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What Do You Want In Transformers The Ark Volume 2?

With the apparent success of Transformers The Ark earlier this year, IDW Publishing are planning on a second volume with more original character models from the TV show and comics.

The collection will contain over 200 pages with stuff from Headmasters, Masterforce, Victory, Zone, Studio Ox designs, advertisements and much more. The book is due in the summer of 2008, but IDW want your suggestions for what you would like to see.

Hopefully the success of this book will lead to similar projects involving other Transformers series.

Transformers Headmasters out on DVD from Madman

Written by Big Bot on November 8, 2007 | Cartoon,DVD,Headmasters,Madman,News |

Madman Entertainment have today released Transformers Headmasters on DVD in Australia. The 4 disc set contains all 35 episodes with the original Japanese audio and the famous StarTV English dub. Also included are English subtitles, but we are not sure yet whether these are teh Metrodome ones or completely new.

Extra features include an introductory booklet with episode guide, toy gallery, character art gallery, tech specs gallery and Japanese toy ads.

Like Metrodome, the set is region 0 (PAL format). We hope to have a full review soon.

Metrodome Update

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

Raymond T. of Seibertron has been in contact with Metrodome over future Transformers DVD releases in the UK. Here’s the email he received from them

“I’ve no news of the 20th Anniversary of the movie I’m afraid but we are planning a summer release of Takara – Headmasters.

We’ve managed to track down all the original 1991 Japanese Takara masters for Headmasters. These are better quality than the ones we have in the US and they are complete. Tracking them down has been a bit of a job.

My plan at the moment, is to release a 4 disc DVD using these original Japanese masters with the original Japanese audio and we’ll create accurate English subtitles. The original dubbing by Star was pretty dreadful, so my thoughts are to keep it intact, as it was originally broadcast in Japan.

However, I am also looking into the possibility of copying the English audio dub from the US masters and placing it as an optional audio track on the DVD. This is only possible if they are exactly the same so we’ll have to do technical comparisons and configurations etc. and this may end up being too expensive and the US master list is not complete so we won’t be able to do this to all at the moment but I am looking into it.

As for re-dubbing. I’ve dismissed that for the moment as I think it will be far too expensive.”

Chris McFeely, who has worked on the Seasons 3/4, Season 1 and RID Boxsets, has provided some more info

Yeah, I can confirm that what Seibertron have posted is accurate – this is the news I was waiting for permission to release, but Ken hasn’t replied to me in two weeks, and since Seibertron have it up now, what the hey.

The news, of course, was that Metrodome have acquired the original Japanese masters for “Headmasters.” In the recent company restructuring, I’m sad to say that Jane Lawson, a lovely woman who was the product manager for Transformers and our link to what the company was up to, was made redundant. Ken Law is currently handling the product while searching for a new manager. Anyway, where Jane’s approach to Headmasters was “We have the dub, and we’ll see if we can get the Japanese,” after this development, Ken’s approach is “We’ve got the original Japanese, now we’ll see if we can put the dub on it.” The original version is now paramount. Personally, I’ve reccommended that the dub be included, just for the sake of giving viewers a choice. That bit about the US master list not being complete is news to me, however.

Regarding the movie, though, last I heard an Autumn release is planned. Which reminds me, I need to bring up the business of a fan commentary to Ken again!

Unfortunately, and for whatever reason, they only have 17 English masters, as opposed to the 35 Japanese ones they have.

Also, last year, it was reported that TVNihon and Wolfpack Productions would be doing the subtitles, but that’s off the cards now.

Metrodome DVD Update

Chris McFeely has posted a update he received from Metrodome

Transformers The Movie – Reconstructed’ will be released on 29th August 2005. We’re going back to the original picture negative and doing a brand new telecine. It will be 16 9 Widesceen Anamorphic, but will have curtains as the viewable image is 1.33 1 and 1.78 1 and it changes scene by scene. We wanted to give the fans the maximum possible Transformer image. Everything the laminators drew will be visible and this will be the first time anyone, anywhere would have seen the whole movie in its original form. It should be quite something”.

“There is no convenient way to refer to this non-standard format of film transfer. However the process we applied can be described thus

35mm film has a native aspect ratio of 1.33 1.

This particular 35mm negative had been shot by several different animators using various size gates, therefore the framing is inconsistent.

In order to respect the full film frame and place it within the wide screen video format of 16 9, the telecine was set-up to create an anamorphic transfer which results in a side curtained 1.33 image within a 1.78 ratio.

