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The Ultimate Collection
Running Time: 1144 minutes
Starring the voices of: Sarah Edmondon, Sam Vincent, Ryan Hirakida, Garry Chalk, Brian Dummond, Paul Dobson, Kirby Morrow, Richard Cox, Richard Newman, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Lisa Ann Beley, David Kaye, Mark Acheson, Louis Chirillo, Mark Oliver
Retail Price: $59.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (4 Chapters per episode), Seven-Disc Set
Released: July 22nd, 2008
All the episodes of "Transformers Cybertron" are in 1.33:1 full screen. The series is a mix of computer animation, and traditional 2-D Japanese animation. The transfers are pretty good: detail is decent, and colors are well saturated. They stand out a little, but aren't too bold - and don't smear, either. There is mosquito noise, though - and some slight artifacting (probably due to the amount of episodes on each disc). The episodes sometimes do look a little on the soft side, too. In all though, the episodes don't look too shabby, and there are no major complaints to speak of.
The episodes also feature English Stereo tracks, which are very straightforward. The dialogue is very clear and always easy to hear (and also easy to see that the dubbing doesn't always match the mouths), and the musical cues (including the remix of the classic Transformers theme song... ugh) sound okay, but not exactly punchy due to the limitations of the two speakers. Sound effects sound the best on the tracks, with a decent stereo effect that has a little bit of power here and there, but overall the sound effects are limited too. Too bad there weren't stronger mixes available, since this show would definitely benefit from a wider soundstage and the opportunity to be punchier and more discrete. Fidelity is pretty high, though. In all, the tracks are decent and nothing more.
English closed captions are also included via your television.
With this "ultimate" collection of "Transformers Cybertron," you get 68 episodes - but not much else. The series looks and sounds pretty good, but there are no supplements to speak of. Still, 68 episodes is a lot of series - and will certainly keep the kiddies glued in front of the TV for hours on end. I've seen this set go for around 40, so given the quantity of material you get, this set is probably a decent deal for the younger ones or older, die-hard Transformers fans (you know who you are).