Eagleheart-Season One (2010)

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Released 22-May-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Western Audio Commentary-20 Commentary Tracks
Deleted Scenes-and Outtakes (20.45)
Unseen Footage-Pilot Scenes (9.45)
Interviews-Cast & Crew-Comic Con NY Panel (22.55)
Featurette-Kill Reel (2.32)
Additional Footage-Promos for Each Episode
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 134:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jason Woliner
Eric Appel
Jay Karas
Benjamin Berman
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Chris Elliott
Michael Gladis
Brett Gelman
Maria Thayer
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Mark Rivers


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Walker, Texas Ranger? A pussycat. Raylan Givens of Justified? Lightweight.

     None of them compares to the raw power, sexual charisma and brilliant mind of US Marshall Chris Monsanto (Chris Elliott). He is the epitome of the lawman who lives by the rules, except when he breaks them, and makes sure all the bad guys die by the rules!

     Eagleheart is a short length comedy series seen on the Adult Swim section of the Comedy Channel. In each of the 10 or so minute episodes Monsanto comes up against diabolical evil and triumphs using ingenuity and usually an appalling level of violence. Under the command of the Chief (Michael Gladis - Paul Kinsey from Mad Men), who just happens to look like (and act like) Orson Welles, and assisted by his companions, the dumb-as-a-box-of -hammers Brett (Brett Gelman) and the clever but often overlooked Susie (Maria Thayer), justice has a new best pal.

     It doesn't bear looking too deeply into Eagleheart. There isn't any connection between the episodes and the level of surreal comedy and bloodletting is absurdly funny. The challenges Monsanto faces are not your everyday problems. Sure, the first episode sees him facing off against an evil crime lord. However when the crime lord is seriously injured, suffering a memory loss and mental regression, it is Monsanto who puts in the long hours nursing him back to health just so he can enact revenge. And is it really possible to create the Essence of Creep so as to make everyone in town so unbelievably creepy that the girls will be attracted to the "just a bit creepy" guys? Are the skies really free of laws so that a zeppelin can become the new hub of crime and is it really possible to punch someone so hard that they explode?

     The short comments above are illustrative of the type of show you get with Eagleheart. Each episode has its own joyous sense of lunacy, bad one-liners and over the top violence.

    Looking forward to seasons two and three!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Eagleheart comes to DVD in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio consistent with its widescreen origins. It is 16×9 enhanced.

     The series was shot on digital video. It is certainly not a cutting-edge production and has that slightly rough and ready look which is entirely appropriate for the show. There is some digital noise to be seen particularly in the night scenes but generally it is eminently watchable throughout.

     The colours are fine and clear. The flesh tones are accurate with the exception of the chief who is clearly heavily made up.

    There are no technical problems with the transfer.

     There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired.

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Audio

     Eagleheart comes with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track. This is perfectly adequate for the show.

     The dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

     Music is appropriate for the program with a distinctly lawman vibe.

    There are no technical problems with the sound.

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Extras

     Eagleheart comes with numerous extras.

Commentary Tracks

     There are a combined total of 20 commentary tracks on offer. That means there is often more than one per episode. They feature multiple participants including actors/writers/directors and if you think that sounds like a recipe for mayhem you are pretty much correct. Still, you can't say they are not enjoyable.

Deleted Scenes and Outtakes

     There are quite a few deleted scenes on offer though the outtake count is low. Nothing substantial.

Scenes from a Never Aired Pilot

     The concept for the pilot was totally different. Elliot plays an arrogant actor in a Marshall based TV series. This works better though there is a scene with a Native American and a raccoon that had me laughing for days!

NY Comic Con Panel

     A panel consisting of creators and lead actors which features discussion about the show and also a sneak peak at a pretty gross but funny scene from Season 2.

Kill Reel

     A short but crimson series of killings - mostly Monsanto style!

Promos

     Short promos for each episode.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

 

     This is the same as the Region 1 release. Buy local!

Summary

   Eagleheart makes for great entertainment because it is surreal, bloody and short enough to never wear out its welcome. A fun series with a decent DVD and loads of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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