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Teen Titans Go! - The Complete First Season (2013 - 2014/Warner Archive/DC Comics Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: D Episodes: B

Teen Titans Go! is a 'tongue in cheek' animated series based on the (now) classic Teen Titans DC Comics series. In the superhero fandom, there are an equal amount of lovers and haters of the series; some calling it a bastardizing of a classic series, while others (including myself) love the series for what it is, an off-center fresh look at amzing part of the DC universe.

After all, aren't true comic fans open to the idea of alternate universes or other earths?

The comedic Teen Titans Go! series started in 2013, inspired by a series of popular shorts of the same style. The principle voice actors from the previous Teen Titans series return to lend their talents here. Other superheroes make cameos throughout the series and the 'older' counterparts to these superhero teens are often referenced.

Essentially, Teen Titans Go! takes a look at our cast of teen superheroes if they were living together without the constraints of their adult mentors. This means plenty of hijinks; including pranks, teen angst, fights, and other things (that would normally be mundane) like driving tests and other teen firsts. For those unaware, the cast of heroes includes Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy.

The series is meant to be fun and whereas it lacks the emotional depth and continuity of the previous series, it stands on its own as an excellent series that BOTH children and adults can enjoy. In the same vein as animated films in recent history there are many jokes that will go right over little kiddies heads, but adults will have a chuckle. This, again, coupled with innumerable comic/superhero references for true diehard fans to enjoy as Teen Titans Go! pokes fun at the most classic of DC mythos.

This Complete First Season release contains the first 52 episodes of the popular series. The series has a second season and (happily) has been renewed for a third.

The technical features (as far as picture and sound) are very well done for this First Season release. The picture is a bright, crisp, clear 1.78 X 1, 1080p, AVC encoded, MPEG-4 digital High Definition image. The entire series (by nature) uses a bright color palette of solid reds, blues, greens and every other color of the rainbow to bring the series to life. With crisp lines and inky blacks the series displays wonderfully; and outside the hint of aliasing, there are no major complaints. The sound is lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo track that comes heavily from the front when you use Pro Logic-type playback. Casual fans may think this is 'just a kids show,' so no big deal; but Teen Titans Go! is action packed at most times, so a more dynamic track would have been warranted. The sound otherwise is crisp and clear, without any issues.

There are (sadly) no extras included on this set.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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