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'Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising'
(Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, et al / DVD / NR / 2013 / Shout! Factory)

Overview: A resurrected UNICRON has taken over the now-lifeless body of MEGATRON to seek vengeance on the AUTOBOTS and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS, PREDAKING and two new Predacons, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet!

DVD Verdict: I am a huge fan of Transformers Prime. I loved how Season 3/the series ended. Also I would agree with other people who I have talked to about this that this is the BEST Transformers series since the original!

However I do not agree that this film was on par with the 1986 Classic TF:TM. While Predacons Rising has a solid plot (no spoilers here, I promise), I do feel it left several loose ends. If the next Transformers series would pick up where this one ended, I would be ok with that (ala Beast Machines from Beast Wars). However with the next iteration set to be more "family friendly" I do not see how that would be possible considering the current status of some characters in this universe.

As for the film itself, it is quite entertaining, it is pretty much the self-contained story I always wanted. Also the *absence* of a certain species in this film is absolutely a plus. The ending however was bittersweet. It felt a little like how Beast Machines ended, but executed far better. One thing I will say.

Season 3 left me lamenting the loss of this series, wanting to see it go on. Predacons Rising however (based on its conclusion) reversed that decision for me. Despite the loose ends, I do not need or want to see any more stories told in this continuity. Hasbro has for the first time forcibly caused me to "move along" with them onto the next thing and not constantly feel regret for what is, in my humble opinion, ending to soon. Anyway, well played, Hasbro, well played. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.