Transformers

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Engaged in a crucial race to find a new energy source for their home planet of Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the heroic Autobots must defend the innocent people of Earth against their archnemeses, Megatron and the power-hungry Decepticons.
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Peter CullenChris LattaMichael Bell
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Science FictionAnimationKidsAdventureAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 1
    September 16, 1984
    23min
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    A civil war rages on the planet Cybertron between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. With the planet's resources depleted, the Autobots--led by their leader, Optimus Prime--set out on a mission to scout for new energy sources.
  2. 2. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 2
    September 17, 1984
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    Using their robotic powers to transform, the Autobots and Decepticons disguise themselves as Earth vehicles, and a new chapter begins in their war between good and evil.
  3. 3. More Than Meets The Eye, Part 3
    September 18, 1984
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    The battle for Earth's resources rages on! The Decepticons' ship is complete, and the odds are stacked against Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz and the others in their battle to stop them.
  4. 4. Transport To Oblivion
    October 6, 1984
    23min
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    Presumed to be defeated, the Decepticons have returned! After receiving a message from Shockwave on Cybertron, Megatron comes out of hiding and orders the construction of a "Space Bridge" to transport Earth's energy to Cybertron.
  5. 5. Roll For It
    October 13, 1984
    23min
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    After his accidental transportation to Cybertron, Megatron returns--and he wants to get his hands on an antimatter formula created on Earth that could mean limitless power for the Decepticons!
  6. 6. Divide And Conquer
    October 20, 1984
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    While protecting an Earth military plant from a Decepticon attack, Optimus Prime is severely wounded. His only hope for survival is a new Cosmotron unit.
  7. 7. Fire In The Sky
    December 8, 1984
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    The Decepticons begin to siphon the Earth's heat from the Arctic Circle. As a result, temperatures worldwide begin to drop. But unknown to the Decepticons is what . . . or who . . . they are about to release from the ice.
  8. 8. S.O.S. Dinobots
    October 27, 1984
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    Inspired by dinosaur skeletons, Ratchet and Wheeljack create Grimlock, Slag and Sludge . . . the Dinobots!
  9. 9. Fire On The Mountain
    December 22, 1984
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    Megatron scours the Andes in search of the Crystal of Power, an ancient weapon capable of mass destruction.
  10. 10. War Of The Dinobots
    November 24, 1984
    23min
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    Optimus Prime assigns the Dinobots to guard a meteorite that contains new and unknown energy. Appealing to Grimlock's simple arrogance, Megatron convinces the Dinobots to attack Optimus Prime and betray the Autobots.
  11. 11. The Ultimate Doom, Part 1: Brainwash
    November 2, 1984
    23min
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    With the help of a human scientist, the Decepticons have enslaved mankind through mind control to fight against the Autobots and generate enough power for Megatron's most sinister plan: bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit to steal all of its energy.
  12. 12. The Ultimate Doom, Part 2: Search
    November 9, 1984
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    With Cybertron now in orbit, the Earth is being torn apart by geological forces and natural disasters.
  13. 13. The Ultimate Doom, Part 3: Revival
    November 17, 1984
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    Locked away in the safety of Wheeljack's laboratory on Cybertron, Spike and the small band of Autobots attempt to sabotage the Decepticon hypno-chip and free the people of Earth.
  14. 14. Countdown To Extinction
    December 1, 1984
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    With Megatron presumed dead, Starscream makes his boldest grab for power yet. Using the exponential generator device created by Dr. Arkeville, Starscream plans to destroy the Earth and use the energy from the explosion to rule the universe.
  15. 15. A Plague Of Insecticons
    December 29, 1984
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    A discovery has been made deep in the "Demon Swamp" on the island of Bali: large robotic insects are eating everything in their path and terrorizing the people of the island.
  16. 16. Heavy Metal War
    December 15, 1984
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    As Optimus Prime and Megatron prepare to face off in a duel, Megatron secretly plots to set the latest addition to his Decepticon army--the Constructicons--on a crash course for destruction!

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John Walker
Season year
1984
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8 STAR ENTERTAINMENT
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Obi WanReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful blast from the past
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Man, did watching this with my kids ever bring back form great memories. My kids like Rescue Bots. (It's pretty good as far as Transformer shows go) but I wanted to show them the original Saturday Morning Cartoon version of Transformers.

For me it was a blast from the past. It's a great classic cartoon that held up well for me over time. It's just a well told story. Even if the animation isn't up to today's standards, it's still an entertaining show.

As for my kids, who have grow up in a nearly completely CGI entertainment world, they still loved this original! They were glued to the TV.

I really enjoyed watching this again. It was also amazing how fast it all came back to me. Things like how Starscream is always looking for his moment to overthrow Megatron. Also these versions of the Autobots and Decepticons just look cooler than the live action CGI movie versions. And Bumblebee as a Volkswagon instead of a Camero just makes me so happy.
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Jason Scott WhetzelReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I don't have to review this.
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This is a 30 year cartoon, and some of the best memories of 1980s childhood, so its unlikely anyone is buying it, not knowing how awesome it is.

