“THE BOONDOCKS”, one of the most entertaining and thought provoking cartoons to air debut in some time, has been released on dvd from SONY.

Adapted from a three-panel comic strip started in the University of Maryland school newspaper, Aaron McGruder, has created a world that’s imaginative and daring, and “not for kids!” 

The plot revolves around the “Freemans,” a black family recently moved to Maryland from Chicago.  The main characters include two young boys, Huey and Riley, and their granddad, Robert.  As unique as these characters are made to be, there is a great supporting cast of neighborhood characters as well. Plenty of exciting guests have utilized their voice talents as well, including Samuel L. Jackson, Mos Def, Adam West and more!

The animated style is much more detailed than most standard cartoons, and there are plenty of anime-influenced images.

The entire first season’s 15 episodes are included here.

Often intending to be controversial, the characters use pretty bad but realistic language. Several storylines truly push the boundaries, as is evidenced by Al Sharpton’s attack on an episode wherein Martin Luther King is revisited.  A great episode revolves around Granddad spending all of his money on a prostitute!

SONY has preserved the show’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  Colors are solid and the detail is generally phenomenal!  There are a few instances where artifacts present, but few and far between.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix.  While not aggressive, there’s enough separation to compliment the great score and dialogue. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

SONY has included loads of extras!

7 commentaries are offered on the first two of this 3 disc-set.  A lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette is also included, along with deleted scenes, slideshow and more!