Transformers: Prime Season 1 Blu-Ray Review
My Transformers preference leans more towards 2D, and considering Michael Bay’s last two live-action/CG animated Transformer movies left a sour taste in my mouth (when did Louie Stevens running away from explosions become more important than the autobots fighting the decepticons, anyway?), checking out the most recent CG animated iteration of Transformers, Transformers: Prime, wasn’t a priority for me. The Blu-Ray release of Transformers: Prime (released last 3/6/12), made me realize I’ve been missing out on something really good.
First, let’s get the physical product out of the way first: Transformers: Prime Season One is a 4-disc Blu-ray set that comes with all the usual stuff you will expect from a major release: slipcase cover, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 1080p with 1.78:1 aspect ratio, a whole truckload of extras.
The video quality is surprisingly good, especially considering that the color tones used by the series favor browns, violets, and grey – the odd set of colors that usually fail to look crisp even in HD resolutions. I mean, Transformers: Prime is no “Avatar”, but considering what they have to work with, the visuals came out looking good in HD.
Audio, does anybody even bother worrying about audio these days? In the age of Blu-Rays, you’d have to be monumentally inept to mess up with the audio clarity, and Shout Factory has been in the business so long that they won’t stumble on something so silly. To wit, you won’t have any complaints with the audio clarity unless you’ve got really crappy speakers or ears.
Now we get to the actual contents of the Blu Ray, and this is where I come back to my point, that I’ve been missing out on good stuff by not putting Transformers: Prime on my watch list – the show is a really good modern take on the Transformers, that doesn’t really stray that far from the original mythos. You still have Optimus Prime and the Autobots, Megatron, and his mutinous (*cough* Starscream *cough*) crew. In fact, they brought back something that’s been missing in the universally lauded Beast Wars – human allies. But this time, The Autobots also have human enemies.
I can’t talk about the plots so much without giving away too much of the story, but a lot of interesting twists and turns happened, chief among them Starscream finally being successful in overthrowing Megatron, and Optimus Prime turning into a Decepticon. Unicron is also one of the major big bads, and you won’t believe where he’s been sleeping all this time.
All in all, Transformers: Prime Season 1 Blu Ray is a perfect addition to your Transformers home video library The Limited Edition 4 disc set will be worth it even if you’ve already watched all the 26 episodes it contains, as it also includes the 5-part miniseries called “Darkness Rising”. The set is out now under the MSRP of $64.99.