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Transformers Beast Machines - The Complete Series (DVD)


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The animated adventures of the Transformers took a dramatic turn with the 1999-2000 series Beast Machines; the complete series set, which compiles all 26 episodes of its two seasons, will give fans either a chance to re-examine this controversial series, or more fuel for their particular likes or dislikes. Beast Machines picks up where the previous (and well-liked) Transformers series, Beast Wars, left off, with Optimus Primal and the remaining Maximal team returning to their home planet of Cybertron, and still in their animal forms. There they discover that the planet is without power, and a race of drone machines known as the Vehicons on the prowl for the surviving heroes. Optimus consults with the super computer Oracle, who reveals that Predacon villain Megatron is behind the power loss and the Vehicons, and is using two re-wired Maximals to uncover the Key to Vector Sigma, the mega-computer that gave life ("sparks") to robots, and destroy the Maximals by transforming organic matter into "technomatter." What follows is an epic (and often convoluted) struggle between the forces of Megatron and Optimus that, as with Beast Wars, frequently touches on decidedly mature subjects as spirituality and racial identity. However, the liberties taken with the depiction of many of the characters, as well as the somewhat downbeat ending (which were in part the sources of much division among fans during its broadcast) may turn off those who particularly enjoyed Beast Wars or carry fond memories of the original animated series, from which this is far afield. The four-disc set includes commentaries on three episodes, one with story editor Robert N. Skir and legendary Marvel Comics artist Marv Wolfman, who helped develop Beast Machines, and two with Skir and writer Steven Melching; Skir and Wolfman are also featured in separate interviews, as are voice director Susan Blu and voice actor David Kaye (who essays Megatron). --Paul Gaita

Release Note

The Beast Wars saga continues as the high-octane yet deeply layered series Beast Machines. The Maximals-led by a now troubled and soul-searching Optimus Primal-must battle the powerful Megatron and his new army of Vehicons while learning a whole new way of transforming that requires mind/body discipline. The future of their home planet of Cybertron is at stake! Get ready for a complex spiritual and action-packed chapter in the Transformers story! System Requirements:Running Time 700 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: NR UPC: 603497018925 Manufacturer No: 970189


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