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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 (109 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q7BF5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,159 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.

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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
Format:DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great episode in a wonderful series June 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This was the first episode I ever caught of the series called "ReBoot" back in the mid-90's. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that the entire series was computer generated (the first computer generated series ever, actually). Being a professional digital animator, I was of course intrigued by the idea of a weekly children's series done digitally. But I soon became engrossed in the plot of this clever series, which I discovered was not really created entirely for children (the intricate plots, in-jokes, sight-gags, and pop culture references are obviously aimed at more mature audiences). I became a fan for the entire U.S. run (two seasons, though a third aired in Canada where the series originated...and was eventually broadcast here on the Cartoon Network).
The series takes place in the world within the computer, with its lead characters defending their very lives against the "user" when games are downloaded into their midst. When a game arrives, the characters "Re-boot" themselves to take on characteristics of the game environment (thus the name of the series).
In this particular episode our heroes are subjected to a multi-level wizards and warriors-type game. The added catch on this outing is the inclusion of "Mike The T.V." a character known to irritate and cause havoc around our lead characters with his ongoing "Newscasts" of all actions going on around him. How they get out of the situation and complete the game is interesting and fun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love
Ahhh my child hood.. love this
Published 3 days ago by shane walton
5.0 out of 5 stars it turned out to be a wonderful birthday present
ordered it for a friend who loves this show, it turned out to be a wonderful birthday present.
Published 17 days ago by sharon knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good show
Published 1 month ago by Gregory mode
5.0 out of 5 stars Take not of the other reviews that go into detail ...
Take not of the other reviews that go into detail about the errors in the discs. Unavoidable yes, but don't be surprised.
Published 1 month ago by Adam Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this you will like it. This is the full set beginning to ...
Buy this you will like it. This is the full set beginning to end. Kids like it to, and be sure to tell them this was the first CGI then explain what CGI means.
Published 1 month ago by Lawrence Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! I always loved the cartoon when it was ...
Fantastic! I always loved the cartoon when it was on and getting this complete collection has been very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Pixelacious!
As a little girl I grew up watching ReBoot on YTV, I wouldn't miss an episode!

This show still holds up just as well today as it did back then. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenelle Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Good memories
just the way I remember the series...good old memories
Published 1 month ago by Adrian Milek
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 2 months ago by QueenieBee
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 3 months ago by WorkoutGamer13
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