PictureWell, as animations go, CGI does have the advantage of remaining pretty good in terms of detail and colours over the years, where 'classic' animation somehow acquires grain and fades. Shadow Raiders looks fresh and new - even if the graphics are long out-dated. The full screen transfer is perfectly suitable for broader TVs, with decent detail, solid images, no softness, no digital artefacting and generally no problems. As I suspected, there's no grain and no other print damage. The colour scheme is pretty-much as broad as it gets, with perfect representation of the flames and fires as well as the icy white snow-caps. The shadow detail is good, with solid blacks and overall it is as decent a full screen transfer as you would ever expect to see.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 2.0 audio presentation of Shadow Raiders is somewhat less satisfying, with the vocals remaining clear from the frontal array but the rest of the soundtrack comes across as restricted by the limited channels. There are plenty of effects that should be pounding around the room, but they are muffled and squashed into this disappointing 2-channel affair. The soundtrack is fairly standard kids' action stuff - very patriotic and heroic - and is never intrusive, also finding itself slightly restricted by the presentation. Overall, it is a reasonable audio track that will no doubt satisfy any avid fans but it certainly does not make the ride any more enjoyable.
ExtrasAll we get in the way of extras is the original shooting script for each episode, accessible through your PC.
VerdictShadow Raiders, like Transformers, takes the kids' toy concept and realises it in animated form, only this time employing CGI to do the trick. Unfortunately, after eight years it just does not look impressive anymore - and without the flashy visuals, there is little else of substance to sustain your interest. The video and audio presentations are solid but the extras are disappointing and this release has got to be recommended to avid fans of the series only. Anybody else interested should start with season 1 and even then consider a rental first to test the waters.
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