Shout! Factory Kids teamed up late last month with Hasbro Studios for yet another collection of Transformers Rescue Bots episodes in the form of Transformers Rescue Bots: Rescue Family. The single-disc compilation culls five more episodes from the animated Discovery Family series that the whole family will enjoy. That is due in part to the episodes themselves. This will be discussed shortly. The stories within the episodes are collectively important to the collection, too and will be discussed later. It is not the last of the collection’s key elements either. The disc’s average price point rounds out its most important elements. When it is considered along with the collection’s episodes and their stories, the whole of the collection proves to be yet another of this year’s top new children’s DVDs.
Transformers Rescue Bots: Rescue Family is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs. It is a collection that children will enjoy just as much as grown-ups. That is due in part to the episodes culled for the collection. Five episodes from the hit animated Discovery Family series were collected for this collection, which has remained the standard for every one of the series’ previously released collections. The episodes – ‘Road Trip,’ ‘Prescott’s Bots!,’ Odd Bot Out,’ ‘Chief Woodrow’ and ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ – were pulled from the series’ second and third seasons. The first three episodes were pulled from the series’ second season, and the last two from its third season. This collection is not the first of the series’ DVDs to feature episodes from multiple seasons. However, that its episodes were pulled specifically from those two seasons rather than randomly across the board presents a clear focus in the episode choices.
The episodes featured in Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios’ latest Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Rescue Family are clearly important to the disc’s overall presentation. That is proven through the focus placed on the seasons from which they were lifted. While the episodes are clearly important, they are not the collection’s only important collective element. The stories within the episodes are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes themselves. That is important to note because while they do bring back in some familiar secondary characters, the stories themselves do not repeat any of the episodes that came before or after.
“Chief Woodrow” is a key example of this statement. Chief Burns’ brother Woodrow returns once again in this episode, except this time the trouble happens not beneath the island but on the island as Chief Burns is away at a Police Conference. Woodrow (who is once again voiced by Mark Hamill – Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) ends up being named acting police chief after he saves the mayor, leading to even more trouble.
Lead episode “Road Trip” exemplifies that statement just as much as “Chief Woodrow.” This episode’s story is yet another that is centered on trouble caused by Doc Greene’s inventions. This time out, Doc Greene has developed a transporter a la Star Trek (rather fitting since Levar Burton made his fame on Star Trek: The Next Generation). The problem is that the transporter turns out to be a one-way transporter, rather than a two-ray device. This leads to its own share of problems for Cody and the Rescue Bots. Meanwhile Kade has to be rescued by a paramedic named Taylor after the pair crash-land in the forest while Taylor is hang gliding. Both of these story lines are original to the series’ history, showing again the importance of the stories presented in each episode.
The story line presented in “Odd Bot Out” is yet another example of that importance. Blades’ infatuation with Bumblebee comes to the fore yet again in this story. But instead of the pair working together to save Griffin Rock, Bumblebee works with Dani on a top-secret mission, leaving Blades the proverbial fifth wheel of sorts. The reason they end up partnering is that Dani’s pilot’s license expired and she has to get it renewed. Meanwhile sinkholes start appearing all around the island, threatening to sink the island thanks to Madeline Pynch activating an ancient technology below the waves just off of the island’s coast. Given, it’s not the first time that the writers have had Griffin Rock’s residents threatened by a potential sinking of the island. But the way in which the writers handled this matter did keep the story from just re-hashing its predecessor’s story. Keeping that in mind, this story line is still another example of why the stories presented in this collection’s episodes are just as important to the disc’s overall presentation as the episodes themselves.
The stories at the center of Transformers Rescue Bots: Rescue Family are clearly integral to the collection’s overall presentation. That is evidenced through the stories discussed above. Keeping that mind, the stories are not the last of the set’s most important elements. The disc’s average price point is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their relative stories. The disc’s average price point between major retailers Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Shout! Factory’s own online store, comes to approximately $10.35. Considering that the disc’s five episodes present a total run time of 110 minutes (1 hour, 50 minutes), a roughly $10 (plus tax likely) price tag is not that bad. That is especially considering other discs with just as many episodes from other series and companies are nearly twice as expensive. Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the average price point for this collection of episodes is important to the collection’s presentation as its episodes and their stories. When it is joined with those elements, the whole of the elements makes this disc a grouping that is both enjoyable and cost efficient. In turn, it becomes a collection that is deserving of plenty of applause and of being placed on any critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s DVDs.
Transformers Rescue Bots: Rescue Family is one of this year’s top new children’s DVDs. It is a work that children and adults alike will enjoy thanks to its episodes and their stories. Parents will especially appreciate the disc’s relatively affordable average price point. Each is important in its own right as noted previously. Keeping this in mind, this collection of episodes deserves its own share of applause and of being placed on any critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s DVDs. It can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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