The Transformers - The Movie
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The International Version features a narrative that opens and closes the movie. The American Version, which does not have the narrative, contains one swear word.
- American Version
- Interview with score composer Vince DeCola
- Storyboards for uncompleted scenes
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THAT SAID: Holy muffin factory I love this movie! It took pretty much everything I loved about the original G1 Transformers cartoon but added greater depth of character, seriousness, emotional impact, and better dialogue. It seems to have inspired Evangelion in terms of believing that consistent size scale is something for Other People, but whether the cassette minibots fit inside Blaster's hand or are half his height, the action is better than anything from the cartoon save perhaps a handful of the series' greatest moments. I'm sure there's dozens of plotholes but I'm too busy enjoying the movie for the 20th or 40th time to care. I have worn out at least 2 VHS copies of this movie, possibly 3, so a DVD of it was quite worth the ridiculous price I paid (I think I paid about $80). Given the original animation and resolution, I really doubt the Blu-Ray will give you any quality the DVD won't, but I'm not an audio and visual-phile nor an expert in multimedia hardware.
Worthwhile features include different formats/ratios for screen size, and IIRC a bunch of sound settings that matter to people who own more expensive sound systems than the speakers built into their TV. While I don't remember if this version has Spike swearing, it is the more original - for lack of a better term - version of the movie before they added a second narrator introduction that plays during the opening credits and makes some of the original narrator's ("From secret staging grounds on 2 of Cybertron's moons...") dialogue redundant. Which, if you're me, matters WAY more than it should.
Did I mention I love this movie?
I had absolutely NO ISSUES with playback. I have a Samsung BD player, and it played flawlessly on it. As a matter of fact, it even played the special features which are apparently in PAL format. However that might just be a feature my player has I wasnt aware of. I did take it to my nephews house, and his Sony BD player (not PS3) had no issues playing the main movie, however it wouldnt read the special features. Guess it just depends. Most important is that the main movie itself will play on North American BD players.
The picture quality is actually quite amazing. Considering the age of this movie, it really comes off looking quite good in HD. Yes, there are some artifacts like "dirt" or "dust" here and there, but really, it just makes it all the more special in my opinion. This is basically what it looked like when we watched it as kids in the theater. Ah the memories!
I had no issues with the audio, and everything synced up great, and sounded amazing on my home theater. Nice and loud, just the way a movie with a great soundtrack like this should be.
If I did have to find fault with this, its that there are no subtitles. However, a lot of TV's will display them instead of thru the disc itself.
I really cant recommend this enough. It doesnt seem like this will get an official BD release here in the US anytime soon, and while the price is high, you really get what you pay for. That being an excellent HD version of an awesome movie...and it'll make your generation 1 Transformers buddies jealous to boot!
Besides having value as a teaching tool and good family entertainment, this movie is coveted by all serious collectors. You could trade this movie for water in a desert, or rent it at exorbitant rates. The value only rises when updated animation re-introduces Autobots and Decepticons to humanity.
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