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Transformers: The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden, Jack Angel
  • Directors: Nelson Shin
  • Writers: Ron Friedman
  • Producers: Nelson Shin, Jay Bacal, Jules Bacal, Lee Gunther, Margaret Loesch
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Release Date: Nov. 7 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,760 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Peron on 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 By Erica Anderson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sesquiltera on March 13 2004
Format: DVD
As a child I was obsessed with the transformers, together with about 40 million other boys of my age. This whole concept of a vehicle that could transform into a humanoid form, wich not only had a deep character but also a form of spirituality, is very mind stimulating.
Transformers The Movie is a modern myth, like Star Wars, only Star Wars is very limited in comparison to the Transformers. Like all good myths this movie has certain universal themes, the latter I shall describe below:
- The battle between good and evil (Autobots vs Decepticons)
- That wich transcends and unites good and evil (the infinte danger of Unicron that would wipe out all existence).
- A secret power from within, a spiritual essence (the Autobotmatrix).
- The transcendence of the hero (HotRod becoming Rhodimus Prime).
- The transcendence of the villain (Megatron becoming Galvatron).
- The exploration of an unknown realm (Cup and HotRod visiting Quintessa).
- The victory over the subconciouss mind (when Cup and HotRod are thrown into the Sharkticon pool they even go deeper, and drive in circles, thus creating a vortex wich throws the water out giving them free game to battle the Sharkticons).
- True comradry and friendship (well, this is just all over the movie).
- The rise and fall of pride (Starscream's coronation).
These are just a few wich are displayed but I think you have to watch the movie and decide for yourself. I rate this movie five stars because it is such a wonderfull myth (but a myth wich is greatly animated and highly entertaining and has fantastic music). And yes, maybe there are a few flaws like Starscream losing his foot and two seconds later there's nothing wrong with him and yes I would like to see some Unicron history but these are all details.
Till all are One.......
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