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4.0 out of 5 stars thru the haze of nastalgia, Sept. 14 2002
This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
I never made it a point to right a review before,
But hands down the Beastwars transformers series was one of the best written,animated ("for its time")and had the best story consistancy of any TRANSFORMERS series.Now like most of you
who bother reading this I too look at Generation 1("the first transformer series from 1985")with child like awe but give me a break everything except the movie and the first season had horrible writing.
why do I say this, pick up this DVD and find out.
Its from the weaker of the three seasons but its heads above the rest of this transformers [stuff] we've been recieving from Beastmachines,robots in disguise to the new armada series that are too busy selling you their toys to bother putting together a
half way decent story.this DVD includes two of the better episodes of season one the intro of tigatron and the venomous
Black arachnia--A female character something the 1985 series
and all those following beastwars was sorely lacking,much less
such a interesting one to boot.Arcee not with standing who only
came out for the movie was never used properly and went away.
Don't even bother mentioning aleita one.
Give this DVD a chance to reach young child like eyes for the first time,Give them a reason to give a [hoot]about TRANSFORMERS
story arcs,And who knows maybe..just maybe put down their toys
long enough to listen to good writing for a change.from a cartoon that uses neiztche,shakespeare and other famous writers
as reference material while remembering its just a cartoon.
so lets Keep transformers alive.without insulting the intelligence of kids to do it(" or their parents").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than G1 Transformers, Sept. 11 2002
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This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
P>I must say as per my original review, that Beast Wars is what it says, a War. In Beast Wars you get the feeling that these robots actually do hate one another. You can see it in the fight sequences. You actually get them beating the utter stuffing out of one another. Something you didn't see with the original G1 Transformers. It's so obvious that Beast Wars was written with the original G1 Transformer audience in mind. That original audience is now in our mid-to-late 20's. So now we're grown up, but we want to see a more mature Transformers. One were Transformers actually get damaged and die due to battle. This sort of visual is now more possible due to the CGI graphics. It's pretty easy to break apart a 3D model and add damage marks on it.
But what draws me to this series is that it does have some sort of continuity to it and that the show evolves from season to season. In the first season, most of the Transformers have a very organic look to their beast modes, but however in Seasons 2 & 3 they evolve into Transmetals and they show a whole new appearance and deadliness.
Now in being fair and balanced with regards to the G1 Transformer series, I admit that I haven't seen one of those old episodes since, well...back in the '80s, so I've pretty much forgotten the joy of that series. But with saying that, one thing about Beast Wars it does pay homage to the original series by involving the original Autobot Ark and a surviving Decepticon, Ravage, and I believe the "spark" from Starscream. These two latest Transformer series, RID and Armada are nothing but Pokemon versions of our beloved old school shows. In fact, in Armada, the biggest plot is to "catch all the Minicons" as in "gotta catch'em all".
But anyway, I give this disc 5 stars, 4 for the episodes and 1 for the extras. The extras include 3D tests for a good portion of the robots and is quite interesting to see some earlier proto-types. The episodes, although good, I thought that the first volume actually had the better line-up of episodes thus far. But if I'm not mistaken, the next two discs should have some really good episodes on them. And then of course, the following Season 2 and 3 discs are really good.
Oh, just one more thing. The audio and visual quality are oustanding. 5.1 Dolby Digital and the Mainframe Entertainment CGI graphics on a Flatscreen or better TV look absolutley amazing. Beast Wars has't looked or sounded any better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's the brutality of it all., Aug. 12 2002
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This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
I first caught the Beast Wars in syndication back in '99. As a 25 year old at the time and remembering the G1 Transformer series of the '80s, I couldn't help but be interested in this new CGI version. But I noticed one thing was different. The exotic location (prehistoric Earth) and the brutality of the fights between the Maximals and the Predacons. Another thing was the awesome CGI special effects that were used to show the fights and other elements of the show. No more were the explosions the hand drawn red and orange clouds of opaqueness. These were some really true looking effects. And while using energy weapons, it made it all the more real looking.
