Transformers: The Movie (Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Steelbook) [Blu-ray/Digital]
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The year is 2005…
For millennia, the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), have been at war with the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) and his Decepticons over control of their home planet of Cybertron. However, an even greater threat: Unicron (Orson Welles, Citizen Kane), a colossal converting planet that devours everything in its path and is heading right for Cybertron. The only hope is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Will the Autobots be able to save themselves and their home world in time?
An all-star cast, including Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Eric Idle (the Monty Python films) and Robert Stack (The Untouchables), brings this inimitable, explosively entertaining Autobot adventure to life.
Includes Both Widescreen (1.85:1) And Full Frame (1.33:1) Versions!
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Top Customer Reviews
They provide you with a widescreen disc and a fullscreen disc, which seemed a little unnecessary. The digital download was very disappointing, because they give you a "VHX" copy, and not a VUDU version. I've never even heard of VHX before. Call me crazy, but I like to have all of my digital purchases in one convenient place.
As for the quality of the movie itself, they claim on the package that it's from a "4K transfer", but the movie seems like it could benefit from a little bit more remastering. You can see a little bit of graininess and dust/artifacts in the picture, which can be a little distracting. Overall, I'm happy to finally have a blu-ray copy of this movie, even though I had a few gripes with the quality and useless digital version.
In regards to the actual movie, I still love it! I was 8 years old when I first saw it on the big screen and I got an instant rush of nostalgia the second the movie started. I watched this at home on my projector (this BENQ projector is amazing: http://amzn.to/2dptkfP ) and it was awesome to be able to share this movie on the big screen with my kids. This movie had a little controversy when it released with the death of certain key characters, so it might be upsetting for younger kids, but it's still an awesome flick and I still like it more than any of the recent live action movies.
I admit it--this is a completely subjective review. This is not a 5-star movie, but for kids who grew up at the same time I did, it was a 5-star experience. The first time I watched this, in 1986 I think, it was the coolest thing ever. I laughed...I cried...I got to hear profanity in a kids' cartoon movie, not once but twice!
Admittedly, some of it is a little doofy...like, say, the Junkion Musical Revue sequence. But even today, there's a lot to admire. The filmmakers really wanted to expand the mythology, and took some risks. This movies sees the death of 4 major characters (if you count Starscream as a major character), and only two of them get brought back to life! The beloved heroic character (and probably the best selling toy) Optimus Prime gets an emotional death and doesn't get brought back through some deus ex machina. Ultra Magnus gets blown to bits, but is later rebuilt by the Junkions. Megatron "dies" but gets reborn as Galvatron, who then blows Starscream to bits. Finally, Unicron gets his dang HEAD blown off, which becomes a moon for Cybertron. Heavy stuff for little kids! Also, let us not forget...Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy! And Orson Wells. ...Orson. Freaking. Wells.
The modern-day Transformers movies are garbage, but this low-budget, toy-inspired animated movie unexpectedly has a lot of heart. I don't know what inspired the filmmakers to do something special with this movie instead of making it just a 90-minute episode of the show, but I'm glad they had the inspiration and I'm glad the producers had an open mind.
For this particular release, I'm really quite amazed at the quality of the special features, even though some of them have been on previous releases. For a movie that got poor reviews and lost money at the box office, this release was given a lot of love.
There is a subtle to noticeable difference in picture quality between the blu-ray and dvd versions - depending on the scene. If you're expecting animation with deep and rich color as you would find in today's cartoons then you might be disappointed. I watch the blu-ray version on my 4k tv, with upscaling, and for the most part it looks slightly better than the dvd version. Unless you're really attentive, you're not going to notice much of a difference.
I now have the VHS, DVD regular and 20th anniversary editions, and this 30th anniversary steelbook version. I have no regrets and would recommend it to others. It also helps that I pre-ordered the item and got it for $19.99.