The Transformers: The Movie is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and Shout Factory is finally bringing home the animated movie in 4K Ultra HD. The company will release a new Steelbook edition of the 1986 classic in time for the summer. And pre-orders of the brand new, limited edition release are available now.
At the time of writing it is Transformers: The Movie 4K 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook is available for pre-order. The sale price is set at $ 32.98. Currently, the price has dropped to $ 28.43. Exactly how long that will take remains to be seen. In addition to having an ultra-high-definition version of the movie to watch, this new release is packed with bonus features. Per Shout Factor, here’s what to expect from the two-disc release …
- Bonus material:
- New 4K transfer of original movie elements
- New storyboards with long features, including deleted, alternate and expanded sequences
- New Fathom Events 30th Anniversary featurette, including Stan Bush ‘acoustic performances of “The Touch” and “Dare”
- Til All Are One – A comprehensive documentary that looks back at The Transformers: The Movie with cast and crew members including story advisor Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer / songwriter Stan Bush, Composer Vince DiCola and others!
- Audio commentary with director Nelson Shin, story advisor Flint Dille and star Susan Blu
- Archive tokens – ‘The Death Of Optimus Prime’, ‘The Cast & Characters’ and ‘Transformers Q&A’
- Animated Storyboards
- Original cinema trailers
- TV spots
Directed by Nelson Shin, Transformers: The Movie was released theatrically in 1986. It takes place in the same continuity as the original animated series, making the Hasbro toy a household name. It wasn’t exactly a big blockbuster at the time, but has lived as a truly beloved part of the franchise for three and a half decades.
Transformers: The Movie takes place in the year 2005. For millennia, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), have waged war with the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) and his Decepticons. They have fought for control of their home planet, Cybertron. But an even bigger threat in the form of Unicron (Orson Welles), a massive transforming planet devouring everything in its path, heads towards Cybertron. The only hope to save their planet is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Aside from this re-release, quite a bit is happening with the Transformers franchise now in general. Not one, but two different new animated shows are in the works, one for Netflix and one for Nickelodeon. On the film side, several projects are in development, including a new live-action Autobots movie currently airing. A title for the film has yet to be revealed.Bumblebee 2 is, or at least was, at some point in development.
There also is a Beast Wars spin-off in the making, as well as an animated film of it Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley. Those who have a copy of Transformers: The Movie can proceed to ShoutFactory.com.
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