I have always loved the Transformers and growing up in the 1980's was when the Transformers were most popular. I use to enjoy watching the show on saturday mornings and then harrassing my parents to buy me the latest transformer toy - optimus prime being the obvious favourate.
Transformers the Movie (the original not Michael Bay's live action version) was released in 1986 (god i feel old), i remember it being the first film i ever saw at the cinema, it was my friends birthday and as a birthday party we went to see this at an old cannon cinema - do they even exist any more??
The thought of a feature length film featuring the transformers and new charactors was very exciting and none of us new the plot line.
The sheer overwhelmingness of the first big battle was exilherating and both myself and friends were traumatised to say the least in a certain scene - no spoilers!! We could not believe what had happened and for veteran fans of the Transformers will know exactly which scene i am referring to.
25 years later i still enjoy the film immensely and watch it now and again on a rainy sunday afternoon. As an adult i appreciate the film some what more enjoying the pounding rock score which accomponies the film and the more adult orientated theme of the film compared to the tv series. I also notice some of the poor animation in the film but who cares its the transformers.
Compared to the modern movies that have been released this is far superioir in my opinion and i guess i will still watch this film in another 25 years!!
The Transformers are a race of transforming robots that have existed for millions of years. They divided into two sides, the heroic autobots and the evil deceptions. In the distant year of 2005(!) these two ancient enemies continue their wage a civil war. It has reached a decisive stage with the deceptions claiming the whole of the transformers' home planet of Cybertron and the autobots running their operations from the planet's orbiting moons and also from planet Earth. The decepticons are onto them, however, and plan to hijack an autobot cargo shuttle to infiltrate Autobot City on Earth. Unknown to both sides, however, a monstrous planet devouring creature is on course to Cybertron, destroying everything in its way. This new threat will change everything for both autobot and deception alike forever...
I was a '80s kid through and through, and it says something for this generation that our heroes came in the form of cynically franchised toys turned into animated TV shows. It says even more (or less) for my generation that we could get worked up over said heroes that were machines. In fact, there would be a public outcry when the death of a favourite character took place in this film - yes, robots can die! Looking back through the jaded eyes of adulthood, this film shows 1980s marketing at its most cynical. The holocaust of loved characters was done to introduce new ones, which was completely in line with the new toys being brought out that Christmas! Storyline consultant, Flint Dille, speaks of a huge gauntlet wiping out virtually the entire 1984 toy line that didn't make it to the final draft of the screenplay. He said, "...if you think kids were locking themselves in the bedroom over [deleted for spoiler reasons], basically in that scene they would've seen their entire toy collection wiped out"
These "deaths" rarely made sense either with the characters sustaining incredible damage in the preceding TV series, but somehow being wiped out with ease in the movie from similar injuries. At least that was the case with the old characters, the new ones could be blown to pieces and then put together as good as new! However, continuity was never a strongpoint of the original TV series in terms of storyline or even getting colour schemes right in the background, so I guess fans had come to accept this, at least they did more when they were energetic 10 year olds and not overweight pedantic 30-somethings who have too much time on their hands! For the record, I am neither overweight and am exceptionally busy, but clearly take my nostalgia too seriously.
The actual film bombed at the box office, but kept an incredible cult status and today is regarded by many fans of animated movies as an all-time great. Despite its many flaws, it succeeded in creating a real event for the big screen and the cynical scourge of old characters actually gave the film a curious pathos, even with the bad guys. On that note more good guys died than baddies, which makes it a fairly bold children's film in this respect. It cheesy soundtrack provided by Vince DeCola's electronic instrumentals and Stan Bush's anthemic vocals showed a desire to take the film seriously. In fact, these two artists, now largely forgotten, produced sounds that, for many, have come to symbolise '80s action movies. "Rocky IV" saw them collaborate even more successfully for that much-loved soundtrack and Bush would be heard again on Jean Claude Van Damme's two breakthrough pictures, "Bloodsport" and "Kickboxer".
The guest voice talents on board include Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle and Judd Nelson (a teen heart throb of the '80s) and swansong performances for Scatman Curuthers (who voiced the same character of Jazz in the TV series) and the great Orson Welles (who looked on the role with disdain). These were mixed in with all the regulars of the show, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker et al. The beauty of animation, of course, is that big star names don't take anything away from the lesser voice actors. The characters really do prevail. The film succeeds in staying loyal to the feel of the TV series and yet is clearly made for the cinema. There is not only a darker tone to the storyline, but also to the look with a distinct shadowing to the animation. "Transformers: The Movie" offers an odd contradiction. It works as a standalone picture in some senses and yet I feel that only those who were aware of the TV series could really connect to its material. This is a reaction I recall, at the time of its release, coming from both adults and younger viewers.
