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on November 25, 2003
Well Rhino finally made a Transformers DVD set where you can listen to the original audio instead of there 5.1 dolby digital! You should buy this Transformers season 3 part 1 DVD set just for that! I personally am not a big fan of Rhino's work on these Transformers DVD Sets with there digital remastering making the colors very bright and transformers painted wrong colors! If that does not make you MAD then there 5.1 dolby digital will! I don't know why they could not have just left the original episodes alone and just put them on DVD?? We as Transformers fans should not let this company trash our beloved cartoon. after the job they did on the season 1 dvd box set, season 2 was not bad just the 5.1 dolby digital kind of ruined it. But it looks like fans have spoken! they finally have the option to listen to the original audio! Now if only they had another option where you could watch the original broadcast instead of there remastering process we might have something. Season 3 was one of my favorites more darker theme and kind of got away from the silly stuff from season 2. I give this set 5 Stars just because of the audio option and I like this set over the others! Buy it! Maybe if enough people speak up they will finally make these the way they should be.
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on November 13, 2003
Season 3 of the Transformers was filled with space battles and power struggles, not seen in the previous two seasons. In season 1 and season 2, the Autobots have an unquestioned leader (Optimus Prime), while there is leadership struggles withing the Decepticon ranks (Starscream vs Megatron). In season 3, the roles among the factions have been reversed. The Decepticons now have an unquestioned leader (Galvatron), while the Autobots have a leader who struggles with his own desire to lead (Rodimus Prime).
Themes of choices, birth, death, spirituality, true calling, teamwork, and life's meaning are introduced in this season. Although the writing in this season is fairly good, some storylines are in conflict with eachother. The animation and restoration efforts are pretty good, even though there are a few errors, and the "Original Broadcast Audio" on the DVD sounds great!
I highly recommend Season 3 Part 1, and I am already looking forward to Season 3 Part 2 & Season 4. If you want to see the true heart and soul of the Transformers at their finest, this is the DVD for you.
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on October 25, 2003
I don't know just what it is, but I love this season. Maybe it's Galvatron's craziness. "No, it's music, the anthem of agony, and the symphony of destruction!" Maybe it's watching Rodimus's carefree attitude as a leader. "Just once, can't your attitude reflect the gravity of the situation," asked Magnus. "Not if I can help it!" replied Rodimus. It could be the wrecklessness of Grimlock, the fearless and sarcastic Springer, or the best Autobot never to get a toy (Arcee). Admittedly this season has some horrible episodes. (The Killing Jar and Surprise Party come to mind) There are also some very good ones. I love Five Faces of Darkness, Dark Awakening and Forever is A Long Time Coming are good. My personal favorite in this set is probably Webworld. Here you are shown the true extent of Galvatron's madness. I just love the background music that plays as Galvatron seeks to destroy the planets core. This particular score becomes very prominent in the second half of season 3. They play it during the climactic moments and it really seems to enhance and add excitement to the show.
Do yourself a huge favor and pick this up today! It doesn't quite offer the nostalgia of the first two seasons (which are also well worth owning) but it has a charm and a uniqueness all its own. With appearances from favorites as Optimus Prime, Jazz, Bumblebee, and Starscream, you really can't go wrong. Also if anyone would like to see any of the Japanese Transformers series in a boxset, visit Rhino's website and click on the Transformers link to access the poll. If enough of us vote for it, then maybe we will get it!
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on October 19, 2003
The Third Season was a great improvement in the Transformers Storyline. The maturity of the writers can be seen. Which create more interesting plots for each episode. You see that "The Matrix" had many similar issuess to the The Transformers. I guest you could also say the Transformers borrow some ideas from "Macross". In Season I & II most of the plots were based on the Decepticon stealing energy and the Autobot coming in to save the day. Now there is a continuous plot from episode to episode. The history of the Autobot and Decepticon can be seen in the Five-faces of Darkness. Issues about insanity, betrayal counter motives, and love are elements in the plot. The settings and the environments are now more diverse with a lot of science fiction that is enjoyable rather then the isolated baron setting of the desert and power plant. The storyline is impelling, since it moves very fast. More new characters are added. We can see stronger character development. The Autobot are actual stronger now then before with Sky Lynx, Ultra Magnus, and Broadside tipping the scale. Grimlock is as funny as a stupid Barney. The annoying weakling Bumblebee and Spike are less of a factor, but there is Spike's son. Galvatron is more powerful the Megatron, but his rashness holds the Deception back from triumph. The image quality is better then the first two seasons, but not even close to the Transformers the Movies. There are cell errors, where an Aerialbot is in a Decepticon attack group and some small glitches. What I am disappointed about this DVD is it is only 2 full DVDs and 2 episodes on the 3rd. Other DVD collections in the series are at least 3.5 DVD long. Some episodes actually are shorter so they added a small 2-4 min. summary at the end. Inferno and many characters from second season are gone. If you are a true Transformers fan you will get it regardless of what people say. If you are a casual fan the First season is the first to get, since a lot is going on in this season that might throw you off.
