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Regular Show: Season 1 & Season 2

Other // Unrated // July 16, 2013
List Price: $39.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted July 8, 2013 | E-mail the Author


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Regular Show Season 1 and 2 Blu-ray Review


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Regular
Show
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> is
an animated cartoon series that
was created for the Cartoon Network. It debuted back in September 2010
and is
now making its Blu-ray debut with a set that comprises the first 2
seasons of
the show. Created from J.G. Quintel, the show is known for having an
offbeat
sense of humor with a lot of randomness that makes its title both
peculiar and
hilarious. The show is currently airing its fourth season and it's
become one
of the network's most successful shows.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Each
episode revolves around the main characters Mordecai
and Rigby. These are goofy-natured characters (frequently referred to
by others
as "slackers") who are close friends who tend to do a ton of things
together -- pretty much everything they do is done together.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Mordecai
is actually a giant Blue Jay bird and Rigby is some
kind of raccoon. Both are employed as groundskeepers but they spend
most of the
time at their job messing up and making things become more complicated
for
everyone else. Somehow, comedic hilarity tends to ensue as a result.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">In
most of the episodes they tend to mess up a massively
simply task in some bizarre fashion. In one episode, another character
becomes
transported to the moon because of them, in another episode they end up
unleashing a big, menacing video-game with lasers when they were
supposed to
set up chairs, and in another episode they pretend to be astronauts
before it
essentially almost leads to the destruction of the entire world. This
is pretty
much how everything happens on the show.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
rest of the cast of characters consists of Pops, a
friendly oddball who gives out lollipops as payment, the park manager
Benson, a
walking gum-ball machine, Skips, a yeti-groundskeeper who frequently
helps to
save everyone, and Mitch, an oddball who often makes a "My Mom!"
joke, which never makes much sense to anyone. There are several other
supporting characters who appear over the course of the show's seasons,
including
Margaret, a Red Robin for which Mordecai has a huge crush on.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
offbeat humor of the series is the greatest strength of Regular
Show
. This isn't a series with
some kind of major continuation in storytelling. It's a classic example
of a
well done animated program which focuses on different comedic scenarios
in each
episode and upon the likability these characters have to bring some
solid
laughs to audiences.  It reminds me of
some of the classic cartoons produced by the Cartoon Network as well as
some of
the humor found in a number of old-school Looney
Tunes
cartoons. The comedy is based around these characters, which
is one
of the reasons the show works so well. The way in which the show's
creator has
crafted these unique goofballs makes for a good animated effort.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Lots
of references are made to pop-culture elements, but
most of these moments are actually based in the eighties. It's an
interesting
creative direction for the show and it helps to lend it something rare
and
special as a quality-show that wants to be enjoyed by animation fans of
different age groups, including those in their twenties and thirties.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Cartoon
Network found animated gold with Regular Show, which
is too offbeat and
unique to be called regular. It's anything
but
that. This is a jolt of creativity the network greatly needed
and it's
something that will hopefully run for several more seasons. This is a
sweet-natured series overall and the characters are the main element of
its
goofy charming nature which keeps things fun and interesting for the
series
jubilant fan-base. Regular Show is a
comedic animated gem worthy of being discovered for years to come.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Regular
Show
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">
arrives on Blu-ray with a 1.78:1
widescreen 1080p High Definition presentation that is generally quite
pleasing
and impressive. Colors certainly seem to 'pop' in HD and are a huge
factor in
the series success -- the animation is impressive and really helps to
define
this series and it's offbeat characters, so it's nice that a strong
encode with
healthy bit-rates was a factor of the series high definition debut.
Detail and
sharpness are both notable as well. The presentation shouldn't
disappoint fans
of the series.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audio:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
back of the packaging states that
this release includes Dolby TrueHD lossless 5.1 surround sound audio
for the
episodes. Unfortunately, the only audio option actually included during
the
main presentation of the show is Dolby Digital 2.0 audio which is
neither in
surround sound or something that preserves the show as well as would
have been
possible with a lossless encode.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">While
the 2.0 isn't a total slouch (it
does offer decent dimensionality for a front-channels only mix) the
audio isn't
exactly something that impressive either. It still works for the show
well
enough but it is a bit of a disappointing element of this release and
it
continues Warner Bros routine releasing of titles with lossy audio
while
promoting high-def audio on the packaging. Fans will be annoyed by this
aspect
of the release, but the audio is at least in acceptable (if
underwhelming)
quality.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Regular
Show
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arrives
on Blu-ray with a surprising amount of supplemental materials. Included
on the
set (as spread across the two separate Blu-ray discs) is the following:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audio
Commentary for all 40 episodes from Season 1 and
Season 2 of Regular Show


