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DVD Shopping Bag: Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters

The Complete Series Arrives

By Robert T. Trate     July 05, 2011


Transformers The Head Masters The Complete Series now on DVD
© Shout Factory/Bob Trate

 

What I remember is that Optimus Prime died in a movie that my parents never took me to see. I had to hear this sad and tragic news from my best friend who apparently had much cooler parents. I still remember that day. How could Optimus Prime die? Thankfully, after a season or two of Rodimus Prime, Optimus Prime came back and all was right with the world. Now at this point my memory gets a bit hazy. See cartoons were being replaced by soccer practice, junior high school, and more importantly girls. There just wasn’t enough time for cartoons anymore. I do remember the Headmasters mini series featuring Spike becoming the head to Fortress Maximums. His son Daniel became the head to Arcee. It all took place on a distant planet and ended with Scorponok coming back to Cybertron. After this mini series The Transformers pretty much went off the air. Eventually they returned as Beasts and numerous other incarnations but none of that really interested me. When Shout! Factory offered Mania the chance the review their Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters discs I wondered was this that mini series or something else?
 
To begin with, these are the continuing adventures of The Transformers after they ended in the US. It doesn’t completely gel with the continuity of the show but being a fan of The Transformers I’ll take what I can get. Upon reading the box I instantly thought I would last all of ten minutes as the entire Headmasters Series is solely in Japanese. There are English subtitles but each and every Transformer sounds like an angry Samurai. Could I sit there and listen to different actors voice my heroic Autobots? I sat through a screening of 13 Assassins (also out today) recently and loved every minute in its subtitled glory, this was no different. In my head I could hear Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), John Moschitta Jr. (Blurr), and Frank Welker (Galvatron) voice the characters. The story quickly sucked me in and before I knew it I was back with the Transformers.
 
The Decepticons attack Cybertron in the hopes to take over Vector Sigma. A power source so powerful that procession of it can swing the balance of power. While this battle is taking place, Galvatron is having his new Decepticon Headmasters prove their worth. Each has unique abilities and it seems as if the tide will turn in the Decepticons favor. In the midst of the battle a ship appears over Cybertron. Several new Transformers emerge and strike back at the Decepticons. The Autobot Headmasters have arrived to save the day.
 
The first several episodes were your usual race against time. The Yins and Yangs of the Transformers universe duel each other over several different planets. For every TrypticonandMetroplex fight there was a Superion andMenasor fight happening too. The best of which is Soundwave and Blaster, the reasoning being is that Blaster actually dies (which I’ll get to in a minute). This is all a set up and almost a restart to bring Hot Rod back under the guise of Rodimus Prime. Optimus Prime travels deep into Cybertron to find Vector Sigma and has some help from Alpha Trion. Optimus Prime is so deep into the heart of the planet that he is unable to communicate with the rest of the Autobots. Here in lies the dilemma because they discover that the Matrix of Leadership can, once again, save the day. Sadly Optimus hid it and they don’t know where to look for it.
 
When the first few episodes were over I barely noticed the Japanese voices anymore. I was now hooked into learning what would happen in the next 33 episodes. Up next is the rebirth of Blaster, which I knew was going to happen. When all is said an done these additional stories are the equivalent of Chris Claremont returning to the X-Men in X-Men Forever for this fan. Now there is a chance, and time, to see how it all ended.
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
2. Das Boot (Two-Disc Collector's Set) [Blu-ray]
3. Hobo with a Shotgun [Blu-ray]
4. 13 Assassins [Blu-ray]
5. Wall-E (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
13 Assassins [Blu-ray] Starring Koji Yakusho
 
13 Assassins
American Flyer Starring Danny Trejo and Douglas Spain
 
Damage [Blu-ray] Starring Steve Austin, Walton Goggins and Donnelly Rhodes
 
Das Boot (Two-Disc Collector's Set) [Blu-ray] Starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
 
Empire of Assassins Starring Miu Tse and Li Yuan
 
Gettysburg / Gods and Generals (Limited Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Jeff Daniels and Stephen Lang
 
Gettysburg / Gods and Generals (Limited Collector's Edition)
 
Hannie Caulder [Blu-ray] Starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine
 
Hobo with a Shotgun [Blu-ray] Starring Rutger Hauer
 
Hobo With a Shotgun 2-Disc Collector's Edition
 
Hobo With a Shotgun
 
Illegal Starring Anne Coesens
 
Memoirs of a Lady Ninja 2
 
Passion of Darkly Noon Starring Brendan Fraser and Viggo Mortensen
 
Rider on the Rain & farewell Friend Starring Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Brigitte Fossey
 
Strangers Online Starring Noel Palomaria, Tara Killian and Eva Frajko
 
Tsotsi Starring Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto
 
ANIME
 
Girl Who Leapt Through Space 2
 
Kite Liberator
K-On! Vol.2 [Blu-ray]
 
K-On! Vol. 2
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer [Blu-ray]
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
 
Tales of the Abyss Part 1
 
CARTOONS
 
Ratatouille (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
 
Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters Starring Hiroko Emori, Ikuya Sawaki and Hideyuki Hori
 
Up (Three-disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
 
Wall-E (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
 
CLASSICS
 
Miranda Starring Glynis Johns, Griffith Jones, Googie Withers
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Be Cool [Blu-ray] Starring John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Cedric The Entertainer
 
