Classic Transformers animated movie getting big 30th anniversary release

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Jun 10, 2016, 1:12 PM EDT

If you’ve been anxious to re-watch the 1986 animated classic Transformers – The Movie, we have good news to report.

Just in time for the movie’s 30th anniversary, Shout! Factory announced today it struck a deal with Hasbro Studios for North American distribution rights to the animated action-adventure, which has been out of print for some time. Transformers – The Movie: 30th Anniversary Edition will debut on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th.

Of particular interest to Transformers fans is that this special edition will be the high-definition debut of the picture, and it will be a completely restored version. The company is transferring the original 35MM film to HD, and as is usual for Shout! Factory home entertainment releases, will also feature several bonus features created especially for this anniversary edition. Oh, and expect the discs to be enclosed in collectible packaging, much like previous Transformers DVD sets the company has produced.

Transformers – The Movie marked the motion picture debut of Hasbro’s blockbuster property. It was made for a then-sizable $6 million budget and featured an all-star voice cast including Leonard Nimoy, Orson Welles (in his last performance), Robert Stack, Eric Idle and Judd Nelson. The film was much more intense than the TV series and was a veritable bloodbath, as a number of autobots and decepticons were killed off.

So if you’re only just getting over the anger you felt as a kid when Optimus Prime was killed in his big-screen debut, well … get ready to experience it all over again this fall.


Here’s the full press release:

Multi-Year Agreement Grants Shout! Factory Distribution Rights to

Renowned Classic Animated Movie Adventure


Los Angeles, California – June 9, 2016 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature,TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts 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 announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with 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.  Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE 30thAnniversary Edition on September 13, 2016.

“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 bringingTRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE, featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.”

Action-packed animated feature TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE chronicles the heroic efforts of the AUTOBOTS as they defend their native planet CYBERTRON from the evil DECEPTICONS and UNICRON.

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.