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ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition

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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.

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

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 (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q7BF5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Reconnecting To My Childhood on March 10, 2011
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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gergens on 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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David B. Minter on April 15, 2011
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Animator-Guy on 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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