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Transformers: The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

Orson Welles , Robert Stack , Nelson Shin    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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During the 1980s, one cartoon series ruled the airwaves... The Transformers. This paragon of consumerism was created with a dual purpose--to entertain and to galvanize children to buy the toys. Somewhere along the line, the show became a cult favorite, so in 1986 they fashioned an epic tale of good versus evil specifically for the big screen. The result looked vaguely like an animated remake of Star Wars. Who are the Transformers? The good guys are the Autobots: Optimus Prime, SoundWave, Jazz, Ultra Magnus, and many more. Their mortal enemies are the evil Decepticons, led by Megatron and StarScream. The Autobots must save their home planet from an evil entity known as Unicron (voiced by Orson Welles). At the same time, they must defend themselves from an all-out attack from the Decepticons. Along the way, lives are lost, battles are fought, and a new Autobot leader is born as another dies. The story and action never stop in a thrilling ride that often makes you forget that you're watching an '80s cartoon with inferior graphics. The violence will also come as a mild shock to those who haven't seen this film for a while--definitely a movie for the 8 and over audience. For those who grew up on this series, this is a movie that must be watched. Unlike cartoon serials before and after, The Transformers relied on solid stories and interesting characters, a manifesto the film itself upholds with gusto and grace while also being morally responsible. Don't underestimate this movie; there is definitely more to it than meets the eye. --Jeremy Storey

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best release of this film to date. Nov. 27 2006
Format:DVD
This is the third release of Transformers: The Movie on DVD, and it is the best that there is to find.

The original DVD release from Séville pictures, and it's successor released by Rhino Home Video have nothing on this.

First and foremost: This edition is released by Sony, so you know they weren't scrimping on the reproduction of the film. It's a high quality transfer, great sound.

If you're going to shell out money on a Transformers: The Movie DVD, this is the one to get. However, there are a few things you should know about it:

1.) The "bonus footage and deleted scenes" are a small collection of clips, mostly test shots and unfinished scenes, and they show the promotional trailer of the film which features alternate versions of a few scenes, and ones that were cut out of the film. However, you've got the captions over top of everything and a commentary track you can't turn off.

2.) The presentation of Scramble City, additionally has a commentary track you can't turn off, so the original Japanese audio is lost, and you've got some guy from the Transformers Collectors Club and one of the anal-retentive G-1 purists from [...] going on about the difference between Japanese and American Transformers (with obvious contempt and/or disdain.) Additionally there are no English subtitles. So if you want to watch a Transformers episode dubbed over by two guys who's opinions you don't care about explaining to you what's going on, on the screen, then this is for you. As for myself, I would have preferred if they kept the original audio track and had subtitles in English. That would have been a nice touch.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern animated classic May 11 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I grew up on the animated series "The Transformers". The animation back then is considered outdated by today's standards and the writing is relatively cheesy yet entertaining. And of course due to popularity, there had to be a Transformers movie. Here the animation is vastly superior than the original series. Unfortunately in the movie a lot of classic characters were killed off to introduce new characters. When I first saw this movie as a kid, I was thoroughly disappointed to see Optimus Prime killed off as well as Prowl, Ironhide, Rachet, Wheeljack, etc..etc... . Thankfully the dinobots remained intact (although where the heck was Snarl the stegosaurus in the movie?) as well as Bumblebee, Jazz, and Cliffjumper (the few classic characters that remained on board). Of course on the decepticon side, some of my favorite characters were changed: Skywarp, Thundercracker and the Insecticons, and even Starscream when Galvatron (i.e Megatron finally got his revenge). I was thoroughly impressed that the movie producers managed to get legendary actor Orson Welles to play the voice of the destructive planet/robot Unicron. Unlike the series, the movie takes a darker tone in the storyline by killing a good number of the original characters and intensifying the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, making the war more angst-ridden and filled with despair. And in the movie, the viewer sees a grown up Spike who has a son of his own. As far as new characters are concerned, I loved the introduction of new villains the Quintessans with their minions the Sharkticons. Again, I loved the improved animation in the movie. It adds a bit more depth to the characters themselves. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theatrical Re-release! Encore!! April 24 2002
Format:DVD
As something of an japanimation fan today, I went back to see this again. While it lacks the intense raw edge savagery and majic that are potent to newer MA shows like Outlaw Star, the sheer scale of the animation has seldom seen equal. I kid you not, some scenes are as intense today as those in Private Ryan. The robots are fed live into the evil of Unicron. I disagree with other commentators somewhat. The TV show and The Movie were spawn of different realms. I see the TF televised series as fitting with Justice League and Scooby Doo on afternoon TV. Kid stuff for when I was 8. But this movie belongs on every TF fan's shelf. It takes the energy of our imaginations then, and reminds us today of that world in a way we can understand now. I saw it in the theater, and its best enjoyed there! Something like the fun and fear of watching Army of Darkness... Unicron belongs on the BIG screen! Some movies, like TF and JP (Jurassic Park) aren't the same without the big screen. This movie was 20 years ahead of its audience! No one wanted to see heros die when we were 8! If you enjoy early anime - macross, gundams, or akira types especially - watching this rare gem from marvel comics animation, is as good as it gets. Go visit the friend with the HDTV set and surround sound, though! If you don't remember the transformers (do you even remember college after all those parties?!) the good guys have the red patch and the bad guys have the purple. 100% Classic! Support a theatrical re-release!! Oh yeah, cast included: Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Eric Idle (Monty Python), Casey Kasem, Scatman Crothers, and Orson Welles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is better then I though it would be
Already gave a review. Everything is better then I though it would be. Got here before due dates. Was I excepted to be. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Richard Gumbley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie to watch in high definition. Although this blu ray is a good one to watch, I enjoyed this anyhow.
Published 10 months ago by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - As advertised!
Great product. Highly recommeded. Prompt delivery. A bit pricey but hey, gotta make their money somehow huh? Awesome movie. Toally worth it
Published 17 months ago by Richard
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This item received was in good condition. The only thing I did not like was the price showed on the website. Read more
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Published on Jan. 13 2011 by autobotfan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animated movies of all-time and one of my favorites!!
I remember the scene when Stan Bush starts to sing "You got the touch, You got the power" when Optimus Prime transforms after saying Megatron must be stopped. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2007 by Vader
2.0 out of 5 stars showing its age...
ok..i'm a huge transformers fan, but all the re-mastering and extras in the world can't fix a bad movie. where to start...? Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2007 by David R. Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for any transformer fan.
This dvd has a ton of stuff plus even more in "easter eggs", basically everything you would want in a dvd for a very affoardable price. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2006 by djwerewolf
5.0 out of 5 stars One word AWSOME
I went to see this movie when I was a teen in the theaters. It was an awesome movie to see in the theaters. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of theTransformer's movies.
I went to see this movie when I was a teen in the theaters. It was an awesome movie to see in the theaters. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Joseph
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