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Lee Sullivan in talks with Metrodome

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News |

Transformers comic artist Lee Sullivan is currently speaking to Metrodome about supplying artwork for their Season 2 DVD release. This could hopefully lead to a really great piece of artwork on the cover. We cross our fingers and pray for it in the forums.

Meanwhile it does look as though we’ll be getting two volumes for Season 2 as opposed to one big boxset as the financiers fainted at the cost. Still, it was worth a shot.

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!

SAeason 2, Part 1 out today!

Written by admin on | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News |

Hey kids! It’s Monday! It’s the 17th of November! And Metrodome’s Transformers Season 2, Part 1 DVD boxset hits the shelves today!

While Starscream will have a more formal review up for everyone to read some time in the future, the curious among you can read over my technical critiques and information on the message boards, HERE.

Who wants their artwork on the UK season 2 DVD?

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

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!

Masterforce podcast now up!

Written by admin on | DVD,Metrodome,News,Super-God Masterforce |

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!

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.

Latest Metrodome Newsletter – The Masterforce DVD is nearly here

Written by admin on | DVD,Metrodome,News,Super-God Masterforce |

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.
Enjoy!
Metrodome

BBFC rate Super-God Masterforce

Written by admin on | DVD,Metrodome,News,Super-God Masterforce | Tags: ,

The BBFC have (finally) rated all 42 episodes of Metrodome’s Transformers The Takara Collection Vol 2 Super-God Masterforce, due out on DVD on 3rd July only in the UK. The work was rated PG, passed with NO cuts and came in at 967 minutes and 13 seconds (thats over 16 hours of Transformers action). This includes the subtitles. You can also see the newly translated episode titles.

Metrodome Update

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.

Transformers The Movie (1986) on Blu-Ray in UK

Written by admin on October 1, 2007 | Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

Metrodome have released Transformers The Movie, the 1986 claasic, on the high definition format, Blu-ray. It features the same remastered widescreen format as the Ultimate Edition DVD did and some extras.

We hope to get some more confirmed details from someone who has bought it.

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