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Storm Hawks – Hawks Rise Again + Tales From The Atmos (Sony DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Trying to pronounce the slightly Animé style of Bruce Timm’s hugely successful DC Comics style of animated television as a new fantasy franchise, Storm Hawks is a good looking new TV series (appearing on the Cartoon Network channel) that ha some ambition, effort and sadly settles for bring an imitator instead of innovator.  As a result, it looks like everything we’ve seen before, no matter how good.


Sony has issued two single DVDs (versus a complete season) with five episodes a piece (one of which is oddly dubbed a “bonus” show) under the tiles Hawks Rise Again and Tales From The Atmos.  They feature as many bad jokes and gag lines as any action, meaning the whole thing seems somewhat bored with itself.  A mystic battle is happening again on Atmos (how’s that for a hard to come up with name?) with our hero Aerrow (love those misspellings) needing to rebuild the Sky Knights (what a responsibility) to take on new evils.


Unfortunately, it does not take on many new ideas and wears thin very quickly, like the thousandth Star Wars knock-off.  I do not know if it is a hit, will stay one or will gain a cult following, but there is nothing more annoying than a “new” show that reminds you of every other show and film you have already seen.  For pre-teens and animation fans at best, the rest of you can skip these.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks good as I said, with good, consistent color, animation (somewhat simple as it is) and even some depth.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no real surrounds but is definitely a new recording.  Too bad it can sound forward often.  Extras include a mini-comic book on the back of each package, the same one on the copies we received, as well as brief explanations of the characters and their gear on each disc.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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