However, I love the picture and could watch it almost as regularly as I did when I was kid. There is a wonderful escapism to it, loads of quotable lines and a whole universe that only I and my generation feel an ownership over. Looking back, the animation was ahead of its time - even if there is often repetition of background characters that should be dead or "transformed" into new characters - and has aged very well even in the face of CGI and the third generation of 3D cinema.
Released back in 1986, Transformers the movie is essentially just an extended and more visually polished episode of the cartoon, albeit one that isnt afraid to break convention, killing off numerous main characters and even employing expletives, with an Autobot at one point proclaiming "Oh sh*t what're we gonna do now!?"
The plot is suprisingly innovative, starting out with an exciting pitched battle between the Autobots and Decepticons in which Optimus Prime is KILLED by Megatron, but this proves to be only the start of the Autobots' worries as a giant mechanical planet by the name of Omicron appears and begins devouring the Transformers' homelands one by one. Unicron eventually reveals itself to be an utterly vast and hostile transformer itself (voiced by Orson Welles, no less) and the Autobots must continue to fight off the Decepticons whilst at the same time infiltrating the giant Omicron transformer and destroying him from the inside-out.
The film is inventive yet wonderfully dumb at the same time, possessing all the charm of the original cartoon upon which it is based, and the story is unexpectedly original and engaging, whilst almost all of the series' characters putting in an appearance at one point or another. Whilst beautifully drawn, the visuals and animation are still fairly low-budget but all the more appealing for it, and the whole thing is accompanied by a quintessentially 80s motivational hair-metal soundtrack full of references to 'finding your inner potential' and triumphing in the face of adversity. A wonderful animated film with more appeal in one frame than the moronic live-action/cgi 2007 remake has in its entire runtime.
Director: Nelson Shin
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Runtime: 86 minutes
This title needs no introduction - well shouldn't anyway! If you have never heard of Transformers, you've not lived a life worth living! If this is the case, I send you my pity and gift you my love enclosed with this review of an all-time classic. Prepare to live...again! In a world where more than meets the eye!
What can I say, I was eight years old when this was released and it is the type of movie that would make or break a childs heart if the movie was a letdown. Almost every child brought up in the 80s and 90s were fans of the Transformers cartoons, comics and toys. If you didn't have Transformers in your toy collection you were a social outcast doomed with no friends. Yes, this is how much this movie meant to kids growing up in this era. A very brutal marketing strategy - get the kids to pay for things using their parents money to keep them quiet. The joys of the Television marketing age.
The story is based around an epic struggle between two robot factions that travelled to earth for resources. Both factions had different ways of dealing with things - the Autobots and the Decepticons. The Autobots striving for peace and protecting humanity against the Decepticons, who were all about control, power and everything evil, who wanted to take control of the Autobots homeplanet - Cybertron.
The movie revealed that a giant robot planet-eating lunatic, known as Unicron (Galactus undercover maybe?) had just started his crusade wrecking his way across the galaxy as the Decepticons were about to launch an attack on 'Autobot City' that would end the Autobots resistence fight and mark an important victory for the might Decepticons and their leader, Megatron.
The leader of Autobots, Optimus Prime, a true heroic general of the robot forces out to protect the universe from evil has his work cut out. He and the Autobots go up against not only Megatron and his mighty army of Decepticons, but a conflict against Unicron, which leads into an epic storyline of Good Vs Evil, twists and turns of factions that all have to deal with the new found power of the planet-muncher himself.
Who would survive this war? Without revealing too much of the plot, you will have to find out for yourself!
Great animation all-round, as the quality improved from the previous cartoons that everyone was familiar with at the time. The music was of course nothing but outstanding. What I would like to point out regarding the soundtrack is that so many people who are fans of this movie claim to dislike Heavy Metal...yet this movie contains a full line-up of quality Hard Rock and Heavy Metal tracks, which lets face it - every single person who watches the movie will love, without realising this fact.
My overall opinion of the movie was big smiles and thumbs up all-round, as the movie lived up to every expectation. Kids wanted nothing but the best and this movie supplied the best and then went to add more within the epic storyline and throw in a lot of deaths, great tunes and something that kids would continue to talk about long into their adult lives as being one of the greatest movies ever made.
