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Transformers (Generation 1) DVD re-release!

Postby Shokara » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:52 pm

In case you've all been living under a rock, Paramount and Michael Bay will be rolling out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in movie theaters on June 24th. Riding on the hype for the upcoming sequel, TV nostalgia specialist group Shout! Factory is bringing the original Transformers cartoon series back on DVD starting this upcoming Tuesday the 16th. Although originally released on DVD in North America by Rhino, Rhino's DVD sets have been out of print for years due to their loss of rights to the show. On top of that, due to using pre-broadcast workprint film materials, Rhino's release contained many animation errors. They also added numerous new sound effects not present in the original version. Shout! Factory has gone back and restored the series' animation and audio to its original broadcast version. Season 1 will be available Tuesday, June 16th, with the rest of the season sets to follow later on along with a complete series box-set also to come. There's no retail release date yet for the complete series box, but you can pre-order it and have it received by July 13th directly from their website.

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Transforme ... lips/12101

http://transformerscollectorsset.com/
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Postby The Shadow » Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:27 pm

you can pre-order the complete series collector's set right now [as well as the GI Joe collector's set] through the second link you posted:

http://transformerscollectorsset.com/

Just click the pre-order button at the bottom of the page. Shout! went ahead and finished the DVDs for the entire series first, and are going to be selling them direct for awhile -- also anyone attending the San Diego Comic Con will be able to pick up the Collector's set.
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Postby Shokara » Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:54 pm

I know you can. That's why I posted it. :wink:

I stated already that you can pre-order it and have it received at your home by July 13th.
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Postby Dr Kain » Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:32 am

I'll pass for now. I own the DVDs Rhino released a few years ago and am quite happy with those. If the Matrix Series set comes to stores, I'll be more than happy to pick it up, but being that it is online and SDCC only right now, I just do not see the value in it.

GI Joe, on the other hand, is a must, as I missed out on the Rhino sets, but again, the SDCC/online thing is getting in the way, as I want the complete set.
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Postby mr.negativity » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:03 am

From TFW 2005:
Shout Factory Transformers Japanese Collection Released! Happy Holidays!
We've received a bit of Christmas news from Shout! Factory! They're sending out a special present to those who preordered the Transformers Japanese Collection - it's shipping out early, and some people are already receiving theirs! Originally scheduled to be released early next year, Shout! Factory has released the set early to those who preordered. This set includes Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory, three series that have never seen a US release until Shout! Factory brought them to the US. The set also includes a limited edition lithograph.

From SciFi Japan:
TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION on DVD January 10th

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – HEADMASTERS Debuts on Region 1 DVD


From Shout! Factory!:
Transformers: The Japanese Collection with Bonus Lithograph!

Early happy New Year 2012! Fans and collectors can finally bring home TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. This is the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular "Generation 1" animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this 13-DVD box set is fully loaded with over 42 hours of entertainment, including all episodes that originally aired from the three Japanese series — Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory — each with their original Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles, and an art gallery. Pre-order begins now!

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Headmasters -- Optimus Prime lives again, the energy of the Matrix has been released and peace reigns on Cybertron . . . but all that is about to change with the startling arrival of the newest breed of TRANSFORMERS warriors.

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Super-God Masterforce -- Following their victory over the DESTRONS (a/k/a DECEPTICONS) at the end of Headmasters, the CYBERTRONS (AUTOBOTS) depart Earth, leaving behind only a small group to protect the planet from any future menace. But when the powerful DESTRONS return to an unsuspecting planet, the CYBERTRONS must come out of hiding to defend their human friends once again — only this time they’ll be unable to do it on their own!

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION – Victory -- Victory is the third and final installment of this Japanese trilogy— introduces four new factions to the TRANSFORMERS universe. Each group comes equipped with its own unique power and the ability to combine to form much larger, more powerful TRANSFORMERS, making each and every battle even more epic!
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:30 am

I still haven't bought the G1 set, but I want to pick it and the Japanese collection up.
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Postby kidnicky » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:51 am

Super God Masterforce is the sh--.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:12 am

kidnicky wrote:Super God Masterforce is the sh--.


This.

I love it so much. Headmasters is pretty much utter garbage, but it's a better than G1 Season 4.
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Re: Transformers (Generation 1) DVD re-release!

Postby Dai » Sun May 07, 2017 6:00 pm

When I was a kid, the only episodes of Transformers I had were on a VHS that edited together the Desertion of the Dinobots two-parter. I finally got around to picking up the season 2 DVD set that includes that story, and I'd forgotten how bonkers this show was. Spike's brain gets swapped into a hulking robotic Frankenstein monster because apparently it's easier to perform an operation on someone if their mind is in another body. The autobots drive from America to Africa. Whole reams of autobots are roll-called at once so kids know what to ask their parents to buy. And, of course, any scene with Grimlock is pure gold. "Me Grimlock demonstrate finesse... whatever that is." It's glorious.
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Re: Transformers (Generation 1) MYSTERIONS!

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Re: Transformers G1

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Re: Transformers 1986

Postby mr.negativity » Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:19 am

THR DECEMBER 23, 2018:
Before 'Bumblebee': A Look Back at 1986's 'Transformers' Animated Movie
Simon Abrams wrote:Is Bumblebee "the best Transformers movie ever?"

Some critics, including Collider's Scott Mantz and ScreenCrush's Matt Singer, think so. Others, like New York Times' Glenn Kenny, appreciate that Bumblebee is at least better than the last five Transformers films: Kenny begins his Bumblebee review by rhetorically asking, "Can a 'Transformers' movie be good? It turns out the answer is yes."