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on October 17, 2003
Thanks in part to the notorious death count in Transformers: The Movie (among other things), The Transformers' third season was met with a resounding thud by children of the '80s. However, time and wisdom have revealed that the third season was, in fact, one of the best written years of animation in recent history, with episodes like "The Killing Jar", "Webworld", "The Big Broadcast of 2006", "Only Human", and "The Face of Nijika" tackling some advanced themes, and excellently, at that.
The problem is, Season 3 was a problematic year to produce. Scatman Crothers (the voice of Jazz) died before the year began, and Casey Kasem and Don Messick left (the former because of his displeasure with the country of Carbombya and it's leader, Abdul Fakhaddi, a rip on some of the Middle Eastern rulers of the time). Roger C. Carmel (voice of Cyclonus, Motormaster, Bruticus, and others) would die before "The Return of Optimus Prime" was recorded. And, thanks to the stretched resources at Sunbow (with a season of Jem, a season of G.I. Joe, The Inhumanoids, and G.I. Joe: The Movie all in production), the re-take budget dwindled to zero, and results were rushed (with The Transformers succumbing to a glaringly inconsistent look in its third year).
In typical Rhino fashion, the episodes have been given a total overhaul, looking and sounding better than ever (except the recaps, which are unrestored). Extras are a bit light this time around, with the obligatory look at the most recent Botcon, as well as three of the trailers from Season 3, and 5 PSAs that I totally don't remember (and play exactly like the famous G.I. Joe PSAs). However, there are some anomalies: The episode-specific opening for "Five Faces of Darkness" is only present at the start of Parts III and V, and is noticeably unrestored. Also unrestored is the Marvel/Sunbow logo at the end of each episode. Additionally, "Dark Awakening" ends with the tacked-on narration that was used to hype "The Return of Optimus Prime" when it premeired in February of 1987. As with past sets, there are a couple of re-takes not properly inserted, but overall, the episodes are as aired. And, as others have complained, the order is not the one posted on the TF websites-it's the correct order as dictated by series continuity. Finally, the master for "Thief in the Night" seems to have been seriously damaged, as there are heavy streaks throughout (and therefore pretty much impossible to restore).
Despite these complaints, this set is another excellent effort for Rhino, and is not to be missed by Transformers fans.
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on October 16, 2003
Transformers Season Three! I love both G.I. Joe and Transformers. This was and still is an excellent show. Every DVD Set of Transformers so far have been SWEET! This one could be better, though. The things I would improve are:1.Put them in order, they had all of the other seasons in oder, why not this one? 2. Put the episodes on FOUR discs. 3. What's w/ the PSAs, I don't think they were ever on before, are they trying to copy G.I. Joe? It's really cool without those. Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Kup, Arcee, Blurr, Springer,Sky Lynx Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge are just some of the awesome characters that were introduced in Season Three. The episodes should be:
1. Five Faces of Darkness Parts 1-5
2. The Killing Jar
3. Chaos
4.Dark Awakening
5. Forever is a Long Time Coming
6. Starscream's Ghost
7. Thief in the Night
8. Surprise Party
9. Madman's Paradise
10.Nightmare Planet
11. Ghost in the Machine (very nice episode:D)
12.Webworld. PLEASE try and redo it, and if possible, release both sets at the same time. They're the last Orginal Transformers Cartoon. Part Two should have: Carnage in C-Minor-The Burden Hardest to Bear, and The Return of Optimus Prime, and Rebirth. I also want G.I. Joe on DVD in time for the holidays. Yo Joe! Transform and Roll Out!
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on October 16, 2003
Well, it's here-the season 3 boxset. I'll just start by getting the gripes out of the way: (1)The episodes seem to be in no particular chronological order. With the exception of Five Faces Of Darkness (The very first S3 episodes), Rhino seemed to be not very concerned about trying to get these in order- It appears they just went by the production and episode numbers, which I think is also why you have episode numbers like 102 and 106, when the original series only had 98 episodes in it, and when the series was on television they ran the episodes out of order as well, so I think this is why they are like this on the box set. (2) Picture Quality and Animation Errors- Some people have complained about the picture quality of the S3 DVD's. I don't think it's that bad-definitely better than the old VHS copies I've seen. Possibly Rhino really dropped the ball on this one, or the S3 master tapes were really that messed up, that this is all they could do, and 98% of the animation errors in this season I distinctly remember from when the series aired on TV, and I think Rhino may have actually fixed some of them, like no Thundercracker or Shockwave showing up, just their designs with different colors. (3) The episode 'Dark Awakening' showing up on this boxset. It annoys me as well, but see gripe #1 for why this is.
Now, for the part I really want to get to: This boxset is great! S3 had some really good storylines/plots! There are a few episodes that didn't-'Surprise Party', 'Madman's Paradise' and 'Carnage In C-Minor'. Aside from these, the other episodes build the characters of Rodimus Prime, Galvatron, Kup, Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus, and many others but also, we start to get into the history of the Transformers and their roots ('The Five Faces of Darkness', 'Forever Is A Long Time Coming'). I always admired this season for making it different from the first two, like watching Galvatrons' descent into his own insanity and Rodimus Primes' struggle with being thrust suddenly into a position and responsiblity that he was not ready to handle. even the bad episodes I mentioned earlier still have a certain charm to them-as terrible an episode as it is, I think 'Carnage In C-Minor' is absolutely hilarious and should not be taken seriously into the TF continuity whatsoever.
