Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios today announced that they are teaming up to bring Transformers - The Movie to Blu-ray and DVD in time for the film's 30th anniversary.
The reissue, branded as the 30th Anniversary Edition and featuring a range of bonus content and collectible packaging, will (transform and) roll out on September 13, 2016.
The animated adventure -- the first feature-length adaptation of the wildly popular toy line, which has since gone on to be one of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster franchises, features the voice talent of Orson Welles (in his final role) and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker.
The multi-year partnership between Shout! and Hasbro gives Shout! Factory exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro’s Transformers - The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Transformers - The Movie, this beloved animated feature will be newly remastered and transferred in HD from the original 35mm elements. A full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging are currently in development.
This will mark the movie's first release on Blu-ray in the U.S. and Canada; it has been released on DVD before, as a 20th Anniversary special edition. No word on whether the bonus content from that disc will port over to the new edition or whether the bonus content will be all new.
The film is available on Blu-ray in other countries, but the new edition will feature previously-unseen bonus features not available on those releases.
“The Transformers franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognizable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Hasbro. “Transformers - The Movie played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”
“Transformers - The Movie is a highly sought-after animated feature, boasting a large fan following and consumer interest. On its 30th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this film by bringing it to North America on Blu-ray for the first time. Having worked closely with Hasbro Studios on top brands like animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Transformers Prime, My Little Pony, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movies and more, this is incredibly exciting and important news for us,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to bringing Transformers - The Movie, featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.”
In the film, The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way: Unicron. The only hope of stopping Unicron lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the Autobot who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the Autobots be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the Decepticons reign supreme?
Transformers - The Movie is co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin; produced by Joel Bacal and Tom Griffin; supervising producer, Jay Bacal; executive producers, Margaret Loesch and Lee Gunther; music score by Vince DiCola.