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The Transformers - The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition) (1986)

Norman Alden , Jack Angel , Nelson Shin  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Norman Alden, Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Gregg Berger, Lionel Stander
  • Directors: Nelson Shin
  • Writers: Ron Friedman
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (724 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SY5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Transformers - The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Sneak Peek at the 2007 live action movie including trailer and Spielberg/Bay Interviews
  • Multiple Audio Commentaries
  • All-new, exclusive interviews with key creative talent
  • Original toy commercials, Deleted Footage, test footage, storyboards, and  trailers
  • Episode from the original series with commentary
  • DVD-Rom Interactive Game

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The 2007 live-action Transformers feature isn't the first time the massively popular line of robot action figures invaded theaters; back in 1986, a full-length animated adventure set adolescent boys' hearts racing (for better or worse) with its action-packed storyline and cliffhanger ending, and now Transformers – The Movie arrives on DVD in a deluxe two-disc set that's bursting at the seams with supplemental features. The premise pits the valiant Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, against their nemeses the Decepticons, which find an ally in the colossal, planet-devouring Unicron (voiced by Orson Welles in one of his final roles), which seeks to consume the Autobots' Matrix of Leadership and conquer the universe for its own. Parents of very small children may find the violence here a little strong, and the demise of several characters (including one main figure in the Transformers pantheon) may rub viewers the wrong way (as it did during the film's theatrical release), but the action is frequently spectacular, and the story itself is fast-paced enough to keep any 21st century kid audiences distracted from the somewhat outdated animation style. The Transformers DVD set presents the film in two formats for viewing – full-screen and widescreen – on two separate discs, each with their own set of extras. Commentary by director Nelson Shin, story editor Flint Dillie, and voice actress Sue Blue (who voiced Arcee) dominates the first disc, but viewers can also check out extremely detailed commentary by a pair of expert fans, or enjoy the film with the "Autobox Matrix of Knowledge" (a text-only track that provides information and trivia). The "Scramble City" episode of the original TV series, which never aired in the United States, is also included her (with fan commentary), along with the original trailer and TV spots for the film, and a sneak preview of the 2007 live action film, which includes interviews with producer Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay. The second disc is the real treasure trove for fans, with three making-of featurettes that cover all aspects of the film, from voice-over talent (which included Leonard Nimoy and Robert Stack) to favorite characters, with Shin, Dillie, Blu, and producers Joe Bacal and Tom Griffin weighing in with opinions. Deleted and alternate footage featured in the pre-release trailer is highlighted and given its own commentary track, and a battery of American and Japanese TV commercials for the toy line are also included. Finally, DVD-ROM owners can enjoy a trivia game and a link to exclusive online content. -- Paul Gaita

Product Description

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 favor

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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet describes this trip back to childhood January 6, 2001
No doubt hidden in the 271 reviews that precedes my own you will find many of my ideas and thoughts about this movie. No matter, I still feel obligated to share what this movie meant and continues to mean to me. To begin, credit must be given to the composer and artist of this film. While, although sometimes a bit cheesy (ie. that same choo-choo-train sewer music playing whenever unicron appeares, which is borrowed from from ROCKY IV), the music does energize the film at times and makes for a great soundrack. Next, despite what some others have said, the animation for this film was great for its time. I mean, who could ever forget that scene when Optimus decides, "Megatron must be stopped--no matter what the cost," and leaps into action blasting away. That's the stuff great memories are made of. Conversely, however, the plot of this movie made perfect sense when I was ten years old, but now seems a bit weak. But what can you expect? After all, it IS--or WAS--a childrens cartoon. More than anything I think this film represents the end of an era. While kids still have vivid imaginations and continue to love cartoons, I wonder if they will obsess over them (running home from school to make sure you didn't miss a minute) like we did. In these days of powerfull computers, DVDs, and Wallmart(hehe), I don't know if things will ever be the same. Bottom line, I love this movie not only for what it is( a childrens cartoon), but for what we made it( a legend that defines a generation). Autobots, transform and roll out.
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144 of 163 people found the following review helpful
This is the release of the Transformers animated motion picture in celebration of it's 20th anniversary as well as a prelude to the release of the Transformers Live action motion picture that will be released in 2007. Let us take a look at the details of this dvd release which will help buyers in making the choice as to whether or not to make this film part of their dvd library.

Firstly, this dvd is released by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, as therefore those who might be expecting a dvd release of the animated film together with the live action film later in 2007 will be sorely disappointed as the property doesn't belong to the same distributor.

