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  • Actors: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Corey Burton
  • Directors: John Walker
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 2220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002KJ7ODU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Five retrospective featurettes including brand-new, in-depth interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers franchise. Two of these featurettes are exclusive to this set including a conversation with comic writer Bob Budiansky and a voice cast reunion. The reunion features Jack Angel (Ramjet), Michael Bell (Prowl), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike Witwicky), Richard Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Slag), Frank Welker (Megatron).

Two concept art galleries

Archival Hasbro toy commercials

All 98 episodes of dialogue scripts. Three full scripts, with original handwritten notes, include Transport To Oblivion, Starscreams Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus

All 5 rare PSAs

From the files of Teletraan-2

A fan art gallery

An animated fan film entitled Transformers: Generation One featuring an optional audio commentary by the filmmakers

Housed in a deluxe Matrix of Leadership multi-paneled box

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The Complete Generation One series!


Four million years after crash landing on an unfamiliar planet, sentient robots with the ability to disguise themselves as common vehicles awaken on present day Earth. Engaged in a crucial race to find a new energy source for their home planet of Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots must defend the innocent people of Earth against their archnemeses, Megatron and the power-hungry Decepticons.


In 1983 a fateful trip to a Japanese toy fair uncovered a phenomenon that would soon rule not only the world of toys, but also the realms of comics, airwaves and the silver screen as well. Since then, the war between the peaceful Autobots and the villainous Decepticons has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike, launching hundreds of collectible toys, comic books, animated series and feature films. Now Shout! Factory and Hasbro celebrate 25 years of Robots In Disguise with the 16-disc Transformers: The Complete Series 25th Anniversary Matrix Of Leagership Edition. This deluxe set includes all 98 restored episodes, new interviews, exclusive featurettes, concept art, archival Hasbro toy commercials, printable scripts and much more! This set also includes a collectible 60-page book and Autobot and Decepticon magnets.

Bonus Features:

* Five retrospective featurettes including brand-new, in-depth interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers franchise. Two of these featurettes are exclusive to this set including a conversation with comic writer Bob Budiansky and a voice cast reunion. The reunion features Jack Angel (Ramjet), Michael Bell (Prowl), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike Witwicky), Richard Gautier (Rodimus Prime), Neil Ross (Slag), Frank Welker (Megatron).
* Two concept art galleries

* Archival Hasbro toy commercials.

* All 98 episodes of dialogue scripts. Three full scripts, with original handwritten notes, include Transport To Oblivion, Starscreams Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus.

* All 5 rare PSAs.

* From the files of Teletraan-2.

* A fan art gallery.

* An animated fan film entitled Transformers: Generation One featuring an optional audio commentary by the filmmakers.

* Housed in a deluxe Matrix of Leadership multi-paneled box

Review

Shout! Factory has spared no expense in making this collection one that must be owned. As fans, we are thankful to see the series get a definitive DVD release… this collector's series is as perfect a presentation as fans will get --IGN - July 2009

Shout! has done a wonderful job creating a package and a DVD collection that pays tribute to the show's supporters... --Scifi.com July 2009

This is the definitive G1 DVD collection --Mania.com Oct 2009

Customer Reviews

Very cool to see some of those rarely seen episodes.
K. Elsey
I never purchased the Rhino releases but Shout Factory's treatment of this venerable series is most excellent.
Deinabo D. George
I recomend it to anyone who truely loves the Transformers and grew up watching them!!
Earl G. Hall

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deinabo D. George on September 23, 2009
Format: DVD
This is THE box set to own. I never purchased the Rhino releases but Shout Factory's treatment of this venerable series is most excellent. From the Dolby Pro Logic soundtrack to the imperfections that crop up in some episodes (no doubt present on the broadcast masters) this is the Transformers as I remember them.

I ordered this edition from Shout Factory directly since I wasn't sure if it would be available from other vendors. All 16 discs were present and accounted for as well as two magnets (Autobot and Decepticon), a 60-page booklet, and a flier for the G.I. Joe collector's set. If you're a Transformers fan this is the most complete edition of the series worth owning to date. Buy it and enjoy!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By BOOTA-san on September 17, 2009
Format: DVD
This set is quite amazing. Period. But as a collector, it really depends on how you roll... er... or how you transform and roll out. I'm a completist. I was too late in collecting the previous releases on DVD and just prayed and waited around forever for this wonderful release.

