Usavich-The Collection (2006)

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Released 1-Jun-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Bonus Episode-Time for Work (Alternate)
Featurette-Making Of-MTV Special Dissecting Usavich
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 47:00 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Satoshi Tomioka

Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     File this one under .... Only In Japan!

     It is likely that anyone reading this review with a flicker of recognition will have seen Usavich tagged on as an oddity at the end of ABC TV's Good Game. Running at roughly 90 seconds per episode Usavich is a strange little animated show, created by Kanaban Graphics for MTV Asia, which combines Japanese sensibilities against a Russian Gulag setting to create something quite different. Usavich has now reached its third season. This DVD set comprises the seasons to date. Inexplicably the distributor has put each season onto an individual disc. As the price point is about $30 it may not be a problem but with each season running a total of 19 minutes and only a smattering of extras it is surprising that they were not all put onto the one DVD. Anyway ...

     The plot of Usavich is a little difficult to describe. Kirinenko and Putin are two cellmates in a Russian prison. They are, naturally, both rabbits. The show is a blend of surreal situations and black humour. Putin is a bit thick and wears sandals and a green striped uniform. He dances a Russian dance at the beginning of most episodes in the first season, with his movements syncopating with the sparse bleepy soundtrack. He has a low fear threshold and frequently changes face colour under pressure. Former mob boss Kirinenko is fond of his sneakers, in fact his life revolves around wanting shoes and reading about shoes. He is calm and passive - until he is disturbed, at which point he is capable of feats of incredible strength and unrestrained violence.

     Each season of the show features a different setting. The first is set in the prison, the second when they are on the run after breaking out of prison and the third whilst they are wandering through a shopping centre in search of a nice pair of sneakers. The episodes are as follows:

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3