Transformers: The Movie - 20th Anniversary 2-disc Special Edition
I got it and I geeked out. I mean SERIOUSLY geeked out. I had a copy on VHS, but it has since gone the way of the dodo because I watched it to death, much as I did my original copy of The Lion King...
That's right, baby, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition 2-disc DVD has finally arrived! Sony offers up a tricked out 2 disc DVD edition of the classic children's cartoon and it comes with an extra 3-d lenticular cover featuring the classic Transformers from the original TV series and the next gen Transformers introduced in the movie. The movie boasts an all star voice cast that is still amazing, even to this day: Peter Cullen (back as Optimus for the new Michael Bay film), Frank Welker, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Scatman Crothers, Orson Welles, Casey Kasem and Leonard Nimoy.
Set 20 years in the future from the original series, which debuted in 1984, the move takes place on Earth in the year 2005. The Decepticons have begun their final push to destroy the Autobots. Their civil war is interrupted when the planet-killing Unicron (Welles) arrives on the scene and the Autobots are forced to ally themselves with the Decepticons to fight off the greatest threat Cybertron has ever known.
The animation is well done, and the voice talent gave the movie added oomph that was phenomenal to see.
The 2 disc DVD set comes with the following features:
Theatrical Widescreen Presentation (16x9), Autobot matrix of Knowledge (full length fill with fun facts and trivia), Commentary with Nelson Shin (Director), Flint Dille (Story Consultant) and Sue Blu (Voice of Arcee), Fan Commentary, Original Theatrical Trailers and TV spots, Cinex and Credit Test, Photo Gallery, "Scramble City" Episode with Commentary, Remastering side-by-side comparison, and Transformers 2007 Live action movie trailer and sneak peek.
Full Screen Version, Activate Autobot City Trivia Game (DVD-ROM), All-New Featurettes: "Death of Optimus Prime", "Cast and Characters", and "TRANSFORMERS Q&A" featuring Nelson Shin (Director), Flint Dille, Tom Griffin, Joe Bacal and Sue Blu, Promotional Trailer with commentary, Test, Deleted/Alternative footage with Commentary, Animated Storyboards, AS and Japanese Toy Commercials, Scramble City Commercials, and DVD-ROM links to Exclusive Content.
All in all, dollars well spent, and the remastering has done nothing but good things for the movie...now if Bay's movie can live up to it, the franchise will be in good stead.