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Transformers - The Movie (Collectors Edition) [DVD]

Orson Welles , Robert Stack , Nelson Shin    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden, Jack Angel
  • Directors: Nelson Shin
  • Writers: Ron Friedman
  • Producers: Nelson Shin, Jay Bacal, Joe Bacal, Lee Gunther, Margaret Loesch
  • Format: PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Maverick
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059YW1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,747 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Transformers: The Movie it's the year 2005, and the universe is going right down the toilet. Not only have the heroic Autobots lost their homeworld of Cybertron to the evil Decepticons, a giant metallic planet named Unicron is on the prowl, treating solar systems like a gigantic buffet and gunning for the Autobots' matrix of leadership. Fortunately, struggling against the odds is what heroes do best, and it is indeed hard to keep a good robot down. As the battle rages from space to earth and back into space again, characters die, others are reborn and, ultimately, good must face evil in a climactic battle for the fate of the universe. When this animated film arrived in American cinemas in the mid-1980s, the Transformers--both the robot toys and the television show--were at the height of their popularity. Transformers The Movie took these battling 'bots and, er, transformed them into film stars, albeit of the cult variety. The animation is a bit touch-and-go: at its best, it's up there with classic Japanese manga; at it's worst, it reeks of horrible 80s assembly-line productions. And the plot is little more than an advert for the (then) new toys, many of which show up as main characters in the film (Hot Rod, Kup, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, etc). However, some of the action sequences are indeed spectacular--especially the battle for Autobot City--and the violence is a bit intense for what is, basically, a kid's film (they may just be robots, but they still die, apparently). What really makes this film more than meets the eye, though, is the names who show up as voices in the credits: Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Eric Idle and even Orson Welles, in one of his last roles, as Unicron.

On the DVD: In order to please the growing numbers of hardcore Transformers fans out there, the DVD version of Transformers: The Movie has been beefed up with loads of extra features: the original theatrical trailer, introductory footage taken from the BBC's I Love 1984 and a picture gallery with music are all excellent additions, but best of all is Takara's "The Four Soldiers from the Sky". Though the dubbing and translation are a bit poor, it's still a rare opportunity to see a Transformers episode that never aired outside of Japan.--Robert Burrow

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Special Introductory Footage
Soldiers From The Sky (first episode from Takara series)
Original Theatrical Trailer
Music Picture Gallery
English 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of amazing film, watched it like once a week as a kid and its still good. Great 80's music and all teh best Transformers in a film thats actually well done.

By the way all the people who rated this film 1 star are merely rating their own intelligence because they were unable to read a description "A classic of 1980's animation" or look at a picture (the big cover) with "1986" next to it. Sounds harsh but if your going to mark a film down for your in-ability to read then you deserve everything you get.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than it was before 14 May 2008
Very very good bluray transfer, the spot colours in the animation look great. Only problem with it is the scratches on the source material which are very difficult to remove anyway but as most of the film is in space you cant really see it anyway.
Story is the same as it always was, great transfer. POOR extras = none.

Definitely worth buying though :D
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me Grimlock want to munch metal! 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer
This is quite simply the best animated movie ever made. It manages to appeal to both the adults of the Transformer generation and the kids of today (How they loved Grimlock, hehe). Transformers combines heavy action with some uncharacteristic themes for a children's film (Characters actually DIE. Watch Prime's death, it's pretty deep for a kids film). The film is all the better for it, though. Just watch the cartoons kids have to put up with today - pokemon, etc. Crap. Buy TF:TM and show them what a REAL cartoon with a REAL story is like. If they're not hooked on 80's synth/rock/heavy metal by the end of it, buy the soundtrack and they will be =)
I can't praise this film enough. And now it can live forever on DVD! Now all we need is the episodes released in chronological order so we can force kids to watch them and make the world a better place.
Look, just buy it, ok? And when you're done buy the toys. Now they were REAL toys back then. Why I remember.......
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
To quote from the Amazon Blurb:
A classic of 1980's animation, based on the popular TV series, TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE features a star-studded array of vocal talent, including Welles, Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, Eric Idle, and Casey Kasem.

This is clearly stated on the item description could people miss that? No mention of Michael Bay or Megan Fox there...

