For the third time, RID is being released on DVD in the UK today, but unlike previous attempts in 2004/05 and 2007, this package is one complete set with all 39 episodes spread over 6 discs, titled Transformers: Robots In Disguise Ultimate Collection.
There are still no extra features, but 39 episodes for £11.99 is a bargin in anyone’s book (take note Paramount!). The cover is also a combination of last years covers, and is rated PG, not U has most covers indicate.
Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have updated their listings with a date for Transformers RID – Ultimate Collection on DVD. The set is due out on 1st December 2008 under the Jetix brand. It will be a 6 disc set, formatted as Region 2 PAL and have a RRP of £19.99 but Play.com have it for £12.99. Given the price, no extras are expected.
This set was originally announced to come out in September 2004, but was cancelled due to poor sales of the two individual sets. It seems the reissued sets, released last October, have sold well enough to justify this to be rescheduled.
The popularity of Transformers is bigger than ever with the release of the $700 million grossing movie last summer, and with it comes other companies releasing products to catch on to the hype.
Maximum Entertainment (with Jetix) have today rereleased Transformers: Robots In Disguise (RID) on DVD, exclusively in the UK. All 39 episodes will be on 2 boxsets, entitled Season One (episodes 1-20) and Season Two (episodes 21-39). New artwork has been commissioned, with Optimus Prime and Megatron on the covers. The sets orginally came out in October 2004 and April 2005.
Both DVDs are region 2 PAL encoded and rated PG.
Chris McFeely has confirmed that Maximum Entertainment are decided not to release volume 2 but a boxset containing the first 20 episodes. No extras are confirmed except for lots of character profiles (done by Chris again). The listing can be found here at Virgin Megastores site.
As Chris McFeely reported earlier, thetf.net forum member Casperuk had mentioned that Play.com have dispatched his order for the Complete RID Boxset, which had been confirmed as cancelled last month. Casperuk got his package today and had this to say
sorry lads and gals, i got this morning the part 1 of 2 box set for…………wait for it……………£29.99.
of course i called up and said OI whats going on and asked if i could have the second box set and my change , but if the SIX disk version does exist i will get send that.
The first sightings of the RID Volume 1 cover had surfaced. the image of the cover can be seen here at in the forums
Thanks to Overload on the forums for pointing this one out – Play.Com now have the first RiD DVD volume up for pre-order. Retails at £12.99, with Play’s discount, it’s only £9.99. Extras listed are character profiles and bloopers, but more are sure to come. Contains the first eight episodes of the series. Check it out HERE.
It’s still listed on several websites, but here’s the official word from Maximum Entertainment’s Colin Lomax on the fate of this set
“As a result of disappointing sales we have decided against continuing with the ‘complete set’ approach and have instead chosen to release the episodes on single DVD’s at a lower price point. Consequently we won’t be including any extras. We may revisit the box set approach when the new Spielberg movie is released but not for now.”
So if anyone was holding off on buying the two individual sets in favour of waiting for this, hold yourself back no longer.
The latest word on July’s first DVD release of “Robots in Disguise” is that it’s being bumped up from a single-disc release to two discs, and will contain the first eight episodes of the series, rather than just the first five.
Chris McFeely has posted his review of the second Transformers Robots In Disguise DVD Boxset from Maximum Entertainment. Check out the review in the forums.