I tend to agree more with Vulture's Bilge Ebiri, who writes that "[Bumblebee's] action sequences, when they do come, are also fairly modest — the all-out, citywide destruction porn of the previous films is mostly a thing of the past — and cleanly, effectively handled." I particularly agree with Ebiri when he concludes that: "[At] a couple of points I found myself slightly missing the gonzo, go-for-broke bravado of those earlier pictures. That is perhaps the contradiction at the heart of Bumblebee: Its restraint feels like a necessary corrective to the earlier movies’ gargantuosity, but in the end, we’re all still here for the exploding, fighting robots."

I'd even got a step farther and say that Bumblebee doesn't play to the established spirit or strengths of the Transformers cartoons. I'm not a big fan of Michael Bay's Transformers films, but I was a huge fan of Transformers: Beast Wars when I was a preteen. I also loved checking out VHS tapes of the original Transformers cartoons from the Queens Library's Jamaica branch when I was even younger. So I'm totally down with the show and its flashy, silly sensationalism. So for me, Bumblebee is not the best Transformers movie, not by a long shot.

No, the best possible Transformers movie is still, in many ways, Transformers: The Movie, the theatrically released 1986 feature-length cartoon that pitted the Autobots and the Decepitcons (and the Junkions and the Dinobots) against Orson Welles' world-devouring Unicron. I hasten to add that Transformers: The Movie is also, in many other ways, the worst possible Transformers movie. Or one of the worst (I really, really don't like the Bay Transformers films).

OK, let me explain before you sucker-punch me through the Internet. Transformers: The Movie is a molten-hot mess. Its plot is barely coherent, as many critics and fans have known for decades now. I mean, I basically know what I mean when I refer to "The Matrix," the life-giving whatsit that the Autobots' square-jawed leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) asks his loyal second-in-command Ultra Magnus (Robert Stack) to protect and therefore keep away from the evil Decepticons boss Megatron (Frank Welker), the latter of whom is swiftly transformed (by Unicron) into a flashier, more powerful villain named Galvatron. But really, all the Wiki-synopsizing in the world can't make that brief plot description any less weird or messy.

Because Transformers: The Movie is a weird and messy movie. I mean, just look at its insane voice cast: Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Stack, Lionel Stander and Welles are just the tip of this dada-looking iceberg (they also happen to be the film's most famous performers)! Transformers: The Movie is simultaneously too much and too little movie. It's got goofy-looking dinosaur robots delivering really bad one-liners, like when the lovably stupid Dinobot Grimlock (Gregg Berger) exclaims "Me, Grimlock, say you full of cesium salami!" Transformers: The Movie also features a scene where old-timer Autobot Kup (Stander) teaches youngster Hot Rod (Nelson) how to communicate with foreign-language-speaking robots, including the whimsical Junkion leader Wreck-Gar (Idle), using the "universal greeting" of "Baa weep grahna weep ninny bong." And how about when Grimlock shouts, "Me, Grimlock, no bozo! Me king!" (pretty much any Grimlock line is hilariously strange).

And don't get me started on the illogical nature of the film's weirder set pieces and plot points, like the way that Megatron guns down Optimus Prime early on in the film...but then Prime doesn't come back until the movie's almost over? Or how about the completely out-of-nowhere mini-side plot involving the sadistic three-faced Quintesson (Roger C. Carmel), who arbitrarily sentences hapless robots to death by throwing them into his vast Sharkticon(!!)-filled water tank? Or pretty much anything involving the Junkions or Unicron? Or that weird exoskeleton space-suit worn by giddy human kid/audience surrogate Daniel Witwicky (Daniel Mendenhall), the one that he only uses to transform into a car one (1) time. So much of Transformers: The Movie barely makes sense, probably because it was (at the time) a big-budget commercial for robot figurines, just like the original mid-'80s cartoon before it.

But here's the thing: Transformers: the Movie is also pretty decent, as far as big-budget commercial for robot figurines go. Why would you expect or want a movie whose main source of excitement and spectacle is a bunch of talking robots cracking wise before and after they turn into dinosaurs, insects, guns, cars, and even a matching cassette tape and boombox? Why would you want to trade well-lit, lavishly illustrated scenes of animated robo-carnage for dark, overedited scenes of relatively tame computer-generated robo-tussling? Or, to put it another way: why settle for a few minutes of competent but uninspired robot violence and a bunch of lackluster human drama when you could be watching a movie featuring crazy, nonstop action scenes that are basically Busby Berkeley-levels of opulent? I know this is a personal preference, because I don't think I can truthfully say that either Bumblebee or Transformers: The Movie is a good movie. But I also know which movie I think is the best Transformers movie to date, and it ain't the one that's in theaters now.
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Re: Transformers (Generation 1) DVD re-release!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:57 am

Frustrating when adults with little to zero perspective do a review for a film they have little to no attachment to. yeah you can boil it all down and say it is am 80 minute toy commercial. But you can also say it is a marvel in excellence in animation, a bold story that wasn't afraid to kill of its heroes, and build up new ones, with an amazing voice cast, and amazing musical score (and I'm not talking about all the 80's rock tunes, however those are great too) 8) .

Of course TF:TM is the best Transformers movie to date, because it's the only theatrical one dedicated to THE TRANSFORMERS. There was also a direct to home media film about 5 years ago, which was basically just an addendum to the Prime series called "Predacons Rising" which is also really great, but if you haven't seen the Prime TV series it will make little sense.
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