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Shia Labeouf Talks Transformers in Total Film Magazine

Transformers News: Shia Labeouf Talks Transformers in Total Film Magazine
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 10:17pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Wankerton of Don Murphy's Message Board

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The release date for the Transformers Movie is rapidly approaching. As we get closer to that date the number of interviews with the actors seem to increase. Recently Shia Labeouf, who plays Sam Witwicky in the film, has participated in another interview. This recent interview can be found in Total Film Magazine. Wankerton of Don Murphy's Message Board has posted some quotes from the interview. Here they are:

(Be warned these quotes do contain some foul language.)

"The Transformers can take any metal - your BBQ, your fax machine - and turn it into a fighting machine...."

"It's a coming of age story, with my character,Sam, becoming the hero in this chaos. Michael Bay just said to me 'You're going to get fucked up'.That was in wardrobe....."

"The movie takes place in a matter of hours, but it's on the run the whole time..."

"It's a 50-50 thing between CG and reality. When I saw Bumblebee built and standing, it's mind-boggling. It's like standing next to a moving building. Fucking insanity!"

"I've never seen anything like this shit. You can imagine a 50 foot robot, but you haven't seen them transforming on the freeway at 80mph in a fist fight. It's gonna be sick, man...."

"As far as the graphics goes, it's insane. Optimus Prime and Megatron are machines with faces, emotions. There's 150 components just to make the mouth smile. It's nuts!"

Article About the Transformers Movie in the Hollywood Reporter

Transformers News: Article About the Transformers Movie in the Hollywood Reporter
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 6:45pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Hollywood Reporter and

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As we get closer to the release date for the Transformers Movie more and more articles about the movie will be printed and post around the internet. The latest article comes from the Hollywood Reporter. This article talks about Paramount Pictures International's global marketing strategy for the upcoming Transformers Movie. You can read the article at the Hollywood Reporter.

Toyfare Interview With Transformers Movie Writers Online Now

Transformers News: Toyfare Interview With Transformers Movie Writers Online Now
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2007 8:03pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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Earlier this week we reported here that Toyfare #115 features a five page article about the upcoming Transformers Movie. The article was an interview with Transformers Movie writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Now has updated with scans of the interview. You can check out lincks to the scans by clicking here.

Transformer Makes JWT's Seventy Things to Watch in 2007 List

Transformers News: Transformer Makes JWT's Seventy Things to Watch in 2007 List
Date: Friday, January 12th 2007 7:04pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): JWT, and Nelson of

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We have been reporting that the Transformers Movie has been making a lot entertainment lists. JWT, the largest advertising agency in the United States, has released there of list titled Seventy Things to Watch in 2007. The only movie to make this list is the Transformers Movie at 64. Check out the list here.

Transformers Makes Entertainment Weekly Lists

Transformers News: Transformers Makes Entertainment Weekly Lists
Date: Friday, January 12th 2007 6:58pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): and Entertainment Weekly

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Well the upcoming Transformers Movie has been making a lot of lists lately. The most recent lists to feature the movie can be found in Entertainment Weekly. The Transformers Movie is number 1 on this week's Hit List It also came in at number 6 on Entertainment Weekly's top 25 Most Anticipated Entertainment Events of 2007. To check out the article click here.

Transformers Movie Feature In Toyfare #115

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Feature In Toyfare #115
Date: Thursday, January 11th 2007 5:39pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): AutobotMaximal of

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Toyfare #115 features a five page article about the upcoming Transformers Movie. In the article the movie writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci are asked several questions about the movie and other issues.

That's not all. Action Master Prowl is mentioned in the short article named "Cheesy Rider". The article is about some of the "most bizarro bikers in toy history".

Also Classics Grimlock is Toyfare's "Top 10 Hottest Action Figures" at number 8.

So if you are heading by the news stand you may want to pick up this issue of Toyfare.

MovieFone Big in '07 Movie List

Transformers News: MovieFone Big in '07 Movie List
Date: Thursday, January 11th 2007 5:03pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): MovieFone

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MovieFone has compiled a list of movies they are psyched to see in 2007. They have named the list Big in '07. The upcoming Transformers Movie made the list at number 20. Here is what MovieFone said about the movie:

"Release Date: July 4
Why We're Excited: Michael Bay delivers a live-action flick based on an '80s cartoon about robotic aliens kicking each others' asses on Earth. Sounds preposterous, but it's jam-packed with cool effects, action and Bay's signature talent for blowing stuff up. Perhaps there's more to it than meets the eye."

