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Red vs. Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles: The First Five Seasons
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It all started with a simple question, 'You ever wonder why we re here?' But in a place called Blood Gulch, the answers aren t always what you expect. What began as a six-episode video project created by a group of avid HALO fans quickly took on a life of its own. Five seasons, 100 episodes and millions of downloads later, Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles has become known as one of the funniest and most popular Internet video series of all time. This 6-disc DVD set includes all 100 episodes from the five seasons (remastered for Seasons 1-4), as well as hours of exclusive bonus material.
Since Red vs. Blue was created for web broadcast using the Halo engine, image and quality tends to be somewhat low resolution, but picture-perfect visuals aren't what fans are expecting with this five-disc set. Rather, it's the chance to have the entire series run in one set, along with an impressive collection of extras. Chief among the latter are multiple audio commentaries from the cast and crew for each season (all have been featured on previous releases), including a new anniversary commentary recorded for this set. Two special productions--the Xbox Live miniseries Out of Mind and Recovery One--are also a highlight, as are a barrage of special videos, including the show's hilarious public service announcements, voice-over outtakes (many of which have been deliberately flubbed), and deleted scenes. Faux DVD menu content, including fake FBI warnings and nonsensical language options, is evidence of the appreciation for the show's fans that went into this set, as is a new sixth disc of rarities, including early dialogue recordings, award-show footage, and even a version of the series executed completely with Legos. It's hard to imagine a show that plays on paper like Red vs. Blue deserving such a deluxe presentation, but the sheer quality of the imaginations behind the program clearly warrant this impressive set. --Paul Gaita
The Xbox Live miniseries Out of Mind and Recovery One
Audio commentary by the filmmakers
Rare clips from the RvB Archives and more
Top Customer Reviews
There's only one problem I have, and its the same problem I had with the old set... except for Lopez's Spanish dialogue, and the 5th season, there are no captions/subtitles. My girlfriend is both hard of hearing and sensitive to loud noises, and with all the yelling and the radio/helmet speech effects, she has a hard time following what's happening. Makes it hard to watch it together... or at night with the volume on low after she goes to sleep.
I'd take off a half-star for this, if I could, but I can't so I won't.
Nevertheless, all said, I'm glad I bought it. (Now, on to the "Recollection" 3 DVD set!)
My only gripe is, like others have said, the packaging is a bit weak. The DVDs are in those spindles tighter than any other DVD I have had before, and I really fear I'm going to break them pulling them out sometimes.
The plot is a little odd near the end, but it they make it work. The Blood Gulch Chronicles has comedy more as it's priority, where Recollection balanced comedy and a deeper integrated plot. Blood Gulch is where everything started, and is where old and new fans can enjoy all the crazy shenanigans in one place.
After I watched the seasons, I got curious about the special features. Did they remaster the PSAs? Well, sort of. They stretched them to fit the 720x480 aspect ratio, and they centered the image between the top and bottom of the screen. It made the PSAs at least viewable on my TV, but not as shiny as the main series. Some of the special features on the 4th disc recieved the same treatment, but the live-action spots and Halo 3 features (such as the Grifball demonstration) were left pretty much unaltered.
If you don't already have the first 5 seasons, get this one for sure. If you already have the first box set, get this if you have an HDTV, your eyes will thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for the fan. If you aren't sure, look at them on the web before you buy. Language and references not for everyonePublished 11 months ago by david
Fantastic show. The voices in the first season or so differ from the rest but it's because they were just starting out. Read morePublished 11 months ago by TechGeek
It's a great addition for anyone who is a fan of the series.Published 12 months ago by L.S. Michaels
I hate to give this a 3 because I love red vs blue and this is really awesome, but when I opened it the disks were sliding around and I'm just so lucky they weren't scratched.Published 15 months ago by Laurie Dunne
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