Four months after their release of Transformers: Headmasters on DVD, Madman Entertainment have today released the second Japanese exclusive Generation One series, Transformers: Super-God Masterforce, on DVD.
This Australian release includes all 42 episodes with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles (borrowed from Metrodome’s version) but, unlike Metrodome’s, also the StarTV English dub.
For special features, there is an introductory booklet with an episode guide, an exclusive cover by IDW Transformers artist Guido Guidi, a toy, character art and making the cover galleries and some Japanese toy ads and scans from toy catalogues.
The discs are PAL encoded but also, according to Madman’s listing, REGION FREE.
Madman Entertainment have put up the first information on their next Transformers DVD release: Transformers Super-God Masterforce Collection. The set is coming out on 13th February 2008 and will contain both English and Japanese audio tracks with English subtitles. The subtitles are likely to be the same as Metrodome’s Masterforce DVD released in 2006. The discs will be in PAL format, and will apparently be region free.
For special features, the following details have been announced:
Introductory booklet with episode guide
All-new cover by IDW Transformers artist Guido Guidi
Character art gallery
Japanese toy ads
Japanese toy catalogues
Making the cover gallery
The cover art can be found on Madman’s preorder page.
With the apparent success of Transformers The Ark earlier this year, IDW Publishing are planning on a second volume with more original character models from the TV show and comics.
The collection will contain over 200 pages with stuff from Headmasters, Masterforce, Victory, Zone, Studio Ox designs, advertisements and much more. The book is due in the summer of 2008, but IDW want your suggestions for what you would like to see.
Hopefully the success of this book will lead to similar projects involving other Transformers series.
Sorry, I’m a bit late about this news, but digital channel Anime Central, having already aired Headmasters, have now moved onto Super-God Masterforce. The episodes will be on at the same time with the same annoying dub.
Episode 1 aired 2 days ago with episode 3 airing tonight.
Visit Anime Central’s website for more details.
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!
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
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 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
Chris McFeely has written his review of the Super-God Masterforce DVD released by Metrodome today. He has also provided the box art of the Transformers Victory DVD, due out on 7th September!
Metrodome’s Super-God Masterforce DVD, originally due for release on 24th April, has been confirmed as being delayed again to 3rd July. Here’s what Chris McFeely had to say
Metrodome’s Lousie Brand says it’s true.