'Regular Show: Complete First and Second Season'
(Various / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / Cartoon Network)
Overview: Cartoon Network has just-released the much anticipated hit animated comedy series The Regular Show. This wonderful release includes all 40 episodes from seasons 1 and 2 plus over 2 hours of hilarious bonus content inspired by the creator!
Blu ray Verdict: Cartoon Network promotes Regular Show as "anything but regular." That's true in two ways: the show is crazy, quirky and sometimes naughty. But it's "anything but regular" due to the fact that more than many current shows, it's traditional in its format of storytelling.
Even though each episode goes from the everyday to the spectacularly insane, that's what the great sitcoms did--both live action and animated. When Lucy Ricardo got starched, lit her nose on fire or got wasted on Vitameatavegemin, each script was constructed from the zany point back to the beginning, which seemed very normal and everyday. Through this exacting process, the most outlandish situations can seem plausible.
That's really what makes it "anything but regular" on today's animation landscape, because most modern shows (and films) tell multiple stories rather than linear ones. Since Seinfeld and its contemporaries, there are usually several plot threads that unfold until they converge at the end. Even dramatized biographies now flow in and out of flashbacks and side steps.
This Blu ray set contains some cool special features and great, clear audio. I also love the inclusion of the end theme which Cartoon Network dubs over with upcoming show content. The commentary is interesting because this is one of those programs where you may wonder what they were thinking (in a good way).
So Regular Show is regular and it's not. According to the show's creator, J.G. Quintel, the title indeed teeters between irony and accuracy. And yes, finally Warner Brothers figured it out! They finally know what we want! Screw the Slack Pack! Hopefully they'll keep releasing them in this format :-) These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and come with the Special Features of episode commentaries for some of the 40 two-season episodes.