Transformers is freakin'
rad! I was a fan of these cartoons when I was a kid and every Saturday I'd get
my cassette recorder and tape the audio onto a cassette tape as we didn't have
a VCR back then. To find that my friends at the AV Channel were actually
collecting all the shows was fantastic and even better when I was lucky enough
to get to review the entire first series!
Imagine a world if you
will full of intelligent, sentient robots that have ideal and feelings just
the same as we do. Their home planet is called Cybertron and it is at war with
the two main factions called the Autobots (good guys) and the Decepticons
(baddies) under the leadership of Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively.
Cybertron is dying as they are using too much energy so both groups go in
search of energon cubes and after a weapons exchange, they both find
themselves stranded on the planet Earth and with no way home. After a dormant
period of many millions of years, both groups struggle from the earth and go
about finding ways of getting home.
humans, the Autobots do their best to protect the Earth from the ravages of
Megatron and his evil Decepticons, whilst at the same time, trying to make
their way home to an unknown fate on Cybertron. The machines, both good and
evil can change their appearance from vehicles to their true robot like form.
When they crashed to Earth they changed their vehicle mode in order to not
One thing that I did
find annoying was that the show did not jump back to the main menu at the
start of each episode. The navigation of the disc is a bit weird and it's easy
to jump all over the place, especially if you play this with a DVD rom drive
as the video track goes for the whole length of every episode. The easiest way
around this is to go manually to the main menu to select your episode if you
aren't going to watch all the way through.
There are sixteen
episodes in this boxed set comprising of three DVDs. The titles of each
episode are as follows:
More Than Meets The Eye Part 1
More Than Meets The Eye Part 2
More Than Meets The Eye Part 3
Transport To Oblivion
Roll For It
Divide And Conquer
Fire In The Sky
Fire On The Mountain
War Of The Dinobots
The Ultimate Doom Part 1
The Ultimate Doom Part 2
The Ultimate Doom Part 3
Countdown To Extinction
A Plague Of Insecticons
Heavy Metal War
It was such a nostalgic viewing watching
this first season of a series that I grew up with and the nice thing is that
even after all this time it's still very entertaining viewing that will have
you watching all the way through without a moment's boredom.
I like the fact that although Transformers
was an in your face action show with cool robots that turned into vehicles,
there was always a moral or something that you could take away from the show,
like the value of friendship that the Autobots showed for each other, going to
great lengths to assist an injured or captured comrade.
I also had my favorite Transformers and
that stands true even today. On the Autobots side there was Optimus Prime, the
leader of the group, Bumblebee and the Dinobots. There was only one bad guy
that I really thought was cool and that was Soundwave, the one that turned
into a cassette player and he could eject three other smaller Decepticons who
turned into cassette tapes. Not only that but Soundwave had the coolest
modulated voice on the show as well. "Rrravage Trrranssform!"
Other than the first three episodes that
introduced us to the series titled "More than Meets the Eye", my other fave
would have to be the introduction of the Dinobots and the destruction that
they create when first activated and then later they win the trust of the rest
of the Autobots and make themselves official members of the team. Of course
things go wrong later and we have to make another two Dinobots to fix matters
The episodes themselves were remastered
from 35mm negative onto the three discs that comprise this set. You can
certainly see that a lot of work has been done on this title and the quality
shines through. I'm not sure if it will appeal to everyone but definitely
folks who remember the cartoon from their childhood (like myself), or younger
viewers seeing the series for the first time.
I have no problems recommending this series
for a number of reasons. It's an attractive package for a great price (only
$59.95) and there are many hours of fun viewing for the whole family (maybe
with the exception of some mums and sisters!). This release is suitable for
any age group and should keep them all amused as well.
I can't wait for the next set! Stay tuned
The disc is shown in
4:3 full screen and it looked clear as crystal the whole way through. A great
transfer as far as I could see and this is the original ratio that the show
was originally produced in. I seriously cannot find anything worth while
commenting on as far as faults go, this is a nice looking DVD and other than
the shoddy menu system, it's all A OK. There are some evidences of low level
noise especially in blacks, however this is not a constant by any means.
Now I was stoked to find
this disc playing in surround sound and cranking it up for some Transformers
action! Sound was nice and clear and every channel seemed to get a nice
Disappointment! No Extras! This got me down as I happen to know that the US
release of this baby had a lot of extras on it (It's released as a four disc
box set over there). There were also limited edition cels included in the
Region 1 release. I don't know why we didn't get them over here.
Original Series 1 Features