Ok here is a question for you. Who doesn’t like The Transformers? If you are one of the few that says you do not like them, then A: You are 13 B: you live under a rock or C: you like to kick puppies. Lets face it The Transformers are every kids, mostly of the male gender, dream! We all wish we could meet an Autobot or a Decepticon, depending on how evil of a child you are. Well I got the pleasure of receiving the complete first season of the new animated cartoon Transformers Prime, from Shout! Factory and Hasbro, and here’s what I thought.
The Complete First Season comes in a Limited Edition 4-disc Blu-Ray pack which also includes a 96-page graphic novel, which, if you love comics or graphic novels at all, is an awesome treat! The first season consists of 26 power packed episodes of transforming action! You should recognize most, if not all, of the voices of the Autobots and Decepticons. Playing the deep voiced badass leader of the Autobots is the voice of Peter Cullen. You also get to hear the venomous voice of Starscream, played by Frank Welker. Helping with production are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who were the writers for Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. So if you really enjoyed the story lines, which were kind of lacking, not as in a bad story, just I know the production was more for the animation and CGI aspects then it was for the story, but yeah if you enjoyed them you will definitely enjoy this!
Ok now for the overall. I really enjoyed the animation and story of this. Coming from a graphics background, kind of, as well as animation, sort of, I could appreciate the animation sequences of this series. The effects were worth the Graphic Design Service Subscription. I was really hooked in. For one, I love The Transformers, and two, it was actually pretty funny at parts.
The video comes at you in 1.78:1 1080p Anamorphic. There are at times parts where the video does not come in too clear, where if you pay close attention you can see some jaggedness and not so smooth animation flow. I did enjoy the artists complex designs on the Transformers themselves. They had some major detail. It definitely is not Pixar or Dreamworks type quality, but it gets the job done. I guess being able to notice this it kind of made me cringe a little, but the casual viewer will probably pay no attention to it. I give it a 3.5/5
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. The Audio was pretty solid on this Blu-ray. You can hear the sounds of the Autobots hitting their swords against Decepticon metal and vice versa. It was never over powering which is always good. One thing that can ruin a movie or show is the consistency of the audio. Too high and your miss a lot of the content and feel of the mood or situation. I give the audio a 4/5 for just being clear and not overpowering.
As for the Special Features you get; and Original Making Of , 15 Audio Commentaries with the Design Team and the Cast , a Toy Featurette and the Season 2 teaser trailer . In the Making Of feature you get to see a brief overview of how the show was created. It takes you back to the original franchise to what it is now. The Toy Featurette is a showcase of new characters as well as characters that did not make it into the show. It also has some neat toy designs. The Audio Commentaries are basically just commentaries about the episodes featured on the disc. Lastly the Season 2 Trailer . Fans of the first season will be excited to see this, a nice little teaser to get you ready for the continuing battle. I give the features a 4/5.