HORROR
 
2 Starring C.James Roberts, Molly W.B Roberts, Diane Dupris
 
Anniversary at Shallow Creek Starring Eric Mark Fischer, Brianna Lee Johnson, Brick Patrick
Bloodlust Zombies Starring Alexis Texas, Janice Marie and Adam Danoff
 
BloodRayne: The Third Reich - Director's Cut (Unrated) [Blu-Ray] Starring Natassia Malthe, Clint Howard, Michael Pare
 
BloodRayne: The Third Reich - Director's Cut (Unrated) with Digital Copy
 
Drivein Horrorshow Starring Ethan Zohn, Jenna Morasca and Nick Anastasi
 
Ferocious Planet Starring Joe Flanigan and John Rhys-Davies
The Frankenstein Syndrome Starring Tiffany Shepis, Louis Mandylor, Patti Tindall and Ed Lauter
 
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter [Blu-ray] Starring Danny Trejo, Marco Leonardi, Michael Parks
 
Millenium Meltdown
 
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film Starring Lance Henriksen, John Carpenter, Mick Garris and Joe Dante
Wake Wood [Blu-ray] Starring Eva Birthistle and Ella Connolly (see column)
 
Wake Wood
Wisconsin Project X Starring Christian Ackerman and Jesse Head
 
Witchmaker: Legend of Witch Hollow Starring Alvy Moore, Thordis Brandt, John Lodge and Anthony Eisley
 
Witchville Starring Luke Goss, Ed Speleers, Andrew Pleavin and Simon Thorp
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
Cutting Edge [Blu-ray] Starring D.B. Sweeney, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn and Chris Benson
 
Four Weddings & A Funeral [Blu-ray] Starring Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Simon Callow and John Hannah
 
Honeymoon in Vegas [Blu-ray] Starring James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Pat Morita and Johnny Williams
 
Overboard [Blu-ray] Starring Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann and Mike Hagerty
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Crack in the World [Blu-ray] Starring Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
 
Oblivion Starring Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Andrew Divoff
 
TV LAND
According to Jim: The Complete Fourth Season Starring James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith
 
Aqua Teen Hunger Force 1-7 & Movie
 
Boy Meets World: The Complete Sixth Season Starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle and Danielle Fishel
 
The Cape: Complete Series Starring David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau and James Frain
Dynasty: Season Five V.1 Starring John Forsythe, Gordon Thomson, John James and Michael Nader
 
Dynasty: Season Five V.2 Starring John Forsythe, Gordon Thomson, John James and Michael Nader
 
Dynasty: Season Five Two Pack Starring John Forsythe, Gordon Thomson, John James and Michael Nader
 
Eureka: Season One Starring Colin Ferguson and Joe Morton
 
Eureka: Season Two Starring Colin Ferguson and Joe Morton
 
Eureka: Season 4.0 Starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Joe Morton
 
The FBI: Season One, Part 1 Starring Efrem Jr. Zimbalist, Philip Abbott, Stephen Brooks
 
Mannix: Fifth Season Starring Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Lonny Chapman and Robert Colbert
 
Mcmillan & Wife: Season 4 Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James
McMillan & Wife: Season 5 Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James
 
Metalocalypse: Seasons 1-3
 
The PJ's: Season Two Starring Eddie Murphy, Loretta Devine, James Black
 
Southland: The Complete Second Season (Uncensored) (2 Disc) Starring Kevin Alejandro, Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy
 
Squidbillies 1-4
 
Venture Bros: Seasons 1-4
 
Victorious: Season One, Volume One Starring Matthew Bennett
 
Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters Character Art Slideshow-
 
 
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings and criticisms.
 

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doublec 7/5/2011 8:00:30 AM

Crack in the World on Bluray? Wow!!!! Seriously, this is one of the all-time great disaster movies, and classic British '60's scifi to boot!

peak37pt 7/5/2011 11:24:02 AM

 Doublec, I'll have to check it out!

jppintar326 7/5/2011 12:32:57 PM

I was not a big fan of Headmasters and Targetmasters in that 3 episode conclusion.  I too was going into junior high and was discovering the mystery of women (Note:  at 37, I still haven't figured them out.).  Still, I cannot to this day watch those episodes.  For me, Transformers ended with The Return of Optimus Prime.  I thught these characters were dull and I didn't see the tactical advantage these little robots were supposed to be.  Also, getting Daniel getting paralyzed was just silly.  The last season of the show had too many Daniel in Danger episodes.  The silliest of these episodes was the Qunitessons trying to use Daniel's dreams as a weapon (Okay the Yellow Brick Road joke was funny.).  I particularly couldn't stand Cerebrum, who became part of Fortress Maximus.  The Maximus-Scorpanork fight was just a rehash of Metroplek vs Tyrpticon. 

ultrazilla2000 7/8/2011 2:27:50 AM

Jppintar326...the Japanese Headmasters series completely ignores the three part mini series from the U.S., and is instead continued on from the end of season 3 of the show we all grew up with.  As much as I love all incarnations of The Transformers...I have to agree that the U.S. mini series of The Headmasters SUCKED!  The Japanese Headmasters is much better.

 

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