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  • Format: Full Screen, 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: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005M5OSB0
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2015
Format: DVD
What comes to mind when you think of "Transformers" in the last decade? Pain, disappointment, misery, loathing, nausea, Sam Witwicky, giant Decepticon testicles...

But one good thing has come from the cesspool of frat-boy wretchedness that Michael Bay has produced: "Transformers Prime," a series that takes the appearance of the big-budget movies... but actually has dignity, an overarcing plot, and focuses more on the giant robots. "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" is the five-episode miniseries that began the long-running animated series, and despite some flaws (Miko) it's a solid springboard to the story.

There are two groups of shapeshifting alien robots on Earth -- the Autobots and the Decepticons. Guess which ones are the villains. While the Decepticons dwell on a starship in space, the Autobots live in an old military bunker in the wilds of Nevada.

When an Autobot is captured and executed by the Decepticons, three teenagers accidentally get caught in the crossfire -- tiny nerd Raf, responsible Jack, and clueless Miko. Since the Autobots are supposed to be a secret (except to their government liarson, Bill Fowler), this is a bit upsetting to them. But the Autobot leader Optimus Prime believes that now the Decepticons will target the kids, so he decides to keep them in their base.

Then the Decepticon leader Megatron returns to Earth -- and he's brought Dark Energon, a substance that can revive living machines as ravening zombies. Even regular machines can be transformed into dangerous creatures by it. Optimus Prime soon realizes what Megatron is planning -- to raise an army of undead Transformers on their dead home planet of Cybertron, and then transport them to Earth.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great Addition to the Transformers Universe March 15 2012
By Durand007 - Published on
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I grew up watching what is now called the "First Generation" of Transformers in the 1980's. Whenever new generations or spinoffs of Transformers have been released since the first generation, I've always been skeptical and I usually have ended up being disappointed.

NOT this time! This is a great show for Transformers fans of all ages.

One recommendation, I bought this before the entire first season was released on DVD (this is just the first five episodes of season one - a mini-movie introducing the show). Instead of buying this, I would spend a little more and get the entire first season of episodes - you'll be happy you did!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" takes the five-episode mini-series and puts them together to make one film. April 28 2012
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on
Format: DVD
"Transformers", the popular entertainment franchise that many generations have grown up with, may it be playing with the toys or watching the animated series back in 1984, playing the video games or reading the comic books.

Needless to say, since the early '80s, millions have experienced "Transformers", especially in recent years with the release of film trilogy or the animated series which continues to air on television and of course, the many toys that continue to be popular with collectors and also children.

But within the last three years, fans have watched the animated series known as "Transformers Animated" becoming the latest "Transformers" animated series to be showcased on television beginning in 2007 and would last for three seasons through 2009.

Fans knew that there will be a newer version of the series coming out, but the question is what kind of series?

In 2010, the video game "Transformers: War of Cybertron" was released and was a well-received by gamers but also video game critics and it was revealed that the upcoming animated series would be set in the same universe as the video game.

And then by November 2010, Hasbro unveiled "Transformers: Prime", a CG animated television series which would air on The Hub and would first begin with a five-episode mini-series. And with one season having now been completed in 2011, a second season is set to air in 2012.

And it's this latest series that has been creating a lot of buzz among fans and viewers. With the CG animation and slightly darker storyline, the series would go on to win a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" for background design and color design.

As many fans have waited for a video release of "Transformers: Prime", fortunately, Shout! Factory has decided to release "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising", a year after its premiere. The DVD would featuring all five-episodes combined to make an uninterrupted movie.


"Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" is presented in widescreen format. The CG animation for this film is absolutely wonderful as we can see details on the metal of various robots. You can see scratches on the metal, the reflection of light and also glass windows and the reflection.

From Optimus Prime's glass windows on his chest showcasing reflections to Megatron's steel body and also the damage on the overall body of Cliffjumper, I was quite pleased with how this series looks! But also detail is featured in the overall scenery as well.

While I do feel the robots are much better looking than the humans, in terms of detail and overall look, I do like the characters designs on the three human characters, it just that they look a bit rubbery for me.

But overall, great detail and lighting for this TV series for DVD and hopefully Shout! Factory will consider giving "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" the HD treatment in the near future.

As for audio, dialogue is presented in English and Spanish Dolby Digital stereo and dialogue is clear and understandable. The voice acting is terrific and the fact that voice talent Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron) of the original "Transformers" animated series are back for this series...Fantastic!


"Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising" comes with the following special feature:

A Look at Character Design - (5:00) Character design sketches for "Transformers Prime".
A Look at Set Design - (4:31) Featuring the sketches and finalized backgrounds and set design for "Transformers Prime".
Animatic for Episode 1 - (22:07) Sketch animatics for episode 1.


"Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" comes with a slipcover case.