So, with this being said, I'll give this Box Set 5 stars-even with the mixed quality of animation, a few poor storylines and animation errors aplenty, the good storylines that came from this season make up for it, and to have it on DVD and not old VHS transfers to CD-ROMS is absolutely fantastic! I can't wait for part 2. A must have for anyone who is a TF fan.
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on October 16, 2003
Well, it's here-the season 3 boxset. I'll just start by getting the gripes out of the way: (1)The episodes seem to be in no particular chronological order. With the exception of Five Faces Of Darkness (The very first S3 episodes), Rhino seemed to be not very concerned about trying to get these in order- It appears they just went by the production and episode numbers, which I think is also why you have episode numbers like 102 and 106, when the original series only had 98 episodes in it, and when the series was on television they ran the episodes out of order as well, so I think this is why they are like this on the box set. (2) Picture Quality and Animation Errors- Some people have complained about the picture quality of the S3 DVD's. I don't think it's that bad-definitely better than the old VHS copies I've seen. Possibly Rhino really dropped the ball on this one, or the S3 master tapes were really that messed up, that this is all they could do, and 98% of the animation errors in this season I distinctly remember from when the series aired on TV, and I think Rhino may have actually fixed some of them, like no Thundercracker or Shockwave showing up, just their designs with different colors. (3) The episode 'Dark Awakening' showing up on this boxset. It annoys me as well, but see gripe #1 for why this is.
Now, for the part I really want to get to: This boxset is great! S3 had some really good storylines/plots! There are a few episodes that didn't-'Surprise Party', 'Madman's Paradise' and 'Carnage In C-Minor'. Aside from these, the other episodes build the characters of Rodimus Prime, Galvatron, Kup, Ultra Magnus, Cyclonus, and many others but also, we start to get into the history of the Transformers and their roots ('The Five Faces of Darkness', 'Forever Is A Long Time Coming'). I always admired this season for making it different from the first two, like watching Galvatrons' descent into his own insanity and Rodimus Primes' struggle with being thrust suddenly into a position and responsiblity that he was not ready to handle. even the bad episodes I mentioned earlier still have a certain charm to them-as terrible an episode as it is, I think 'Carnage In C-Minor' is absolutely hilarious and should not be taken seriously into the TF continuity whatsoever.
So, with this being said, I'll give this Box Set 5 stars-even with the mixed quality of animation, a few poor storylines and animation errors aplenty, the good storylines that came from this season make up for it, and to have it on DVD and not old VHS transfers to CD-ROMS is absolutely fantastic! I can't wait for part 2. A must have for anyone who is a TF fan.
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on October 8, 2003
Hi ;)
I got to know TF from the beginning on via cable TV. A British TV station called Sky Channel had it in its program.
It's the "fault" of TF that I got to learn English long before I started to learn it in school ;)
I watched all episodes weaponed with a dictionnary and tried to translate what was possible.
When Season 3 started I was amazed just by the intro. What a huge head flying around there! In Germany TF The Movie was never shown; German cinemas and TV stations are a bit stupid sometimes, the series started with season 1 in the early 90s, a VERY BAD DUB!!!; so I didn't know Unicron.
TF The Movie was my first DVD order from the US and, as I expected, amazed me more than meets the eye :-)
I have already bought the complete first and second season, now I wait for season 3. Ordered that together with BeastWars season 1.
A pitty that the Japanese TF seasons are not dubbed yet, so they have a real 4th season and much, much more. You can order TF:Takara via amazon.co.uk, also very bad dubbed from Japanese to British english in a british style military sound. But that makes it funny somehow.
Really "Return of OP" was interesting after seeing him extremely damaged flying into that explosives in Dark Awakening.
They should have styled the Return... in a different way, but I guess, they just reacted on customers wishes to get OP back.
Buy all the seasons available, look forward so Rhino might eventuelly and hopefully dub the Japanese seasons too.
Live Transformers or never live prosper!
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on October 6, 2003
Well, it finally made it.
The third and final season of Transformers has been placed on those shiny lil' discs for all to enjoy. I have to admit its a good season, at least as good if not better than the first two. Season three has a much more grown up feel to it. Its darker, and has a bit more grit to some of the tales contained there in.
Its set a full 19 years or so after then end of season two, and just after the end of the moive. Most of the charcters from the frist two instalments are litterally dead and gone and a new gerneration has stepped up to take thier place. Its a passing of the torch, so to speak. New characters take the place of the old, most of them would be considered young and inexperianced if they were people, which of course makes it that much more facinating to watch. The most important addition to the new cast is ofcourse Rodimus Prime, who for all the flack some of the fans give the poor character, Actually was as good of a charcter as Optimus and was a personal favorite of mine.
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Also if the remastering on this set is as good as it has been on the movie and the other three sets then it will be something the fans out there will truly love.
Over all i was impressed and Cant wait for the next part.
Hope you enjoy it as much as me.
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