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It’s hard to believe but thirty years ago this year The Transformers: The Movie made its big screen debut. The movie, which was essentially just a way for Hasbro to eliminate its original Transformers toy line and pave the way for a new line of bots, didn’t do too well in its original run. However, it is gone on to become a cult favorite among the franchise’s fans in the decades since. Now thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios Transformers fans can own the movie for themselves in its new 30th Anniversary edition. There is a lot for fans to appreciate about the movie’s new release, beginning with its story. That will be discussed shortly. The bonus material that is included in the movie’s new 30th anniversary edition presentation is another of the positives to note in its presentation. The various platforms on which the movie is available is just as notable but hardly least of note. One could also make note of the cast’s acting, the movie’s artwork, and much more in considering its overall presentation. All things considered, the new 30th Anniversary edition of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to any true Transformers fan’s movie library.
Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios re-issued the classic animated movie The Transformers: The Movie this week in a brand new 30th Anniversary Edition. The new re-issue is a presentation that will be welcome in any true Transformers fan’s movie library. That is especially the case for fans that perhaps don’t already own the movie in its previous releases. Its story is one of the reasons that audiences will enjoy it. The story centers on the battle for control of Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons. As is discussed in the movie’s bonus features, the purpose of the story was essentially a way to eliminate Hasbro’s original Transformers toy line and introduce a new line of toys. Even with that in mind, and the fact that the movie bears little to no connection to the Transformers TV series, the story is still interesting. It eventually sees both the Decepticons and Autobots having to face the ultimate evil in Unicron, the planet devouring Transformer. If that sounds familiar, it should. Marvel Productions played a role in the movie’s creation. Marvel Productions was the film branch of Marvel Entertainment Group, the parent group to Marvel Comics. Fantastic Four is one of Marvel Comics’ titles. For those who might not know, the Fantastic Four faced a similar villain in its original comics storyline named Galactus. Galactus had a herald called The Silver Surfer who would hunt out new worlds for him to devour. In the case of The Transformers Movie Galactus and The Silver Surfer were replaced with Unicron and Galvatron (Megatron reborn, so to speak). What all of this means to say is that the story isn’t exactly original per se when one really analyzes all of the facts. But it is still a fun story nonetheless, especially since it created new worlds within the Transformers universe as well as new characters. To that end, the story is still an important part of the movie’s overall presentation. It is just one of the movie’s key elements to note. The bonus material that is included in the movie’s 30th Anniversary Edition is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the movie’s central story.
The story at the center of The Transformers: The Movie is clearly an important piece of the movie’s presentation. Considering all of the facts, it is not exactly an original story, as has been noted already. But it is original within the Transformers universe. To that end, it is just one of the movie’s key elements. The bonus material that has been included in the movie’s new 30th Anniversary Edition presentation is just as important to note as its story. The movie’s new 30th Anniversary Edition comes with some bonus material that despite originally having been recorded for the movie’s 20th anniversary in 2006, is still interesting for those who might have not seen it before. That is clear both in the discussions themselves and in posters sitting behind star Susan Blu, who voiced Arcee for the movie. Audiences get to hear from Blu as well as cast mates Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), and others. Audiences learn some interesting tidbits through the discussions provided through the bonus interviews including the revelation that when Orson Wells recorded his lines for Unicron, no one was allowed to be in the booth with him. It is revealed here that Wells demanded to be alone when he recorded his lines. That is just one of the more interesting revelations that are made through the bonus interviews. The cast and crew also reveal that the movie got less than a warm welcome by fans when it killed off Optimus Prime.
One of the cast members reveals in the discussion on this topic that one young viewer was so devoted to the Transformers franchise that after Optimus was killed off in the movie, that unnamed viewer allegedly locked himself in his room for two weeks straight, mourning for the loss. That viewer’s reaction wasn’t the only negative reaction. The reaction was so negative in fact, that the creative forces behind the G.I. Joe Movie, which was released not too long after The Transformers: The Movie, made sure that Duke survived just to avoid the same negative reaction from audiences. As if that isn’t enough for viewers, it is also revealed that the foul language included in the movie’s original presentation is also included here, thus providing the movie’s “PG” rating. One of the instances in which that language is presented comes as Spike and Bumblebee are trying to escape the Autobots’ moon base 2. Spike drops an “S”-bomb in that moment. There is also a moment later in which another character drops the “D” bomb. They are the only times throughout the movie in which any foul language is used. But those instances combine with the movie’s themes of death and its violent content to clearly show why the movie received a “PG” rating in its original presentation. The revelation about the use of that language and its inclusion here is just one more of so many examples of what makes the movie’s bonus material so enjoyable in its new re-issue, even if said material isn’t original. Keeping all of this in mind, the bonus material that is included with the new 30th Anniversary edition of The Transformers: The Movie proves in the end to be. Again, just as important to the movie’s presentation as its story. It is still hardly the last of the movie’s most important elements. The various platforms on which it is available are just as important to note as its bonus material and its story.
The story at the center of The Transformers: The Movie and its bonus material are both key elements in the movie’s new 30th Anniversary Edition. The story, while not exactly original, stands apart from the series and the bonus material is enlightening and entertaining for audiences that might not have seen it before. It provides quite a bit of extra insight into the movie, and in turn appreciation for the movie, too. For all of the value that each element brings to the movie’s presentation, there are still plenty of other elements to note including the various platforms on which the movie has been made available in its new re-issue. It has been made available on DVD, Blu-ray, and special edition steelbook. For the sake of this review, movie’s Blu-ray re-issue will receive the attention. The Blu-ray re-issue presents the movie in both letterbox and full screen. It also includes a code for a digital download of the movie so that audiences can take the movie with them everywhere that they go. The movie’s availability on Blu-ray for this presentation also marks the first time that the movie has ever been available on said format. It is also the first time that it has been made available on a digital platform, too. To that end, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have covered al of their bases in presenting the movie in its expansive Blu-ray presentation as well as its DVD and steelbook presentation. It allows audiences across the board to be able to enjoy the movie regardless of whether they have a Blu-ray player or a DVD player. When this positive is set against the movie’s central story and its new bonus material, all three elements join together to show clearly why The Transformers: The Movie is welcome in the home library of any Transformers fan’s home library in its new 30th Anniversary re-issues.
Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios’ new 30th Anniversary re-issue of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to the home library of any of the franchise’s true hardcore fans. That is evident in the movie’s story, which holds its own against the franchise’s TV installments. It may not exactly be an original story, considering Marvel Productions’ role in its creation. But it is still a story that holds its own. The bonus material that is included in the movie’s new re-issue adds even more entertainment and appreciation to the movie’s presentation. The various platforms on which it is available in its new re-issue are—collectively speaking—just as important to its presentation here as its story and its bonus material. These elements, as important as they are to the movie’s presentation, are hardly the movie’s only key elements. The movie’s artwork, its soundtrack, and so many other elements can be noted just as easily as the elements discussed here. All things considered, the new 30th Anniversary Edition of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to the library of any true hardcore Transformers fan’s movie library. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct online via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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