You get to see all your favourite Transformers in action. The Autobots such as Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, Bumblebee, Clifjumper, Jazz, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Kup, Arcee, Springer, Perceptor, Wheelie, Ironhide, Blaster, Prowl, Brawn, Wheeljack, Ratchet, Windcharger along with sub-faction the Dinobots. Being a big fan of the Decepticons I was pleased to see the likes of Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Galvatron, Astrotrain, Cyclonus, Scourge, and sub-faction the Constructicons and the Insecticons.
Character Originality: 10/10
Character Performance: 10/10
Sound Effects: 10/10
Special Effects: 10/10
Video Editing: 8/10
Overall Rating: 10/10
Ratings: 1-2 Dire, 3-4 Mediocre, 5-6 Standard, 7-8 Good, 9-10 Excellent.
Sadly there was no special features, but the movie was special enough.
How I heard about the movie:
I heard about the movie from seeing a million adverts for it on the TV, in comics and in the playground at school. It was everywhere - you could not escape!
Number of times watched:
At least 50 times!
If you're a fan it goes without saying you must own this and watch it over and over again. Everything about the movie was amazing, but what really makes the movie special other than the storyline was the great soundtrack and the famous one-line quotes, that only an 80s film could deliver
"One shall stand - one shall fall!"
Is it value for money? You can pick this up for under £10 so yes, this is value for money, but that should go without saying.
Stand-outs from the Soundtrack:
Stan Bush - The Touch
NRG - Instruments of Destruction
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I remember seeing this in the cinema over 20 years ago when I was but a child and having to put my dad through the horrors of watching something with his kids that he had no interest or knowledge of (something that I have tried to avoid with my nieces by keeping in touch with what is cool and watching stuff way below my intelligence threshold... or at least I think it is). I feel so sorry for him in hindsight. I recently bought this film on DVD again to relive the glory days. Were there any toys cooler than Transformers? They were great. Unfortunately this film has either not aged very well or I was too young to realise just how rubbish it was on the first go. The only good thing about it was the nostalgia element for me... even though there is an issue there because this did mark the turning point where the old characters gave way to a new set and the Transformers world as we knew it changed. So even from that perspective it is somewhat lacking. Still, though, I did enjoy the experience of watching it again, if not the actual movie itself... if that makes any sense.
Nostalgia time with those Robots in Disguise. We're a year after Transformers the movie was released in Cinemas nationwide and after thoroughly enjoying that, I wondered how good the original cartoon movie would stand up nowadays. It was released in the late 80's when I was still a toddler, but I remember my dad renting out of Azad Video for me and my brother to watch. We loved it then, but how does it hold up now?
The story picks up around the time the second season ended and would serve to lead into the following third season. The plot is that there's a new bad guy in town in the form of a huge floating Transformer in space known as Unicron , It starts destroying all the moons and different planets until the Autobots decide to make a stand.
Don't want to give away everything that happens but it's a decent if predictable storyline but it has some pretty emotionally charged moments and a killer soundtrack for it's time. It also boasts a few great guest voice actors in Orson Welles, Lenord Nemoy and Monty Pythons own Eric Idle.
The animation is pretty poor in comparison to what you see nowadays but it does go to show just how far technology has come in the last 20 years. For it's time it was pretty impressive however.
No doubt the biggest selling point is nostalgia, old is new again and fans from the 80's and early 90's would enjoy this as a nice trip back in time. Plus it's available in most places for under £5 so I'd say I do recommend Transformers : The Movie.
In its day Transformers was the biggest cartoon!Children simply fell in love with it. Today those childen have grown up and now both children and adults alike love it! I think a movie with the guts to kill off a main character within the first 10 minutes deserves some credit. It also introduces a new main character in the form of rodius prime who at once became a fan favourite. This movie is quite old and the animation is dated. It doesnt matter however, it still has the story to keep it a strong movie. The music in the movie is awesome. Its 80's rock and roll and fits the theme of the movie perfectly. I adore this movie. it reminds me of my childhood and I often break it out and watch it. You can pick it pretty cheep now also which is another bonus! I recommend this to anyone who watched it as a kid and also those who want a decent cartoon to watch. Its still the best.
This film will sit in the hearts of 80s and 90s kids for years to come. It combines everything you need for a cartoon series made into a movie, including the important characters, an easy to follow plot, and a super-cheesy soundtrack.
