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.
Metrodome have sent out their latest newsletter giving details on Masterforce, Victory, TFTM 20th Anniversary Edition and Sci-fi Cult Legends.
Dear Transformers fans,
We thought it was time we dropped you a line with some news on Transformers to light up the rest of your 2007, and we�re pleased to say that we�ve got plenty of good news. First up we want to tell you about an up and coming title called �Cult Sci Fi Legends�, a new collection from Metrodome that features three hours of classic animation. Not only does it feature two newly subtitled episodes from Transformers Victory that have never been released in the West, it also features classic episodes from Visionaries, Inhumanoids, Shadow Raiders, Bucky O Hare and Transformers � �More than meets the eye�. We�ve put this together to give Transformers fans a chance to sample some other revolutionary visions of science fiction, as well of course to give you a sneak preview of Transformers Victory � the final collection in the Takara series that�s being released in August this year. We believe that this collection brings forward titles from a time when writers and artists were willing to put �formula� aside and truly step into the unknown, all these properties made concerted efforts to push the boundaries of imagination and style � and that�s why they�ve become cult classics decades later. So whether you just want to indulge your nostalgia or discover some new worlds � we heartily recommend this collection to you. And all this is available for the frankly fantastic price of just £7.99 (inc p&p) from play.com. The collection is released on June 26th. In other news – as many of you have heard, we�ve had to move our Masterforce release to July 3rd, but in the next few days we�ll send you details on the extras, full artwork and the chance to download the first episode absolutely free! At the moment we�re hard at work finishing the subtitles on Victory and working on our forthcoming 20th anniversary release of Transformers The Movie, more news to come � but keep checking the forums at www.transformersdvd.com for updates. All the best Metrodome
Metrodome are releasing Cult Sci-Fi Legends, a DVD compiling episodes from many animated shows as Transformers Generation One, Transformers Victory, Visionaries, Inhumanoids, Shadow Raiders and Bucky O’Hare, is due for release on 5th June in the UK.
The Transformers Victory episodes included are Episode 1 “Star Saber, Head of the Universe” and Episode 4 “Multiforce, Combine!”. It is likely that these are the badly dubbed English episodes with no subtitles. The G1 episode is “More Than Meets The Eye Day One”.
The cover art can be seen at DVDActive.
Maverick Entertainment have lost the rights to Transformers in the UK. Fans expecting a release of the season 2 boxset on DVD will be disappointed to learn that there will be no more in the way of Transformers releases from Maverick.
TV LoonLand have prized the rights away from Maverick, and it’s unknown at this time what their first release will be. We wait with baited breath to find out.
Metrodome’s Transformers Season 2 part 2 is due out in April, and as with the Season 2 part 1 TheTransformers.Net will be putting its stamp on things with a FanArt gallery. So, how would you like to add your artwork onto the DVD? You would? Thought so, just email your artwork to us here and we’ll send the best of it off to Metrodome to be included on the set.
Note if you’re one of our contributing FanArtists and there’s a piece you specifically want included, let us know. We’ll be added a few pieces from our galleries, but we wouldn’t want to miss any out!