Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound: English; Stereo
Length: Approx. 20 hours
Episodes: 52 on 8 discs
Release Data: Release Date of March 11th, 2014 with an MSRP of $44.99.
Publisher: Shout! Factory
Review Author: RAC
No more searching for half-show boxsets on eBay: for the first time in nearly ten years, all of Transformers Armada is now available on DVD, and this time as a single package courtesy of Shout! Factory.
The set is in a double-sized DVD box with a cardboard sleeve that duplicates the cover art beneath it. The box itself is of clear plastic, and has four double-sided leaves inside which hold two DVDs each. The interior art is a duplicate of the lithograph Shout! is selling with the boxset on their website, and gives an episode list with titles, but not numbers.
Menus are extremely simple, with a still photo and the options to play all episodes or select from the titles included. I really wish episode numbers were included as well, either here or on the case somewhere, for ease of looking things up or picking up where you left off.
The transfer seems reasonably good and clear, and the show itself is completely unchanged from previous releases and airings as far as I can tell. If you were hoping that some of the corrected animation from Legend of the Microns
were inserted here, it is sadly not to be. Nor are there any audio tracks other than the original stereo audio track. As with the rest of the package, the show is very bare-bones here. There is also no bonus material whatsoever- it would've been nice to at least see the Micron Densetsu footage in a side-by-side bonus feature or something like that.
The SRP on this set is $44.99, which strikes me as being on the high side for standard DVDs any more. (It used to be that I felt that anything less than $1 per episode was a pretty good deal, but the advent of Blu-Ray has lowered the prices in the standard definition DVD market considerably.) Shout! has it available with a poster of the internal art for $38; other online retailers have it on preorder currently for as low as $29.99. I think that's actually pretty decent if you want what is, for better or worse, the only show in the Unicron Trilogy to use a majority of 2D animation.
There's really not a lot more to say about this set, because there aren't a lot of aspects to discuss. About the only thing that I feel would have been beneficial to the set, and five minutes' worth of work at some point in the process, is for the episodes of the set to be numbered somewhere,
even if only on the insert. Otherwise, this set is a decent quality, no-frills presentation of Armada, and if nothing else cheaper than hunting down the two Rhino half-sets from 2004 and 2006. With Energon on the way in May, hopefully Cybertron will follow and allow you to have easy, reasonably-priced access to the entire trilogy on your shelf.
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