Due to the inconsistent framing within the negative the image size changes from shot to shot.

The resulting master preserves the entire field of potential viewable negative.”

“‘Transformers Takara Headmasters’ will be released in a 4 disc box set on 26th September. This will have brand new English subtitles and the original English dub so you can watch it in whatever way you want.”

Discuss this here in the forums.

Headmasters DVD packaging and innerds

Written by admin on September 23, 2005 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News |

Metrodome have posted some large images of the Headmasters DVD on their forum. Check it out here – remember the DVD is released Monday!

Headmasters Reviewed

Written by admin on September 17, 2005 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News |

Chris McFeely has now uploaded his review of the Headmasters DVD boxset to our forum.

Read it here.

BBFC Rate Transformers Headmasters

Written by admin on September 16, 2005 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News |

The British Board of Film Classification have reviewed and rated the entire 35 episodes of Transformers Headmasters and given the episodes (and subtitles) a PG (Parental Guidance) rating. There were no cuts and the total time was 767 minutes and 0 seconds. See the details in full here.

Many fans in the USA have complained that the subtitles are going to use the western names for the characters instead of Japanese ones and would have liked 2 subtitle tracks. The problem is that every dvd/video/game etc in the UK has to be rated by the BBFC and they charge money for this. Metrodome would have to spend extra on another subtitle track, which, for a small company, they cannot afford. Also, since this is a UK release, UK fans got the final vote on what they wanted.

Latest newsletter from Metrodome

Written by admin on September 4, 2005 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

Metrodome have just sent out this newsletter letting us all know that Transformers The Movie Reconstructed is out on Monday.

TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE RECONSTRUCTED OUT ON MONDAY!

Dear Transformersdvd.com member,

We hope you’ve been enjoying the relaunched website, great to see so many people on the message boards, and good to get so much feedback on what we�re doing with the DVD releases.

Just a quick reminder that the brand new version of Transformers The Movie Reconstructed is out on Monday in all good stores. Also to let you know that if you buy the DVD at any Silverscreen store you�ll be able to get a standard priced version with an exclusive double-sided sleeve featuring both the UK and US artwork. Sendit.com are also offering a free Decepticon metal pin badge to the first 100 people that order from them. If anyone hasn�t seen the quicktime tests and comparisons on the site showing our new reconstructed version versus previous releases, drop by the download section and have a look.

Or if you�d prefer you can order your copy of Transformers The Movie Reconstructed at an excellent discount price by clicking here

And the long awaited Transformers Headmasters from The Takara Collection is also on course to be released as a 4 disc box set on Sept 26th, we’ve had some great feedback on our new subtitled, original Japanese audio version.

If you haven�t pre-ordered yet, click here for a very reasonable discount price

We�ve also posted up more print quality re-drawings from Headmasters on the site as free downloads (posted in the new download section) so pop by and grab them while they�re hot.

The last thing to say is that if anyone is interested in buying bulk quantities of the movie or Headmasters at good discount rates, drop us a line at tradeorder@metrodomegroup.com

If you have any feedback on the new site, or have ideas for other things you�d like to see then please drop by the message boards and post up your thoughts.

All the best

Metrodome

September Transformers UK Preview

September is shaping up to be month of the year for UK Transformers fans, even better than lest years best month, May 2004 (AA2004, Atari’s Transformers game, Season 2 Part 2 DVD from Metrodome, Energon episode 1 preview airing & wave 1 of Energon toys released, wow).

Here’s a list of what is happening next month

1st
Sony PSP released (finally)
Transformers The Movie on UMD – Only in the UK
2nd
Transformers Director Cut released – Atari’s game from May 2004 repackaged with a “making of” extra – Only in the UK
5th
Transformers The Movie Reconstructed on DVD – Only in the UK
Transformers Cybertron starts on Toonami at 5 30pm.
19th
Transformers RID The Complete Series on DVD – Only in the UK
26th
Transformers Takara Volume 1 Headmasters on DVD – Only in the UK

Now if only Hasbro UK would surprise us with the Cybertron toys, we would have nothing to complain about until October.

Headmasters DVD cover unveiled

Written by admin on August 5, 2005 | DVD,Headmasters,Metrodome,News |

TransformersDVD.com, the website for Metrodome destribution, have added the cover for Transformers Headmasters to their forum.

Check it out here.

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