmas Carol” using Frank’s old business partner as the Ghost of Christmas Past. He’s not dead yet but willing to go along simply because he’s become born again and wants to spread the word of the Lord. Mac (rob McElhenney) and Charlie (Charlie Day) used to steal presents from their neighbors on Christmas believing it was a holiday tradition as that’s what their dad told them. To make up for their bad deeds the duo decide to give back a toy they swiped from one of their victims in childhood. ***

So it’s dysfunction as usual for the folks in Philly and we haven’t even discussed the parody of Rankin-Bass classics like “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” but decorated with cannibalism, bloody dismemberment and violence. If you like the series you’ll LOVE this double episode but I’d suggest digging in with the first season or the season where DeVito first appeared to discover if this perverted comedic Christmas special is your cup of tea. ---

Image & Sound:

Ok, here’s the weird bit. “Philly” is shot in standard definition so WHY Fox thought they should put it out in Blu-ray is beyond me. On a good day the series doesn’t look all that great so it’s no surprise that the Blu-ray is a bit underwhelming looking. Add in a soft presentation, plenty of artifacts. ***

Audio sounds fine but it doesn’t really benefit from the 5.1 treatment. ---

Special Features:

We get a jokey intro where McElhenney discusses why this has been presented in HD even though it wasn’t shot in HD. Oh, and the intro in a clever touch ISN’T presented in HD either! ***

Deleted scenes last a little over three minutes not much really here worthwhile. ***

We get a brief making of featurette presenting how the episode was created. ***

Finally we get a “Sunny Sing-a-Long” as the cast gathers around a piano and sings a medley of three Christmas songs. It’s a truly bizarre moment as well. ---

Final Words:

Is it funny? Yep just like the series itself it’s politically incorrect humor with moronic characters that truly learn little from their mistakes. Imagine “Seinfeld” with cannibalism, prostitution and completely unappealing characters and you’ve got…”Philly”. It’s entertaining but not essential.

 

 
 
 
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