BLU REVIEW: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising

THE SET-UP

In the final chapter in the Transformers Prime saga, Optimus Prime and the Autobots reclaim Cybertron, only to face new Predacons and a revived Megatron. Features the voices of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Will Friedle, Michael Ironside, Nolan North, and John Noble.  

THE DELIVERY
Some spoilers ahead if you have not watched Season Three of Transformers Prime!

Ask many die-hard Transformers fans, and they’ll tell you that Transformers Prime just may be the definitive version of the brand, surpassing the previous animated series and the movies. The original 1980s cartoon has some nostalgic appeal, but Prime realized the full potential of the concept, combining impressive robot action with compelling storylines. This is a version of Transformers you could be proud to call yourself a fan of.

After three seasons, Transformers Prime comes to a close with this 66-minute adventure, which finds Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) and the rest of the Autobots reclaiming Cybertron for themselves. Their efforts, however, are short-lived, as Unicron (voice of John Noble) resurrects Megatron (voice of Frank Welker) for a final battle with the Autobots. His scheme involves returning to Cybertron and reviving a host of Predacons to fly to Cybertron’s core to destroy the planet.

For the grand finale to the series, the movie is satisfying, with some nice action scenes. The plot gives each of the characters decent screen time for a final sendoff, but strangely, the screen time for Optimus is quite small, as Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots lead the battle against Megatron/Unicron and the Predacons. Don’t worry, however; he is around for a final showdown with Megatron, and the ending provides nice closure to the series. It’s very good.

Predacons Rising gives the series a definite ending, and while fans may feel the series was rather short-lived, it gets a worthy last chapter.

VIDEO AND AUDIO

Predacons Rising comes in a Blu-ray/DVD two-pack, and despite the differences in resolution, both discs feature excellent video. The high definition digital transfer is exceptional, with fine detail and no artifacts in the image. The DVD, of course, doesn’t have near the level of detail, but still held up well on the 46 inch HDTV I viewed it on. Colors in the video are a bit muted, but stay consistent. The audio is only a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which is fine for DVD, but the Blu-ray should have had a stronger audio mix. The audio is solid, but not superb.

SPECIAL FEATURES

A single extra is included on the disc. “A Look at Polygon Pictures” is a ten minute featurette that looks at Polygon, the overseas studio that animated Transformers Prime. Executive producer Jeff Kline describes how well Hasbro Studios worked with Polygon, despite the language barrier.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT OR NETFLIX IT?

Ratings (1-10 scale)

Movie: 8

Video:9

Audio: 8

Extras: 3

Overall score: 7

7

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising is a short but satisfying ending to the series. It would be nice to have had more extras, but for die-hard fans, getting this is a no-brainer. 

BLU-RAY SPECS

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Running time: 66 minutes

Rating: TV-Y7

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: None

Special features: “A look at Polygon Pictures” featurette

Label: Shout Factory

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