Transformers: The Movie
30th Anniversary Edition
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In Stunning High Definition, From A Brand-New 4K Transfer!
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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Now, the let down. To me, this transfer looks bad. The black levels are high and the picture has an overall dim/murky soft look to it. Color saturation seems lacking as well. Speaking of color, Transformers has been plagued with color issues throughout its releases (both the TV series and movie). I'm not complaining about Hot Rod as I have to say, the Hot Purple/pinkish color is correct. If you think he should be maroon, you're remembering the TV series and they cheated a lot by making him the same color as when he's Rodimus. The whole film has a bluish or magenta cast to it. There are numerous scenes where all the metal that's supposed to be Autobot orange looks more or less purple. They boasted about all the research they did for the color timing, yet this looks similar to the older Rhino release in this regard, but worse, at least the Rhino DVD had better black levels and contrast.
The best looking release in my view is the Sony 20th Anniversary DVD: widescreen only, the 4:3 disc appears to be the unrestored Rhino version. Sad they didn't treat 4:3 viewers to the color corrected version. Yes, I realize this is a divisive issue in the fandom, but my the Sony release is closer to my memory of the film at my local cinema.
If you're an obsessive collector, get it, there's some nice extras. If you already own one of the previous releases and aren't concerned with the extras consider not picking it up.
Now, to speak of this 30th Anniversary Edition, the only thing that really stands out from previous releases of this film is the documentary featuring cast and crew members, but I don't think it adds a whole lot to the package. Having a restored version of the film, from a nice 4K transfer is all I could ever really ask for.
Basically, within the first five minutes of this film we are told it’s the future (2005), introduced to new autobots AND basically everyone else we’ve grown to know and love throughout seasons one and two of G1 series (save for Bumblebee, Jazz, Perceptor, Blaster and the Dinobots) are killed! Heartbreaking to say the least, though the new cast of bots are just as lovable in my opinion. Megatron takes on Prime in their most intense battle of the series yet, only to have both die. Optimus passes the matrix to Ultra Magnus (one of the new cast) Who later passes it to Hot Rod. Megatron drifts through space clinging to life as he bumps into Unicron who turns him into Galvatron with a new slew of Decepticons to aid him. He (Galvatron) then crashes Starscreams party and kills him to reclaim his spot as leader. So already you can see there is a lot of deaths of characters that have been there from the start to basically make room for a new cast. I will say it works, it was a harsh and very quick way to go about it, but I feel it made it more real and tragic to see the Autobots didn’t have time to morn, only keep fighting and the Decepticons didn’t care about their dead, just who was in control. All in all I loved it!
This movie, more so, the animation shows its age but I would still choose to watch this movie over any other rendition of the Transformers franchise. Truly a personal opinion fueled by nostalgia but I'll stand behind it with hopes of one day seeing these Robots in disguise on the big screen in all their robotic sounding transforming glory.