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Beast Wars Transformers: Vol. 2 [Import]
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on September 11, 2002
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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on September 19, 2002
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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on September 19, 2002
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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on October 24, 2002
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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