Regular Show-Slack Pack (2010)
|Year Of Production||2010|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||John Infantino|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
It is no surprise that this collection of 12 episodes from the cartoon network animated program Regular Show is described as the "Slack Pack", for the heroes of this wacky and very funny cartoon have dedicated their lives to skiving off from work. Adopting the George Costanza approach to work they frequently spend hours trying to get out of 10 minutes labour, which provides much of the humour of the show.
Blue jay Mordecai and raccoon Rigby are employed as groundskeepers at a local park. Their employer is Benson, a human gumball machine, who is by turns exasperated, frustrated and livid at the laziness of his two workers. Well actually not all his workers are lazy. Yeti Skips (voiced by Mark Hamill) is a dedicated worker who uses his physical prowess and mental acumen to solve innumerable problems. The lazy lads share a friendship with the very dotty Pops as well as an eternal rivalry with the green skinned Muscle Man, who, of course, is anything but muscular. Muscle Man is often attended by his best buddy High-Five Ghost who is a ghost with an arm coming out of his head… all pretty regular!
Like Adventure Time this is a show that has a wider fan base than young kids. Unlike that show it is not quite so perversely strange. Things tend to start out fairly normal before all hell breaks loose. Take the episode Death Punchies - all Rigby wants to do is have the chance to be Player 1 on a hot new video game. Mordecai decides the issue in the usual fashion, by a game of punchies. Rigby loses. He always loses. So Rigby goes off to a martial arts training school and steals a drawing of the all powerful technique of delivering a Death Punch and then sets about punching the stuffing out of everybody at the Park. It is only when Mordecai steals a different martial arts technique that the future of the world looks safe.
The Episodes are:
Regular Show is always funny and even though the odd couple of Mordecai and Rigby are frequently conniving lying idiots there is always something to like about them. This collection brings together 12 episodes from the first two seasons. As with Adventure Time fans will have to choose whether they want to purchase some of these selected pure awesome episodes or wait until the entire series is released on DVD. The next DVD entitled The Best DVD Ever * (*as at this time) is due to be released in the next two months. For the moment this DVD provides some laughs and fun and will be sufficient for all but the most completist of Regular Show fans.
Regular Show comes to DVD in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, consistent with its original TV presentation. It is 16×9 enhanced.
The DVD looks good throughout. This is a hand drawn (well mostly) animated show and doesn't purport to represent the cutting edge of animation. Nevertheless the lines are clean and clear. The colours are vibrant and interesting.
There are no technical defects with the DVD.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired.
Regular Show features a English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
This is adequate for the show. It is fairly simply delivered. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. There isn't a great deal of activity going on in the background.
The soundtrack is suitably interesting. One of the curious things about the show is that it relies heavily on the feel and music from the 80s. Frequently they will license songs from the era which go even one step further in suggesting that the show is so suitable for the older crowd. For example in the classic episode Grilled Cheese Deluxe where Rigby and Mordecai compete with each other as to who is the best liar the Thompson Twins song Lies features prominently. It's been a long time since I heard that song!
|Surround Channel Use|
This short extra (which functions as a teaser for the show) has the pair convinced they can write a hit song. They can't. Maybe they can write an ultra-cool ring tone?
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The DVD is identical to the Region 1 release. Buy Region 4.
To those who still like their cartoons and haven't seen Regular Show now is your chance to indulge in this frequently funny and always enjoyable series. This DVD combines some of the funniest episodes. Once you watch one you'll be hooked. The DVD looks and sounds good.
|DVD||Cambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Pioneer SC-LX 81 7.1|
|Speakers||Aaron ATS-5 7.1|