The plot is set in 2005. Bearing in mind the film was made in 1986, this is quite futuristic. Autobots and Decepticons are still locked in struggle, good vs evil. A new danger comes about, a huge transformer floating in space called Unicron, voiced by Orson Welles. This threatens to wipe out moons and planets one by one, and nothing seems able to stop it. Enter Hot Rod, a young arrogant Autobot who thinks he can take on Megatron and the Decepticons by himself. Optimus Prime , Ultra Magnus, Cup, RC, some dinobots and a couple of other transformers do their bit to destroy Unicron, as do Megatron (re-transformed into Galvatron, a meaner version, if possible). The film culminates in the predictable but eagerly anticipated showdown at the end, a fight involving Autobots, Decepticons and Unicron. Naturally, there are a few feel-good moments accompanied by some heavy electric guitar riffs, and the Matrix of Autobot leadership comes into play to'light our darkest hour'.
The nostalgia factor is probably the greatest pull these days for this film. At the time, it was not common to make films out of cartoons. It happens much more now. The plot is very well thought out, and helped greatly by the use of some household names at the time to do the voices of the main characters, such as Judd Nelson, Orson Welles, Leonard Nimoy and Eric Idle.
In terms of what the film has to offer in terms of cinematographic excellence, you may find it a little dated. This did not bother me in the slightest, as I feel the most important aspect of this film is the correlation between it and the cartoon series. I would have liked to have seen more of the familiar characters taking part in the film, and although by nature of the plot it does explain why there are only a certain number of them involved, favourites from the cartoon series are not given as much screen-time as you would have thought.
The cheesy soundtrack features some heavy numbers such as 'Instruments of Destruction', and of course the Transformers Theme Tune you associate with the cartoon series, but the main two tracks are by Stan Bush, the first one called 'Dare', which is used a couple of times through the film at key moments with Hot Rod, and the other called 'The Touch', which has become a cult track for many kids I grew up with, and it still sends shivers down my spine when I hear it come on whilst watching the film.
An awesome film. I loved it when I was a kid, my kid loves it now, and a little secret: I like it just as much now I'm an adult: it's timeless nostalgia. My honest opinion is that if you are a fan of 80s cartoon series in general, you will love this film. If you are not too enamoured by this genre, then the film may still appeal to you as it has a well structured plot that it simple enough at the same time, but all I will say is try it. The best thing about it is that most retailers are selling it at £2 or £3 pounds. It has more cult status than anything else.
I rate this film as 5 stars as a personal rating. On a critical level, and putting myself in the shoes of the general public, I would still rate it highly, but perhaps a 4 star instead of 5.
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Transformers - The Movie is the first film my befuddled memory recalls seeing at the cinema. At the tender age of six I remember the excitement of its release. It was greeted with the same furore as Power Rangers was and is probably one of the first children's films and animated series that was devised with marketing in mind.
Over the years the franchise transformed itself in several guises and has recently made a comeback. However, my rose tinted mind is tinged with nostalgia and accepts no substitute for the original and of course superior series.
More than meets the eye?
The movie centres on the age-old battle between the Autobots (good) and Decepticons (bad). These robot like beings have waged war on each other for countless millennia and after their home planet "Cybertron" was destroyed have continued this battle on earth. Of course the Autobots being good are desperate to protect the people of earth from the scourge of the evil Decepticons. After a titanic struggle the Decepticon leader Megatron is defeated and his second in commander and successor Starscream gleefully jettison's him into space. However, Unicron ravager of planets saves Megatron from death and promises to transform him into the ultimate Decepticon on one condition...Megatron must destroy the Matrix, the one thing that can harm Unicron.
Robots in disguise
This movie is epic. As a child it evoked emotions of anger, sadness, grief and happiness. It is an action-packed, ninety minute, adrenaline rush and watching it as an adult has done little to change this. The tale is the usual good versus evil yet seemingly as with most 80's children's animations it is suitably moralistic. Yes the emphasis is on battles and gunplay as robots turn into cars, planes and countless other objects. However, there is also sacrifice, redemption and salvation to be found here.
Transformers is an undoubtedly dark and violent film (reflected by its PG rating) vividly so at times yet I remember as a child being strongly influenced by the morals held within. This is perhaps due to some superb voice acting. Peter Cullen is great as the voice of Optimus Prime leader of the Autobots and adds a gravitas and commanding tone to the role that has become infamous to all 80's children whereas Frank Welker is suitably devious as the Decepticon leader Megatron. Orson Welles as the forbidding Unicron and Leonard "Spock" Nimoy as the reborn Galvatron adds the icing to the cake although perhaps the annoying, ingratiating Chris Latta as Starscream steals the film.
