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Teen Titans

Teen Titans, GO!  The pseudo-anime style.  The jokes.  And, man, the storylines.  Teen Titans has it all!

This cartoon series - with a cast of superhero characters that included Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven - kicked all sorts of ass during its original three year run.  Now, thanks to Warner Bros Archive Collection, the series can be revisited on blu-ray time and time again.  

"Cool heroes. Killer villains. Butt-kicking action! And one hell of a catchy/crazy theme song. This release practically sells itself."


 

In the wake of DC/WB’s success with animating Batman, Superman, and Justice League, expectations were through the roof when it came to the announcement of bringing Teen Titans, originally written and penciled by Dan Jurgens in comic book form, to the small screen.  But, as is usually the case, fans don’t really know what they want until they are presented with it.  They were used to the grit of Batman and the gloss of Bruce Timm’s art when it comes to superheroes.  

What people didn’t expect was the left turn it took when it came to its visual storytelling (being damn strong), the jokes (most being actually funny), AND the art which, as criticized as it was at the time (with its “Fooly Cooly” stylings), soon came to be accepted and applauded as the series earned audience and critical praises for being both cool and bold with established characters as they headed straight toward unexpected character development and some pretty heavy themes.

Developed by producer Glen Murakami and executive producer Sam Register, and based on DC Comics’ young superhero team, Teen Titans: The Complete Series stars Greg Cipes (The Middle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) as Robin, Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, My Little Pony, Unikitty!) as Raven, Hynden Walch (Adventure Time, Groundhog Day) as Starfire, and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!) as Trigon/Hexagon.

Fans got quite the stories as Robin took charge and the team of superheroes learned to live with each other inside the T-shaped Titans Tower.  Battles were fierce and fun and, thanks to some epic storytelling, fans got treated to some pretty dynamic character arcs.

And then, thanks to a change of the guard over at Warner Bros Animation, the show, characters and all, was suddenly yanked off the air and not renewed for its sixth season.  The gap left on the airwaves was palpable.  Fans got a feature film, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, and then . . . nothing. Teen Titans

Considering that the show and its stories grew with the audience, this sudden abandonment came as quite a shock.  

With a dynamic cast that includes Golden Globe Award-winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) as Slade, Ashley Johnson (Blindspot) as Terra, Lauren Tom (Batman Beyond) as Gizmo, Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Aqualad, Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Cinderblock, T’Keyeh Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That’s So Raven) as Bumblebee, three-time Emmy Award-winner Keith David (The Thing, The Live), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) as Kid Flash, Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as Mad Mod, Henry Rollins as Johnny Rancid, Clancy Brown (Emergence, The Shawshank Redemption) as Trident, Judge Reinhold (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) as Negative Man, Dave Coulier (Full House) as Captain, Billie Hayes (H.R. Pufnstuf) as Mother Mae-Eye, and Academy Award-nominees Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Thomas Haden Church (Wings, Sideways) and Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) as Arella, Killer Moth and Hayden.

Cool heroes.  Killer villains.  Butt-kicking action!  And one hell of a catchy/crazy theme song.  This release practically sells itself.

Fans of the series can now relive the high of these five seasons, spread across six discs, thanks to this release from the Warner Archive CollectionTeen Titans: The Complete Series rocks!

5/5 stars

Teen Titans

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Warner Bros. Archive
Available on Blu-ray
- December 3, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; six-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Josephine Chesterfield and Penny Rust may be conning the rich and powerful in this lackluster heist comedy, but there's no pulling the wool over our eyes, as Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital edition is anything but a sham with its glorious 1080p 2.39:1 transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks.

Teen Titans: The Complete Series ran for five seasons (2003-2006), and all 65 episodes are contained in this 6-disc collection from Warner Bros Archives.  It's a full plate of crime-fighting and chaos as Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy as they go up against killer villains such as Brother Blood, Mad Mod and their archenemy Slade. So get ready for all the big battles and unbreakable bonds that make these friends the unstoppable Teen Titans!

Video:

The aesthetics of the series are served well with this release from Warner Bros Archive Collection.  Colors are bold and unwavering.  Black levels are strong throughout and the colors, while defined, are unflinching, preserving the notoriously breathtaking looks and shades of the graphic novel the film is based on.  The 1080p/VC-1 release amps up the resolution and provides viewers with a very detailed look at the animation. The newly minted version supports the original 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1).

Audio:

All episodes come with a very dynamic sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 for each and every episode, including the movie.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

On top of the 65 episodes, fans get a potpourri of featurettes highlighting the voice actors, the theme song, and the journey from the comic to the screen.

  • Finding Their Voices
  • Comic Creations: From Comic Book to Cartoon
  • Puffy AmiYumi
  • Catching Up With … Teen Titans
  • Teen Titans: Know Your Foes
  • Teen Titans: Friends and Foes
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
  • The Lost Episode

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4.5/5 stars

Teen Titans

MPAA Rating: TV-Y7-FV.
Runtime:
23 min episodes
Creators
: David Slack, Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani
Cast:
Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville
Genre
: TV | Fantasy
Tagline:

Memorable Movie Quote: "You said get lunch and I got lunch. Chow down!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Warner Bros.
Official Site:
Release Date:
July 19, 2003
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 3, 2019.
Synopsis: A team of five teenaged superheroes save the world from many villains around their city while experiencing things normal teens face today.

Teen Titans

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