Early next year, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest
on DVD. The special episode, which kicked off Family Guy
's sixth season in September, parodies Episode IV A New Hope
, the first film of the popular Star Wars
series created by George Lucas.
has the Family Guy
's hilarious characters assuming well-known and beloved personas from the sci-fi film. Griffin patriarch Peter
plays Han Solo, while wife Lois
appears as the sexy Princess Leia. Chris
is the adolescent Luke Skywalker, and Brian
, the talking family dog, is a well-spoken version of Chewbacca. Taking over the role of the villainous Sith Lord Darth Vader is Stewie
, while protocol droid C-3PO is played by Quagmire.
The title of the episode is derived from the code name when filming for the sequel Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
The special episode also features hilarious cameos from such celebrities as Rush Limbaugh, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Helen Reddy.
Along with the episode, the standard edition of the DVD contains four minutes of never-before-seen material, animatics and commentaries, interviews with Family Guy
creator Seth MacFarlane and Lucas, an uncensored track, and a teaser of the series' next Star Wars
parody, Something, Something, Something Dark Side
Meanwhile, the special edition of the DVD includes the standard release, plus collectible packaging, 3-D Fight Scene, 3-D Glasses, a t-shirt, trading cards and an exclusive brochure.
The Blue Harvest
DVD will be available in North America on January 15, while international releases will kick off on January 22. The standard edition has been priced at $22.98, while the special edition retails for $34.99. Languages available in subtitles are English, Spanish and French.
FOX is supporting the release of the DVD through a multi-media campaign that aims to attract attention of the show's target audience and the key male demographic. The network is also airing promos alongside new episodes of Family Guy on both network and cable television.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of FOX)