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Sony BMG’s TFTM DVD Video Clips

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | DVD,News,Sony BMG,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

Sony BMG have uploaded video clips from their Comic-Con presentation showing off the new film master being used, the trailer for the DVD and the “widescreen” master, which can now be confirmed (again) as being cropped at the top and bottom from the 4 3 master.

They can be found in the “multimedia” section of http://www.transformersthemoviedvd.com/

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.

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.

Les Brown of N.R.G emails

Written by admin on | News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

We just received this email from Les Brown of N.R.G.

Yikes!

Hello Transfan, N.R.G. Fan, Melodic Hard Rock Fan! My name is Les Brown I was the vocalist in the band N.R.G.(Instruments of Destruction) from Transformers The Movie and soundtrack… I have a new release out… the band is called Damn Cheetah and the CD is called P R I M A L.

Please stop by and check it out at www.area403.net MP3’s,Reviews,Contests…

Til All Are One,

Les ; )

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.

New Metrodome Website

Written by admin on June 3, 2007 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

Metrodome have just launched a new Transformers website to go alongside their Movie DVD release tomorrow.

Check out the site here

TFTM Ultimate Edition DVD Review

Written by Big Bot on May 24, 2007 | DVD,Generation One,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

DVDActive have provided the first review of Metrodome’s Transformers The Movie Ultimate Edition DVD. The article goes into a lot of detail and provides comparisons with Sony BMG’s 20th Anniversary Edition that came out last November in North America.

Overall, Metrodome’s version is praised for the superior, but not perfect, picture whilst Song BMG’s has a better quality of extras.

Check out the full review here.

TFTM Ultimate Edition DVD Menus

Written by admin on May 16, 2007 | DVD,Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

DVDActive.com have received their preview edition of Metrodome’s Transformers The Movie Ultimate Edition DVD, due for release on 4th June in the UK. They have kindly taken some screenshots of the menus on both discs.

For those of you wondering where you can get the limited edition tin version of the DVD, check out HMV, who also have a double sided sleeve, or play.com, who have 3 art cards.

Transformers The Movie Cinema Reviews

Written by admin on May 7, 2007 | News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

A couple of forum members have been to see the original Transformers The Movie, currently being screened in West End London, and have provided short reports on the experience. The remastered, widescreen experience is providing a chance for old and new fans to see the animated classic in the cinema.

If you’ve seen it, send us your views here.

Transformers The Movie on The Big Screen!

Written by admin on May 4, 2007 | Metrodome,News,Transformers The Movie (1986) |

TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE

AT THE

APOLLO WEST END LONDON

So finally, twenty one years after Transformers the Movie went on theatrical release, Metrodome are bringing it back to the silver screen!

We’re showing the movie for a limited two week run at the West End Apollo. To book tickets visit http://www.apollocinemas.co.uk/index.php

Hope you can all make it!

Metrodome

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