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Beast Wars Vol.1&2

Scott McNeil , Garry Chalk    Unrated   DVD
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Catch the action-packed, popular animated series for the first time on DVD and VHS. Originally aired on Fox Kids, "Beast Wars" follows the adventures of two robotic factions, the Maximals and Predacons, that have crash-landed on an Earth-like planet. The DVD includes six action-packed episodes.


The 1996 American update of the 1985 Japanese Transformers series is based on a computer game and a line of toys from Hasbro. Like Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998), which it resembles, Beast Wars reveals just how quickly computer graphics evolved. The weightless characters move in simple, repeated cycles and never come in contact with the ground when they walk or run. The pseudo-Valley Dude dialogue ("Cool your circuits!") and the way the filmmakers trot out every toy in every episode (to remind potential buyers of their existence) recall the bad old days of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Fans of video games and/or toys will enjoy the screaming battles between familiar characters in their organic and robotic forms; others will quickly weary of the repetitive story and over-the-top vocal performances. Unrated; suitable for ages 8 and up: Violence. --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated July 15 2004
Being a cartoon, this show starts out with a lot of stigmas. I loved the original transformers as a kid. This show was unbelievable. Yes, it was all about selling toys but the creators weren't just satisfied with that alone. The story telling is weaven together better than most primetime television shows. There are very few holes. I dare you not to feel a little teery eyed when Dinobot hits the dust. One of the saddest deaths I've seen on the tube. Oh and Austria stop blasting the show. You have obviously not seen the show and are just a cranky Transformers fan that wont give this new show any respect. Those are the only people that do not like this show. Those that haven't seen it and dismiss it as nothing but a stupid cartoon. Then, there's the original Transformers fans that can't accept this show being better and never give it a chance. If you watch this show from the beginning you will be addicted, I guarantee you. Although as said the show really hits it's mark in season 2 with a lot of drama. Season 1 is a lot of introduction. Season 3 is the payoff with the bots heading back home, very good season. Season 4 is a bit of a mess in auto world but it's entertaining. There wasn't anywhere else to go after season 4. It was a fun ride. I give it a 4 but for cartoons this is definitely a big 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maximize Oct. 12 2002
I have all episodes of G1/Beast Wars/Beast Machines on VHS and have had Transformer episode's watching marathons a few times and everytime i watch the last few episodes of The Beast Wars i still get chill'a down my spine..when the Maximals goes to the legendary Autobot ship known as the Ark which is the orig ship that thier Golden Age Ancestors Autobots crashed into the volcano causing to go into thier lock status etc..and seeing Optimus Prime in all his CGI glory and Optimus Primal together.and G1 Megatron..Soundwave which of course they wake up in modern times to begin the ***The Great War***
seeing the Decepticons ship Nemesis in Beast Wars just completed it..amazing story telling..
i have not brought any of the Beast War DVD episodes but in time i am sure i will...i am just reviewing the seasons over all story telling....it is a blessing to watch the over and over again..same with Beast Machines afterwards...even though G1 is still my fav..Beast Wars was a great chance to remember and old while being soaked in with the new...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast Wars (DVD) July 16 2002
This DVD is very well put together, as is the show. It contains the very first six episodes from the first season. The CGI is a mind-blower (even better when it comes to the third season). The storyline is very well kept between this new generation of Transformers and the original G1/G2 Autobots and Decepticons. And instead of robots in disguise with vehicles, it's robots in disguise with animals. Their beast forms help protect themselves from raw, unstable energon. A very clever idea. Optimus Primal (named after the great Autobot leader Optimus Prime) leads his crew (Rhinox, Rattrap, Cheetor and Dinobot) through a war against their evil enemies, the Predacons. Megatron (named after the evil Decepticon leader) battles his way to victory with his minions (Scorponok, Tarantulas, Waspinator and Terrorsaur) in ambition to conquer and crush the Maximals. Beast Wars ties in very well to the original Transformers as the seasons go on. It has characters that can be liked by everyone. Don't keep your mind shut on the first generation of Transformers. Open it to a new computer generated series which keeps the G1/G2 series alive. I barely remember the original Transformers, but since I was so interested in Beast Wars, I got hooked onto it again. Yes, Beast Wars is new, doesn't have nearly as many characters, but there is a lot of humor, action, battles, adventure and comes back to the Tripredacus Council, Ravage, the Autobots and the Decepticons. Keep up with the generations of this remarkable show. Don't stop at the first one because IT did not stop there. And remember, the Autobots are the ancestors of the Maximals and the Decepticons are the ancestors of the Predacons. They are NOT the same! :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle Begins April 30 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The classic Beast Wars saga is back! For those who grew up with it, here is your chance to relive your childhood. The story takes place about a generation after the great war from Transformers The Movie. The new Predicons break the treaty with the Maximals and steal a golden disc that will lead them to Energon, a main power source. The Maximals follow on the Axalon and are drawn into a strange planet along with the Predicons.
Beast Wars Part 1 (B): After the Predicons and Maximals get their new beast forms to protect themselves from Energon, Cheetor discovers Waspinator and the two sides are drawn into battle.
Beast Wars Part 2 (B-): Dinobot decides to join the Maximals. When Megatron's missile hits a mountain, it exposes a huge amount of Energon. Now, a race to the top of the mountain is on for the Energon.
The Web (B+): Cheetor gets cocky when he is scrapped by Scorponoc's missile and lets him get away with the Energon. When Cheetor tries to go out and get it back, he is ambushed by Terancalious and gets caught in his energy draining web.
Overall, the episodes aren't the best, but they do provide a solid intro to one heck of a great series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
This series is waste of time, no personalities, no cult, just a commercial series
Published on June 12 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
This series is waste of time, no personalities, no cult, just a commercial series
Published on June 12 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad copy of 80's cult
This spin-off series is really just commercial nonsense. Everybody loved the original characters, why did they restructure the complete series?
Published on June 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV Series
I used to watch these and I'd always find time to talk about them and how cool each episode was with my friend at school. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by "pto214"
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Beast Wars Begin!
This DVD is definetly a must buy for Beast Wars fans. In this DVD the first six episodes are presented. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
This DVD continues Season one of the television series. Season one was the weakest of the three seasons, but there were still a lot of good episodes. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by Tim Sumner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good...But COULD have been better...
I enjoyed seeing all those episodes again on DVD. Beast Wars will go down in history for me. However, I think it could have been better if it was a complete 1st season DVD... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by "zeo2k"
5.0 out of 5 stars Beasr Wars-goodness
I am 16 years old, the show was cancelled 3 years ago, and it is still my favorite show of all time. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by Sara McCardle-Blunk
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even a shadow of the 80s G1 cartoons...
Transformers is the greatest cartoon series ever made and I am a huge fan, but this new series is not what fans wanted back since 1987 when the series was axed. Read more
Published on May 14 2002 by "wkjun"
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