Strap yourself in and hold on tight! The Dragons are back with this all new TV adaptation from DreamWorks fun animated film “How to Train Your Dragon”. This show features the voices of returning dragon riders Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and America Ferrera as Astrid. Riders of Berk continues where How To Train Your Dragon left off, with the dragons now friendly with the inhabitants of the Island of Berk. Follow Hiccup and his dragon friend Toothless as they go on endless adventures in this high flying DVD.
I was surprised when I saw that most of the cast from the movie returned to do this show! I believe that this is what made this spinoff an actual success. The one thing that actually disappointed me was the lack of content. There are only 4 parts on this DVD with a total runtime of around 88 minutes. There have been 10 or so episodes that have actually aired on Cartoon Network, so why release the DVD with such limitations? Other than that this is a fun addition to your DVD shelf if you were a fan of the movie. I know they will have a full season release of this sometime in the future, but until then, unless you can’t wait, I would wait until the whole first season gets released. 3/5
The video is actually very impressive considering it is on DVD. The colors and details jump out at you without much of a loss in quality. From a child’s head of hair to sheep’s fur, the amount of attention paid to create these textures was quite extraordinary. Overall, you will not be let down by the quality of this DVD’s visual treat. I am excited to see what they can do when this comes to blu-ray! 4/5
The audio comes at you in the standard 5.1 Dolby surround. The sound is nice and crisp and never seems to be overwhelming. The voices are never over shadowed by background noises or music. The usage of all the channels seems to be pretty spot on. 4/5
One of the special features that comes with this is a 5 piece trading card set of the dragons. Each card has the specifications of the dragon along with their strengths and weaknesses. I guess as a child you might enjoy these and possibly come up with a game or pin them to your wall, but thats all I can think of. Seems to be a fun addition.
*How To Train Your Dragon: Live Spectacular”: This is a behind the scenes look at the live show that is currently in production. You also get some nice interviews with the stars of the show who play Hiccup and Astrid. This really has nothing to do with the show, but its a neat addition nonetheless.
*Previews: This is just a preview of Madly Madagascar.
The extras were not to impressive, but it was at least nice to see some extra content. The behind the scenes was a pretty neat one to watch.
Overall, if you want to add this to you collection, then its a nice one to have. I would personally wait until the complete season comes out, but if you are looking for a time killer this is a nice have. Its a fun show, and if you are a fan of the movie you will really like this. 3/5