It seems Metrodome, despite being sold by previous license holder TV Loonland, stil has the rights to G1 in the UK, which means they plan on rereleasing their Generation One DVD boxsets.
The 98 episode series will again be split into the same four sets, Season One, Season Two Part One, Season Two Part Two and Seasons 3 & 4, with all the same bonus features, expect probably the comic and booklets. All four sets are due out on 15th June.
Unfortunately, this probably means we won’t be seeing Shout! Factory’s set for a while.
After selling of serveral of their cartoons to Hasbro earlier this week, including Transformers G1, TV Loonland have now sold off Metrodome Group plc, the company who have released all 98 episodes, Transformers The Movie, Headmaster, Super-God Masterforce, Victory and Zone in the UK.
With this news, a new company is likely going to aquire the rights to these shows in the future, which means we can expect a whole new set of releases in the UK some time in the future.
TV Loonland, the rights holder to many of Hasbro’s cartoons from the 1980s, has released a press statement informing that they have sold back all rights to Hasbro for $7 million.
In 2000, TV Loonland bought Sunbow Productions from Sony BMG, and with it, all rights for their cartoons, specifically all 98 G1 episodes, Transformers The Movie, 115 Headmaster, Masterforce and Victory episodes and 52 G2 episodes.
With this news, expect some new DVD releases in the future.
Metrodome have re-released the first season of The Transformers Generation One on DVD today in the UK. The 2 box sets each contain 8 episodes with no special features, but come at a cheap price, under £5.
Known as Transformers – The Classic Series 1 Volume 1 and Transformers – The Classic Series 1 Volume 2, the sets are just fancy repackages to get in on the Christmas act and jumping on the Transformers movie bandwagon.
With the Transformers movie out on DVD today in the UK, Metrodome have decided to re-release the 1986 classic, Transformers The Movie, on UMD for Sony’s PSP. TFTM was originally released on UMD on 1st September 2005 when the PSP was released in Europe.
There are no special features on the disc and uses the same cover art as the Ultimate Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc.
Metrodome Distribution have announced the re-release of Transformers G1 on DVD with 2 sets. Transformers: Series One Part One and Transformers: Series One Part Two are coming out on 26th December 2007.
The sets are expected to contain 8 episodes each from series one. No bonus material has been announced and with the low RRP of £7.99, there isn’t expected to be any.
We’re putting together a CD of artwork for Metrodome for them to include on the season 2 DVD box set. If you’re a fan artist on this site then your work will be submitted anyway, but if you have any artwork that isn’t currently on this site then email
it to me here. We can’t guarantee that it will be used, but all of the artwork submitted for the season 1 DVD was used!
Metrodome now have the first installment of their Masterforce podcast now up, showcasing the first episode of the series in five segments through next week. Download itunes if you don’t have it already, and click here to get started!
The five-disc Super-God Masterforce boxset will finally be available to buy from Monday the 3rd of July!
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.”
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Dear Transformers fans,
the long awaited second part of Transformers The Takara Collection (Vol 2) – Super God Masterforce is out next Monday as a 5 Disc boxset!
A genuinely stunning addition to the Transformers Generation One collection, Super God Masterforce showcases a new anime influenced look that provides a unique take on the classic animation style. The 5 disc set has a collector’s booklet by fan Chris McFeely, commentary by Chris on 3 episodes and all new subtitles created especially for this release (thoroughly researched and checked by fans). And to give you a taster we’re podcasting the entire first episode for free – all your need is a pc (broadband recommended), and to follow these instructions below.
To download the episode you’ll need a pc or mac and itunes (free to download from www.apple.com/itunes/download/ )
We’ll be posting the episodes in 5 segments over five days – with the first two live already and the next segments going live day by day this week.
We recommend that you only do this with broadband.., unless you’ve got the patience to let 20mb files download through a dial-up connection.
It’s very simple to get the podcast – once you’ve downloaded itunes you can just click on this link
Alternately you can click on the podcast section of the itunes music store and search for Transformers. Our podcast is listed as being available from Metrodome.
And we also want to let you know about a fantastic competition in conjunction with play.com to win an original piece of signed artwork by our fantastic Masterforce cover artist – Nick Roche. This is a frankly splendid one off framed pencil drawing of Powermaster Prime. To find out how to win visit the Masterforce page on Play.com here