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Transformers: Season 1 (25th Anniversary Edition) (1984)

Peter Cullen , Frank Welker , John Walker  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Corey Burton
  • Directors: John Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Transformers: Season 1 (25th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Restored to the original broadcast versions with a new stereo soundtrack created from the original audio

Triplechanger: From Toy To Comic To Screen: The Origins Of The Transformers

Printable Transport to Oblivion Script

Rare PSAs

Archival Hasbro toy commercials

Editorial Reviews

Where it all began! This 25th anniversary DVD set includes the complete first season from the Generation One animated series. Packed with Generation One extras including a new look at the Transformers, rare PSAs, original toy commercials, and more.

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.

For 25 years the war between the peace loving Autobots and the villainous Decepticons has captivated children and adults alike, launching countless collectible toys, comic books, animated series and feature films beloved by loyal fans. Now you can return to where the phenomenon began with the original The Transformers: The Complete First Season.

Bonus Features:

* Restored to the original broadcast versions with a new stereo soundtrack created from the original audio

* Triplechanger: From Toy To Comic To Screen: The Origins Of The Transformers

* Printable Transport to Oblivion Script

* Rare PSAs

* Archival Hasbro toy commercials

Customer Reviews

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Meets The Eye! March 14, 2009
A lot of us grew up on the Generation One or G1 Transformer's long before a live action film about giant transforming robots could have been thought possible. Now to tie in with this summer's live action sequel, Transformer's 2: Revenge Of The Fallen, comes this 3-Disc DVD set containing all sixteen episodes of the first season of this beloved eighties classic. Those sixteen episodes, originally airing September 17th to December 29th 1984, are:

1: More Than Meets the Eye (1)
2: More Than Meets the Eye (2)
3: More Than Meets the Eye (3)
4: Transport to Oblivion
5: Roll for It
6: Divide and Conquer
7: S.O.S. Dinobots
8: The Ultimate Doom: Brainwash (1)
9: The Ultimate Doom: Search (2)
10: The Ultimate Doom: Revival (3)
11: War of the Dinobots
12: Countdown to Extinction
13: Fire in the Sky
14: Heavy Metal War
15: Fire on the Mountain
16: A Plague of Insecticons

Special Features Are So Far Said To Include:

Original Concept Artwork
Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials
Rare Public Service Announcements
"Triplechanger: From Toy To Comic To Screen: The Origins Of The Transformers" Featurette
A Printable Script For The Episode "Transport To Oblivion"
& A Limited Edition Autobot Magnet

The animation may not have been the best on this series but in the eighties it's all we needed and our active imaginations filled in the rest. Despite the older less impressive animation these episodes are still classics to those who remember them and will be more enjoyable for most of us than the many spinoffs that followed the G1 series.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1984, "THE TRANSFORMERS" was a merchandise success as every child wanted to own the latest Transformers toys from Hasbro and act out their own personal battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons and own their favorite robots that came from the popular television and comic book series (despite the TV show and comics having different storylines).

The first season which was written and recorded in the US featured animation by Japan's Toei Animation, aired on television in the US between September through December 1984. The series is based on the popular Japanese toys from Takara and various other toy companies (ie. Shockwave came from ToyCo., the Insecticons and Skyfire came from Takatoku Toys, etc.) and developed into a line called "Transformers" by Hasbro in the United States. The TV series which featured the first season characters (known as Generation 1 or "G1') would spawn about 98 episodes in a total of five seasons.

The first season was originally released on DVD back in 2002 from Rhino but was criticized for its high price but most importantly for its problems. Rhino used the original 35mm film masters which gave the series a much more vibrant look but the problem was that the masters did not include the corrections that were shown on the final cut that aired on television and thus the episodes had incomplete animation. Picture quality also had problems with "jaggies" and featured new sound effects that fans of the original series were not entirely very happy with.

This time around, for the 25th Anniversary release of the first season on DVD, SHOUT FACTORY was not determined to make the same mistake.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved but still has errors June 30, 2009
By tvideo
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Most of the reviews on here give a rather lenghy description of all the great stuff and histroy etc. I will simply point out a few bad points as this set is not perfect (so don't expect it to be).

First off Shout! Factory was formed from Rhino, so the same people are behind can read about it from their website. However they did attempt to fix many of the errors that were present on the original disc.

