12 January 2012

DVD Review: Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising

My family and I recently received a copy of the new DVD Transformers Prime Darkness Rising to review.

Transformers Prime is the latest incarnation of the Transformers family, and it's a CGI animated series that airs on The Hub network. Darkness Rising was a five part miniseries that aired in early 2011. It features many of the beloved Auto-Bots - Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Rachet, and Arcee - up against the usual suspects of Megatron, Starscream, and the Decepticons gang trying to get control of Earth. Now Megatron is more powerful than ever, thanks to a rare element that allows him mastery over life itself. The Auto-Bots find strength and help, in a bond with three teenagers. Who will win?

Even though this aired in five parts, the DVD itself is one long movie, edited together so the cuts aren't obvious. Some diehards prefer Generation 1 shows and movies only, my DH - he just loves his Transformers, period, so he was super excited when this showed up. Having seen my share of Transformers cartoons too, I have to say the CGI is a pleasant change, and a fun one too. The old cartoons didn't have as much detail as the new CGI drawn ones do. And while it's still the same voices for some of the characters - Peter Cullen does the voice of Optimus, and Frank Welker does the voice of Megatron - there's plenty of new-ness to the series which allows for a joining of the old school ranks of fans, with a new generation of fans - ie, their kids!

The DVD also brings some fun in the way of special features with "A Look At Character Design", "A Look At Set Design", and some animatics for the episode. Transformers geeks who don't run away from anything after Generation 1 should be pleased, if my DH's reaction was anything to go by.

Transformers Prime Darkness Rising is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is not rated, but geared towards boys 5 and up. The total running time is 106 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.97, but Amazon has it available for $10.49 as of this posting. (Netflix users: this title is not currently available, but be sure to add it to your queue to be notified when it is)

I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

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