No one has been ripped off.This version is simply a RE-RELEASE.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT TO BE MISSED 16 Mar 2002
I have been a huge fan of Japanese Animation for 10 years now and I have got to admit that Transformers The Movie has got to be one of the best Japanese/American cartoon movies I have seen.
Everything about it is different from the tv series e.g. The drawings and animation is very detailed, the soundtrack is completely outstanding and very pleasantly surprising. An increase in violent content which was different and very interesting. The voice cast was brilliant, a host of new characters and the movie itself was exciting and entertaining from beginning to end.
A very well handled English Version which must have been a fantastic Cinema Experience back when it was first released.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE edition? Unquestionably yes! 10 Aug 2007
Here we have a timeless classic. Transformers: The Movie was unquestionably a milestone and turning point in the history of the Robots in Disguise. It's failure at the box office doesn't mean a thing these days, as it has since gone on to become one of the most memorable cult classics of all time.

The critics who panned it as being `one, giant toy commercial' didn't know what they were on about. It changed everything about Transformers, introducing such radical, yet awe-inspiring concepts that inspired and fuelled the success of Transformers comics and future shows. The movie also showcased deeper and darker storytelling than that usually seen in the first two seasons of the TV show, boasted a phenomenal soundtrack and all-star voice cast, and had animation beyond anything else from Generation 1.

For those who don't know the plot of the film, it goes like this. It's set in the year 2005 (God, does that feel weird now or what?). Twenty years have passed since the end of Season 2, and things have gone very bad for the Autobots. The Decepticons now rule Cybertron, and whilst the Autobots are planning their uprising, the Decepticons attack Autobot City: Earth to wipe out their arch-enemies once and for all. But whilst all this is going on, a new threat arrives which makes the civil war pale in comparison. Unicron, a monster planet that is intent on destroying the Transformer race.

Now, there're have been so many DVD releases of this film. Starting in 2001 when Maverick released a long-awaited Region 2 copy of this film. Then we've had versions of the film that can be purchased for a fiver and come without any extras.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The uncut version! 17 Jan 2004
By Mr. J. R. Coupland VINE VOICE
Okay, so it's not 'Godfather' standards, and as I can see now was basically intended as a toy advert, but in its own way, Transformers: The Movie is worth five out of five. It's well made, is pacy, has a great cast of cult actors (Eric Idle! Leonard Nimoy! ORSON WELLES!!!), a rockin' soundtrack and is supremely entertaining.
Maybe to a non-fan it wouldn't impress, but this review isn't aimed at unbelievers. The storyline is full of epic drama, and is sufficiently big to fill the demands of a one and a half hour movie. The characters are well established, the animation excellent, there is tragedy and humour.
And not only that, but the Maverick edition is the full, uncut, PG rated version I'd never known existed until I heard Spike Witwicky swear and saw rather more violence than I remembered. Unfortunately, this now seems to have been withdrawn and replaced by the more child friendly cut version.
After seeing this I'd recommend everybody reads the UK comic stories printed in 'Target 2006', 'Fallen Angel', 'Legacy of Unicron', 'Space Pirates' and 'Time Wars'. They form a great series of sequels which take the movie out of the cartoon continuity and place it slap-bang in the middle of the superior comic continuity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You've gotta love it
Saw this when I was a kid, it'd been recorded on to VHS and over use of it killed it :(
Years on I saw it on here, had a few quid spare and had to buy.
Bloody brilliant. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by poor picture quality
Picture quality is quite poor. Advertised here on Amazon as a remastered edition, but I suspect otherwise. Read more
Published 10 days ago by The Happy Space Invader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent delivery great film much enjoyed thank u amazon
Published 14 days ago by richard hadley
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
Transformers the animated movie looks crisp and amazing and the sound is top notch on blu ray, however no extras lets it down!!
Published 2 months ago by Mr S W T Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
Everyone should buy this movie! It is a must have as a Transformers fan. I don't care if you can watch it online, buy it and support.
Published 8 months ago by Nathalie Blixenfeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best animated film from my childhood
I have heard it said before but truly they just don't make them like this anymore. The music makes the film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael J. Woodleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as stated
Published 13 months ago by slimjim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
I was very pleased with this great treasure of my childhood!
The Digital Restoration is very fine. I hope they convert the all series to Bluray.
Published 14 months ago by Jose Manuel Alves Claro Canario
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformers The Movie has never looked better.
Transformers the Movie is a massive upgrade on blu-ray. The opening scene on DVD was a macro-blocking nightmare with the over the top reds. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Signifying Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
You'd only buy this if you love transformers and guess what I love transformers. Saw this when it first came out in the 80s and is still 100% better than the terrible Michael Bay... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stuart White
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