There are very few seminal events in a geek-child’s life growing up in the 80’s; one of them most definitely was the tragic death of Optimus Prime. Not in a live action movie, mind you, this was far more brutal as it was in the very first full-length animated movie for the Transformers franchise in 1986.
This fall, not only will you be able to relive that shocker all over again, you will be able to share the intense moment with your younglings and scar them for life as well. Just kidding.
Independent U.S. distributors Shout Factory have confirmed that they will release on Blu-ray “The Transformers: The Movie,” and will be available for purchase on September 13th. Not just a re-release, as this new 30th anniversary will be “newly remastered and transferred in HD from the original 35mm elements” with “a full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging which are currently in development.”
Synopsis: A war has been waging on the planet Cybertron for millennia. The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing is heading their way – Unicron, a planet that devours everything in its path. 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 home world from destruction or will the Decepticons reign supreme?
The all-star cast of voice talent includes Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Orson Welles, Scatman Crothers, Casey Kasem and Leonard Nimoy.
Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Special will be released on September 13th, almost a full 30 years after the film’s 1986 premiere.