Today I bring you something a little different from the norm here, but I’m certain there are some fellow cartoon enthusiasts out there in addition to me who appreciate such programs. ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball’ is a children’s series currently airing it’s third season on Cartoon Network. ‘The Mystery’ marks the second DVD release of the series following ‘The DVD’ which was released this previous summer. ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball: The Mystery’ will be available to own via your favorite DVD retailer on January 15 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment and Cartoon Network and features 12 episodes from the hit Cartoon Network series.
Continue on after the jump for the full review.
The latest DVD release of ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball’ actually marks my first viewing of the series altogether. Going in I was initially questionable of what to expect, but I found this series to be surprisingly entertaining and humorous with an interesting style that should please both children and adults alike. For fans of offbeat and original styles of animation this is definitely going to be a winner in your book. The series is done in quite a unique style, combining everything from standard animation to finger puppets and even a hint of CGI for good measure while incorporating backgrounds that appear to be a hybrid of animation and live action. The series includes a colorful group of characters including the title character of Gumball and his family, his classmates which include his cheerleader love interest, in addition to a T-Rex (yes, the dinosaur) all the way down to a talking balloon on a string. If you are looking for an off-beat and surprisingly interesting show that the whole family can enjoy, you need look no further and I’d recommend checking out this series as soon as you get a chance. I for one plan to keep watching and am pleasantly surprised to find another great series to get into.
The video presentation on the disc fortunately is presented in a 16×9 widescreen format and looks pretty great for a DVD on my HDTV. The episodes are presented in a 16×9 Aspect Ratio displayed at full 480p resolution and matching the AR of their original television broadcast. While I always prefer Bluray over DVD when given a choice I must say the video presentation on this DVD holds up for the most part with only a few minor issues noticeable such as slight pixelation during scenes cluttered with scenery and fast motion such as the opening logo. With the exception of releasing a Bluray version I don’t think the quality of the video presentation could possibly get any better.
The audio presentation on the disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. While I am quite the audiophile and always prefer multichannel surround sound as opposed to Stereo, I must admit that for a standard 2 channel AC3 audio track, the quality is quite exceptional. I personally implemented my receivers option to simulate the stereo track to 7.1 sound using the Dolby Pro-Logic II X option, and when that kicks in you can really get an idea of what great quality the audio truly is. Some discs with 2 channel audio will not mix properly due to the poor quality and mixing of the track, and actually sound worse with the up-convert, wherein with this disc you can really tell how top notch the audio quality truly is. The stereo soundtrack easily plays into the numerous speakers and the placement is wonderfully accurate hence displaying the tremendous mastering job of the stereo AC3 track. As far as a series such as this is concerned, I think the audio track is as top notch as one would expect and really leaves nothing lacking or to be desired.
The special features portion of the disc is a bit limited, but that is to be expected with an animation release such as this. The one special feature included on the disc is a helpful ‘Character Gallery’ which is basically a guide to the characters included in the series. It gives a description of numerous important characters from the series along with background information and many of their unique characteristics. Each profile also includes images of each character which is helpful in recognizing them when viewing the episodes. Especially to viewers such as myself who have no previous experience with the series.
Everybody make sure and go pick up your copy of ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball: The Mystery’ when it’s released in stores on January 15, 2013 and to get your copy of the shows previous release ‘The DVD’ which is available in stores now. You can pre-order ‘The Mystery’ from amazon here or find it when released at your favorite DVD retailer.
BASIC DISC INFORMATION & SPECS:
The 12 episodes featured in The Amazing World of Gumball “The Mystery” are:
2. The Responsible
3. The Spoon
4. The Genius
5. The Car
6. The Microwave
7. The Sock
8. The Club
9. The Ape
10. The Dress
11. The Helmet
12. The Pressure
DVD SRP: $14.97
Street Date: January 15, 2013
Run Time: 132 minutes