Transformers Armada: The Complete Series (8-Disc Collection) [DVD]
Release Date: Now Available on DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
The Autobots and the Decepticons are going at it again, but this time the two factions are fighting over little transformers called the Mini-Cons. These Transformers gives their masters a massive power boost either to defend or destroy. And, again this battle is on Earth.
Fellow transformers fans, it is time to rejoice! Shout Factory has officially begun releasing their slate of numerous Transformers titles for the year of 2014 and the first one to hit stores is ‘Transformers Armada: The Complete Series’. An 8 disc collection compiling all four seasons and fifty-two episodes of the series in one nifty and extremely reasonably priced set which you can now pick up at stores everywhere or directly from Shout Factory’s site.
‘Transformers Armada’ tells the story of the continued battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons that has come to Earth following the discovery of creatures called Mini-Cons which have been missing for ages are discovered to be hidden across our planet. These Mini-Cons have the ability to connect with the Autobots and Decepticons to highly increase their power and now as the Decepticons try to track them down in order to overpower the Autobots and intend on using them (yet again) merely as pawns to benefit their own means, the Autobots treat them as friends and allies and try to locate them if for no reason other than to protect them from the Decepticon’s evil intentions. With the help of a few kids who by a chance of fate come into contact with a few of these Mini-Cons and as a result end up joining the Autobots in their fight they may just have a chance at succeeding, as well as finding unlikely friendships in the process.
Transformers fans everywhere will definitely want to add a copy of ‘Transformers Armada: The Complete Series’ to their collection, and while I had not personally had the opportunity to see this series in full before, I’ve heard many Transformers fans speak very highly of it and even reference it as one of the most notable entries in the Transformers cartoons and now I can certainly say I understand why. It also marks the beginning of ‘The Unicron Trilogy’ which continues in the series ‘Transformers Engergon’ and concludes with ‘Transformers Cybertron’. Fans everywhere can rest easy though, because Shout Factory has already announced ‘Transformers Energon: The Complete Series’ will be hitting stores this May, so make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Transformers Armada: The Complete Series’ today and then keep your eyes peeled this May for ‘Transformers Energon: The Complete Series’ as well.
The video on the DVD release of ‘Transformers Armada: The Complete Series’ is presented in a 4×3 1.33:1 aspect ratio representing the aspect ratio in which it was originally broadcast. The video presentation looks pretty impressive. Colors are sharp, detailed and fast movements which are so frequent in this cartoon series keep pretty smooth and decent looking for the most part. Those viewing on an HDTV will notice some pixilation and a few other imperfections as should be expected with a DVD release, but I think fans will be pretty pleased overall with the video presentation on this one.
The audio on the DVD release is a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack on all fifty-two episodes. For a lossy stereo soundtrack everything sounds pretty great. All of the action is clear and surprisingly discrete, while never detracting from the audibility of the dialogue. Overall I think this is about as good as stereo soundtracks get and should leave most very satisfied.
No special features are included on the release, but with 52 episodes (4 seasons) and the incredibly reasonable price, this is nothing to be concerned over and I think everyone will still be quite thrilled with this collection.
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Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Transformers Armada: The Complete Series’ is now available to own on DVD from Shout Factory and you can pick up a copy today directly from Shout Factory’s site by clicking here!