Releases - DVD - Season 1, Volume 2 - Switched





Release Information
Studio: Warner Home Video
Announce Date: 2/2/05
Street Date: 4/12/05
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $19.97
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Subformat: Single Disc
Media Quantity: 1
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 151
Contains the episodes: Switched, Deep Six, Masks, Mad Mod, Car Trouble, Apprentice (Part 1), Apprentice (Part 2)
Aspect Ratio(s)
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Discographic Information
1 English, 2 Francais, 3 Espanol
Sound Quality:
Espanol: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0

Edition Details
Encoding: Region 1
Animated, Color

Special Features: Interviews: "Puffy Ami Yumi"--Ultra hip pop female group Puffy Ami Yumi sing and interview regarding their hit Teen Titans theme song
Other: Bonus "Toon Topia" webisodes; Theatrical Trailer

Official Description: Seven new episodes from the most famous superhero library, DC Comics, complete the first season.

Review: A fine follow-up to the first volume, Teen Titans: Switched - Season One, Volume Two offers the final seven episodes to the first seasons.

In case you don't know, Teen Titans features five teenage superheroes each with special powers. The team is led by Robin, the acrobatic and daring group leader with a stocked utility belt and no fear. Beast Boy, small in stature and quick with a joke, can shift into the form of any animal - from a tiger to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Starfire is new to Earth and nave to its ways, but when it is time for a throwdown, she fights as hard as any of the others. The spooky, deadpan Raven can control inanimate objects with her powerful mental abilities. Hulking Cyborg is half-man, half-machine and the most powerful member of the team.

I can remember not being too fond of this cartoon when it first premiered. I thought the quality was a bit underwhelming and the characters didn't interest me. So, with that in mind, I would only catch the odd episode instead of watching it religiously as I did most other animated DC Cartoons. But as I caught more and more episodes, I started to appreciate Teen Titans for what it offered that other cartoons didn't, and just how fun it could be.

This single disc release collects episodes #7 - #13, the final half of the first season. It's a pretty solid collection of episodes, with only a couple of uninteresting episodes. The excellent "Masks" and completely insane "Mad Mod" makes up for the rather bland "Deep Six" and "Car Trouble;" "Switched," and "Apprentice, Part 1" and "Apprentice, Part 2" round out the package. Despite being properly labeled on the cover art and listings on the inside flap, the episode "Mad Mod" is listed as "Detention" on the DVD menu.

Like the initial release, this Teen Titans collection excels in the audio and visual department. While only 2.0 audio, the quality is excellent, and simply booms when cranked loud. You can hear every little detail, from the lightest step to the loudest crash. The visual remains just as strong, with a vibrant and clear transfer. The colors stay true to form and sharp, without a hint of bleed over.

Packaging is pretty standard, as are the animated menus. This release never win any awards for excellence, but it serves its' purpose just fine.

The extras are pretty standard for this type of release. Included is a "Trident Clones" game, trailers for other DVD releases, a short cartoon called "The Hiros," and a brief featurette based around Puffy AmiYumi.

Since I have very little interest in Puffy AmiYumi, I found the featurette to be pretty inane, ranging from incredibly disappointing to mildly watchable. Whenever the featurette actually starts to get interesting, it goes off and becomes nonsensical and erratic. The only upside is that maybe Teen Titans - Season Two, Volume One will have featurettes that focus on the animated series. Also, despite initial reports, the PostTopia Teen Titans adventure, "The Lost Episode," unless it's a hidden easter egg, is not included on this DVD.

Overall, it's a good release for those looking to add Teen Titans to their DVD collection. The extras are sure to please most of the fans, and the transfer quality is just as solid, if not better, than their original broadcasts. It's a welcome companion to Volume One.