Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Season Two, Volume One DVD Release
Synopsis: Join Tony Stark and his friends as they battle it out to keep control of his father's company, Stark Enterprises, and protect the original Iron Man armor! Watch as he fights villains to save his position as the original Iron Man all while being a normal teenager. Will he be able to help a fellow super-hero regain his power? Or will he turn his back on him in an effort to protect himself? Anything can happen in the superhero world of Iron Man Armored Adventures! Includes the first 6 episodes of Season 2.
Much like the previous Iron Man: Armored Adventures single-disc releases, here we get a smattering of episodes in a small volume package. Light-extras, no-frills whatsoever. After the Iron Man: Armored Adventures – The Complete Season One four-disc set, it looks like Vivendi Entertainment is simply going to release a couple volume titles before another full-season attempt. For what we get, however, it’s pretty good ... even an improvement.
Audio and video for this release is pretty impressive all around. The video transfer – actually in widescreen for these second season releases, unlike the full-screen releases for the first season - is undeniably strong here. Banding is evident here and there, same with some macroblocking, but it all looks pretty excellent. The audio is incredibly robust, managing to really pack a punch during the action sequences. Excellent quality all around, serving as a nice reminder that DVD releases can still produce some pretty excellent results.
Naturally, the extras are light. We get some art galleries and credits for the series and ... that is it. Light...not much to really go on. It basically falls in line with the previous single-disc releases. This is an okay, yes, but I feel there should have been more included. I imagine we’ll get a few more in-depth extras when we get the inevitable second season multi-disc collection (if the release pattern for the first season release is to be followed). Still, if current DVD trends are to be acknowledged, we’re lucky to get anything it seems...
For die-hard fans of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, you have no reason to pass this up. You get six adventures from the second season in one tidy little collection. However, for the casual viewer, you may want to consider holding off for the likely box set collection in the future. With the lack of extras and the episodes included here playing in heavy rotation on Nicktoons Network, these episodes are easy to catch at nearly any time. The episodes included are enjoyable, showing huge improvement over the first season, but the lack of extras strike a serious blow for this DVD release. Still, for parents looking to add some iron to their kid’s DVD collection, this should do just fine.
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