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Transformers: Season 1 (Collector's Edition)

4.4 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

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The 1985 series Tatakae Cho Robot Seimetai Transformers ("Fight Super Living Robots Transformers") was a U.S.-Japanese coproduction, written in America and animated in Japan. Based on a line of robot toys from Takara--licensed to Hasbro in America--that could be reconfigured into cars, trucks, planes, etc., it spawned numerous sequels and a feature. Civil war rages on the planet Cybertron between the virtuous Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Both sides launch crews into space to find new energy sources, but the ships crash on Earth and are buried in lava. When the robots awaken four million years later, the Decepticons, led by the dictatorial Megatron, want to drain the planet of its resources, enslaving or destroying mankind. The Autobots ally with humanity and befriend oil-rig worker Spike Witwicky. The Saturday morning-style cheat of cutting to a logo, rather than animating transitions, and the frequent pauses for commercial breaks make for very choppy storytelling. The designs of the robots are interesting but lack the graphic sophistication of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Gundam Mobile Suits. The animation is very limited, and the choreography of the battle sequences lacks the panache of Tomino and other more talented directors. Like Robotech, Transformers will appeal most strongly to adults who watched the show as kids: it's remained popular through Web sites, role-playing games, fan fiction, and a lively trade in the original toys. Serious students of anime will find this early series of historic interest. Unrated; suitable for age 6 and up: Robot vs. robot violence. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • All 16 episodes are in chronological order digitally remastered from original 35mm negative on 3 discs
  • Special bonus disc 4 contains all special features including
  • Rhino Remastering process
  • Animation outtakes and anomalies
  • Japanese Transformers show opening
  • Animation tests and slate
  • Bumpers
  • Japanese Bumpers
  • Script from Episode #4, "Transport to Oblivion"
  • "A Taste of Botcon:" highlights from the 2001 Transformers Convention
  • DVD boxed set includes 2 limited-edition cels of Transformers characters

Product Details

  • Actors: Gregg Berger, Corey Burton, Victor Caroli, Scatman Crothers, Peter Cullen
  • Directors: John Gibbs, John Walker, Peter Wallach
  • Writers: Alfred A. Pegal, Bryce Malek, Dick Robbins, Donald F. Glut, Doug Booth
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino / WEA
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 490 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063K17
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Transformers: Season 1 (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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I thought about ordering this DVD set for some time but had held off. I thought it was rather pricey. Along came by birthday, though, and I decided to buy myself a little something....
I forgot how good this show really was. It was incredibly loyal to the each of the characters and everything at this point. The voice actors are an all star cast as well.
The remastering job was very good when you consider what they had to work with to start. They cleaned up a lot of noise and dirt off of the film and made the colors a lot more vivid and clear. There are some occasional sound effects added, but they are not intrustive and not that frequent, really. A couple of scenes in "Heavy Metal War", the last episode on the disc, turned out pretty poor, but otherwise they did an awesome job restoring this first season run, even including the original opening of the show and the commercial bumpers.
I am still annoyed by the constant coloring mistakes made by the original animators of the show. I guess it's part of the charm, and it's probably best that Rhino left them like they were. I remember these coloring mistakes in the original series just as well, and it even bothered me back then in 1984-85 that Sunbow couldn't seem to tell the difference between Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp most of the time (though as the series goes on past the first 5 or 6, they DO get better about it...save for the part in Heavy Metal War where there are two Starscreams side by side, one of which was supposed to be Skywarp).
I wish Rhino would take out the stupid cartoon openings on their videos and DVDs, though. While I know they are mostly a children's video company, with things like Transformers and GI Joe, they are mostly catering to adults...
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....The year of The Transformers!!! It's about time! I'm 25 years old and i'm sure that others from my generation used to spend their afternoons with their friends transforming their autobots and decepticons and talking smack on which ones we bought. I can't wait for this DVD collection to come out. Hopefully it doesn't stop with the first season and also give us a chance to see again He-man, Voltron, M.A.S.K, Gem (jk!!!). Anyway keep up the good work RHINO!!!!!
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I must say that, after anticipating this box set since I first heard about it six months ago, I am incredibly disappointed. Revieiwing the material first hand, I seriously have to wodner why it was delayed twice over this. Let's start with our customary description: It's the complete first season fo the 1984 Marvel/Sunbow production of "The TransFormers" on DVD. With that out of the way, I can further explain why I feel so let down by this release.
1. When you claim to have remastered a film or TV show, please actually do it the whole way. I cannot stress this enough. For all the hullabaloo they went through to show the changes (see disc 4), I have to wonder why, in particular, they only fixed that space bridge scene (with the beams showing through) in only some of the episodes, especially as it was STOCK FOOTAGE. Even the mylar cuts they said were present in the broadcasts and claimed to have edited were inconsequential at best, and not even in the VHS releases at worst. Overall I did like the slightly less faded look they gave the series, but that was more than expected given the format used (DVD).
2. Never ever make the final product worse than the source material. I canot stress this enough either. There are plenty of backwards transformations, "sliding" scenes that didn't "slide" before. In particular the construction of the 2 new Dinobots, there are 2 scenes that just aren't right. I think I even saw colors that were colored right change to the wrong color in this version. That seems to throw out the theory that was working against my arguement of "why weren't any color errors fixed?" which is a shame.
3. Changed sounds really get on my nerves.
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Rhino's careless and unworthy handling of the immensly popular "Transformers" license is never more apparent than in the Season One box set.
I gave it two stars because they only did two things right. One was the packaging, which they smartly decided not to do artwork for the covers and went with the plain brushed metal look. They must have learned something from the horrible packaging from the previous DVDs and videos they produced. Second they retained the original commercial bumpers.
My main problems with the DVDs is their supposed remastering. The sound effects they added are distracting, sometimes drowning out what characters are saying. Plus, anyone who knows the cartoons knows that those sound effects aren't authentically original. They don't add anything to the presentation and only give Rhino a blurb to put on the packaging.
The biggest mistake Rhino made with this set is the recoloring.
Everyone knows that the first season was already riddled with animation, voice, and color errors, but did Rhino fix any of these things? No, they added to them! In one shot they color Trailbreaker (a black pickup) completely red. In another scene Skyfire(a white jet) is colored with Skywarp's color scheme(a black and purple jet).
It's funny cause in the side by side comparison extra you can see that colors and effects were correct in the original. Rhino shows that they can change the colors at will, but neglected to fix any of the original errors, i.e. Optimus Prime being blue in a scene from S.O.S. Dinobots.
There are too many mistakes Rhino has engraved into the Transformers video library to name here. I just emplore Rhino to not take this valuable license for granted and be a little careful and mindful of the material and fans when releasing future seasons.
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