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
Unaired Regular Show Pilot
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (8
min. HD), which is in the same vein of the show
that would follow its production order. This pilot isn't quite
on par with the quality of the actual show with regards to the
animation quality but the comedy and spirit of the show remains
essentially the
same and it's something that will be of high interest to big fans. It's
like
getting another bonus episode of the show.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Animatic
for the Unaired Pilot
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (7
min) shows the early sketch-work done outlining
the episode.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Animatic
for "The Power"
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (11
min.) shows the early sketch-work done
outlining the episode.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Original
Pencil Tests from Saerom
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (38
sec.) is some early test animation for an
episode of the show.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">CG
Test for Hodgepodge Monster
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (4
sec.) is a brief snippet of a test CG animation
for one of Regular Show's monster characters.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">2010
Comic-Con Teaser Trailer
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">
(2:35) plays out like a "best of"
clip-show featuring several of Regular
Show's
best season one moments. It's a hilarious clip-show that was
presented before this series actually premiered.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">"The
Naive Man from Lolliland" Student Short
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (4
min. 8 sec.) is an amazing
student short film showcasing the Pops character's introduction and his
first
use of lollipops as payment. This is a surprisingly strong student film
that
showcases how amazing series creator J.G. Quintel was as an animation
student
and the character is truly hilarious in this amazingly creative short
student
effort.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Sam
Sings Mystery Karaoke
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (2
min.) is quite bizarre as a supplement.
Basically, it's of one of the main series voice-actors doing karaoke to
some
unknown song that includes a lot of swear words (which has caused
Cartoon
Network and Warner Bros to bleep out the entire piece -- it's all
silent and
bleeped so you have no idea what he's saying or singing to).style="">  Weird.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Party
Tonight Music Video
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (2
min. 6 sec.) is a campy and heartfelt
live-action music video for the "Party Tonight" segment from season
one. It's sort of like a short film version of Regular Show with actual
people
in the parts of the characters, with cool costumes, and great design.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Interview
with JG Quintel
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (5
min. 6 sec.) is a brief interview with the
creator of Regular Show.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">JG
Pitches "The Power"
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> (16
min. 32 sec.) is one of the coolest
supplemental features that has been included on the entire release. In
this
hilarious and insightful piece, Regular Show series creatorstyle="">  JG Quintel does a version of his episode
pitch for Season One's episode "The Power", which became the first
episode of the series. He offers voices for the characters and his
great
enthusiasm for his illustrations and jokes make this a special blast of
energy,
demonstrating immense effort on his part to pitch the show to others.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Original
Regular Show Commercials
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> -style="">  With this
selectable extra, there are two short animated pieces that play (of
less than a
minute long each) which are original promotional pieces for the series.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Final
Thoughts:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Regular
Show
style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">is
one of Cartoon Network's most
zany and original animated series in years. It's something that harkens
back to
the Cartoon-Cartoon days of the network,
and the greatest years the network had with shows like The
Powerpuff Girls
, Dexter's
Laboratory
, and Johnny Bravo.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
comedy style seems to be a bit of a blend between Adult
Swim productions (with humor that seems aimed at a slightly older
audience) and
traditional Cartoon Network shows. This is a great series for audiences
of all
age, but it will be most enjoyed by twenty to thirty-something people
who still
love cartoons. This is one truly awesome cartoon with a lot of good
humor to
enjoy.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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