Being born in the 80s and being a fan of Transformers franchise, nothing was more amazing and heartbreaking than 1986’s Transformers: The Movie. Never before have children seen a bloodbath of their favorite characters being killed off in such amounts that would make a horror film embarrassed.
Now you can relive all that childhood trauma as Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have remastered the film in 4K for Blu-Ray in honor of the Transformers: The Movie’s 30th anniversary. You can check out the trailer for the upcoming re-release below:
In addition to the trailer, Shout! Factory has also released a clip about the making of the new restoration. In it, FotoKem’s Principle Color Scientist Joseph Slomka describes the process they went through in order to restore the film in high definition:
“Additionally, there’s just so much more detail in the element that we had, because we started with a very high-quality piece of film, we were able to do a very high-quality scan. There’s much more subtle detail in the transfer that we were able to do than had been seen before. One of the big surprises is the kind of detail you see in the introduction of Unicron and the birth of Galvatron. You can see more of what the artists actually drew inside this content than you were able to see before, those fine lines and details that simply didn’t make it through the VHS or the DVD transfer.”
You can watch the clip here:
Transformers: The Movie stars an impressive voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker, and Orson Welles in his final performance. The entire reason for the film’s existence is because the toys were being discontinued, according to story consultant Flint Dille, who mentioned during a featurette for the 20th anniversary that the film would have been even more brutal had the film included a cut scene:
“In the next season, we were going to have all these new characters, and people are going to be wondering what happened to the old characters that they liked so much. What we knew, in a business sense, is that they had been discontinued, because they were the 1984/1985 (toy)line – but, we needed to tie them off.
“So, we had this one scene where the Autobots basically had to run through a gauntlet of Decepticons. Which basically wiped out the entire ’84 product line in one massive “charge of the light brigade.” So, whoever wasn’t discontinued, stumbled to the end. That scene didn’t make it into the finished movie. But if you think kids were locking themselves in the bedroom over Optimus Prime, basically in that scene, they would’ve seen their entire toy collection wiped out.”
The reaction against Optimus Prime’s death was so severe that it didn’t take long before the character was resurrected. The movie also introduced some of the most famous elements of the Transformers universe, including the Matrix of Leadership, Megatron being rebuilt as Galvatron, and the planet destroying transformer Unicron. Michael Bay already ruined the first two of those, so lets hope he at least gets Unicron right.
Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on September 13, 2016 and you can pre-order it here.