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Transformers Prime: Season Three (Blu-ray)

Shout! Factory // 2013 // 300 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 9th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson found a piece of All-Spark in his pants. You don't want to know what happened next.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Transformers Prime: Season 1 (Blu-ray) (published March 6th, 2012), Transformers Prime: Season Two (Blu-ray) (published November 28th, 2012), Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (Blu-ray) (published October 9th, 2013), Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising (published December 6th, 2011), and Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand (published August 12th, 2012) are also available.

The Charge

Even more than meets the eye.

The Case

When we open this season, the heroic Autobots are in complete disarray. Optimus Prime has been damaged beyond repair, and lies broken and wheezing in a cave. Megatron, Shockwave, and the rest of the Decepticons (or, "Cons" as the humans call them) have consolidated power and are working to make Earth their permanent home. All that stands in their way is a couple of precocious kids, Bumblebee and other assorted Autobots, the woefully overmatched U.S. government and, maybe, a Prime in waiting.

Five hours worth of episodes here on two discs. The storyline is highly serialized, turning this season into one extended Transformers roller-coaster ride. A glance at the voice talent reveals some luminaries: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Ernie Hudson, Jeffrey Comps, Michael Ironside, George Takei, and Gina Torres. This lineup lends itself to the professionalism and solid execution of the series. Which leads me to a nagging thought:

The Transformers Prime animated series has always been kind of a mixed bag for me. As slick as the computer-generated animation can be and as rich in bots (both of the Auto and Decepticon persuasion), the tone always struck me as muted and sterile. There was robot-punching mayhem for sure, but the stuff never seemed to pop off the screen for me with noticeable energy. Obviously, the standard caveat of me not being the target demographic applies.

Still, I can appreciate the show for what it is: an action-oriented adventure using some of the most popular properties ever created with very little cheesiness to be found. This season is full of bodacious robot moments and you can tell that the talents behind its emergence are huge fans of the mythology. Enough happens to keep things moving along nicely and the animation is pretty good (though I'm not a big fan of how the human beings are rendered.)

A good set from Shout! Factory, starting with a sharp 1.78:1/1080p slice of visual fidelity, joined by a punchy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix. Extras: audio commentaries, and footage from the Transformers Prime 2013 Comic-Con panel.

The Verdict

Not guilty. If you want a break from Transformers productions featuring John Turturro in a banana sling, then here you go.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• None
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Action
• Adventure
• All Ages
• Animation
• Blu-ray
• Science Fiction
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Commentaries
• Featurette


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