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Ben 10: Omniverse- Heroes Rise DVD Review

Ben 10- Omniverse- Heroes Rise DVD

“Ben 10: Omniverse” is slightly better than the original series.

In a typically strange Warner Brothers fashion, this 10 episode “Ben 10: Omniverse” DVD (dubbed “Heroes Rise”) is comprised of episodes taken from the first 3 story arcs. Fans can expect to see stories about Ben and plumber partner Rook feuding, the villainous Khyber kidnapping Ben, Malware and Dr. Psychobos plotting to create an evil Omnitrix (The Nemetrix), Trumbipulor causing problems, plumbers Blukic and Driba searching for a smoothie, Khyber and his dog fighting Ben and Rook, Rook’s family, other baddies such as Fistrick and Princess Looma, Billy Billions turning Ben and Rook into even younger children, Ben’s ex-girlfriend Julie, and the Faction looked to destroy Azmuth.

Having never been a fan of the original “Ben 10” animated series, I found ‘Omniverse’ (the fourth series in the popular animated kids sci-fi franchise) to be less of a chore to watch than its predecessor. While the show still lacks the crossover appeal to adults like say “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” does, there is a lot less whining, bickering, and dumbed down dialogue than the first series. Yes, the show is still a blatant commercial for alien toys and gadgetry and, yes, there’s still a lot of eyerolling names and puns, side stories (see the smoothie subplot) and villain fights, but it’s clear that an older Ben is a lot more tolerable to older audiences who may have to review it (like me) or sit and watch this with their kids.

Also, while he may be an entirely forced character, the inclusion of Ben’s new partner Rook is a nice change of pace for the formulaic series. As someone who found Gwen unbearable, it’s nice to see her being replaced and appearing only every now and then. Ben and Rook are a much better team to say the least.

Video/Audio:

While the animation looks a little generic and flat in widescreen, I’m glad the animators are keeping the dying 2D animation artform alive. At least the alien character models are well designed if nothing else.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 is adequate, but I’m puzzled by the lack of a 5.1 track here. I think it’s safe to say that any sci-fi-action animated series demands a 5.1 track.

Extras include trailers for “Ben 10: Omniverse,” “Adventure Time,” “Regular Show,” text profiles for the 3 aliens Mucillator, Terroranchula, and Tyrannopede, and 3 brief video spotlights on “Ball Weevil,” “Crasshopper,” and “Gravattack.”

Summary: While I personally think “Ben 10” has run its course, it’s clear that the show isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It may not be as ultra popular as it once was, but it’s still one of the top rated toons out there. If you know someone who loves this show, you may want to pick up this disc for them to keep them entertained for a few hours.

July 18, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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