Blu-ray Review: Gravity Falls: The Complete Series Box Set

Gravity Falls was created by Alex Hirsch. The voice casts includes Jason Ritter as Dipper Pines; Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines; Thurop Van Orman as Li’l Gideon; Linda Cardellini as Wendy Corduroy; T.J. Miller as Robbie; Will Forte as Tyler Cutebiker; Kevin Michael Richardson as Sheriff Blubs; J.K. Simmons as Ford Pines and Alex Hirsch as Soos Ramirez, Fiddleford McGucket, Bill Cipher and Grunkle Stan. The music is composed by Brad Breeck.

Inspired by Hirsch’s real-life adventures with his twin sister, Gravity Falls follows twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines on an adventure of a lifetime when they spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon a mysterious book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town’s mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own—one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls aired on Disney XD from 2012 to 2016. This animated series follows twins Dipper and Mabel Pines who go spend the summer with their great-uncle, Grunkle Stan, who lives Gravity Falls, Oregon, a small town that’s full of big mysteries. The kids help out their uncle in his “tourist trap” The Mystery Shack but they also have lots of time to make new friends and uncover the weird things that go on in the small town. Dipper discovers the cryptic journals that lead him and Mabel to all kinds of amazing discoveries full of the paranormal, supernatural and even another dimension. They also find out that their uncle is also full of secrets that are tied to Gravity Falls and it all plays out as the series unfolds.

The kids also find out that Stan has a twin named Ford who’s been missing for years but he’s ultimately released from the abyss he’d been imprisoned in. Stan and Ford reunite and have a strange brotherly bond that’s fun to watch. There’s also Bill Cipher, a triangular-shaped dream demon that has entered Gravity Falls who ultimately wants to destroy the world. Dipper and Mabel team up their uncles and all of their friends and they take on the sinister invader in an apocalyptic battle royale called Weirdmageddon. It’s a war between good versus evil and of course good triumphs and the small town returns to normal – or as normal as it can get. One thing is for sure and that’s Dipper and Mabel had an exciting summer they’ll never forget.

The packaging comes with a thick slipcase with three plastic keepcases inside. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes more artwork and list of special features. The front of each keepcase has artwork that’s similar to each journal from Gravity Falls. The reverse sleeve features episode listing, synopsis and air dates. All seven of the Blu-ray discs features their own individual artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release was crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Shout! Factory did a fantastic job putting this box set together.

Bottom line is, I was late to the game when it comes to Gravity Falls but after watching this fantastic animated series I’m a fan for life. It totally reminded me of my childhood trips that I’d take to my grandparents in the summertime that were full of imagination and adventure. The series has its own unique style of animation with the looks of the characters as well as what all surrounds them in this mysterious town. I loved the writing for each episode because there’s a story arc that continues from beginning to end but there’s also standalone adventures as we get to know these wonderful characters. There’s also a great sense of humor to go along with it all. The voice cast did an amazing job with all of these characters that you can’t help but fall in love with and cheer for. Alex Hirsch created something special with Gravity Falls that’s a mixture of X-Files and Stranger Things with a Lovecraftian vibe to it but it’s made for kids and he was able to tell a complete story in these two seasons and go out on his own terms. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll definitely enjoy the heck out of this well-crafted animated series that’s destined for cult status. This impressive Gravity Falls: The Complete Series Blu-ray Box Set will be available on July 24th and is a must have.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 7 Discs / 40 Episodes / Approx 15 Hours

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentary for each episode, cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, lots of shorts and lots of promos.

  • NEW Audio Commentaries on All 40 Episodes with Alex Hirsch and members of the cast and crew
  • NEW “One Crazy Summer” – A Look Back at Gravity Falls With The Cast & Crew – interviews with Alex Hirsch, actors Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal, director and storyboard artist Matt Braly, writers Jeff Rowe, Shion Takeuchi and Josh Weinstein, composer Brad Breeck and over a dozen additional members of the cast and crew (1:45:38)
  • NEW “The Hirsch Twins” – Alex & Ariel Hirsch Remember Their Own Summers Growing Up (16:07)
  • NEW Deleted Scenes—over an hour of never-before-seen content (1:02:03)
  • “Between the Pines” Behind-The-Scenes series finale special from Disney XD  (22:06)
  • Shorts –interstitial programming between seasons 1 and 2 (39:14)
  • Promos—commercial and other promo materials from the show’s run (33:08)

 

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