Teen Titans (2005) - The Complete Fifth Season

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Animation / Fantasy / Science Fiction
Warner Brothers || NR - 299 minutes - $19.98 || July 8, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-07-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton, Tara Strong


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Teen Titans: Friends and Foes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo Surround)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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“Teen Titans” was a series that ran from 2003 to 2006 and starred the teenage superheroes worldwide. The Teen Titans are split up around the world with the leader of the pack, Robin, helming central command alongside peppy Starfire, shape-shifter Beast Boy, half-machine/half-man Cyborg and Raven who is an empath and has other abilities. There’s also the Teen Titans East and a plethora of honorary Teen Titans established here in this fifth, and final, season.

At the ripe old age of 28½, I understand this isn’t aimed at people my age and that really became apparent after the two-part season premiere, ‘Homecoming’ where the Doom Patrol team up with the TT to stop an organization known as, wait for it, The Brotherhood of Evil lead by, wait for it again, The Brain! Yes, the bad... thing, is literally a brain in a jar. His second-in-command is Monsieur Mallah, a French ape that is also quite educated. Also at his side is Madame Rogue, a shape-shifter who is also no match for those who oppose her. By the way, I do realize these characters came from the 60s -- explains the educated ape and talking brain – and I guess given the target audience is probably 14 and under (maybe even younger), they work in that context.

Back on point, after the premiere, the rest of the episodes are pretty goofy and a few actually don’t even feature the main TT. One has TT East matching wits against the “Teen Titan’s #1 Nemesis” while another has Kid Flash going up against the HIVE FIVE, a group of kid villains led by Jinx. This episode, entitled, ‘Lightspeed’, wasn’t bad since it kind of tied into the plot of the TT vs. The Brotherhood of Evil (for which was the reason the TT weren’t in certain episodes).

“Teen Titans” finale is split into three parts: ‘Calling All Titans’ has Robin and the rest going around the world recruiting Honorary Teen Titans for a buildup to fight The Brotherhood; ‘Titans Together’ is when things start to unravel as The Brotherhood are more than a step ahead of Robin and the rest and things begin to look grim; finally, ‘Things Change’ features an epic battle. I actually felt these five episodes (Homecoming Parts 1 & 2 and these) were the best of this fifth season. Not fully entrenched with this series, I thought it had a good amount of action and the comedy wasn’t as annoying as in previous episodes. I do wonder does the Justice League or even Superman NOT exist in this world? Me thinks Supes alone could’ve saved the world in no time at all...

Like I said, this is a series for those under a certain age, those who were fans of “Batman: The Animated Series” or maybe “Justice League” probably won’t find this very entertaining. It has a plot, voice talents and animation aimed straight at anyone 14 and under. This isn’t to say those who are older won’t enjoy it, but for the most part this was designed as a children’s show, not intended for fans of other DC Animated series.

One half-way decent episode, entitled ‘Go!’ is actually an origin story for the five Teen Titans. Cool that they, the creators, didn’t reveal how they came together until the fifth season...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Outside of some trailers for other Warner Family Entertainment releases, there’s only one feature, Teen Titans: Friends and Foes (25:15) where you can find information on the Doom Patrol, Titans East, Honorary Titans, The Brotherhood of Evil and Gordanians. These are compilations of comments from the crew, talking about ideas with the characters/organizations, mixed in with scenes from “Teen Titans”.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The picture, like that for “The Batman” doesn’t look too bad. It is in full screen (of course) but the colors seem to be about right and I didn’t notice much in the way of soft shots or anything. This is a ‘good enough’ transfer. I doubt kids will notice or care.

The season has a Dolby Stereo Surround audio track that is suitable for most. It doesn’t possess much depth but should be OK.



.::OVERALL::.

“Teen Titans”, given whom it’s aimed at, isn’t really that bad, but for anyone older might not find it very entertaining. The overall season-long story arch isn’t bad but the rest is fairly mundane, though I’m sure fans will get a kick out of seeing the plethora of minor Teen Titan members make their debuts this season.