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Transformers: Season 1 (Collector's Edition) (1984)

Corey Burton , Scatman Crothers , John Gibbs , John Walker  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Corey Burton, Scatman Crothers, Peter Cullen, Dan Gilvezan, Casey Kasem
  • Directors: John Gibbs, John Walker, Peter Wallach
  • Writers: Alfred A. Pegal, Bryce Malek, Dick Robbins, Donald F. Glut, Doug Booth
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino / WEA
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 490 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063K17
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Transformers: Season 1 (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 16 episodes are in chronological order digitally remastered from original 35mm negative on 3 discs
  • Special bonus disc 4 contains all special features including
  • Rhino Remastering process
  • Animation outtakes and anomalies
  • Japanese Transformers show opening
  • Animation tests and slate
  • Bumpers
  • Japanese Bumpers
  • Script from Episode #4, "Transport to Oblivion"
  • "A Taste of Botcon:" highlights from the 2001 Transformers Convention
  • DVD boxed set includes 2 limited-edition cels of Transformers characters

Editorial Reviews

The 1985 series Tatakae Cho Robot Seimetai Transformers ("Fight Super Living Robots Transformers") was a U.S.-Japanese coproduction, written in America and animated in Japan. Based on a line of robot toys from Takara--licensed to Hasbro in America--that could be reconfigured into cars, trucks, planes, etc., it spawned numerous sequels and a feature. Civil war rages on the planet Cybertron between the virtuous Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Both sides launch crews into space to find new energy sources, but the ships crash on Earth and are buried in lava. When the robots awaken four million years later, the Decepticons, led by the dictatorial Megatron, want to drain the planet of its resources, enslaving or destroying mankind. The Autobots ally with humanity and befriend oil-rig worker Spike Witwicky. The Saturday morning-style cheat of cutting to a logo, rather than animating transitions, and the frequent pauses for commercial breaks make for very choppy storytelling. The designs of the robots are interesting but lack the graphic sophistication of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Gundam Mobile Suits. The animation is very limited, and the choreography of the battle sequences lacks the panache of Tomino and other more talented directors. Like Robotech, Transformers will appeal most strongly to adults who watched the show as kids: it's remained popular through Web sites, role-playing games, fan fiction, and a lively trade in the original toys. Serious students of anime will find this early series of historic interest. Unrated; suitable for age 6 and up: Robot vs. robot violence. --Charles Solomon

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Transformers: Season One (Colle