Is "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" possibly the best "Transformers" animated series yet! Well, I know that question is quite subjective but in terms of overall look and storyline, this latest series is action-packed and definitely will captivate viewers of all ages.

While the storylines of "Transformers" tends to change from series to series, the storyline of a battle between Autobots and the Decepticons still remains. Especially Optimus Prime vs. Megatron... And with every new series, you often wonder how the writers will keep the series fresh, especially for every new generation that has just become a Transformers fan.

I've literally grown up with the series, collected the toys and then to watch my son become a Transformers fan (his first was "Transformers: Cybertron" followed by Shout! Factory's awesome release of the original series on DVD) and now watching him enjoy "Transformers: Prime".

With this latest series, what I enjoy about it is that there are not so many robots thrown into each episode. Several years ago, "Transformers: Cybertron", an animated series that would throw in so many robots and while it was great for the toyline, with so many characters, it could get a bit confusing.

This time around, going by a similar theme of the previous"Transformers Animated" series, the series focuses on five primary Autobots and staying with the recurring theme of humans who go on to help the group in someway or form.

But the first 5-10 minutes of "Transformers: Prime" makes things clear that this is not the same type of series that many of us have grown up with. This time around, get killed and destroyed in battle. And while the humans will never be put in any major life threatening danger for a children's animated series, still, "Transformers: Prime" definitely has some darker elements.

And as mentioned earlier, the CG animation for this series is great! Typically, there are a lot of shortcuts taken on TV series but the creators of the series definitely made sure there is a lot of detail on both the Autobots and Decepticons but also various objects and environments. So, it was more than I expected for an animated series as "Transformers: Prime" is possible the most ambitious animated series yet.

In fact, the acting is also well done for this series and what I was surprised was how many big names they brought in to do voices for the characters. Legendary Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen and legendary Megatron voice actor Frank Welker ("G.I. Joe", "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends") are back. They are joined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (of WWE fame and "Fast Five") as Cliffjumper, Steve Blum (Logan/Wolverine for "X-Men") as Starscream and Ernie Hudson ("Oz", "Ghostbusters") as Agent Fowler. But for any longtime "Transformers" fan, the fact that Cullen and Welker are back to do the voices for Optimus and Megatron is fantastic!

But the series definitely sets the storyline for the exciting first season of "Transformers: Prime" (which I hope Shout! Factory releases on DVD as well).

Overall, If you haven't caught the five episode mini-series before or are not familiar with the latest "Transformers" animated series, I highly recommend "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising". It's full of action, excitement and it looks so darn awesome! And for me, it's possibly the best "Transformers" animated series yet!

And because this DVD is coming out right in time before the children's winter vacation, if you're looking for a safe DVD to keep your kids occupied during a long commute or for their vacation, or you are an adult who is young at heart and is still passionate for this long-running "Transformers" franchise, "Transformers: Prime - Darkness Rising" is definitely recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ravage 24/7 Jan. 9 2012
By Ryan M. Lutz - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Transformers Prime is one of the best,action packed,new Transformers series since the G1 days!For starters all the main characters like Optimus,Megatron,Bumblebee,Starscream,and Arcee are amazing looking in robot or vehicle modes.I would like to see Bumblebee actually talk again,but this dosen't take away from how cool this series is.The characters and storylines pull you in from start to finish with great anticipation for the next episode.This is a vast improvement over the animated series done earlier.This is a great series for long time transformer fans and new fans just getting into transformers.The human characters of Raf,Miko,and Jack compliment the series very well and intrigate very well into the story lines along with their autobot counterparts.This edition is the first five episodes put together into one movie to kickstart the series into gear.Also Arcee looks the best she ever has in the series and kick's some major ass all around.Bottom line Transformers Prime is one kick-ass series that all transformer fans should give a try.Transformers Rule!!!
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
One of the best Transformers series since G1 got us hooked. Oct. 23 2011
By Axe - Published on
Format: DVD
I have read and watched just about every variation of the series since its introduction in the 1980's. Transformers Prime is by the far the best telling of the transformers story to date, it combines canon material with original ideas to create a compelling story line for all ages. I would recommend this to anyone with even a fleeting interest in the Transformers. The voice acting is excellent and the computer animation is par with the feather films, I also greatly enjoyed the new title sequence that took the original G1 start and improved on it with the help of CG.

I hope they live up to what I have read and continue this series through it's third season, and I look forward to adding the DVD's to my collection.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Favorite childhood show Aug. 21 2013
By Maintenance Mgr - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved the 1st generation Transformers. I never really watched the spinoff shows. But this version is awesome! It has Peter Cullen as Optimus and Frank Welker as Megatron. The story line is quite good, even though it feeds off of the live action movies to an extent (like the voice box missing from Bumblebee). It's a shame to see it's end after 3 seasons, but it was good while it lasted.