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The Full REBOOT Is Coming To DVD Soon, And You Might Be A Part Of It!!

Merrick here...
A while back, there was a bit of talk about rebooting, well, REBOOT - the TRON-like CGI series which aired back in the 1990s. To the best of my knowledge, nothing firm has happened with these plans - but whenever we discuss the series here on AICN, many fans of the show come out of the woodwork. As such, I thought you might like to know that Shout! Factory, who recently released the MAX HEADROOM series and the generally awesome Roger Corman Cult Classics DVDs and Blu-Rays, will be issuing REBOOT in its entirety in 2011. The press release below, presented verbatim, explains more.

Shout! Factory and Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc. Announce Content Deal

SHOUT! FACTORY SECURES HIGHLY POPULAR CG ANIMATED TV CLASSIC REBOOT FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, British Columbia – Insert Date – Shout! Factory and Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc. (TSX:RNK) announced today a new alliance to bring the groundbreaking, internationally renowned CGI animation TV series ReBoot to the home entertainment marketplace. Under its multi-year agreement with Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc., Shout! Factory will be the exclusive home entertainment distributor with digital rights to the entire action-packed series ReBoot in North America. This announcement was made by Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Terry Kalagian, Vice President of Business Development for Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc. “We are thrilled with this opportunity to work with Rainmaker Entertainment, a globally recognized studio for its stunning animation in film and TV,” state Shout! Factory founding partners. “ReBoot is a celebrated TV property, boasting a large worldwide fan following. This program lines up perfectly with the Shout! Factory brand. We hope this is just the start of a mutually beneficial relationship with Rainmaker.” “ReBoot fans have been urging us to release the series on DVD,” said Terry Kalagian, VP of Business Development for Rainmaker. “We are overjoyed to have finally found the perfect partners at Shout! Factory to help give fans what they want.” Hailed by critics and fans alike, ReBoot made history for being the first fully computer-generated animated TV series. Its unique setting inside a computer allows ReBoot to mine the references to computers and video games for all they’re worth, giving the show its humorous edge. ReBoot was originally seen on North American television in 1994 on YTV in Canada and on ABC Television in the U.S. The series ran four successful seasons and was eventually seen in over 70 countries around the world. The innovative animation, insider humor and high octane action combine to give fans a lot of binary bang for their buck. Dot Matrix and her brother Enzo, plus thousands of friendly binomes, live in Mainframe, which is plagued by viruses Megabyte and sister strain Hexadecimal. Guardian Bob is sent from the Net to protect them, and soon makes it his home. Together, they must prevent Megabyte from taking control of all the systems. As an added complication, games being played by the mystical User invade the system regularly, and must be defeated, or else portions of the city are laid waste... this gives us a chance to see every genre of video-game ever conceived, from the point of view of the characters! When Megabyte finally manages to banish Bob, Enzo takes over as the city's Guardian, but things will never be quite the same. Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of the ReBoot home entertainment product-line, beginning with the collectible complete series DVD box set release and digital distribution in 2011.
Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., a multifaceted animation studio, is one of Canada's largest producers of CG animation. With an innovative history that spans over 15 years, Rainmaker today continues to tell engaging stories and create compelling characters for all media. The studio's 200 creatively-inspired artists and storytellers are currently in development on the company's first slate of proprietary projects. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the company broke ground by producing the first ever CGI animation series ReBoot. In addition to developing its own properties, Rainmaker also produces feature length DVD's for many top international brands including Barbie, Max Steele, Tony Hawk, and more. Rainmaker's clients include Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Sony, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and MTV. For more information, go to www.rainmaker.com.

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com. # # #

Anticipating the coming of these DVDs, a "fan art" contest has been launched. Winning selections will appear in the booklet accompanying the REBOOT DVD set as well as on Reboot.com, winning submissions will also receive a copy of the DVDs. Find out how to enter the REBOOT fan art contest HERE. More on the set as more information comes in. Shout! does a fine job with their products...this could be a blast.
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  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    FIRST!!!

    by darthderp

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Never even watched the show but...

    by darthderp

    Saw the opportunity and I had to jump on it. I'll let the rest of you have your discussions now.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    They should air this on

    by STLost

    Cartoon Network. <P> Oh wait, CN is going the live-action route. <P> Nevermind. Not enough room at "Cartoon" Network for &thinsp;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;<br>cartoons &thinsp;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj</br>

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Reboot was fucking awful

    by A G

    Even back then.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    1st season was crap

    by Phategod2

    second season was a little better this aint front page news better for coaxial.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    About bloody time!