Secondly, this dvd release is a 2 disc release featuring three versions of the feature film, commentary tracks and interviews, a sneak peak at the live-action movie.

A breakdown of the dvd details are as follows :

*Brilliantly remastered and color-corrected

*16x9 widescreen presentation, which has not been seen anywhere since the movie was in theatres twenty years ago

*Full screen edition as well

*Commentary tracks

*Interviews with director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and voice actress Susan Blu

*Autobot Matrix of Knowledge Presentation: Truly showcasing the pop culture phenomenon that is The Transformers, Sony BMG has created a special version of the film for the DVD release.

*The `Autobot Matrix of Knowledge' will feature trivia and fun facts about the movie itself, the Transformers brand, and the pop culture references in which Transformers has been spoofed/tributed. Approximately one hundred fun facts will show up on screen throughout the movie.
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127 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the original MATRIX April 5, 2000
TransFormers: the Movie. Mmm. Real good treat. I cannot explain howmuch I love this film, but it's simply the best. Infinitly superior to any other children's flick ever; there's action, guns, explosions, adventure, lots of death (although not all good), a good sci-fi script that makes sense (ish), sexiness (Arcee, oooh), the best hand drawn animation that makes Disney look like a Sunday supplement failed comic book artist, A Monty Python geeza (Eric Idle, probably needed the money), arguably the best actor of the 20th C amongst the cast, Spock, a very good soundtrack considering it was the 80s, the original Matrix (of Autobot leadership), good jokes, and the single most tear-jerking scene in cinema history that even on its current 65th watch reduces me to big-man blubber. The nostalgia element's important too, of course. Count how many times you come out in goose-pimples. So really, it is probably THE best film ever. The most important episode in the TransFormers saga/legend/thing. All this praise and the damned thing's still not out on DVD. Que? Make no sense to me. Let them roll-out now and light our darkest hour!
One for the old die-hard fans, those who watched it when they were young, and for those who are only just understanding the brilliance of 'robots in disguise' via Beast Wars it equals an entertaining history lesson. Don't watch it, however, if you're over 10 and have never experienced the thrill of the TransFormers, you may disappointed and if you do actually enjoy it that'll mean more harm than good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is historic because it was the first time a lead character was killed off in a cartoon series intended for kids. This resulted in 1000's of letters from angery parents and kids and led to a script rewrite for GIJoe the movie (another classic).
80's rock soundtrack really adds to the experiences, the movie stands fairly well on it's own, but will holds special meaning to long time fans of the series.
Cartoons have pretty much gone to hell these days, The Transformers was epic, the show only lasted four seasons (98 episodes), but it was complete in the end, with the final 3 episodes concluding the series with the bad guys defeated. This movie takes place somewhere in the middle of the series, it picks up about 13 years after the cartoon series left off (at the end of season two) in the year 2005, many new transformers are introduced, old characters are killed off, and the leadership roles are changed out for both good and bad. The seaons that followed continued on with the story and eventually was concluded due to a drop in ratings, the series continued on in Japan into the early 90's with three more seasons.
I wish Rhino would put this out on DVD, It would also be great if they would release a box set on DVD (like was done in Japan on Laserdisc) with the first two seasons and the last two seaons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Same great classic movie
Same great classic movie. Love all the original voices and the rock opera sounding sound track. Tons of old school fun
Published 17 days ago by Jennifer Otto
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy and dumb
My 13 year old son bought the movie, and he thought it was cheesy and dumb. I guess that about says it all!
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the real Transformers Movie! Michael Bay should watch this, Heck paramount should watch this! Just make this live action and you'll have such a better movie than any of that crap... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is movie is awesome for beginning to end
This is movie is awesome for beginning to end. Anybody that says they like Transformers and hasn't seen this movie does not really like Transformers.
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I remember seeing this in the theater, and I remember singing "You Got the Touch".....on the way to work this morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Transformers Fans - this is a must buy!
You know this is the best transformers animated movie! Nothing comes close!
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Actually, it happened the whole way through my copy. Kinda sucks, but still worth listening to the commentary though.
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OMG OMG !! it's almost here
I hope it is good. A lot of people have been panning it. But I'm waiting for the opinions of people who played with Transformers as kids. They'll know whether the newest movie actually captures the true Transformers spirit and magic. Our house used to be filled with Transformers and my kids... Read More
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