Xavier: Renegade Angel-Seasons 1 & 2 (2007)

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Released 10-Feb-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Fan Commentary
Bonus Episode-Fan-made Episodes
Music Video-Xaviercise
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 230:28 (Case: 240)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Vernon Chatman
John Lee
Marco Bertoldo
Studio
Distributor
Williams Street
Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Custom Packaging
RPI $34.95 Music Chris Anderson
Jon Philpot
Brittnell Anderson


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Xavier: Renegade Angel is part of the Adult Swim line of short cartoons aimed at adults (more specifically "adults" who live up to the title in age only). Each 12 minute episode follows the journey of Xavier, a meditative wanderer with all the characteristics of a stoned surfer and a body like a wookie with a chicken's beak and a snake for one of his hands, who travels the earth far and wide pondering such metaphysical absurdities as "What doth life?" and occasionally seeking to avenge the murder of his father (who he, in fact, killed as a child). Xavier's wanderings and philosophies play out like a ridiculous version of a Native American vision quest and often feature flashbacks to a Native American shaman who raised him (sort of) after he was abandoned by his mother.

    The humour employed by the show is quite dark, twisted and incredibly surreal (assuming you consider orphans molesting catholic priests dark and twisted), featuring large amounts of blood, guts, dismemberment and sexual content along the way. It manages to get away with its extreme nature thanks to its equally ridiculous animation style, which more or less looks like computer-game alternate realities Second Life or The Sims. A number of celebrity cameos are featured, some as voices and some inserted in live action paste-ins, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Judah Friedlander and one of the guys from They Might Be Giants.

    Xavier: Renegade Angel is one of the better recent Adult Swim series. Though far more extreme in its content, the show features a similar dynamic story flow and absurd internal logic to the ever-popular Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The episodes are a bit hit-and-miss, although each will usually have at least a few ridiculous moments that will bring a smile and a handful are out-and-out hilarious.

    This 2-disc set includes the 20 episodes of the show that make up its first and second seasons.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The show is presented in its original 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The video looks perfectly adequate for the show, although that isn't much to crow about given that the show looks like a computer game from the late 1990s. The image is sharp and clear, with no sign of grain. The colours are bold and garish, as intended. Interlacing artefacts are visible is you pause the show, but the animation is basic enough that they don't noticeably affect its fluidity.

    There is no sign of compression artefacts in the video.

    No subtitles are available.

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Audio

    The show features an English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kbps) audio track.

    Like the video, the audio is perfectly adequate for what it is but nothing more. The dialogue is clear and easy to discern. The audio is as well synchronised to the video as you could expect from a crudely animated show.

    The show features little in the way of music other than occasional "shakashuri" music (Xavier's mystical flute), which sounds well mixed amongst the other audio.

    There is no noticeable surround or subwoofer usage.

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Extras

     The extras are almost all a "by the fans, for the fans" affair.

Fan Commentary

    Audio commentary is provided by fans of the show for two episodes. Forgettable stuff.

Fan Episodes

    A dozen "episodes" made by fans. Some live action, some animated in a variety of ways. Each runs between about 30 seconds to a minute and a half. In many cases that's up to a minute and a half too long. One or two are actually pretty good, but barely worth sifting through the lot for.

Xaviercise

    Xavier doing exercise moves to a techno beat. Could have been so much better if it was a little more than just off cut animation to a beat. Skip it.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 release is identical to the Region 1 release, save for PAL/NTSC differences.

Summary

    One of the funniest recent Adult Swim series, each episode of Xavier: Renegade Angel blends mysticism and junk philosophy into absurdly dark and twisted self-contained plotlines.

    Audio and video are fine. The extras are a waste of time, but may appeal to die-hard fans.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
DisplayOptoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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