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Red vs. Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles: The First Five Seasons
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In the distant future, ten soldiers battle for control of the least desirable piece of real estate in the known universe a box canyon in the middle of nowhere. Red vs. Blue chronicles the misadventures of two hapless armies as they wage a war that few understand and no one wants to fight.
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.
Though this irreverent animated series from Rooster Teeth Productions is inspired by the blockbuster Halo video game franchise, one doesn't need to be familiar with the game--or gaming in general--to appreciate Red vs. Blue's skewering of action tropes, military bravado, and science fiction in general. A prime example of the modern art form known as machinima (the use of video game graphics engines to create new animation), Red vs. Blue is also essentially a sitcom set in the eponymous Halo scenario, with two teams of soldiers in constant pursuit of each other's flag, yet completely unaware of the reason for the competition. Stuck in a repetitive and pointless scenario from which they appear to have no escape, the Red and Blue teams become embroiled in an absurdly elaborate game of one-upmanship that involves a Spanish-speaking robot who falls in love with a sentient, trigger-happy tank; a short-tempered talking bomb; frequent flashes backwards and forwards in time; an alien savior; and constant bouts of possession by various artificial intelligence. If this sounds like the densest chunk of science fiction ever presented, keep in mind that it's all delivered in rapid-fire bursts of snarky, slapstick humor over the course of 100 five-minute episodes; think a futuristic version of Stripes, not Dune.
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.
hilarious as can be. I just love to sit around and listen to these guys talking to each other and all the jokes
that are cracked. Someone must have been very intelligent to pull this all together. Though the graphics
are bad, the dialogue is fantastic. So I have to save the episodes are worth *5* stars. I checked this out
on rottentomatoes.com and it said 98% of people likes these episodes because they are so funny to boot.
p.s. do not let your child see these movies because a lot of bad language is used in making these movies.
You know what I mean.... Though no critics have reviewed this film it still say 98% of people like these movies
and the sole reviewer gave it *5* stars...................
Summary: The DVD set is a great way to watch the remastered first five seasons, with commentary, fun menus, and extras.
If, like me, your video player has difficulty playing the "we went into the future" episode you downloaded back when you were a subscriber because of the strange way they hacked the video files together, you have to buy the DVD boxed set in order to watch the whole thing without the audio getting all messed up. And you are then pleased to discover that the video looks very good, but strangely and subtly different. Where are the black bars and the super ultra wide format? Oh! You notice then that the first season or two have been *remastered*, obviating the super double-widescreen TV setup you built just for watching RVB. They did all those stunts again? Yes, apparently. This is all explained in the commentary, which is nice.
Also, the extras include a lot of the original bonus content and there's commentary for everything, which is nice if you're watching it for the 70th time and really need some friends to watch with because you don't have any friends and it's just so lonely in your house with just you and the TV.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this show. I watched this for free before I decided that I would buy their DVD just to support this series. I don't buy DVDs often but I had to get this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great for the fan. If you aren't sure, look at them on the web before you buy. Language and references not for everyonePublished 20 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 20 months ago by TechGeek
It's a great addition for anyone who is a fan of the series.Published 20 months ago by L.S. Michaels
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