Plot: What’s it about?
I admit, I watch the Pokemon television series and have fun, so sue me. I’ve also started to watch a series that follows the same path, Digimon. Both have some kids with attitudes and little monsters that evolve, but after that, the two have little else in common. I know both are cartoon shows and all, but I find Digimon to be more well rounded, with more complex characters and storylines. You might laugh at me for that, but I think it is very true. This series also seems very action driven, which means a lot of the cute stuff is axed, so that the action can take that time on screen. The basic premise of the series is rather simple, a team of seven kids are transported into a strange new world, where they happen across little monsters, who evolve and become even more unusual. As the story unfolds, the kids learn there is a lot at stake, both in this new digi-world and back on their own homeworld. Then, the youngsters begin to work together with their new digi-friends to mount an offense to save their worlds. The series has some fantastic episodes, as well as some real lame ones, but on the whole, this one is worth watching if you like cartoon shows.
You’ve all heard of Pokemon, but what about Digimon? I remember picking up the little digital monsters to battle my friends, but I figured the franchise perished once Pokemon ventured into town. But the series is alive and well now, with a television show, action figures, and even a feature film to its credit. I think the show is decent enough as far as cartoons go, with some really funny moments tucked in at times. All in all, a fun series with some nice visuals, as far as Saturday morning cartons go, that is. This series might be for kids, but Fox has taken some real care to ensure a proper treatment here. Unlike Pioneer’s Pokemon series, which sports three episodes per 24.99 disc, Fox has packed all thirteen episodes of Digimon’s first season onto one disc. That means the viewer can watch all thirteen of the first season’s episodes, at a very reasonable price, thanks to the folks at Fox. They’ve taken a habit in releasing entire seasons onto DVD, so it nice to see them bring that tradition into the children’s television show market. The video and audio stand up well and Fox even packed in some supplements, what a real value this disc is. If you love the Digimon antics or know someone who does, then this disc is a tremendous value and comes highly recommended from this reviewer.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes of Digimon are shown in the intended full frame format, just like on television. With thirteen episodes on one disc, I expected some visual problems, but I was pleased to find the transfers look terrific all around. The colors stream across the screen in vivid hues, but never smear or bleed, which would be bad news. This animation doesn’t use much shadow depth, but the black levels are more than solid, so no worries on that front. No compression flaws to be seen either, these episodes look great and put their television counterparts to shame.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included 2.0 surround mix sounds good, but of course, this material doesn’t offer much chance for dynamic audio. There is some nice range shown between the music and sound effects though, so your home theater won’t be wasted in the end. You won’t be in awe by any means, but this mix allows much more audio finesse than I remember from the show on television. The elements all seem in proper order to me, including the voices, which are crisp and even here. This disc also houses English subtitles, which is a nice touch.
Supplements: What are the extras?
In addition to the wealth of episodes found here, Fox has also included eight “digibloopers,” which are fun to watch. Not a lot of extras, but with thirteen episodes, I’m surprised there was space for these “digibloopers” to be included.