As every real Transformers fan knows, there’s only been one decent movie made from the beloved Hasbro toys and that is the 1986 animated masterpiece. Sure, Michael Bay’s first live-action attempt was fun dare I say entertaining, but the subsequent three sequels were a jumbled mess of unoriginality and shameful product placement.
During Saturday’s Comic-Con shenanigans, details of the 30th-anniversary release of The Animated Movie were announced, and fans will finally be able to enjoy the rock n roll adventure in glorious 4K. The new version of the film has been remastered from the original print, and the Blu-ray release comes fully loaded with exclusive special features. For the collectors out there a limited edition steel box version will also be released, but if you’ve yet to make the transition to Blu-ray, then you won’t get all of the new special features. The DVD edition will have most of the new bonus content, although exact details of what’s on the disc have yet to be confirmed.
Featuring the voices of Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the Transformers Animated Movie was the final role for screen legend Orson Wells, who voiced the planet-eating Unicron.
Meanwhile, the live action Transformers shows now signs of going away anytime soon with Bay returning to helm the fifth entry, The Last Knight. Mark Wahlberg reprises his role as the implausibly named Cade Yeager; he’ll be joined by franchise newcomer Anthony Hopkins, who is the latest in a long line of high calibre actors to be lured to the series. After sitting out Age of Extinction, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are back as William Lennox and Robert Epps respectively. A Bumblebee centred spin-off is already in the works for a 2018 release, and Transformers 6 has a June 2019 date locked in.
Transformers The Animated Movie 30th Anniversary Edition is released on September 13.