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like it was just yesterday... October 24, 2002
I thought about ordering this DVD set for some time but had held off. I thought it was rather pricey. Along came by birthday, though, and I decided to buy myself a little something....
I forgot how good this show really was. It was incredibly loyal to the each of the characters and everything at this point. The voice actors are an all star cast as well.
The remastering job was very good when you consider what they had to work with to start. They cleaned up a lot of noise and dirt off of the film and made the colors a lot more vivid and clear. There are some occasional sound effects added, but they are not intrustive and not that frequent, really. A couple of scenes in "Heavy Metal War", the last episode on the disc, turned out pretty poor, but otherwise they did an awesome job restoring this first season run, even including the original opening of the show and the commercial bumpers.
I am still annoyed by the constant coloring mistakes made by the original animators of the show. I guess it's part of the charm, and it's probably best that Rhino left them like they were. I remember these coloring mistakes in the original series just as well, and it even bothered me back then in 1984-85 that Sunbow couldn't seem to tell the difference between Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp most of the time (though as the series goes on past the first 5 or 6, they DO get better about for the part in Heavy Metal War where there are two Starscreams side by side, one of which was supposed to be Skywarp).
I wish Rhino would take out the stupid cartoon openings on their videos and DVDs, though. While I know they are mostly a children's video company, with things like Transformers and GI Joe, they are mostly catering to adults...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it is the year 2002..... April 4, 2002
....The year of The Transformers!!! It's about time! I'm 25 years old and i'm sure that others from my generation used to spend their afternoons with their friends transforming their autobots and decepticons and talking smack on which ones we bought. I can't wait for this DVD collection to come out. Hopefully it doesn't stop with the first season and also give us a chance to see again He-man, Voltron, M.A.S.K, Gem (jk!!!). Anyway keep up the good work RHINO!!!!!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When 3rd part editing goes too far. May 2, 2002
I must say that, after anticipating this box set since I first heard about it six months ago, I am incredibly disappointed. Revieiwing the material first hand, I seriously have to wodner why it was delayed twice over this. Let's start with our customary description: It's the complete first season fo the 1984 Marvel/Sunbow production of "The TransFormers" on DVD. With that out of the way, I can further explain why I feel so let down by this release.
1. When you claim to have remastered a film or TV show, please actually do it the whole way. I cannot stress this enough. For all the hullabaloo they went through to show the changes (see disc 4), I have to wonder why, in particular, they only fixed that space bridge scene (with the beams showing through) in only some of the episodes, especially as it was STOCK FOOTAGE. Even the mylar cuts they said were present in the broadcasts and claimed to have edited were inconsequential at best, and not even in the VHS releases at worst. Overall I did like the slightly less faded look they gave the series, but that was more than expected given the format used (DVD).
2. Never ever make the final product worse than the source material. I canot stress this enough either. There are plenty of backwards transformations, "sliding" scenes that didn't "slide" before. In particular the construction of the 2 new Dinobots, there are 2 scenes that just aren't right. I think I even saw colors that were colored right change to the wrong color in this version. That seems to throw out the theory that was working against my arguement of "why weren't any color errors fixed?" which is a shame.
3. Changed sounds really get on my nerves.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars �Transformers Season One� DVD � Far From Perfect! December 2, 2002
By tvideo
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It seems every time I read a review on Rhino's Transformers DVD, it's always as though they did a fantastic job - this is far from being true. There is always a tremendous amount of quality and motion lost when analog is transferred to digital.
Errors: First off there are many new errors that were not in the original analog masters. In "Heavy Metal War" Iron Hide transforming is backwards. There is also a serious digital glitch! There are also scenes which have "digital pauses" and even incorrect colors that were not in the original masters that we grew up with.
Colors: Some of the colors like the oranges and greens appear to be crisper, but Rhino overdid it enhancing "fake" digital color which results in a quick-buck production. Green water when it was originally blue, yellow-greenish sky's when it was originally whiteish, and orange rocks when they were originally brown - I cannot understand why people think they did such a wonderful job?
Sound: Amateur mixing and no compression, vocals are at times too loud or sound effects such as explosions, too low or poorly enhanced. They also added in sound effects at parts where there were none originally, such as with the intros and bumpers, and they do NOT sound like anything from the original sound.
Overall this DVD is nice for those who want an inexpensive, digital collection of the original Season One Transformers, but don't expect it to surpass the originals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiny
I honestly don't know much about Transformers, but my husband is a fanatic. He was really happy when I gave this to him so I think I did good.
Published 1 month ago by Rider4Z
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
this brings back childhood memories really loved it as a kid and enjoyed a great bunch now as a grown up
Published 9 months ago by Heltaskelta
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
so fun to watch the old episodes all together and digitally cleaned up, brings back a lot of fun memories
Published 11 months ago by MikeH
5.0 out of 5 stars big fan loved it
this is great to watch i have all the season and the movie so it is great a must for fans
Published 11 months ago by scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good memories
Classic transformers were a part of my childhood, and this set brings it all back. Now that this series is on Netflix, I'm not sure if it is worth the money to buy them all on dvd
Published 14 months ago by A. May
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Easier to buy these then collect off cable. Getting them in order helps the series make more sense. Looking forward to getting the rest
Published 16 months ago by Scott Guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school Tranformers
I would set my alarm clock every Saturday morning and get extremely upset if the bus was running late on weekdays and made me late for this show. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great price fast shipping. Me and my boys love The Transformers! I think its great to be able to show my kids what I greww up watching. Read more
Published 19 months ago by vanillamillz
5.0 out of 5 stars Transform And Roll Out
this is a awesome show. when i saw the movies i wanted to see the show and now i have and was not disapointed at all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by David A. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Transformers session 1 collectors
I never got my order and am still waiting for someone to contact me. I'm sure the colection is great if I ever get it!!!But as for now I am very unhappy!!!!!
Published on June 5, 2011 by Guntherweed
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