Now then, the first season wasn't considered to be the best of the 3 season series, but there were some really great episodes in that one. This DVD will have six episodes on it including:
#7 Fallen Comrades
Optimus takes a bad hit in a fight with the Predacons, and has to heal in the CR Chamber, while a stasis pod crashes in the mountains, leaving Dinobot to take care of Optimus while the others go to secure the Maximal protoform. The Predacons are also on top of the stasis pod, and hope to reprogram the protoform inside into a Predacon. This episode sees the emergence of the two Maximals, Airazor and Tigertron.
#8 Double Jeapordy
The Maximals are ambushed inside a box canyon, and lose a stasis pod to the Predacons. When Optimus gets back to base, he accuses a Maximal of setting them up, and Rattrap is the most likely suspect, so he sends the small Maximal on a mission in Predacon territory. Terrorsaur catches Rattrap, and the mouse pledges his loyalty to the Predacons. This episode sees the emergence of the Predacon Blackarachnia.
#9 The Probe
Cybertron sends a probe out to search for the Maximal explorers who have gone missing since their encounter with Megatron. The probe enters Earth's airspace, and if Rhinox can make contact with it in time, everyone's going home, but Megatron wants to make sure the war ends when he says so.
#10 Gorilla Warfare
Scorponok hits Optimus with a special Cyber-bee, and it turns him into a war-hungry monster. He fights against his friends, and travels to tear the Predacons apart single-handedly. Cheetor doesn't want to see Optimus get hurt, so he makes a deal with Megatron in order to obtain the anti-virus.
#11 A Better Mouse Trap
The Predacons set up Blackarachnia's new weapon, so they can break into the Maximal base. Meanwhile, inside the base, Rhinox creates a new security program called Sentinel for the ship, but Rattrap and Dinobot's antics turns Sentinel against the Maximals, leaving escaping the ship as their only option, but Rattrap is determined to make up for his mistake, and stays behind. This one was one of my favorites.
#12 Victory
The Maximals install a spy cable in the Predacon base, and they watch as his forces turn against him, and hit some Energon, blowing the base up. The Maximals take their opportunity, and travel to the Predacon base to take spare parts, and use them to get their ship to fly once more. Every Maximal is raring to go, except Dinobot, who decides to stay behind.
So expect 2 more discs to complete Season 1 and then 2 each for Seasons 2 & 3.
The above synopsises were taken from Piccolo's Place of animated show information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle Rages On!, Sept. 19 2002
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This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
In the second Beast Wars DVD, put out by Rhino, you see episodes 7-12. "Fallen Comrades" "Double Jeopardy" "The Probe" "Gorilla Warfare" "A Better Mousetrap" and "Victory" my personal favorites were the last three, although, they were all very good episodes. The picture quality on this DVD is extroardinary. not a speck of fuzziness or edge enhancement. and the sound quality is better than perfect. There isn't much for special features. Just character animation tests, and a couple other small things. But thats OK, the superior sound and picture quality make up for the absense of special features. The cover art is really good too. In short, this DVD is extroardinary! If you like Beast Wars at all, you owe it to yourself to buy this DVD (or VHS tapes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle Rages On!, Sept. 19 2002
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This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
In the second Beast Wars DVD, put out by Rhino, you see episodes 7-12. "Fallen Comrades" "Double Jeopardy" "The Probe" "Gorilla Warfare" "A Better Mousetrap" and "Victory" my personal favorites were the last three, although, they were all very good episodes. The picture quality on this DVD is extroardinary. not a speck of fuzziness or edge enhancement. and the sound quality is better than perfect. There isn't much for special features. Just character animation tests, and a couple other small things. But thats OK, the superior sound and picture quality make up for the absense of special features. The cover art is really good too. In short, this DVD is extroardinary! If you like Beast Wars at all, you owe it to yourself to buy this DVD (or VHS tapes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best non-Anime Cartoon EVER!, Oct. 24 2002
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This review is from: Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import] (DVD)
This show had a great 1st season, with a moderate blending of action and humor, along with classic dialogues. These episodes are a solid beginning to a series that becomes an action-packed struggle between good and evil in the 2nd and 3rd seasons. This show must be seen if you even remotely like animation or action series!
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