Three discs of the four-disc set collect all sixteen episodes of Transformers season one, previously released in three separate volumes as Maverick's "Original Series" set. While the original discs released the episodes out-of-order, this set organises them into their correct running order, and each of the discs contains an episode guide that gives viewers synopses. Mercifully, Maverick refrained from "restoring" the episodes like the American company, Rhino, did with their unrelated release of season one. While this does mean that Rhino's version has a superior picture quality, it also means that Maverick's version - which is still of a fine video quality and perfectly watchable - is blissfully devoid of bizarre reversed scenes and added footage that Rhino inserted into their episodes.
However, Maverick has apparently purchased Rhino's 5.1 audio track, which contains sound effects that Rhino themselves added, which sometimes feel out of place, and can be quite annoying when you know that they shouldn't be there. Though to be fair, a number of the sounds ARE quite cool.
And speaking of things that feel out of place, some episodes have the second season opening animation, rather than the first - a result of combining the new audio track with the alternate opening the episodes already had. Also, most of the credits are text-less, and some are even from season two - I wish Maverick had pasted in the correct sequences for both these. While it's totally unimportant for the episodes themselves, it would create a greater sense of unity within the box set.Read more ›
All in all, if you are a fan of the Transformers, BUY THIS!! If not, ahh, hell, get it anyway, it is truly superb.