Transformers 1 Season 1984

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1. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 1 TV-Y7

A civil war rages on the planet Cybertron between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. With the planet's resources depleted, the Autobots--led by their leader, Optimus Prime--set out on a mission to scout for new energy sources.

Runtime:
23 minutes
Original air date:
September 17, 1984

More Than Meets The Eye, Part 1

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    1. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 1 A civil war rages on the planet Cybertron between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. With the planet's resources depleted, the Autobots--led by their leader, Optimus Prime--set out on a mission to scout for new energy sources.

    TV-Y7 23min September 17, 1984
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    2. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 2 Using their robotic powers to transform, the Autobots and Decepticons disguise themselves as Earth vehicles, and a new chapter begins in their war between good and evil.

    TV-Y7 23min September 18, 1984
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    3. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3 The battle for Earth's resources rages on! The Decepticons' ship is complete, and the odds are stacked against Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz and the others in their battle to stop them.

    TV-Y7 23min September 19, 1984
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    4. Transport To Oblivion Presumed to be defeated, the Decepticons have returned! After receiving a message from Shockwave on Cybertron, Megatron comes out of hiding and orders the construction of a "Space Bridge" to transport Earth's energy to Cybertron.

    TV-Y7 23min October 6, 1984
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    5. Roll For It After his accidental transportation to Cybertron, Megatron returns--and he wants to get his hands on an antimatter formula created on Earth that could mean limitless power for the Decepticons!

    TV-Y7 23min October 13, 1984
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    6. Divide And Conquer While protecting an Earth military plant from a Decepticon attack, Optimus Prime is severely wounded. His only hope for survival is a new Cosmotron unit.

    TV-Y7 23min October 20, 1984
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    7. Fire In The Sky The Decepticons begin to siphon the Earth's heat from the Arctic Circle. As a result, temperatures worldwide begin to drop. But unknown to the Decepticons is what . . . or who . . . they are about to release from the ice.

    TV-Y7 23min December 8, 1984
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    8. S.O.S. Dinobots Inspired by dinosaur skeletons, Ratchet and Wheeljack create Grimlock, Slag and Sludge . . . the Dinobots!

    TV-Y7 23min October 27, 1984
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    9. Fire On The Mountain Megatron scours the Andes in search of the Crystal of Power, an ancient weapon capable of mass destruction.

    TV-Y7 23min December 22, 1984
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    10. War Of The Dinobots Optimus Prime assigns the Dinobots to guard a meteorite that contains new and unknown energy. Appealing to Grimlock's simple arrogance, Megatron convinces the Dinobots to attack Optimus Prime and betray the Autobots.

    TV-Y7 23min November 24, 1984
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    11. The Ultimate Doom, Part 1: Brainwash With the help of a human scientist, the Decepticons have enslaved mankind through mind control to fight against the Autobots and generate enough power for Megatron's most sinister plan: bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit to steal all of its energy.

    TV-Y7 23min November 3, 1984
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    12. The Ultimate Doom, Part 2: Search With Cybertron now in orbit, the Earth is being torn apart by geological forces and natural disasters.

    TV-Y7 23min November 10, 1984
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    13. The Ultimate Doom, Part 3: Revival Locked away in the safety of Wheeljack's laboratory on Cybertron, Spike and the small band of Autobots attempt to sabotage the Decepticon hypno-chip and free the people of Earth.

    TV-Y7 23min November 17, 1984
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    14. Countdown To Extinction With Megatron presumed dead, Starscream makes his boldest grab for power yet. Using the exponential generator device created by Dr. Arkeville, Starscream plans to destroy the Earth and use the energy from the explosion to rule the universe.

    TV-Y7 23min December 1, 1984
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    15. A Plague Of Insecticons A discovery has been made deep in the "Demon Swamp" on the island of Bali: large robotic insects are eating everything in their path and terrorizing the people of the island.

    TV-Y7 23min December 29, 1984
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    16. Heavy Metal War As Optimus Prime and Megatron prepare to face off in a duel, Megatron secretly plots to set the latest addition to his Decepticon army--the Constructicons--on a crash course for destruction!

    TV-Y7 23min December 15, 1984

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Kids & Family
Director John Gibbs
Supporting actors Victor Caroli, Scatman Crothers, Peter Cullen, Dan Gilvezan, Casey Kasem, Chris Latta, Don Messick, Ken Sansom, John Stephenson, Frank Welker
Season year 1984
Network Shout Factory
Executive Producer Joe Bacal
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Reconnecting To My Childhood on March 14, 2009
Format: DVD
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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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 By tvideo on June 30, 2009
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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 this...you 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 By S. M. Robare on 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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