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Transformers: Takara Collection - Volume 1 - Headmasters [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 765 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A85TUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,490 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This exclusive release marks the first time this legendary, much sought after but little seen 35-episode series has ever been officially released in its entirety in the West. It features the show's original Japanese language version with newly commissioned remastered English subtitles, new artwork and a special collector's booklet on The Takara Collection.

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Transformers: The Headmasters is the Japanese continuation of the "Transformers: 2010" series (better known as Season 3 of G1 in English speaking countries). This series essentially ignores the three-part Rebirth episodes, opting for a new and more ongoing introduction to the Headmasters, Six shot, and other characters. It also sets up the rest of the Japanese continuity for G1, including Masterforce, Victory, Zone and other TV Magazines and such.
The actual series is fairly basic- Galvatron returns to retake Cybertron (obviously the pact with Optimus Prime wore out), and employs the new Headmasters, lead by the mysterious Megazarak/Scorpinok. However, from a far off, distant planet, autobot headmasters come and well.. you can sort of figure it out for yourself. The plot actually goes somewhere, though, something that's been missing from Transformers series before this.
The series was the first Japanese-spearheaded project in the Transformers animated series that acheived a full length production (Scramble City, a one-off that introduced Ultra Magnus, Metroplex and Trypticon into the Japanese G1 toyline, due to the absence of the movie), and as such doesn't stray too far away from the original styles of Generation one (though sadly, the music is not as orchestral or fantastic as the majority of G1's score), including similar designs, characters, and even the scene-changing interludes are still there, which really add to the "alternative nostalgia" thing in the title. It's something you should have watched when you were a child, and it feels like something you should have watched, but due to where you were in the world, you just couldn't.
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2006
I think that it is important to remember that the series is designed for and was aimed at children; the credits sequence after each episode and the fact that Daniel gets so many appearances I think are testimony to this. As an adult I can appreciate all the flaws that previous reviewers have pointed out, but as a child I think I would have enjoyed this series as much as the the original G1 episodes.
There is no point in watching cartoons from your childhood if you are going to scrutinize them as an adult - you will not enjoy them !
A small warning - the English language soundtrack to these episodes is awful.
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What are you expecting from this box set? First off, understand that the DVDs are region-free. You can play them on any machines, but may not be able to properly view the videos if you screens are PAL. To bypass this you can watch them on your computers with the DVD drive. I tried mine on my American Xbox and it worked too, but there were occasional skips on my TV due to the frame rates of PAL being one more than NTSC, which is what's used in America. The subtitle for the episodes are redone, continuing the naming of characters from the G1 toy line and series. You also get commentary tracks, as well as the horrendous StarTV English-language dubs (please avoid this, unless you need a good... bad laugh!). Of course you get the Japanese language track as well. The series begins with Optimus Prime, Galvatron and Rodimus Prime, but eventually makes way for Fortress Maximus and Scorponok as the main characters. The series itself is a direct continuation of the American "G1" series (minus season 4) and the "2010" Japanese series. You even get a few episodes of the Beastformers, which were marketed in the U.S. as their own toy line, the Battle Beasts, after the elemental feature was added to them.
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This is much better than "Rebirth" aka Season 4 of Transformers: Generation One.

I remember the headmasters in Rebirth being green alien people that had robot suits that transformed into robotic heads that sat on top of robot bodies. How stupid is that?

The Headmasters series erases all that happened in Rebirth and does it right. This time there are no green alien people. Instead, the headmasters are are small, human-sized robots that transform into heads that control larger robot bodies.

It's an interesting series. Not everyone will like it, but the old fans most likely will.

The English language track is absolutely awful. I wish they would've recorded a new one, but that will probably never happen. The Japanese track is just fine, though.
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Transformers: Headmasters ignores the rushed and scatty Season 4 to pick things up after the Season 3 finale Return of Optimus Prime. Galvatron restarts the Autobot/Decepticon War by attacking the Autobots on Cybertron, with his new Headmaster cronies leading the charge.

The animation is consistent. The stories add some emotional tugs and twists atop the usual Autobot heroics and Decepticon hijinks. The Headmasters and Targetmasters represent the next step in Transformers evolution, as the combiners (e.g. Superion) and metrotitans (e.g. Metroplex) did before them.

However, I feel this next step goes a little too far and a lot of the much-loved G1 is brushed aside. SPOILER ALERT - Optimus Prime dies (again) far too soon, the Transformers home world of Cybertron is blown up with much of the G1 cast still on it and then Rodimus Prime just gives up the leadership. By the end of things the only G1 remnants are Arcee (now a glorified babysitter) and Wheelie (alleged comedy relief).

All-in-all a good season of Transformers action, but the changes come too thick and fast. 3/5 Stars.
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