Transfomers the Movie:

30th Anniversary Edition

                        review by Bobby Blakey

The Transformers franchise is one that has garnered a legion of fans through all its varying iterations. Outside of the generation on series the most popular of them all is that of the 1986 feature The Tranformers; The Movie. Now Shout Factory is celebrating the 30th anniversary of this classic film with an all-new steelbook edition of the popular film.

If you somehow missed the film it follows the Autobots who must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. The film features a great voice cast including Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Wells in his final role. Even after 30 years this movie still holds up to perfection. Sure the music is very 80s, but that is part of the charm and a major part of the film. That 80s rock blasts through the film from beginning to end and manages to make the film feel bigger than it already was. The animation is still as beautiful as ever and in HD all that much better. I have always loved this film and remember being blown away hearing Ultra Magnus cuss when trying to open the Matrix of Leadership because as a kid you didn’t hear cussing like that often in animated films. There is a ton of great transforming action that kept all the classic aspects of the generation one series intact while shocking fans with killing off characters and really pushing it to the next level. To this day this film is the perfect example of what should be done when making a series into a feature as opposed to what most do that end up just feeling like a long episode.

This new release is also available in collectible Steelbook packaging that includes the 2-Blu-ray set of the newly remastered movie, immersive bonus content including brand-new featurettes, a digital copy of the movie and more. This is surely going to be a must have for any fan of the series so grab your copy of The Transformers: The Movie Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Steelbook, Two-disc Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th from Shout Factory.

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