[Blu-ray Review] Transformers: The Animated Movie (1986) [PG] by Christopher Innis

Transformers BluDirected by: Nelson Shin
Starring (voices):
Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Judd Nelson, Orson Wells, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Susan Blu, Scatman Crothers

Review: Back in 1986 TRANSFORMERS fans were treated to to what remains the greatest TRANSFORMERS film of all time, The Transformers: The Movie. Boasting a very unique cast that included the original voice actors from the show as well as a collection of Hollywood royalty such as Judd Nelson, Robert Stacks, Eric Idle, Leonard Nemoy and Orson Welles. The film acted as a bridge between seasons 2 and 3 and offered fans a whole new perspective of their favourite robots in disguise with new characters introduced and old favourites killed off.

It is the year 2005 and the centuries long war between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS is at its hight as MEGATRON and his forces have managed to conquer CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and his heroic band of AUTOBOTS plan to recapture their homeworld and make a desperate run to their base on earth, AUTOBOT CITY to gather supplies, all the while the giant planet eating titan UNICRON is making his way towards CYBERTRON.

Fans who grew up watching this film have fond memories and will always claim that this is the greatest TRANSFORMERS film of all time, and you know what they’re right. Boasting more of a sci-fi feel to it more than the previous seasons of the TV series, The Transformers: The Movie ticks all the boxes in what makes a great TRANSFORMERS film and has one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time which includes Stan Bush’s highly memorable and infectiously catchy The Touch. The film acts as a passing of the torch from one generation to another, as the original characters from the first season hand the reins over to a collection of new characters that would make up the main cast for the film and onwards in seasons 3, 4 and 5 of the TV series.

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The film contains some of the most memorable and quotable moments from the TRANSFORMERS universe. Highlights include the assault on AUTOBOT CITY, the death of STARSCREAM, UNICRON devouring planets and of course the final fight between OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON which leads to MEGATRON’s rebirth as GALVATRON and OPTIMUS’ death. The death of OPTIMUS PRIME is the films most heartbreaking scenes and is fondly remembered by fans as they broke down into tears at the passing of one of the greatest TRANSFORMERS who ever lived. Credit must go to voice actor Peter Cullen who gives his best performance as he manages to pass on the MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP to a new leader of the AUTOBOTS.

Even after almost thirty years since its original release, The Transformers: The Movie is still as entertaining and memorable and is still far superior to anything that the live action films have managed to bring to the screen.

Film Rating:

The Australian Blu-ray
The picture and audio quality are fantastic, it is a really great and worth while transfer.

Special Features
* Remastered High Definition Transfer
* Interview with Story Consultant Flint Dille
* 80’s toy TVCs, TV spots and theatrical trailer
* The Touch film-clip (by Stan Bush)
* Character, voice-actor and musician biographies

There are plenty of fantastic special features that include interviews, character bios, deleted scenes and bonus episodes.

The deleted/alternate scenes are mostly just a collection of the differences between the US and international releases of the film which include a Star Wars opening credits crawl that was attached to international releases.

The bios include information of TRANSFORMERS characters, the voice actors and musicians who worked on the soundtrack.

Bonus episodes include a Japanese exclusive of the pilot episode of TRANSFORMERS entitled Scramble City. Also included is an episode of Beast Wars.

The toy commercials and music video of Stan Bush’s The Touch are fantastic regardless of the poor picture quality.

Also included is a interview with story consultant, Flint Dille and a Q&A with Peter Cullen which provides a fascinating insight to the development of the script for the film and their memories of working on the G1 series and beyond.

Special Features Rating

Review written by Christopher Innis

Purchase the blu-ray from MadMan – http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/12222/transformers-the-animated-movie-bluray

Thanks to Ben from MadMan for his support.

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