    by zonkk_za

    Reboot was groundbreaking and damn smart. The references to games and early computing and the internet were fantastic - along with the inspiration from Tron - programmes living inside a network playing games. It was the highlight of my week on TV when it was aired in the mid-90's in South Africa. I've been trying to track down legitimate DVD's for years, looking at at everywhere between Australia and Germany. Some of them are highly collectable and cost a bundle! It's great that the entire series is being re-released. I just hope that they also make a new series to continue from the last cliff hanger!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    YESYESYESYES

    by Saint Andeol

    fucking love this show. i agree the first season was weaker, but i think they ended up changing it to appeal to an older audience, and once it got rolling it had some great stuff.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Reboot

    by adml_shake

    Didn't start getting good until party way through the second season. When the threat of The Web came to mainframe. The third season was easily it's best. I was a pretty big fan of the show as a kid

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Early weakness = ABC

    by Geoduck42

    The early going was weaker because they were fighting a constant battle with the idiot censors at ABC; when the show and the network parted ways, it got immeasurably better.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    God this show is awesome. This and Beast Wars!

    by ndally

    These two shows were apart of my child hood. They air this on "teletoon retro" here in Canada(along with Batman:TAS, Real Ghostbusters, Looney Tunes, beetlejuice etc etc). This show was great all the way through. Good stuff can't wait. "Beast Wars!" In my opinion is the best rendition of transformers lore ever to grace the screen

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Where's my complete MIB: The Series DVDs?

    by davidwebb

    Better than Reboot and arguably better than MIB 2.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Tom Bosley R.I.P.

    by Dataset

    See ya Mr. C.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Extreme Ghostbusters gets no love for home video

    by ndally

    Loved that show. Very dark at some points but also very PC with the wheelchair bound guy(who actually was pretty funny). Get this show on DVD(besides in fucking australia) ASAP! make it so!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    This show may have been the worst cartoon EVER

    by atm216

    The headache inducing clunkiness made me change the channel even when commercials for this pile of shit came on. Also how the fuck do you guys still have jobs if this is the only COOL news you can come up with.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    YES!!!

    by Bang!_Your_Dead

    This might be the first cartoon show I actually buy on DVD. So many great Saturday Morning memories. This along with the X-men and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the best shows we had on Saturday mornings.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Death is back!

    by reddwarfcas

    R.I.P. Tom Bosley and "Boy" from the Tarzan movies (30's & 40's).

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    fuckin A

    by spidercoz

    about damn time! LOVE ReBoot, too bad it never got an ending

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Tom bosley

    by atm216

    I bet he died cause this crap cartoon.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    atm

    by spidercoz

    shovel it somewhere else, fucker

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Fantastic show

    by moorE12

    Not just one of those fond memory shows, but a real show with character development and a fantastic story arc.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    hey Shout! how bout putting out

    by rben

    Captain Power & the Soldiers of the Future while you're at it! now that was pretty cool.....

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    by atm216

    Dont cry because i made fun of your cartoon. Spidercoz. Just get back to your world of warcraft match and youll be ok.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    spidercoz and romance

    by atm216

    Spidercoz: "hey you wanna come watch old Reboot episodes? " Woman:"No" Tom bosley: fuck im dead

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Loved the animation but the story was lame.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • ...and do it back before the vast majority of the world knew what the hell "Evil Dead" was.<P>So that counts for something in my book. Plus, Megabyte was bad-ass.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Fong approves

    by Spacelab

    ...and nods, stroking his little beard that ends with a wheel! YESSS!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I want my "Bump In The Night" Complete Series DVD

    by Alkohal

    Saturday morning claymation at it's finest.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    atm216 your the biggest douche of the day

    by ndally

    And front runner for douche of the week(and it's only Tuesday). Ignorance must be bliss. Reboot was an amazing show for a cartoon created for kids. It was genius for the time(even having a spoof of James bond main title sequence in one episode, again a kids show) and holds up exceedingly well over the years. atm216 your a douche for not respecting the glory of this show. Dont like it? That's fine it means your probably a rube(always wanted to call someone a rube) but don't disrespect the god damn thing with your doucheness you douche. Go clean a vagina

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    You just blew my mind with the "Bump in the night" reference

    by ndally

    I've been trying to figure out the fucking name of that show for a long time and look at you coming here and blowing my mind. Gotta love a blast from the past

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    WHATS WITH HOLLYWOOD AND REBOOTS???

    by Johnno

    $&%^ YOU HOLLYWOOD!!! CAN'T YOU DO ANYTHING ORIGINAL ANYMORE??!!!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    ndally

    by Alkohal

    Glad I could bring you childhood back even if for just a second.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    ndally

    by prince_fufu

    Agreed. Reboot was awesome. I'm going to buy those dvds.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Youtube

