Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The gang releases a "sunny' present for fans just in time for Christmas
The gang from the hit show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito) takes their show to the Direct-to-DVD arena in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas. At first glance, it might seem like a marketing ploy to squeeze some more money out of the Sunny fans and well it is from a financial aspect. But it is also worth every spent penny and fans should feel that they will get the most bang for their bucks. A Very Sunny Christmas is an uninterrupted, 43-minute extended episode that steps the laughs up a level (which is unbelievable) that is probably not suitable for the FX Network.
The premise (without spoiling anything substantial) is that the gang enters some crazy random hijinx that would happen in any episode: Dee and Mac attempt to gain vengeance on Frank for ruining their Christmas mornings since they were little kids, while Charlie and Mac attempt to redeem themselves for their past transgressions after some hilarious revelations. A leather couch, a Lamborghini, Mike Schmidt, a snow blower from the Poconos, Scrooge, Omni-bot, the Simon game, and a mall Santa are all revolving pieces that complete the story. The gang also gets to drop a few "F-bombs" without getting censored, which is a funny addition to their usual dialogue.
Other moments that standout include Charlie and Mac discussing their Christmas childhoods, which are also shown in flashbacks. We also get to find out how Frank got to become a millionaire, before losing everything, which is a real hoot. And finally, there is an animation based on the older Rudolf, Frosty and Santa specials which is done in typical Sunny style.
Special Features include deleted scenes of young Mac and Charlie, which are great and should definitely not be skipped over. Other features include commentaries and a "Making-of" featurette.
A great example of why you must see this
If you are a fan of the T.V. series, this is a must own. An extended episode of this quality will hopefully calm your appetite until next season's premiere. If the RCG crew keeps releasing these DVD episodes, the content needs to be at this high caliber especially if the FX seasons remain as short as they are. That being said, if this was considered a part of this season's lineup, it is by far the best the episode. And that says a lot since this season was the group's best effort in a couple years sans Dayman episodes.
Nice sweater, Charlie
In closing, the gang's debut on another format is easily a huge success. And this is based on the raving reviews from not only myself, but the legions of support I have read over the past few days. This has instantly become a permanent addition to my Christmas viewing list for years to come. If you are a fan, please buy it because you will want to watch it again and again. If you are a casual fan or have never seen the show before but are curious, rent...but definitely rent and see it. The gang knocks one out of the park with this entry and only makes you more impatient for next season's offerings.
If I had to give a pun-like rating, I'd say: "If this episode is an egg, then it's served Sunny side up." Lame, right? Awesome! I thought so too.
(this review is based on the Blu Ray version)