However, let us not pretend that Transformers- The Movie is full of Oscar winning acting. Even my nostalgic view of the film cannot ignore the largely corny dialogue and idealistic morals present throughout. Also, there is no doubt the animation is poor even for its time with an anime/comic feel akin to that of Japanese animation of a similar time.
Look past all of this though and what you have is a rip-roaring film that is still highly entertaining even today. I watched it with my 7-year-old the other day and he loved it. Add to this perhaps the best theme tune of an animated series ever (80's rock at its best) and what you have is a watchable, affordable 80's classic.
£8.71 on DVD at Amazon
This review is about The Transformers: The Movie, I will give information about everything about Transformers the Movie, and hopefully some background on the episodes so you know the movie better. So here I go, about to start the review...
The Transformers, are these robots that can transform into a vehicle, there are 2 different races, Autobots, and the Decepticons, they are 2 races trying to destroy each other. The Decepticons are the evil ones, and the Autobots are the good ones. It is a robot bruel. There are loads of Transformers, not all of them like to fight, but they must to defend themselves. You have some Transformers that have loads of different uses, like Perceptor (voice of Paul Eiding), who can transform into a telescope. There are loads that can do things like this, but they all have different uses. There is this one called Devastator, which is 6 Transformers joined together to make the ultimate Transformer. There are some Transformers that can let out mini Transformers, which are really affective, they took down Devastator.
The Autobots have this team of Transformers called the Dino Bots, which consist of Transformers that can transform into Dinosaurs. The leader of this team, is Grimlock, who can turn into a giant grey Dinosaur. The Autobots are controlled by Optimus Prime, the holder of The Matrix. Decepticons are controlled by Megatron, a destructive transformer, that can turn into a destructive gun that Starscream wields. Starscream is like second in command of the Decepticons. In the movie Optimus Prime fights Megatron in the Autobot city, it is a really cool battle, with the background music of The Touch.
Optimus Prime can transform into a large lorry, that can run over the other transformers. Optimus Prime is like the God of all Transformers. Hot Rod, this cool Transformer that can transform into a sports car, he has a friend human called Daniel, who hangs around with Hot Rod. Hot Rod becomes the new Prime, in the end of the movie because he is the one able to unlock The Matrix which destroys Unicron. Unicron is this giant planet that eats up other planets, which is like food to him. No one can escape, no one ever has, but they all tried, but when they do, they are always too late, not even the most powerfullist spaceships can't get away.
The Matrix is this sphere, that has the power to bring light at your darkest time, as in it will destroy the evil when it is at the time when you could be destroyed, but only "The One" which is Hot Rod / Optimus Prime, that can unlock it. When Hot Rod becomes the new Prime, he is called Rodimus Prime, which is a more powerful him. There are quite a few Transformers that get destroyed in the first battle. The unlucky ones.
The Plot of the movie... Its about the Autobots trying to stop Unicron destroying the Universe, so Unicron can't suck up all the planets. There is more to the plot, because there are the Decepticons, that when Megatron gets beaten by Optimus Prime in there kick butt fight, Megatron gets recruited by Unicron, and Megatron turns into Galvatron, and he is much more powerful then his last form. He helps Unicron stop the Autobots from stopping Unicron. Who succeds in the end, you will have to watch the movie and find out for yourselves.
The characters performances are very good, they have big battle scenes, and many of them. It is like it could be real, well not in the time it is set. It is said that next year... 2005, that robots will be fighting each other, and roaming the cities or the Earth. There are a good set of characters, within good and bad, and also Neutrul, more good and bad then Neutrel. Hot Rod and Kup crashed landed on this mysterious planet, and there was loads of these strange robots, that sort of help out, in their own little way.
The sound is great, the voices are not dubbed, it is in English, not too sure if you can do different languages, or just subtitles. The voices are played by, well ill just list them:
Norman Alden .... Kranix/Arblus (voice)
Jack Angel .... Astrotrain (voice)
Michael Bell .... Prowl/Scrapper/Swoop/Junkion/Bombshell (voice)
Gregg Berger .... Grimlock (voice)
Susan Blu .... Arcee (voice)
Arthur Burghardt .... Devastator (voice)
Corey Burton .... Spike/Brawn/Shockwave (voice)
Roger C. Carmel .... Cyclonus/Quintesson Leader (voice)
Victor Caroli .... Narrator (voice)
Regis Cordic .... Quintesson Judge (voice)
Scatman Crothers .... Jazz (voice)
Peter Cullen .... Optimus Prime/Ironhide (voice)
BJ Davis .... Dirge (voice)
Paul Eiding .... Perceptor (voice)
Walker Edmiston .... Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted).
