Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons Blu-ray ReviewApril 4, 2014
For the uninitiated, Cartoon Network’s Regular Show is anything but. It has a cast of characters featuring a talking bird, a raccoon, a lollipop, a gumball machine, and a Yeti. Each episode of Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons begins with a relatively normal premise — such as Mordecai and Rigby trying to get a refund for a lame RPG game — but everything quickly turns trippy and surreal, with plenty of supernatural elements finding their way into each episode’s 11-minute runtime. The Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons Blu-ray packs 40 episodes of pure hilarity, as well as a respectable set of special features and an UltraViolet digital copy.
Regular Show stars a cast of strange characters. Mordecai and Rigby are best friends, and the stars of the series. Mordecai is a blue jay, while Rigby is a brown raccoon. They’re slackers that are always getting into trouble with their boss Benson — a gumball machine — and are constantly belittled and ridiculed by Muscle Man, an out of shape green man with a mullet, and Hi-Five Ghost, a spirit with a hand on top of its head. When they find themselves dealing with supernatural forces that are spiraling out of control — that is to say, every episode — they turn to their friend Skips, a muscular, immortal yeti who skips everywhere, voiced by Mark Hamill. Pops is a six foot tall anthropomorphic lollipop with a top hat, who seems pulled from the 1920s and uses lollipops for currency. They all work and live at a park, with Mordecai and Rigby tasked with menial labor that they never get done, often distracted by video games or metaphysical forces.
While the characters of Regular Show are far from normal, the circumstances they find themselves in are even stranger. Mordecai and Rigby find themselves facing off against unicorns, killer hot dogs, a man-sized Japanese coffee bean, a game store employee, zombies, and many more in this Blu-ray set’s episode lineup. The show is utterly insane, but somehow it works. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally found it to be completely hilarious – there’s not one bad episode to be found on this set. Still, you might want to check out a few episodes on Netflix first to get a feel for the show’s unique brand of humor.
While the Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons set looks and sounds great, it should be noted that the back of the box inaccurately states that the audio mix is Dolby TrueHD. In fact, it’s just a two-channel Dolby Digital mix. While the lossless, uncompressed audio would obviously be preferred, the two-channel mix that’s here is acceptable, with clear voices and nice separation in the soundtrack.
There’s a nice set of special features here that fans will enjoy. Every single episode has commentary, sometimes with show creator J.G. Quintel by himself, and other times with other members of the cast and crew. The unaired Regular Show pilot is here, in which Mordecai and Rigby open up a portal to another dimension when their epic game of Rock, Paper, Scissors is tied for 100 straight rounds. There’s also pencil tests, animatics, a teaser trailer, an incredibly short CG test for the Hodgepodge Monster, a student short showing the first appearance of Pops, commercials, a pitch for “The Power”, a music video for “Party Tonight”, an interview with J.G. Quintel, and a very strange video featuring cast member Sam Marin singing karaoke, only his mouth is blurred and there is no audio. I can only assume that this is due to some sort of licensing issue, but really it’s just weird the way it’s presented here.
Interestingly, there’s a few Easter Eggs on the first disc, which is something I haven’t come across in a long time. If you hover over “Play All” on the main menu and press up twice, the cursor will disappear. After this, press the enter button five times, and you will unlock a special message from J.G. Quintel and a few extras highlighting his project to create a thousand signed, hand-made prints that are randomly included with the Blu-ray set. Here you can also get a glimpse at early concept art for Regular Show.
Overall, Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons is a must-have set for fans of the series. Featuring a wealth of interesting special features, a solid visual presentation, as well as 40 very funny episodes with commentary, there’s really not much to complain about here. Good show!