Monday, April 13, 2009

G1 Cartoons Getting Re-Release

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shout! Factory has inked a deal with Hasbro to release some of its "classic" 80s cartoons to DVD including Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony. This will be the first time for new fans thanks to the movie to get an idea of what some of us mean when we refer to "G1 Transformers." That phrase specifically refers to the first generation of Transformers that were created between 1984-1988ish and used in the three seasons of cartoons and movie in that time frame. Sadly, much like the sets that were released by Rhino about 10 or so years ago, these set are not going to be cheap.

Shout! Factory's first release under the agreement will be "The Transformers: The Complete First Season -- 25th Anniversary Edition." The set is slated for June 16 (prebook May 19), a week before the big-screen debut of the Michael Bay-directed feature film sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," due in theaters June 24.

The $29.99 three-DVD set will include the original broadcast versions of all 16 episodes from the 1984 season in the intended story line order, with remastered picture and a new stereo soundtrack created from the original audio. The Rhino releases featured incomplete work prints of episodes and modified sound effects.

Tentative extras include the featurette "Triplechanger: From Toy to Comic to Screen: The Origins of the Transformers"; a printable script; rare PSAs; toy commercials; concept art; and a limited-edition Autobot magnet.

Foos said Shout! Factory would follow the release with special complete series sets of "The Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" later this summer.
An interesting review will be to see the comparison of the Rhino sets (which I have and ok for their time) with these new sets. I am also curious to know if they will continue the very annoying practice of breaking up seasons in to "parts" to maximize sells that has plagued the cartoon DVD market.

15 comments:

  1. very interesting

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  2. yeah that's pretty cool. I'll check em out.

    Just heard the runtime for the movie is 147 minutes! awesome!

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  3. awesome news im a die hard transformers fan
    i cant wait!!!!

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  4. HELL YEAH!!! 147 minutes,I hope your right Mcat,that would be awesome!!!

    MP

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  5. for myself, i always considered G1 to be everything up to the 1986 movie (possibly including.)

    it was after that period where, in my mind, things went downhill. color schemes and plots got worse and worse.

    notable hates of mine, starscream as a ghost and galvatron gone crazy.

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  6. Yea...almost 2 and a half hours w/o the corny sam and michaela bit will be awesome

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  7. that's quite a coincidence. I was looking on ebay for the G1 box set just yesterday.

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  8. here you go guys and gals:

    http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/04/13/michael-bay-reveals-transformers-revenge-of-the-fallen-runtime-longer-than-first-film/

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  9. thank god, I have the rhino set and it is shit

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  10. I bought the Chinese complete G1 box set off ebay. It's excellent. It comes in a nice tin and has lots of notes all in Chinese. LOL The transfer of the cartoon on to DVD is great and has the original English tracks. My kids watch it all the time. If the Chinese can do it, then it's about time there was an American release of equal value.

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  11. i hope it includes that one episode where megatron has this plan to use earth's resources to make energon.

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  12. Hmmm, first time? I have had the whole G1-series on dvd (in a nice tin box) for a couple of years now.
    And it's all in english so its no japanese bootleg copy.

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  13. Anonymous said...
    i hope it includes that one episode where megatron has this plan to use earth's resources to make energon.@ 4/13/2009 11:45 PM

    OMG That was mad funny.

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  14. I have also,just like iakobos,the Chinese import tin box set,it's NOT a bootleg,it's just produced in China. It's all english,only the texting is Chinees,very easy menu,you can choose Chinees if you wish.

    MP

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  15. Counterpunch4/14/2009 11:38 AM

    big deal... just watch it on youtube...

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