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Metrodome Repackages Generation One DVDs

Written by Big Bot on June 2, 2009 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News | Tags:

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.

TV Loonland sells off Metrodome

Written by Big Bot on May 17, 2008 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News |

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 sell Transformers G1 rights back to Hasbro

Written by Big Bot on May 14, 2008 | Cartoon,DVD,Generation One,Metrodome |

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.

The Transformers Season One Rereleased on DVD Today

Written by Big Bot on December 26, 2007 | Cartoon,DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News |

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.

Transformers The Movie Out on UMD (Again)

Written by Big Bot on December 3, 2007 | Cartoon,DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

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.

Transformers Series One DVD Re-release

Written by Big Bot on November 16, 2007 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News |

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 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.

Appeal for Help – Scramble City

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on | DVD,Metrodome,News |

This is an appeal for help from anyone out there with the means to assist us. We’re looking for a copy of Scramble City – subtitled. We’ve got one that’s over 60 meg in size and would do, but we’d prefer to have a larger, better quality version.

If you have a copy of Scramble City, either on VHS or in AVI format and it’s decent quality (for AVI – larger than 60 meg) then can you mail us and let us know?

By the way, it’s for the Season 2 part 2 DVD from Metrodome!

Latest Metrodome Newsletter

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 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.”

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