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ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition
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Known as the very first completely computer-animated half-hour TV series, ReBoot debuted in the United States on ABCs 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 DVDs.
Fast Forward: The Making of ReBoot
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Since almost everyone purchasing this set already knows what ReBoot is about, this review will cover mostly the content of the DVDs.
Let me start off by saying ReBoot is one of the most unique shows ever made. It's credited with being the first full-length, completely computer-animated TV series ever made. This pioneering Canadian show originally aired from 1994 to 2001 and was produced by Mainframe Entertainment Inc. It was a sort of underground cult hit, which evolved into a phenomenon. It was translated in many languages and won many prestigious awards. Episodes have even been stored at The Smithsonian Institute for posterity. Though people always praise the show for being the first CGI show in the world, it was also highly inventive, quirky, and very ahead of its time, introducing elements of technology that were either brand new or years away from actually existing. The writing was top-notch, containing both simple yet complex story elements for a kid's show, which meant it had an appeal to both children and adults, with all of its' computer jargon, hidden easter eggs, inside jokes, references to pop culture, etc. The show has a long-lasting appeal and is timeless.
First thought of in 1985, it took nearly ten years to get the project off the ground. Designs began since the late 1980s, and animation tests began four years before the show even aired. It was a painstaking process to keep everything moving and to keep the motivation high for the staff, as no other company had worked on a 3D animation project of this scale at the time, and the software used was new to everyone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this series when it was on tv and have missed it for years. This collection brings it all home again. Love this, especially for the price.Published 17 days ago by Christine
Absolute briljant series! Even my daughter is addicted (11 yrs) and would have been a 5 star easily if it wasn't for the audio on 3 dvd's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
GLitch BOb… a good show with a great story, maybe not have been the best looking show of its time but the story, characters, was what got my eye. Read morePublished 7 months ago by zeo