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Release Date: December 7th, 2021 Movie Release Year: 2021

Rick and Morty: Season 5

Overview -

The generational interdimensional intergalactic time-hopping adventures of Rick and Morty continue in Season Five of the hilarious adult animated comedy. By now, you’re on the train and fully enjoy the show. After the previous four seasons, there’s nothing in this season from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland that would change your mind if you're not already fan. Warner Brothers delivers a single disc release of Rick and Morty Season Five with an excellent A/V presentation and a smattering of decent albeit very short bonus features. If you’re still in love with the show - it’s worth adding to the collection. Recommended

Rick and Morty is the multi-Emmy® Award winning half-hour comedy series that airs on Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults for over a decade. The half-hour animated Adult Swim hit comedy series follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth's family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades. Rick and Morty was the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017 and 2019 and has become a multi-platform sensation not just on television, but across digital, gaming, live streaming, retail, and fan experiences.

Specs:

  • "Fighting Gravity": The Making of Season 5 (Exclusive to Set): In this deep dive discussion, co-creator Dan Harmon and the crew reflect on the challenges of completing this season in the middle of a pandemic and the creative process behind the story's biggest revelations.
  • "Inside the Episode": For every episode from Season 5
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 1: Co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Rob Schrab reach into their box of random ideas to conjure up hilarious side stories.
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 2: Co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Rob Schrab return to brainstorm even more ludicrous side stories.
  • Backgrounds: The show's artists give us a jaw-dropping look at the amazingly detailed environments packed into every episode.
  • Animation and Compositing: Crafting the show's visuals is a complex process and the crew is here to show us why
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  • Coloring Rick and Morty: Get an in-depth look at how the crew uses vibrant color to create fantastic alien worlds.
  • Directing 'Mortyplicity': An inside look at the evolution of this ambitious and action-packed episode, from initial storyboards to final product.
  • Directing 'Rickmurai Jack': A behind the scenes look at one visualization of one of the most ambitious episodes in the series' history.
  • Season 5 Hype: Dan Harmon and the writers give you a taste of what's in store for Rick and Morty's wildest season yet.
  • Optional English, French, Dutch, and German subtitles

OVERALL:
Recommended
Rating Breakdown
STORY
VIDEO
AUDIO
SPECIAL FEATURES
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Blu-ray + Digital
Video Resolution/Codec:
1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s):
1.78:1
Audio Formats:
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles/Captions:
English SDH
Release Date:
December 7th, 2021

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

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Do I really need to recap the wild and weird adventures of Morty and his drunken lecherous grandfather Rick? At this point, five full seasons with Season Six expected sometime in fall 2022, you’ve either jumped into the ship or you’ve been left behind on the Cronenberg planet. Rick and Morty season five doesn’t reinvent the wheel. But then the show hasn’t reinvented the wheel ever since show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon managed to get onto a regular production cycle.

The first two seasons of Rick and Morty felt special. Separated by lengthy droughts, there was excitement and anticipation for the next episodes to arrive. I wasn’t one of those first folks to fall in love with the show so by the time I was coming to it, Season Three was still a rumor. There was spontaneity to the new episodes as they came out because you couldn’t know when or if there was going to be another episode next week let alone a new season the following year. Now that production bumps have been ironed out, the show has become a bit more predictable, but that hasn’t stopped Roiland and Harmon from churning out some damned funny episodes.

I thought Season Four was pretty good. It started strong, kinda had a languorous middle but managed to close out strong. While Season Five is content with giving you more of what you expect, it’s consistently funny across all of the episodes. Now the caveat I’ll lay down for this season was that while it was more consistently funny for each of the ten episodes, it had fewer gut-bustlingly funny episodes. So it’s a bit of a tradeoff in that regard. Season Four had four or five episodes that were just alright with a couple of truly great episodes. Outside of this season’s opening episode, all nine episodes were funny and entertaining but not the kind that put your sides into stitches. Overall it’s a good season and I’d say the best of the last couple of years, but the show is also riding on a lot of familiarities and isn’t nearly as shocking or surprising as it once was. 

 


Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Like the four previous seasons, Rick and Morty Season Five arrives on Blu-ray in a single disc Blu-ray + Digital set. Once again, the season is slipped onto a Region Free BD-50 disc. Housed in a standard sturdy case with slipcase, the disc loads to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options.

Video Review

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The nice thing with this series coming to Blu-ray is it consistently looks excellent. Each episode is given a clean 1.78:1 1080p transfer with bright bold colors, clear details, and is all-around impressive looking. Character details are what they are considering the style of the show but background plates and renderings are often excellent. As to be expected for all of the weird locations this show visits, colors are bright, bold, and eye-catching. Primaries get a lot of play in every episode. Again, for this show, it’s par for the course and looks great.

Audio Review

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I’m not sure of the decision-making behind this but past seasons of Rick and Morty came in with excellent Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks. Season Five marks the first time the show will come in with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. To that end, this sounds great. The show has always relied on a heavy amount of dialog and grotesque sound effects from squishy blood splatters to belches and everything comes through clean and clear. Scoring is on point without issue. There’s plenty of imaging in the mix to keep surround channels active and engaging for the duration of each episode. Not sure of the advantages of going DTS versus TrueHD at this stage in the game, but it works. 

Special Features

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While there’s not a lot of in-depth material here, I do appreciate how much they throw into these sets. Each little featurette or segment may be a mere couple of minutes, but you do get to glean some interesting tidbits about the making of the show and what goes into getting an episode ready for primetime. 

  • Fighting Gravity: The Making of Season Five (HD 9:16)
  • Animation and Compositing (HD 2:22)
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 1 (HD 3:04)
  • B-Story Generator Vol. 2 (HD 2:49)
  • Backgrounds (HD 2:30)
  • Coloring Rick and Morty (HD 2:47)
  • Directing Mortiplicity (HD; 2:00)
  • Directing Rickmurai Jack (HD 2:36)
  • Season 5 Hype (HD 1:52)
  • Inside the Episode
    • Mort Dinner Rick Andre (HD 1:45)
    • Mortyplicity (HD 1:45)
    • A Rickconvenient Mort (HD 1:58)
    • Rickdependence Spray (HD 1:53)
    • Amortycon Grickfitti (HD 1:35)
    • Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular (HD 1:30)
    • Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion (HD 1:25)
    • Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort (HD 1:44)
    • Forgetting Sarick Mortshall (HD 2:04)
    • Rickmurai Jack (HD 2:02)

Rick and Morty may have entered into a phase of “comfortability” with their recent seasons, but that doesn’t mean the show has lost its flair for hilarity. Roiland and Harmon continue to craft a reference-laden show that might have lost a little shock value over the years but is still damn funny and worth tuning in for. Warner Bros continues to bring each new season to Blu-ray with excellent results. Every episode enjoys a strong 1080p transfer and now each episode comes in with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. Toss in a smattering of fun bonus features and you have yourself a pretty great new addition to your television collection. Recommended.