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ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition (1994)

Kathleen Barr , Michael Benyaer , Dick Zondag  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kathleen Barr, Michael Benyaer, Gary Chalk, Tony Jay
  • Directors: Dick Zondag
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 1260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q7BF5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

20-page booklet

New commentaries

Fast Forward: The Making of ReBoot

A look back with Co-Creator Gavin Blair

Character models

Animatic sequences


Editorial Reviews

Welcome to Mainframe. Home to Guardian Bob, formatted to mend and defend. Join the fast-paced action and adventure as Bob and his friends, Dot, her brother Enzo and his trusty dog Frisket fend off attacks from the superviruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal in their relentless pursuit of chaos and the destruction of Mainframe.

Known as the very first completely computer-animated half-hour TV series, ReBoot debuted in the United States on ABC’s Saturday-morning block in 1994 and has captured the hearts and imaginations of kids and gamers ever since! Now the complete series is available on 9 DVD’s.

Customer Reviews

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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
THIS IS THE SET I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! Some die hard fans have already purchased it from the Shout! website but I have been waiting for it to be released in a retail store. It will have been worth the wait to own the complete series in one nicely packaged set with a healthy supply of extras. Some fans may have bought ReBoot: Seasons One & Two, they can complete their collection with Reboot-Seasons 3 & 4 which will also be released soon. I personally will be buying this Definitive Mainframe Edition that contains all 47 episodes, or all 39 episodes and two complete TV movies depending on how you look at it, on 9 Discs. Read more ›
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to get this. July 21, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Listen, it's like this: there has never been a definitive DVD release of ReBoot before. There have been lots of little one-offs, VHS releases, out of print stuff, et cetera. But there has never been a complete release before. This is it, and for what it is, it does a solidly good job.

All of the episodes of the original cartoon, including the fourth season produced for Cartoon Network. The transfer quality appears to be quite good. The grpahics are definitely showing their age but the story is timeless, and is every bit as awesome as you remember.

The only problem with this set - and it's a big one - is the audio problem described by other reviewers. The audio exhibits an effect that I can only describe as "pulsing," as if someone were rapidly altering the volume ever so slightly. It's somewhat hard to describe. I've watched far worse quality DVDs before, especially in the early days of the format, but it's still quite annoying. It's not so noticeable during dialogue, but when the audio is quiet and all you can hear is a quiet music track, it can get on your nerves. I can't even figure out if it's exhibited in all episodes or not, so hard is it to hear in dialogue or action heavy sequences. But it is definitely there.

The packaging is quite good as well. It actually includes the individual season 1/2 and season 3/4 boxes, plus an extras disc and booklet, all in those new handy flat pack cases that are so friendly on shelf space.

If the audio problem didn't exist, this would easily be a five star release. The only reason I rated it so low is because the audio problem is such a big deal - you'd think someone would have noticed it. But audio glitches or no audio glitches, if you're a ReBoot fan, you will want this.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I already ordered this DVD set direct from the manufacturer back when it was a limited edition, now sold out. I would have given this set 5 stars but a few quality control issues made me knock it back a star.

There is an odd trend starting on one of the discs where an audio pop occurs at exactly 17 minutes and 6 seconds into alternating episodes. Starting with the Seasons 1 & 2 Disc 2, it occurs on Enzo The Smart and Identity Crisis Part 1. Then on Disc 4, it's Gigabyte and Trust No One. Usually, this manifests itself as just a slight pause in the audio. On Identity Crisis Part 1, though, the audio pop sounds an awful lot like Megabyte saying the single word Hack.

I've not gotten to Seasons 3 and 4 yet, but, I've read over on the Shout Factory forum for Reboot that there are other mastering errors present in those episodes.

Barring that, though, this gets 4 stars because of the strength of the quality of the scripts. The episodes are just plain fun and it's great for computer enthusiasts to look around for hidden references.

One thing I didn't like is each episode has a new company logo attached to the end of it, for Rainmaker studios. Rainmaker is apparently the new name of the same company that produced Reboot originally. These weren't present in the episodes when they originally aired and they shouldn't be there now. I'm one who prefers my media in the exact way it was originally presented, with no new edits or company logos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing ever July 31, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this DVD box set.
If you're not a fan, now is the time to become one.
Highly recommend.
A must buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
God I missed this series! This box set is great, no issues with play or sound. It is the complete set, too, so you don't have to hunt down the season four business or anything. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bgammon
5.0 out of 5 stars Latecomer to Reboot.
I saw almost all of the episodes of the first two seasons as a kid, and only saw bits and pieces of the later season. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WorkoutGamer13
4.0 out of 5 stars ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
ok im going to keep this short but sweet. love the show. the makers did this and beast wars, another one of my favorite shows. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Travis C Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great Anime glad to have purchased this item. In great condition. Very very happy with this anime. A great Item
Published 1 month ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the first CGI TV.
From what I understand, it took ten years for computers and their programming to catch up with the creators imagination. It was time well spent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth A Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time
It's about time they got this series on DVD. I had no issues with sound probs or anything like what was reported in earlier reviews. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rath Dragonhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best animated shows ever to air on television.
If you can stomach outdated cgi. Get ready for one of best stories in terms of character development. The evolution of the Cgi is absolutely astounding to watch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR. Wolfman313
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
i love it and everything remember about show was there and not sure music that great i remember but trying covert to dvd make sound less notiesble ,
Published 4 months ago by starwarsfansaw0723
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Bought as a birthday gift for my dad he love it. Everything was there as posted. Couldn't be more happy.
Published 4 months ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars positive
Reboot is an old technology. So the graphics are not as good as todays, but it is the same show and is so cool. Has the later shows, which i've never seen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Penar
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