1. A lot of the ending credits text is actually misalined, though you can't notice unless you compare it to the broadcast versions. The first few eopisodes have the wrong (more then meets the eye) ending credits.

2.The last 4 epoisodes sound effects are turned down much to low. The remix was doing well up until Ultimate Doom 3 and the rest have loud dialog and low sound effects.

-The Ultimate Doom: Part 3
-Countdown to Extinction
-A Plague of Insecticons
-Heavy Metal War

3. Some scenes they fixed like with Ironhide transformering in reverse were done w/ cheap digital software and look out of place. But it's rather minor issues.

For $20 it's well worth it, just don't expect it to be perfect like I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformers DVDs done right by Shout! June 19, 2009
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For the last few years it's been a wonderful time for fans of 80s cartoons. Between the lovely Filmation sets released by the now sadly defunct BCI Eclipse, Warner Bros. stepping up to the plate and offering action cartoons like Thundercats and the Silverhawks, WEP/Anime Works/Media Blasters releasing the complete series of Voltron, Time Life releasing the complete Real Ghostbusters, and Shout! Factory picking up dropped licenses for a ton of DiC and now Sunbow cartoons, releasing 30-odd episode sets instead of the paltry 4 episode discs for shows like C.O.P.S. and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, it's just been great.

With the recently released Transformers season one 25th anniversary edition, Shout! Factory has stepped up its game and taken on a tent-pole series, looking to correct the mistakes in the show's past DVD releases (both in terms of price point, attractive packaging and actual animation and sound snafus from the 2002 Rhino releases.) Taking a nod from Time Life and their release of the Real Ghostbusters, Shout! is putting together multiple DVD sets that'll hopefully appease both casual and hardcore fans. This set is the first of 4 individual releases that will comprise the complete Transformers cartoon. They're also prepping a all-in-one complete series package set ,the Matrix of Leadership edition set for release on July 13th through their website.

This first set includes all 16 episodes from season one, a 20 minute documentary featurette featuring a lot of the creative team responsible for the original toy line, the Marvel comics series, and the cartoon, a G.I. Joe-style "Knowing is half the battle..." PSA featuring Bumblebee, three archival Hasbro toy commercials, a printable script for the episode "Transport to Oblivion", and a large b&w Autobot magnet.
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thank u
Published 1 month ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great I love it as good as I remember it ...
This is great I love it as good as I remember it when I young kid I feel it has aged well and is still fun watch I recommend this for adults and kids alike its a fun show
Published 2 months ago by Paul Aguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My grand kids enjoy it!
Published 2 months ago by Chuen Hua Doo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son loves it!, NICEAND CLEAR

Published 2 months ago by charlesh
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
are you kidding me? I was so excited to see transformers on instant video. I loved that show when I was a kid and I'm glad to be able to show it to my kids. they love it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mom12
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a good one
This is the transformers I grew up with and I'm so glad I've had the chance to share them with my son. He and I have watched the whole season and he loved it too!
Published 2 months ago by Delia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome. I watch it every day
Published 3 months ago by Elkin atehortua
5.0 out of 5 stars dics
As I said in my first set it was a good gift there is not more to say about this
Published 5 months ago by Alphabet
5.0 out of 5 stars Completed my Transformers G1 Series!
Awesome and nostalgic of myself to go back and collect these dvd's I really enjoyed watching these growing up and will continue to watch these all grown up lol
Published 5 months ago by JG
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know
I bought this first season thinking the little grandchildren would like it. Not so much. We have advanced in transformer toys and they weren't that impressed with these episodes.
Published 7 months ago by marymurban
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May 23, 2011 by blackaciddevil |  See all 3 posts
Spanish audio?
Buy it today and the box set have no spanish audio and subs.
Jun 16, 2009 by Josée Quenneville |  See all 4 posts
I agree. It's really cheaper to use Subtitles instead of Close-Captioning. I was hoping that this set and the G.I. Joe set will be English subtitled but unfortunately not. But I did see an advertise for a Complete Transformers Series, it has an english subtitled option. See the below link. I'm... Read More
Jul 1, 2009 by Jason Fox |  See all 5 posts
C.Cooley is right
Will you be kind enough to let me know if it has English subtitle feature or not? Sometimes dvds have them, but didn't say so on the box. Maybe the same goes for this set, so I hope. Can you check for me? Thanks for your time.
Jul 6, 2009 by Jason Fox |  See all 2 posts
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