Ben 10-Complete Season 2 (2006)

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Released 8-Nov-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Reversible Cover
Poster
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary
Featurette
Trailer
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 286:28 (Case: 299)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Man of Action
Studio
Distributor
Cartoon Network
Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $24.95 Music Andy Sturmer
Kris Zimmerman
Dusty Abell


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Ben10

    Title of Disc : The Complete Ben10 Season 2

    Year of Production : 2006

    Country of origin : USA

    What's included? :  All 13 episodes of the Second Season.

    Episode Length : About 22 minutes each.

    Details of episodes : 

This 2 DVD set contains close enough to 300 minutes of Ben10. The first disc contains 8 episodes, the second 5 plus extras. The following episodes are included:

      1. Truth
      2. The Big Tick
      3. Framed
      4. Gwen10
      5. Grudge Match
      6. The Galactic Enforcers
      7. Ultimate Weapon
      8. Camp Fear
      9. Tough Luck
      10. They Lurk Below
      11. Ghostfreaked Out
      12. Dr Animo & the Mutant Ray
      13. Back with a Vengeance

    Style of Production : Animation

    Premise of show : Ben10 is a Cartoon Network production which is designed for primary school aged children. The basic story is that a young boy called Ben Tennyson found an alien watch called the Omnitrix which allows him to transform into 10 different aliens. He uses this power to fight aliens and other threats while travelling around with his Grandfather Max (an ex-alien hunter himself) and his cousin Gwen in a campervan. In each episode Ben fights a new enemy using one or more of the aliens at his command. Unfortunately, he does not seem to have full control over the watch as sometimes he gets something different to what he was expecting. Also, he can only transform into an alien for a limited amount of time before he goes back to being a boy. Both of these problems tend to land him in hot water, but he can always save the day in the end. The ten aliens are each very different with different strengths and weaknesses. During this season he finds some new aliens in the watch but loses one of the original ones forever.

    Age Group : 5-12

    Related to any other children's shows? : Seems to be very similar in concept to an older show called Dial H for Hero.

    Adult's view : A decent show for young boys with a lot of excitement, some suspense, some mild scares and interesting and exciting characters. Be warned that your young boy may start saying 'No Fair!' much more often than you would like.

    Child's view : All the rage at my 5 year old son's school. He came home soon after starting this year talking endlessly about Ben10 without ever having actually seen it. HE loves the different aliens and wants to know all about each one.

    Other Releases of this show available? : Three seasons have been released (or are about to be released) along with a feature length movie Ben10 : Secret of the Omnitrix which was released on DVD on 17 March 2008.

    Overall : Good value collection with nearly 300 minutes of episodes plus extra.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout without being crisp and with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was quite good but not overly vibrant.

    Artefacts included some minor aliasing and jagged edges along with some interlacing artefacts during fast movement.

    There are no subtitles.

     

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The surround speakers were used for atmosphere and music and the subwoofer added bass to music and effects.

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Extras

   

Menu

    The menus include an intro and music along with some minor motion.

Reversible Cover

    For those who don't like the new OFLC markers the cover can be reversed.

Poster

    A large fold-out two sided poster is included in the case. It caused great excitement at my house.

Disc 1

Trailers

    Other Cartoon Network shows.

Deleted Scenes (1:19, 0:52)

    Two extended scenes from The Big Tick are included but the new bits don't have sound.

Disc 2

Trailers

    Other Cartoon Network shows.

Deleted Scenes (0:33, 1:12, 0:34, 1:24, 0:44, 0:46, 0:34)

    Three extended scenes from Ghostfreaked Out and four from Back with a Vengeance but the new bits don't have sound.

How to draw Heatblast (2:37)

    Small featurette with an animator describing the process of drawing the character but not really in enough detail for a kid to follow.

Secret Alien Info (2:43)

    Another short featurette giving a quick overview of some of the characters.

Audio Commentary - Ghostfreaked Out

    One episode has a commentary by four members of the technical crew. Not bad but nothing special.

 

 

 

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region 1 version is the same except for PAL/NTSC.

Summary

    13 episodes of a fun and exciting sci-fi cartoon for school aged children.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    A decent collection of extras are included.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, April 03, 2008
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