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Ben 10: Villain Time Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Review


A new incarnation of “Ben 10” hits DVD.

In the first 20 episodes of the latest incarnation of “Ben 10,” the story focuses on a 10 year old Ben, his cousin Gwen and his Grandpa Max as they embark on a summer road trip. Along with their outings at Niagara Falls, campgrounds, a monastery, a convention, Fort Knox, a football game, a water park and an exhibit, Ben faces off against villainous foes such as the Fly Guys, Hydromanders, Weatherheads, Steam Smythe, the Queen Bee, the Alphas, Zombozo, Frightwig and more. Of course, Ben can’t defeat them on his own as he uses the Omnimatrix to turn into 10 different alien heroes. Viewers can also expect to see other plots involving wrestling, Ben and Gwen turning into babies, Dr. Animo, and a spellbook.

Having reviewed other incarnations of “Ben 10,” I can’t say I was particularly a fan of the franchise as it was very much aimed at a young demographic. Had I been a kid, it’s likely I would have been a huge fan of this show, but that’s not the case. In this latest reboot/reimagining (which is based on the original 2005 animated series), however, I found myself much more drawn to what was on screen for one reason- the animation. In the past animated series, the animation was rather bland and pedestrian. This time around though, the animators opted for a more artful and vivid “Gravity Falls” esque look. Truth be told, the superior animation quality really benefits the show greatly as it’s much more engaging to gawk out visually. Additionally, I noticed the series isn’t going for cheap groan worthy corny jokes this time around like the original series once did.

On the downside, “Ben 10” is still more or less a series of fights against the villain of the week. It’s very repetitious and lacks the sophistication of series such as “Star Wars Rebels.” Basically, it is what it is and it’s not trying to be anything more.


Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The animation looks crisp and clean on this standard definition release.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? The 2.0 track handles the sound f/x, music, and voice acting well.

No extras have been included.

Note: If you are a fan of the series, there is a new toyline available from Playmates Toys that includes a new line of action figures.

February 22, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

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