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Alot of the episodes are on youtube if anyone wants a nostalgia kick.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    struck a nerve

    by atm216

    Ahahaha. Oh i can see you sitting in your swivel chairs watching reboot and drinking mtn dew code red. Your cats litter box ever so close. Fat nerd fingers grasping a half empty chip bag. Not a fucking female for miles.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    trying to boost your self-esteem, atm?

    by spidercoz

    denigrating people you've never seen, you're so clever, if people only understood just how awesome you, atm216, really are, you the new pope of awesometown, just rolling in the pussy, everyone should try to be more like you in regards to awesomeness, because you are, like, the taylor lautner of the talkbacks, men want to be you, women want to fuck you, and the goats, the goats, because you can not be any more...AWESOME

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    ahh, the internets

    by hatemphd

    ... Where a show can be the best thing ever or the worst thing ever in the same page. <p> also, don't feed the trolls. :p

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I need an "Angry Beavers" DVD collection

    by daggor

    Spoot!

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Only saw the 3rd season

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    which was indeed awesome. CG Bruce Campbell ftw. IM DEAD BY DAWN IM DEAD BY DAWN.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    You and me both, daggor.

    by Darkman

    Arguably one of the best things to come from Nickelodeon, if not *the* best.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Hey ATM

    by Gleemonex

    The 90s called and they want all your tired old 'nerd' stereotypes back. (I know because they called me first and they also want this 'the XX's called' joke back)

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Didn't only one season ever show in the US?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    I remember seeing an episode from a later season and thing "WTF with that?"

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I demand a live action Cat-Dog feature!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    It'll suck anyway, but why the fuck not, right?

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    That's right, it went from ABC to Nickelodeon, right?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    I didn't have Nickelodeon or even cable at the time, so I only saw the first season. Later, I saw some episodes from Season 3 or 4 while I was in the UK. I remember figuring out that Enzo had grown and was now the Guardian. The main thing I remember about the show was that Dot Matrix was pretty damn hot for a green-skinned, somewhat-badly-rendered computer animation with plastic hair.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    "Bump In The Night" Complete Series DVD Is OUT!

    by StrontiumDog

    It came out earlier this year from Shout! Factory. You can buy it at www.shoutfactorystore.com.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    The awesome

    by Mr Lucas

    voice talent of Tony Jay! Designs by 200AD's Brendan McCarthy and Ian Gibson. Oh happy days (not a Bosley reference, but sad to hear he's gone).

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    If this sells well, someone will greenlight a new ReBoot...

    by Johnno

    It'll be for the modern generation and will look like Tron: Legacy... we'll also get parodies of Halo and Mass Effect and maybe we'll get to see Enzo kick some live action kids ass while he's using Kinect... Anyone remember that episode with the Mortal Kombat spoof? Awesome stuff! I used to watch that Bump in the Night show too along with a bunch of other stuff...

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Where's my Thundarr, Herculoids and Orbots?

    by bonecrushersmith

    Reboot? Who ever heard of it?

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Reboot..coming to dvd?..cant wait!! good news

    by Acid_Frio

    This is amazing seeing how I grew up with this show. F..a.n..t..a..s..t..i...c. and Transformers: Beast Wars is a very good show...oh nostalgia.

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Tom Bosley dies, but some shitty CGI series gets a talkback?

    by TooSoon

    I'm done with AICN

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    3rd Season was great

    by Alientoast

    Evil Dead 2 homage, kid Enzo getting killed in the Mortal Kombat game and thus begining his exile, "Matrix" and Andraia grown up. Good times.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Reboot had a TON of pop culture references

    by happybunni

    Recently watched a bunch of episodes, and there was a loooot of dialogue I missed out on as a kid that I get now.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Reboot REBOOT

    by rguerr2

    Great news! I was always a fan. Been waiting for this for a while.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Tom Bosley just died. Obit now please.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    68 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Fucking SWEET.

    by Geomancer21

    Lol they could have done without spoiling the season 2 finale though, but dammit. I want it now.<BR><BR>I also think this release is in part to spark interest into reboot again to get the movie finally off the ground which they have been trying to do for years. (there is even a teaser trailer on rainmakers site.)

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    You are not a geek if you thought Reboot sucked

    by terry1978

    That was the show for every kid that was into action adventure, and at the same time had way too much knowledge of computers and gaming to boot. The later seasons got pretty grimdark, but the storylines that Bob Forward hooked up kept you hanging on.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    X-Files Episode

    by Bunnie

    Loved it. Also, what the hell did they do to this show, first seasons was good, s3 catered to horny teens.