That leaves me with quality. The cartoon is hand drawn so its more granny and pencil colored. Because it was developed for vacuum tube televisions, the resolution is significantly lower and it not nearly as clear and bright as modern computer generated cartoons. Because this was a mass produced cartoon for children's television, the quality falls somewhere below big budget movies of the time. It would be top quality in a 1950's Disney production. It does fill the full screen without any noticeable loss resolution, so the transfer is very good. Simply, it a good conversion to modern sets, but doesn't have any retouches to make it a standout against modern productions.
Homely_ManReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good ole days where bad things could happen to the good guys.
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This is back when truly bad things and dire situations could arise for the good guys. This seemed to drive home when I was a kid, "poop" happens. The good guys push back anyway! Lots of guns in this, if your definition of gun control is hitting what you aim at while practicing safety (fundamental rule being a firearm is treated as loaded no matter what), then this show is for you. Otherwise, yeah keep looking. Maybe try Disney.
Joecooler2uReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting
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At a cheaper price than the original dvd set this is a good buy (especially if you don't have season one like I do). I'm happy with my original set but I'm a bit of a completist.

I haven't really sat down and compared the original against this, but I don't see much difference in the two besides the 3rd disc which has extras. I still see (& hear) lots of mistakes, so I don't know where they really fixed anything here (which they claim they did). At times I can tell the DVDs are superior to the original set, but I think they wanted to go for more of how the cartoon was originally broadcast on TV.

I still give this a 5 star rating because if you have the original set you can use that as a collectible and play this version which is cheaper. If you don't have it at all this is an even better buy for you.

Don't go thinking this is Michael Bay here. There is actually story, characterization and you can follow all the action without getting motion sickness from shaky camerawork. Transformers was always tops for me because the cartoon had a diverse cast of characters, a story with depth and morality. This was still when good was good and evil was evil. This cartoon will entertain you if you aren't into mindless entertainment. If you enjoy mindless entertainment watch Michael Bay's first or 2nd Transformers (or Bayformers as I like to call them because they tarnish the name of Transformers IMO) movie
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S. M. RobareReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Transformers DVDs done right by Shout!
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For the last few years it's been a wonderful time for fans of 80s cartoons. Between the lovely Filmation sets released by the now sadly defunct BCI Eclipse, Warner Bros. stepping up to the plate and offering action cartoons like Thundercats and the Silverhawks, WEP/Anime Works/Media Blasters releasing the complete series of Voltron, Time Life releasing the complete Real Ghostbusters, and Shout! Factory picking up dropped licenses for a ton of DiC and now Sunbow cartoons, releasing 30-odd episode sets instead of the paltry 4 episode discs for shows like C.O.P.S. and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, it's just been great.

With the recently released Transformers season one 25th anniversary edition, Shout! Factory has stepped up its game and taken on a tent-pole series, looking to correct the mistakes in the show's past DVD releases (both in terms of price point, attractive packaging and actual animation and sound snafus from the 2002 Rhino releases.) Taking a nod from Time Life and their release of the Real Ghostbusters, Shout! is putting together multiple DVD sets that'll hopefully appease both casual and hardcore fans. This set is the first of 4 individual releases that will comprise the complete Transformers cartoon. They're also prepping a all-in-one complete series package set ,the Matrix of Leadership edition set for release on July 13th through their website.

This first set includes all 16 episodes from season one, a 20 minute documentary featurette featuring a lot of the creative team responsible for the original toy line, the Marvel comics series, and the cartoon, a G.I. Joe-style "Knowing is half the battle..." PSA featuring Bumblebee, three archival Hasbro toy commercials, a printable script for the episode "Transport to Oblivion", and a large b&w Autobot magnet. For the most part, these episodes are from the same masters that Rhino used in the 2002 releases, but Brian Ward and his team painstakingly researched the discrepancies between the original masters and the broadcast versions, and replaced most of the incorrect footage (and sound) with the correct sections from the 1" broadcast tapes. For most casual fans these changes will be transparent, but for longtime viewers, these new DVDs are the closest we've gotten to how the show was originally shown on TV. Unfortunately, the 1" tapes segments tend to stick out a bit, and can be a bit jarring as the animation flows between the crisp sequences of the original masters and the softer, slightly duller 1"broadcast tape. On the whole though, knowing that the original broadcast versions are preserved far outweighs the visual bumpiness.