The soundtrack is supurb, it has the main Transformers Theme, and it has loads of others like You've got the Touch, which is called... The Touch. There are loads of other songs, but they are not big. My brother owns this tv soundtrack CD, which has a few Transformer songs on, like the Unicron theme, and the Episode main theme, and also The Touch.
Japanese 'Headmasters' Episode (Soldiers From The Sky)
Original Theatrical Trailer
Music Photo Gallery
Actors Features the voices of: Orson Welles ; Robert Stack ; Leonard Nimoy ; Judd Nelson ; Casey Kasem ; Eric Idle ; Scatman Crothers ; Gregg Berger ; Don Messick
Director Nelson Shin
Screen Fullscreen 4:3
Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration 1 hour and 26 minutes (approx)
Price: £7.99 from www.play.com
Rating: 4 star as its like the best film in the 1980's.
This is the end of my review, if you need anymore information about this, just let me know and ill be glad to add more to this review.
You can forget all other animations. past, and present, this IS the greatest animated movie EVER! So what, if critics back then frowned upon it, this movie was made for the fans, not so critics would be dancing on tables becauses of it's brilliance. But brilliant it is, with superb animation, a gripping storyline, and a great soundtrack thrown in with it, makes this movie unforgettable. The movie serves as a " passing of the torch ", as we see the end of Optimus Prime, and the birth of Roddimus Prime. We begin with the REAL, villian of the movie, the monster planet Unicron, devouring a planet, telling you already that this movie ain't gonna be all soft and cuddly, then move onto the Autobots, and Decepticons, it quickly moves to EARTH, where we see a great battle between the two, which sees the Autobots, get well and truly smashed to pieces, only to be saved by Optimus Prime and a bunch of Autobot rienforcements. Next is the big fight between Optimus Prime and Megatron, ( and I don't care what you say, Megatron WON, he still lived on, while Prime died, therefore Decepticons are better than Autobrats ) after that the action does'nt stop, it gets better, we see the treacherous Starscream, ( who was probobly more hated than Megatron ) dispose of the injured Megatron, only to have Unicron, grab Megatron from the jaws od death, and reformat him into the ruthless Galvatron ( one of the movie's best scenes ), Galvatron gets revenge on Starscream, and heads of to dispose of the Autobots on Earth, whoose (then) new leader Ultra Magnus, hold the only thing powerful enough to destroy Unicron, The Matrix Of Leadership, from then until the end it's all cowboys and indians stuff, as we see the Autobots fight to survive the onslaught of Galvatron, and his fellow reformatted buddies ( watch it and you'll see ), in a race to get to their home planet Cybertron, to defeat Unicron, and the ending is simply magnificent. As well as all this we have g
reat voice talent too, Frank Welker, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy ( sorry if I spelt the name wrong ), Orsan Wells, making this movie as I've said, THE BEST ANIMATED MVIE EVER! If you are a Generation 1 fan, and don't have it, THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? BUY IT! And if you're a little too young to remember it then I suggest you also buy it as it really is worth the money.
