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Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles: The First Five Seasons

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  • Actors: Burnie Burns, Jason Saldaña, Gus Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, Joel Heyman
  • Producers: Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Geoff Ramsey, Joel Heyman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 29 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0039ZBM5A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,397 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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"Clerks meets Star Wars" (Village Voice) in this smash-hit comedy series. Using officially licensed video from the blockbuster videogame Halo, Red vs. Blue adds hilarious voiceover. In the Chronicles, the story centers on two opposing teams of soldiers fighting a civil war in the middle of a desolate box canyon, in a parody of first-person shooter games, military life, and science fiction films. The most luckless bunch of soldiers in the universe must fight the least likely war ever, in the most ridiculous way they know how.

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

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Red vs Blue is a great online series, but it's even better on DVD. The remastered edition of this classic machinima makes the Blood Gulch Chronicles more enjoyable to watch thanks to the better video quality and the larger image. Sound is super, and the bonus features are hilarious. I loved the fact that the Rooster Teeth crew spent the time to create spoof menus and DVD warnings, it just adds to the whole Red vs Blue experience.
The characters are awesome, you quickly get attached to them and start to know their personalities in depth which the story then builds on.
The storyline itself is actually really well done for a show that's supposed to be a comedy. Plot twists and intrigues abound throughout all 5 seasons, and will only get better in the next 3 seasons (Red vs. Blue: The Recollection Collection) to be released in September. The idea of using A.I.s and secret military projects as a backstory to explain the current "war" in the blood gulch canyon was genius as it fits in really well to the Halo universe. All this combined with the red and blue gangs constantly bickering with each other and forced to work together more than they'd like makes for a terrific series that's not hard to follow but easy to get addicted to, and that is definitely funny.

5 stars all the way, and thank you for an awesome series Rooster Teeth.
Keep up the great work!
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The start of the story may seem slightly slow and pointless, but it's a great introduction to the characters and the style of humor and wit that is still to come in the series. The series develops into a great storyline. I was very impressed how even the little things came toghether without changing the base characters. The episodes are between 5 and 15 minutes so it's an easy series to complete, but has amazing re-play value.
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This "remastered" version has a different screen frame for the first four seasons, and while that's all right, they changed that awesome song when the Warthog is driving in Season 1 (the same scene where Tucker thinks he went back in time), I didn't like that.

But still Red vs. Blue is always funny and entertaining. I can't even name a favorite part because there are so many of them.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa038c78c) out of 5 stars 86 reviews
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03951ec) out of 5 stars Better, not quite perfect July 22 2010
By Robert A. Farquhar II - Published on
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I love Red Vs. Blue. I love it to death. I already owned the original five seasons on DVD, but I was still thrilled when the Remastered version came out. It really is much better now that the pictures fill the screen, and they're sharper, too! Even better for someone with limited shelf space, this time they put all 6 DVDs (5 seasons and a bonus disc) into only two thin boxes, rather than the huge box the old complete set came in. So now I have space to buy the next several seasons when they come out.

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!)
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0395240) out of 5 stars Red vs Blue at its Finest Oct. 25 2010
By Jason - Published on
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You can't go wrong here. Red vs Blue was one of the best Machinima's I ever watched. To think I used to watch them at 360p and then 480p. I remember watching the older, non - remastered versions where the cross-hair is still present and you actually are missing 1/2 the image (they had to crop out the arms/weapon of the camera man!). The remastered set is fantastic. The video looks great in widescreen, with drastically improved visuals compared to the original version we have all come to love. The textures now look crystal clear and the image takes up the entire screen rather than half. The audio has been improved as well, on top of some improved visual. Any Red vs Blue fan won't be disappointed. Any Halo fan won't be either. If you are a gamer you can't miss this show especially in its remastered form on DVD
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0535264) out of 5 stars RvB=Awesomeness Sept. 29 2010
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All the seasons in a 6 disc collection, tons of bonus content, easy to use menus and funny little add ins. Everything I could want from Rooster Teeth.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa653c8a0) out of 5 stars Great deal, and the best possible RvB experience Sept. 12 2010
By P - Published on
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I love Red vs. Blue and have been watching it since the show started. This box set is really the show in its best form possible, a full frame version of the show with no crappy letterboxing. I owned the first four seasons on DVD but this is just so much better of an experience. I was not having the $45 dollar price tag at [...] because I owned the DVDs already, but at $30 on amazon I could not go wrong. A huge savings from Amazon (as usual) and the item arrived promptly and in perfect condition.

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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0537144) out of 5 stars Great DVDs!! July 1 2010
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I love red vs blue but i didn't want to buy them on dvd because they looked crappy.but this remastered them and made it so they fill the screen! it also put them in HD! If you like red vs blue you need to buy this. its amazing!