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SAeason 2, Part 1 out today!

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | 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!

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.

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.”

Discuss this here in the forums.

TF Victory on Cult Sci-Fi Legends DVD

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

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 lose out in Transformers rights!!!

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

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.

Lee Sullivan in talks with Metrodome

Written by admin on | 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.

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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