Home Entertainment Review: The Transformers: The Movie [30th Anniversary Edition] (Shout! Factory)

OK, this is my first Blu-ray ever and to make it more better it is of my favorite movie: Transformer The Movie [30th Anniversary Edition]. Now the first thing I […]

OK, this is my first Blu-ray ever and to make it more better it is of my favorite movie: Transformer The Movie [30th Anniversary Edition].

Now the first thing I notice when I got this is the cover, which was redone and improved.  It shows Optimus Prime holding the Matrix while standing over Hot Rod, on the left we see Megatron and the old crew of Decepticons, and on the right we see Galvatron with his new crew of Decepticons and behind all of them is Unicron, this cover was done by Livio Ramondelli, a Transformers comic book artist.

Then I put this into my PS3 I notice how clear and very well drawn it is.  The first thing I went to when I got this is the bonus section of the Blu-ray.  The list in order is ‘Til All Are One retrospective documentary, Transformers: The Restoration, Rolling Out The New Cover, audio commentary, featurettes which have “The Death of Optimus Prime”, cast and characters, Transformer Q&A, animated storyboards, original theatrical trailers and TV spots.

The first on the list is ‘Til All Are One: retrospective documentary, which has Flint Dille: the story consultant, Dan Gilvezan “Bumblebee”, Neil Ross “Springer”, Livio Ramondelli: the cover artist and also a transformers comic book artist, Gregg Berger “Grimlock”, Susan Blu “Arcee”, Nelson Shin: Director of the film, Stan Bush: singer and songwriter, Vince Dicola: composer.  This is about an hour long and has them talking about how the movie came about, how it has affected them, interacting with other voice actors like Orson Wells, One of the things I love is when the crew talks about Walter Burr.  Another thing I loved is when some of the crew talks about their first time at a con (Botcon).

Next up is Transformers: The Restoration, in which they talk about how they used the old footage and digitalized the movie and corrected the mistakes in the movies like pieces that was damaged.  Next is Rolling Out The New Cover in this video Livio Ramondelli: the cover artist and also a transformers comic book artist talks about how he decided out of 3 covers which one to use for the 30th anniversary.

The last on the list is the featurettes: which has “The Death of Optimus Prime” where the crew (which has Flint Dille: the story consultant, Dan Gilvezan “Bumblebee”, Neil Ross “Springer”, Livio Ramondelli: the cover artist and also a transformers comic book artist, Gregg Berger “Grimlock”, Susan Blu “Arcee”, Nelson Shin: Director of the film, Stan Bush: singer and songwriter, Vince Dicola, Tom Griffin: Producer and Joe Bacal: Producer), talks about how and why Optimus Prime and other Transformers were chosen to died.  They also talk about how Optimus Prime died affected everyone.  One story that was told was about a little boy who after watching the movie locked himself in a closet.

Cast and characters: in which the crew (which has Flint Dille: the story consultant, Susan Blu “Arcee”, Nelson Shin: Director of the film, Tom Griffin: Producer and Joe Bacal: Producer) talks about how Frank Welker as Megatron / Rumble / Frenzy / Wheelie /Junkion, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Chris Latta as Starscream, Judd Nelson as Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime, Lionel Stander as Kup, Robert Stack as Ultra Magnus, Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron, Orson Welles as Unicron, were chosen and some funny stories about these characters and crew members.

Next on the list is Transformers Q&A where the crew (which has Flint Dille: the story consultant, Susan Blu “Arcee”, Nelson Shin, Tom Griffin: Producer and Joe Bacal: Producer) answer some questions about the movie.  This is one I didn’t like too much because it only answers 14 questions.  Some of the question I wouldn’t ask.  Next up is the Animated storyboards like the fishing scene, the battle scene, “one shall stand and one shall fall” with deleted sequences, I like it because this is the part of the DVDs I usually watch because it has scenes which wasn’t shown in theaters.

Next, we have the original theatrical trailers (there are 2 of them). I love seeing how the movie was promoted.  The reason why I like it is because it shows how trailers have changed over the years. The next one is TV spots (which has 5 spots).  I liked it because it showed some old contest and some of the toys from back then.  This really brought back memories of my old toys I had back then.

I really love the new look of the movie.  How crisp and clear it looks.  I would like to see more movies like this.  During one scene when Megatron transformers into Galvatron, you get to see the fine details of the transformation.  As in one of the featurettes (Transformers: The Restoration), you can see the lines, details, just like a comic book.

In the end, this is one of the best I’ve seen so far.  I like the Blu-ray, I love the special features and best of all I love the new look of the movie.  The behind scenes stuff was fun to watch and also fun to see.  So from the cover to the movie itself I really enjoyed it all.

The Transformers: The Movie [30th Anniversary Edition] will be released by Shout! Factory everywhere on September 13.

Joaquin Espino

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Cosplayer, Film enthusiast, Tokusatsu superhero shows junkie, Godzilla fan of the highest order, convention worker and all-around nerd is what makes up Joaquin Espino. when I’m not working at a con you can find me making videos for my YouTube channel.