Cast: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie (VOICES)
Release Date: July 30, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Set in a Los Angeles in which humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about one man (who is also a horse) who peaked early and is trying to figure out what to do with his life now.
An outrageous and dark comedy with a melancholy center, the show asks the question, “what happens when you have the world at your fingertips and you still can’t figure out how to be happy?”
‘Bojack Horseman’ is set in an alternate version of Los Angeles where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people living together is everyday normality. Following the daily life of a washed up horse-man named Bojack who is still trying to cash in on his stardom from a family sitcom that aired decades prior, it explores the struggles and mishaps that Bojack and his loyal group of friends and co-workers find themselves tackling on a regular basis. As the Hollywood world of drugs, booze and of course a constant desperation for attention tosses one problem after another at them, Bojack struggles to find his place in the modern world.
‘Bojack Horseman’ is certainly an interesting (albeit someone odd) concept for an animated series, yet one that works far better than you might imagine. Surprisingly bringing as much heart and soul to the table as it does laughs, the series follows the various exploits and daily mishaps of horse-man Bojack, once a shining star of a popular family sitcom and still doing everything possible to cash in on that success, even if his fifteen minutes ran its course decades ago. Even amid his booze fueled anger and almost cruel actions at times; it still somehow manages to make you care about the character, as well as those that regularly surround him. It continually finds hilarious new ways to send Bojack spiraling, while poking fun at this world where anthropomorphic animal-people are a part of daily life, often even just with quick little gags such as an arrival at an airport cleverly named Air Bud International Airport. it’s a smart and massively entertaining animated series with tons of laughs around every turn that’s well worth giving a shot for those who never got around to watching it over the years or simply don’t have a Netflix subscription. Shout! Factory’s 4-disc ‘Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two’ Blu-ray collection doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the technical merits either, serving up 25 full episodes (the complete first and second season’s along with the Christmas Special) that each feature great high definition video and audio presentations on each, in addition to brand new commentaries on every episode and some other fun bonus goodies that fans should enjoy (please see the special features section in the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information). Anyone that’s been awaiting its physical home entertainment debut will likely be quite pleased with this solid overall Blu-ray set.
Overall, Shout! Factory’s ‘Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two’ 4-disc Blu-ray set brings the popular Netflix Animated Series home on Blu-ray (and DVD) for the first time ever, collecting its first 25 episodes (the complete first and second season’s and the Christmas Special) with fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on each, along with some notable new bonus content including brand new commentaries on every episode. For the diehard fans that have hoping to finally have the opportunity to purchase the show on physical media, this great little Blu-ray collection should not disappoint. The show itself is also highly recommended. Constantly hilarious and engrossing, ‘Bojack Horseman’ is definitely something unique and quite special that’s well worth taking the time to check out for those such as me who haven’t previously had the pleasure of this smart and incredibly enjoyable animated series.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the first and second season’s episodes (as well as the Christmas special). The video presentations look fantastic altogether and deliver sharp, smooth and rich, vibrantly colored presentations on each episode that look impressive and clean down to each animated edge. They hold up wonderfully even during the fast moving and heavily populated moments, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, these are top notch high definition video presentations that should more than please fans of the series who have been anxiously awaiting its arrival on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 25 included episodes. These multichannel soundtracks make a nice compliment to the onscreen fun, offering smooth, crisp and clean audio presentations on every episode. While not incredibly active in the surround department, they do regularly take advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, nature elements and other various audio effects throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, and always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, these are solid 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that deliver in every way required of them and sound consistently great.
The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Bojack Horseman: Seasons One & Two’ includes a number of noteworthy extras that fans should appreciate. Included on the release are brand new ‘Audio Commentaries’ with members of the cast and crew on all 25 included episodes, in addition to ‘Animatics’ for 2 Full Episodes: season 1, episode 1 and season 2, episode 1, plus the Main Titles. We are also treated to a ‘Side-By-Side Animation Walkthrough with Optional Commentary’ (running approximately 3 minutes), plus ‘GroupLove Live in Amsterdam’ (running approximately 1 minute) and ‘2 Still Galleries’; one featuring ‘Character Art’ and the other ‘Background Art’.