Ahh, the 80s. What a time to be a kid. Back then growing up, my life consisted of all the wonderful things life had to offer. From playing countless hours on my Atari 2600 to watching Transformers (not this Beast Wars crap either) on TV every chance I could, things were great. Sure the old Transformers may seem like kiddy programing but it still brings back many good memories and alot of fun. One of my best Transformers memories comes in the form of the theatrical release of Transformers The Movie. Last year, Transformers The Movie was re-released on DVD and given an all new life for not only hard-core but for an all new generation of fans. I just had to have it. Transformers The Movie takes place in the year 2005. The evil Decepticons have retaken the world of Cybertron and are planning to mount an attack on Autobot City on Earth. However, there is a problem far more menacing to the Autobot's then Megatron and the rest of the Decepticons. This threat come in the form of Unicron. Unicron is a massive transformer that devours entire planets. His one fear and weakness is none other then the Autobot Matrix which Autobot leaders keep housed inside them. Transformers The Movie marks an important turning point in the entire series. It gave the entire series both a new look and several fresh new faces. Some of these new faces include the Junkions and their leader Wreck-Gar, Ultra Magnus, Hot Rod, Cup, Blurr, Springer and the first female Transformer Arcee. To make room for most of these new faces, the writers decided to kill
off many of the older favorites including Iron Hide, Wheel Jack, Prowl and many others. Transformers The Movie also marked the transformation of Megatron into Galvitron and perhaps the most memorable Transformers moment ever, the death of Optimus Prime. Although I do think it was cool that they actually killed off characters (hey, this is war), I do not agree exactly in just how they did this. In the series, these robots in disguise could take a pounding. They could get blown to pieces and be repaired later. Here, a simple blaster shot or 2 is capable of shutting them down permanently. The way Optimus Prime gets wasted in particular is pretty disappointing. Especially since minutes before he dies he takes a ton of blaster shots and its like nothing hit him. The picture quality of the DVD, although superior to the VHS version, could be a little better. Colors are abit sharper and they seemed to have enhanced some of the lighting effects, but I feel they could have cleaned things up just a little better. Despite this, all the great animation and art from the original is still here. Things look far better then they ever did on the old TV series. The soundtrack in Transformers The Movie is simply amazing. From the redone Transformers theme to Weird Al's "Dare To Be Stupid" song, the sound track is scored perfectly. Most of its 80s style rock but despite that fact, what's here is all good. I especially liked Stan Bush's song "The Touch" which is used at 2 dramatic points in the movie. Voice acting is al
so every bit as good as the amazing soundtrack. All your old favorites from the series including Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Casey Kasem as Cliff Jumper and Frank Welker as Megatron. There is also a slew of better known names that lend their talent such as Orson Wells as Unicron, Robert Stack as Ultra Magnus, Judd Nelson as Hot Rod and Leonard Nimoy as Galvitron. I seriously don't believe they could have casted this film any better. For the DVD release of the film, they have also added a few extra features. Some of these newer features include 5.1 sound, Story Boards and an interview with composer Vince DiCola. Also, if you were one of the few fortunate enough to see this film in the theaters when it was originally released, you may have noticed that they cut some minor swearing out of the VHS version. It was nothing major but it has returned in the DVD release. Pretty bare bones on the extras compared to some of the other DVDs i've seen, but better then nothing I guess. I also have a few other complaints about the film as well, ones which take away from the overall experience some and prevent me from giving it a 5 star rating. Other complaint include the fact that only a handful of Decepticons actually attack Autobot City, yet despite what looks like an equal number of Autobot present, the Autobots get wasted like they were attacked by 100 Decepticons. What the heck is up with that? To top it off, once Optimus Prime arrives, he single handily takes care of half the Decepticons by simply ramming into them in truck form and then transforming and
hitting them with a few blaster shots. Another stupid element of the film is a scene in which the Decepticons are returning to Cybertron on the space shuttle Decepticon Astro Train. Astro Train tells then they need to jettison some weight or they'll never make it to Cybertron. My question is Why? Their in space, shouldn't everything be weightless? I guess whoever wrote the story didn't seem to realize this. Overall, despite the few complaints I had, I would highly recommend Transformers The Movie to anyone that was a fan of the old series. Its also a great way to introduce younger fans to the 1st generation of Transformers. You can probably pick this DVD up for about $12-15 bucks at most places and its worth every penny. Ah, I really wish they would do a real sequel to this but it will never happen. The series has unfortunately become nothing more of a shell of its former self. Too bad.