You can indeed find the complete set for $140 on the SHOUT website; who knows, Amazon often drops their price by the release date, but for now, it can be found, alongside the complete GI JOE set with free shipping.

The packaging, unfortunately, is a lot of thin cardboard -- with the CD cases being cardboard with plastic trays; not very durable, not sure how they'll hold up to the test of time with repeat handling. I wish the outside case, at least, was heavy duty like the GI JOE complete set box, especially for $140; one could most likely collect the individual releases for the same price with how cheap these individual seasons often go down on Amazon. Although, the set does consist of a few rarities not found in the individual releases.

Call me 'Crazy', but I am collecting BOTH releases. I love picture discs and packaging. Especially for the individual releases which contain thin-pak jewel cases and cartoon character pictures on the discs. The characters on the complete set discs are more computer-generated images... NOT CGI, but rather, what a Transformer might look like after being scanned for replication.

On a side note, the "More Than Meets The Eye" introduction DVD, the first five episodes of season one sold seperately, is a nice collectable too, comes in a regular jewel case, and though the image is the same as the first disc in season one, it has a blue background rather than a purple background... subtle, but cool. And, yes, I have this in my collection as well.
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78 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Aja on October 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Despite being one of the most popular cartoons of the '80s, The Transformers has had an awful time on DVD. The initial DVDs of The Ultimate Doom (released alongside the then-rare "Rebirth" three-parter on single-disc DVDs) had a pressing error which resulted in a batch of the discs including the "Rebirth" three-parter instead. However, the problems really started when Rhino decided to remaster the series by going back to the original 35mm negatives. Those 35mm reels were incomplete, however: every re-take in the series was not present, forcing Rhino to insert the footage from whatever sources were available. Rhino, was not perfect, however, (far from it, in fact), and many scenes were left uncorrected, and others had poor attempts to digitally alter the 35mm footage to match the broadcast masters. The famous transition sequences even had to be re-inserted in the first four episodes, and a great many were of the incorrect type. Adding insult to injury, the new 5.1 sound mix had added effects, and a great number of episodes from the first two seasons did not have the unaltered audio available (and the company responsible, Magno Sound, lied to everyone about the new effects, even after fans identified sounds from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which first aired as The Transformers entered into the land of perpetual reruns).

So, now, leading up to the 25th Anniversary of the fabled animated series, Hasbro assigned home video rights to Shout! Factory, which promptly declared that they would be fixing Rhino's mistakes. The mono mix has returned, lightly stereo-ized but without Magno's alterations (though some episodes, such as The Ultimate Doom Part 3, have reverted from a stronger mix of the effects and music tracks of the Rhino DVDs to the muted mixes that were created in the '80s).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AO on August 29, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As another reviewer wrote, it is indeed possible to order this directly from Shout, for $140.00 w/free shipping. If Amazon did not offer any discount on this then the Shout offer would clearly be superior. But Amazon DOES offer a discount, which substantially narrows the difference. Further, Shout charges sales tax to orders from California, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky whereas Amazon does not. So, where I live the prices are virtually identical and in fact, Amazon's price with the current discount is .66 cents less for me than if I had ordered this from Shout.

As for the set itself, Shout's website lists it as including "98 episodes, a 60-page Book, Autobot & Decepticon Magnets, 3 scripts w/ handwritten notes, all 5 of the PSA's, 5 featurettes (2 of which are exclusive to this set), a voice cast reunion, Hasbro toy commercials, 2 concept art galleries, a fan art gallery and an animated fan film entitled 'Transformers: Generation One'". Finally, the entire package is housed in one very nice looking box with a picture of the Matrix of Leadership on the top.
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Unfortunately it appears as though most (if not all) of the Amazon marketplace sellers are currently selling the cheaper (and, in fact, ILLEGAL) version with cardboard disc cases that supposedly tend to damage the discs, no book, and stickers instead of magnets. For more info on how to avoid... Read More
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