The episodes included on disc 1:
-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
-S.O.S. Dinobots

The episodes included on disc 2:
-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

As far as the packaging, presentation and bonus materials go, I was very impressed by the attention to detail and that Shout! had and eye on the style of the original toy packaging when designing the slipcase, sleeve inserts, disc art and the episode guide. The foil embossed slipcase is brilliant and just plain beautiful (especially compared to the rather dull silver digipaks of the original 2002 Rhino release.) This is the best work I've seen from Shout! when it comes to their 80s cartoon releases. The menu navigation is light years better than the old Rhino DVDs as well, with an included feature to play multi-part episodes together without interrupting the flow of the cartoon by cutting out the opening and closing credits on the in-between episodes. The 20 minute "From Toy to Comic to Screen" featurette takes its cue from the docs that Andy Mangels did for the BCI Eclipse He-Man, She-Ra, and Dungeons and Dragons sets, and is well produced. The main focus of the doc centers around Hasbro acquiring the toy license from Takara, the development of the Marvel comic series, and eventually how the storylines for the three platforms differed, and features creative talent that worked for Marvel, Hasbro and Sunbow past and present. It's not quite as in-depth as I was hoping, skirting talk of the production of the series for the most part, but according to the specs of the Complete series set, we can expect two more docs in these individual sets, as well as two additional and exclusive docs on the complete set (including a voice actor reunion), so there's room for more down the road. As for the toy commercials, two of them pertain to G1 toys, while a third is for the G2 Optimus Prime re-release. It's really interesting seeing these, though it can be distracting while watching them because the child actor's faces were blurred.

All in all, for a set retailing between $20-30, fans couldn't really ask for anything better. This is the first time the Transformers series has been released with this much loving detail at such an affordable price in the US, and hopefully it's just the icing on the cake as there are three more sets, a complete series set, 4 individual G.I. Joe sets ([[ASIN:B001U9BS38 G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.1]]) and the complete G.I. Joe series to look forward to.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Original Version is the Best Version of the Transformers!
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This is the version that started the mythology of the show. If you like sci fi, Star Trek or even super heroes,this will appeal to you. I never could understand a lot of the characters until I purchased this first volume. You'll discover:

Where the Transformers came from
Why the Dino-Bots were created
Why the Transformers came to earth
Why Cyberton was critical to their existance

All in all it's a great cartoon that you don't have to be concerned about sharing with other family members. It's family friendly entertainment in a world where reality TV has taken over the airwaves. We need more cartoons like this with values and life lessons that entertain. I prefer this over the feature films because it's more streamlined and colorful.
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Max LotoReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
It saves space and is a very good re-release of a very good series.
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This review is for those of us that bought the Rhino sets the first time around. I have been debating, for awhile now, if it is worth replacing the Rhino sets with Shout! Factory's re-release. So far I have purchased this one and the first part of season 2. Comparing the two I like the cover, case, and dvd better on the Shout! re-release with more of the character art. Rhino did have the cool art on the inside panorama but the rest were just the symbols of the factions and the merging autobot symbol throughout the sets on the cover.

As for the episodes I might be a big fan but I might not be hardcore enough to notice some of the subtle differences mentioned. Other than it being a little bit darker there are some fixes, somethings the same, somethings that didn't work like they might of wanted it to. Like the sound mix being low in some episodes as compared to the Rhino release. To me as long as the episodes are still fun and still very watchable it is a good set.

Besides the art, the one other main thing that finally sold me on getting these sets is the compactness of the newer re-release. The set is packed very good for the price and not stacked on top of each other on one spindal or in stacked baggy like sleeves or laying on sandwiched cardboard sleeves like some other cheaper dvd releases are. I do like that Shout! did their re-release in four sets instead of Rhino's five. The best thing, once I have all four sets, is that it will take up no more space than two of Rhino's sets. So if anyone reading this is looking to have the series and wants it to take up less space than the Rhino sets this is a very good buy for the $19-$20 dollar price tag individually or even the price of the complete set they are going to release.
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Matthew E. MooreReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
(Possible Spoilers)!! Nostalgia Ensues
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This collection is great! While I've already purchased the 20th Anniversary Edition of Transformers The Movie, I finally got back to the episodes that my generation 1st enjoyed! The beginning, the creation of the Dinobots, the discovery of Skyfire (Jetfire), even the episode in which the original 3 Decepticon Jets nearly took out Optimus Prime, the Insecticons (which I don't recall seeing to fruition due to viewing conflicts) and the All Powered Megatron episode that I may barely remember seeing, if at all! While the Movie alone had the voice of the late Orson Welles, even the early episodes of the series included the late Scatman Crothers as Jazz, the multi character voices of Casey Kasem and the ever true voice of Optimus - Peter Cullen. I know I'm not quite listing everything, but that would take a lot more space and give spoilers to those whom may not have already seen this. But we know that our kids would have seen what we watched way back when, according to our generation, if the means were possible! I love this series. Of course, there are more of my favorite episodes in the seasons to come! The Thinpak style of packaging is sometimes Great (as it is with this set). Speaking of such, I don't really like 2-sided DVDs (which this collection thankfully doesn't have). An episode guidebook is included, making it easy to distinguish your favorite episodes that you know where to look. This is 1 of My Generation's long lasting cartoons/animations!
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