It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia brings its fifth season to Blu-ray but the show is not exactly my cup of tea, It’s Always Sunny seems much like a real life The Simpsons.
Film making 12/25
Bonus Features 10/25
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia seems much like a real life version of The Simpsons without the cartoons but with the senseless humor intact. I really did not like the show and did not laugh much at most of the jokes but a few were funny, most were not.
I really do not get the humor in being slackers or how trying to pull off the dumbest cons by the dumbest people could be all that funny. An example of the sows comedy has the guys dressing up as eagles to wrestle for veterans that are as stunned with the dumb show as I was.
It’s Always Sunny stars Danny Devito, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Kaitlin Olson as five friends who all have an interest in a Philadelphia bar. A couple of them own the bar called Paddy’s while the others work for the bar while all five are constantly trying various schemes to get rich quick.
The show revolves around the stupid ways these five can get into trouble and how they are always trying to get rich from their various cons and schemes. Of course their schemes always backfire and it is no wonder they never make it far from their bar in any of the scenes.
While the show does not have much in the way of action or diversity one thing I constantly noticed was the filming never takes place much beyond a few blocks from the bar. This could have been handled in many different ways to handle a lower budget but to just have them drive in circles around the bar is stupid.
One episode has them going on a road trip but they never make it further than six blocks or so from Paddy’s which is quite lame given the plot of the episode. The show just has those dumb jokes and sight gags that work the first time but when you have seen them in numerous other shows they get old too quickly.
I really did not like the show but understand how others may like it, it has reached cult status but like many cult films and shows it is not a main stream show. The show is alright but not what I would say a hit and the critics do not even give it more than a 78 out of 100.
Again with this show there is a lack of content but not the bonus features, the shows fifth season has only 12 episodes and they are the shorter 22 minute shows. Given the shows shorter length you would think they would have more episodes but the season on cable is shorter I guess.
Video is rather lackluster and being shot in standard video is quite apparent foorm the little intro that tells viewers its only standard so don’t be disappointed at the video quality. Video has the usual look of standard definition video transferred to Blu-ray but this is a bit worse than usual, the show has a soft out of focus look for many parts.
Being shot in almost all the same few scenes it does have a far worse look as the scenery is all a dirty poor looking part of Philadelphia. The bar, streets and a few other scenes are shabby looking and the shows color and off darks and whites don’t help.
The audio is also not great but a bit better than video with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio that is very front and center heavy as you would expect. The audio is mostly voice which is center driven and a few times you can get a bit of surround but for the most part the fronts do all the work.
Bonus content on the Blu-ray edition is also very hit and miss with audio commentary from six episodes and about an hour of other extras. The bonus features all revolve around a show that is for me at least not all that funny so it lacks interest.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia The Complete Season 5 is for true fans, others may want to steer clear but if you have watched it this season may also interest you.