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Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons(TV) (2010-2011)
Mordecai – a sarcastic blue jay, and Rigby – a somewhat responsible raccoon, are best friends. They even work together at a park owned by Pops, a big lollipop-headed guy. Which seems normal enough. They’ve got a cranky gumball machine for a boss and they work alongside a Zen-like yeti named Skips. Yep. Everything is as regular as can be.
For more about Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons and the Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray release, see Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on June 21, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: J. G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin, Janie Haddad, Mark Hamill, Roger Craig Smith
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Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray Review
Anything but regular...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, June 21, 2013
Pop quiz, hotshot: name the finest, funniest prime time or late night Cartoon Network animated series. Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The Venture Bros. Adventure Time. Robot Chicken. Superjail! The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. Metalocalypse. The Amazing World of Gumball. Squidbillies. Regular Show. An endless array of Adult Swim anime. The point being: just now, fifty different animation addicts rattled off the names of fifty different animated series, and, disagree all you'd like, not one of those animation addicts is wrong.
The genius of Cartoon Network's programming is that there's virtually something for everyone. Each animated actioner, comedy or experiment is that unique. Find Aqua Teen Hunger Force irritating? Try Adventure Time. Not big on Finn and Jake? Give Hank and Dean Venture a shot. Limited laughs there? Head on over to Metalocalypse; perhaps something harder and more deathly metallic is more to your liking. No? Looking for something lighter? May I humbly suggest creator J. G. Quintel's anthropomorphic slacker comedy, Regular Show. My personal trifecta is Adventure Time, Robot Chicken and Venture Bros., but Metalocalypse and Regular Show are locked in a photo finish for fourth. And you? Regular Show might just be at the top of your list, it certainly has enough going for it to make it a fan-favorite in its own right.
The palpitating heart of Regular Show is lazy twentysomethings Mordecai (Quintel) and Rigby (William Salyers), a best-of-friends blue jay and raccoon duo not-so-gainfully employed as groundskeepers at a local park. With little to do and even less desire to do it, the apathetic slack-mates are often left to their own devices and find themselves in one reference-laced misadventure after another. Dipping in and out of their lives is beautiful red robin-next-door Margaret (Janie Haddad), kindly lollipop-headed manager Pops Maellard (Sam Marin), easily annoyed gumball-machine co-manager Benson (Marin), immortal coworker Skips the Yeti (Mark Hamill), nemeses Hi-Five Ghost (Jeff Bennett and Quintel) and Muscle Man (Marin), and other oddballs, eccentrics and talking animals, supernatural creatures and living, breathing confections.
The hilarity that ensues is most definitely an acquired taste, and by and large a love-it or hate-it affair. Just how random and innocuous is Mordecai and Rigby's journey into the nichiest nooks and crannies of '80s and '90s pop culture? 8-bit demons. Death Kwon Do. Fun with antimatter. Disembodied consciousness quests. Time travel. Arcade game high-score records. Evil clones. RPGs. Jinxes. The undead. Tron. Wereskunks. And on and on. If you aren't laughing after the first few episodes, you'll never laugh. If you can barely breathe, you may want to space out future episodes. If you can't feel your face, Regular Show is without a doubt for you.
The series' biggest downfall is naturally the same scattershot, hit-or-miss jokes and running gags that make it tick, which tend to require the utmost devotion to enjoy consistently and to the fullest. Quintel based the various personalities and their dynamics and banter around his college days and his friends at the time, and if you share their particular penchant for doing nothing, if you're of like mind when it comes to their comic sensibilities, you're set. No effort required. You'll have an out-n-out blast with Regular Show. If not, well, best look elsewhere.
Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons includes 12 Season One and 28 Season Two episodes:
Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray, Video Quality
Like Adventure Time's recently released Blu-ray seasons, Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons features a pair of strong 1080p/VC-1 encodes that present the series in a whole new light. There are a few minor issues, most inherent to the animation and its digital source -- intermittent, barely there banding and negligible aliasing -- but none of it proves distracting in the least. Colors are hyper-bright as intended, primaries punch through striking whites, black levels are inky, and contrast is dead on. Moreover, the series' line art is clean and exacting, and the fine, canvas-like texture of the watercolor backgrounds is perfectly resolved. Without any significant anomalies to wheeze and whine over, I can safely say Quintel's Regular Show has never looked -- and probably will never look -- better than it does here. It even nudges past Adventure Time's BD presentations.
Season One includes 12 episodes on a single BD-25 disc. Season Two includes 28 episodes on a single BD-50 disc.
Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray, Audio Quality
While the back cover of the Blu-ray release of Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons lists a number of audio and subtitle options, chief among them a Dolby TrueHD audio mix, all that makes it to the discs is a lossy 192kbps Dolby Digital 2.0 track and English SDH subtitles. As you'll soon be well acquainted, the lack of lossless audio -- particularly after the tease that is the box set's stated tech specs -- comes as quite a disappointment. That isn't to suggest the Dolby stereo mix isn't adequate. It is. Voices are clear and nicely prioritized, and the soundscape rarely overwhelms the proceedings, even when mad-dash chaos erupts. But without proper low-end presence, rear speaker support and the telltale fidelity of a lossless track, the track falls short. Serviceable? Sure. Ideal? Far from it.
Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Regular Show isn't for everyone, but then neither is any Cartoon Network series. The joy is in finding the standout shows that suit your personal tastes and humor. This may be it, or... it might not be at all. Either way, a fair chance is in order, and Warner's Blu-ray release offers a 40-episode trial run of the still-thriving series' first two seasons. And with an excellent video presentation and a generous supplemental package (complete with 42 commentaries), it's hard to go wrong, even if lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 is as good as it gets in the audio department. So strap in and give Regular Show a spin. It isn't backed by a lossless track (as is incorrectly noted on the back cover of the set), but the sting should wear off soon after laughter sets in.
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