When I saw that this DVD was commercially available, I nearly dropped my Optimus Prime. I remember this as being one of the best movies - if not THE best - of my childhood. I was an avid Transformers fan as a kid - I had loads of the toys, most of the comics, all the annuals - you name it. Ten years later (I'm 20 now - there, saved you the effort) and all the toys have been (reluctantly) given to cousins, the comics probably thrown away by my mother on one of her over-zealous throwing-out sessions, and the annuals ruined by my sticky-fingered kid brother. But seeing this film again brought back all the memories - from kicking Decepticon ass in my bedroom, to kicking Decepticon ass in the playground. For those who don’t know, the basis of the story is the heroic Autobots versus the evil Decepticons. The Autobots are one day happily going about their business when they find out that attack by the biggest Transformer ever is imminent. This guy is called Unicron, and he’s seriously hard. Basically, he’s the size of a planet and in order to stay alive needs to eat other planets for energy. And he’s headed for Earth where the Autobots are situated, along with the one thing he fears - the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Couple this with an attack by the Decepticon army on the same day, and you’ve got a classic storyline on your hands. There are certain aspects of this film that set it apart from most of its animated counterparts. The first of these is that it’s an animated war film in which certain major characters DIE. Yes. You KNOW who I’m talking about. This gives the film an added sense of realism not often seen in other similar movies. I’ve never seen Pokemon The Movie, but I have it on reliable account that none of the goodies die. But WHY? It’s WAR for crying out loud – that’s what it’s all about. Secondly, you immediately love the characters. Whether this is due t
o previously owning the toys etc., I can’t say. Thirdly, over-sentimental moral conclusions at the end of the film are kept to an absolute minimum (He-Man and Pokemon take note). Plus, how many other animated films have none other than Orson Welles, Leonard Nimoy and Eric Idle doing voiceovers? I rest my case. From start to finish, the film is exciting and action-packed. The animation is pretty good seeing as it was done 16 years ago – better than that of many cartoons since (again, the finger points to Pokemon). Plus the inevitable “hero” of the movie isn’t who you think it’s gonna be. It’s actually pretty hard to describe the charisma of the film to people who have no appreciation of the whole Transformers phenomenon, and as a result are being warned now to stay away. But for the more enlightened ones amongst us, this is a joy to watch. Prepare yourselves for an evening of blissful energon-filled action, starring ALL your favourite characters. However, there are two BIG downsides to this DVD. The first is the soundtrack. I can appreciate that the music must come from the 80’s and I can even go as far as accepting that it must also therefore largely consist of cheesy rock. But WHY OH WHY OH WHY does it have to be present THROUGHOUT the film? I’m talking NON-STOP. There’s a few one-second gaps between tracks and then we’re onto the next example of poodle-rock. Which gets REALLY annoying. The second is that the extras are extremely disappointing. Did anybody else expect there to be a couple of episodes from the series present? Unfortunately this is not the case. There is the first episode from the new Japanese Takara series, but with dubbed voices it instantly loses it’s charisma The message is simple – if you loved the robots in disguise as a kid then do not hesitate to purchase this film - a veritable televisual treat. On the other hand, if you simply just “do
n’t get” Transformers then there is no hope for you.
This was the movie based on the hit cartoon back in the 80's THE TRANSFORMERS. The story is about the 2 groups of warring robots AUTOBOTS (GOOD GUYS) AND THE DECPTICONS (EVIL) but as we learn at the start of the movie there is a bigger more deadly force and its on it's way to cybertron (home planet of the autobots) Later we as we follow the story that is foceused on a autobot called hotrod we learn mor about the evil force and we also see new autobots as well as a lot of new decpticons. The sadist bit in the movie that will have you in tears is when the leader optamus prime dies which is a pity. The movie is action packed right from the start with unicron attacking a planet to the end and i wont spoil that for you if you havent bought this great title. You can buy two versions of this movie the DVD or the VIDEO. I would recomend the DVD as you get a few extras that you dont get in the VIDEO version: A special introduction to the movie The original movie trailor A art gallery A dubbed version of a episode from japan and the swear word that was cut out from the video and the movie. This movie has a lot of stars doing the voices like orsen wells and lenard nemroy just to name a few I recomend that if you want to relive your golden days as a child then you go and buy this.
It's the year 2005, and the universe is going right down the toilet. Not only have the heroic Autobots lost their homeworld of Cybertron to the evil Decepticons, a giant metallic planet named Unicron is on the prowl, treating solar systems like a gigantic buffet and gunning for the Autobots' matrix of leadership. Fortunately, struggling against the odds is what heroes do best, and it is indeed hard to keep a good robot down. As the battle rages from space to earth and back into space again, characters die, others are reborn and, ultimately, good must face evil in a climactic battle for the fate of the universe.When this animated film arrived in American cinemas in the mid-1980s, the Transformers--both the robot toys and the television show--were at the height of their popularity. Transformers The Movie took these battling 'bots and, er, transformed them into film stars, albeit of the cult variety. The animation is a bit touch-and-go: at its best, it's up there with classic Japanese manga; at it's worst, it reeks of horrible 80s assembly-line productions. And the plot is little more than an advert for the (then) new toys, many of which show up as main characters in the film (Hot Rod, Kup, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, etc). However, some of the action sequences are indeed spectacular--especially the battle for Autobot City--and the violence is a bit intense for what is, basically, a kid's film (they may just be robots, but they still die, apparently). What really makes this film more than meets the eye, though, is the names who show up as voices in the credits: Leonard Nimoy, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Eric Idle and even Orson Welles, in one of his last roles, as Unicron. --Robert Burrow