Despite wrapping up the previous seasons with an enjoyable climax, Red vs. Blue returns in the sophisticated renderings of the graphic power of Halo 3’s developments with “Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction.” Applying a far more sense of drama and escalated scale than the pervious run, the new events tie into the continuity left by the previous five seasons and do so in a clever way. Reconstruction adheres a sense of mystery right off the bat that leaves you wanting more with each episode as you begin the series. The folks at Rooster Teeth are commendable in their growth as they better their filmmaking knowledge and it’s amazing what they accomplish with the use of a video game. Granted, it is well known there are post-production additions as well as a few other methods they employ, but for the most part they are using just a video game engine.
A new enemy. A new hero. The same bunch of rejects. When a secret government project goes wrong, the Reds and Blues must reconstruct their units to form an unlikely new alliance. It doesn’t take long to find out they’ve taken on more than they ever bargained for, but there’s no turning back. And no going home. Blood Gulch was only the beginning…
Obviously there are new cast members to be had, and they do well to get you interested in them upon their first introductions. Most of the original cast returns with their original voice actors, all of which still feel as natural in their characters as they had grown into during the first five seasons. The writing is significantly improved over the past seasons in that it feels more planned out for the long-term, whereas most of the previous seasons did suffer a bit at times with a feeling of being aimless. Another improved aspect is the use of previously mentioned mystery, and more twists to the story that are mostly well done.
Of course, not all shows are perfect. Sometimes the dialogue does feel a little forced, and the voice actors still have a bit of difficulty keeping their accent (mostly the exaggerated ones) in the few instances where they have to yell or at least talk louder than normal. Some aspects of the story go for a bit too long as well. Overall, though, it’s just as enjoyable as the previous seasons and even a decent way to introduce yourself to the series since it will leave you wanting to watch the previous seasons (again). I Highly Recommend checking this out!
Here I thought the five season set released last month was the whole series—turns out there are another two seasons of Red vs. Blue and they’re both coming out separately rather than as part of a box set…strange, but more publicity for the series is always a good thing I guess. This season is a single disc release without any fancy slipcovers, inserts or anything. Video is on par with previous seasons and it looks and sounds great. I’m not sure if this was even available in HD online, but this is as good as we’re going to get on DVD and in that regard I’m satisfied with it.
Extras are bountiful as always and include:
Special Videos and PSAs
It’s nice that they load these DVD releases up with bonus content considering you can access these episodes online and the commentaries and outtakes alone are worth the price of this disc.
Overall a Recommended release for Red vs. Blue fans.
Red vs. Blue – Season 6: Reconstruction is now available on DVD.
Season review by Andrew
DVD review by Zach Demeter