Quality-wise, this three-disc collection, already out in the UK, is a very mixed bag. The only true candidate for classic status among these 14 epsiodes (the remainder of Season Nine) is Brian Writes a Best-Seller, a brilliant comeuppance for the more than usually full-of-himself pooch. The rest are uneven. True, Halloween on Spooner Street has moments, Road to the North Pole improves on re-acquaintance -- as usual, the DVD episodes are raunchier than the broadcast versions -- and it's rare that you'll go all the way through an episode without one clever bit (like Patrick Warburton's linebacker-like version of the American Dad theme in the finale Foreign Affairs). But too many of the later ones come off like filler. For instance, the fight sequence in German Guy far exceeds its comedic life, while the full Jagger/Bowie Dancing in the Street video in Foreign Affairs is time-marking pure and simple. The extras provide some relief: outtakes from 13 episodes, select-scene animatics for two, the cross-promotional Beer Walk episode from The Cleveland Show (S2E9) and, when used on a DVD-ROM equipped PC, 15 clips, five clip mashups and nine songs (all exportable). And at least subsequent DVD releases should finally get back to a convenient seasonal basis for the first time since Vol. 2. But, overall, this represents a distinct drop-off in quality -- one that would continue into Season 10.