New Images of Transformers Movie Book Covers Featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Images of Transformers Movie Book Covers Featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
Date: Saturday, January 6th 2007 7:54pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): SKowl, Type-R of TFW2005, and Amazon Japan

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We are getting closer and closer to the release of the Transformers Movie. As we get closer new images of merchandise releated to the Transformers Movie surfaces. Earlier this week we reported here about books featuring new images of Bumblebee and Barricade. Now new images have appeared on Amazon Japan. The first one is an image of the Movie Novel and it features Optimus Prime. The second is a sticker book and it features Bumblebee on the cover. Here are the images:

New Images of Movie Bumblebee and Barricade

Transformers News: New Images of Movie Bumblebee and Barricade
Date: Thursday, January 4th 2007 7:15pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Shokaract of TFW2005

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New images of Bumblebee and Barricade from the upcoming Transformers Movie have surfaced on Amazon Japan. Both bots are featured on the cover of childrens book called An I Can Read Book based on the upcoming Transformers Movie. Bumblebee is on the cover of the book Transformers: Sam's New Car which we reported would be released here. Barricade is on the cover of a book titled Autobot VS. Decepticon. Check the images out here:

UK Victory DVD Boxset Review

Transformers News: UK Victory DVD Boxset Review
Date: Sunday, December 31st 2006 2:04pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Site Articles, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Chris McFeely

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As some of you are aware Metrodome has just released their Victory DVD Boxset. Chris McFeely has dropped by and given us a review of the set. Here is Chris McFeely's review:

Cert: U
Dir: Yoshikata Arata
Starring: Hideyuki Tanaka, Takeshi Aono, Miyako Endo, Kyoko Tongu, Keiichi Nanba


Transformers: Victory was the third Japanese-exclusive Transformers animated series, originally broadcast in 1989 after ‘88’s Super-God Masterforce and ‘87’s , both previously released in similar box sets by Metrodome. As with Masterforce before it, Victory begins a new story that occupies the Generation 1 animated series universe, with an all-new cast of characters at an unidentified point in the near future. But where Masterforce used repainted, recast American toys to forge its characters, Victory’s new faces are almost entirely originally Japanese. The series introduces a new wave of Autobots under the command of Star Saber (Tanaka), protecting the Earth against the advances of the new Decepticon Emperor of Destruction, Deszaras (Aono), who schemes to steal Earth’s energy to reactive his planet-destroying space fortress.

In contrast to Masterforce, Victory eschews any kind of real continuing plot, returning to the episodic approach of the American series, with the Autobots thwarting the Decepticons’ daily plots before the series culminates in the much threatened attack of Deszaras’s fortress. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing – it was, like I said, the approach taken by the American series, and I love the American series. Energy imps, mind-control, evil clones, super powers, and all manner of evil intentions and alien devices from electro-cells to flying fortresses always kept the series lively, but the outlandish nature of many of the ideas constantly had the show dancing wildly up and down the quality spectrum. Victory is almost the antithesis of this for its entire first half – there are none of these wacky schemes and plot devices, and the plot is basically the same thing every episode, with the Decepticons attacking a location, and the Autobots turning up to stop them, possibly with the introduction of a new combiner. This keeps the series on a very even keel, not rising or failing in quality, but it’s all terribly flat, and feels very much like a lack of imagination.

Thankfully, this doesn’t go on forever. Just before the series reaches the halfway point, the cast is shot off into space for a trip to Planet Micro, providing a change of scenery and a different style of plot (centred on the Decepticon Brestforce’s rescue of one of their number, Gaihawk) that is very refreshing. It’s uphill from there, with the introduction of Liokaiser, the return of God Ginrai from Masterforce, and steadily more and more imaginative single-episode stories in the style of the US series, with concepts as fun and unusual as deadly metal-eating insects and Leozack pretending to be Star Saber. The final trilogy of episodes, in particular, are especially exciting, energetic and eventful, ending the series with one of the top three Transformers one-on-one fights of all time.

The characters of Victory are, much like the storytelling of the series itself, a mixed bag. The Japanese production team persist in writing the Autobots into an embarrassingly rigid military structure, with everyone referring to each other with titles (“Yes, Supreme Commander!” “Right away, Lieutenant Commander!”), rather than names, which does nothing but grate. All three members of the Autobot Brainmasters are completely interchangeable in personality, and the Multiforce aren’t much better – pretty much all you can say about them is “Uh, Wingwaver and Blacker didn’t get on that well in one episode.” And Star Saber is the stereotypical J-TF Autobot leader, with all the personality of a Jacob’s Cream Cracker and an unending penchant for “OH BURNING HEART I MUST SUCCEED” speeches about the beauty of peace and nature. I said it before, and I’ll say it again – say what you will about Optimus Prime, but at least he had a gentle sense of humour that kept him accessible and entertaining. Star Saber is about as interesting as watching paint dry – except when he’s totally contradicting his own speeches about how great peace is by kicking epic amounts of ass in battle.

Because really, when we get down to it, Victory IS just about kicking ass, in the most thorough and straightforward way possible.

It is those characters whose asses are being kicked that inject the show with life and comedy and make it worth watching. You know what you’re in for with the Decepticons when they make their first appearance in the series in the form of the inept Dinosaur Force. This team’s obvious physical comedy may come as a rude shock to some viewers off the bat, because it is so vastly UNLIKE anything that they will have seen in Transformers before now - I know I certainly felt that way, but I personally found them to become genuinely endearing and amusing as the series went on. The other Decepticon team in the series, meanwhile, is the Brestforce, featuring memorable characters like Leozack (Nanba) and Hellbat (Shioya Yoku), Starscream-style schemers who are constantly trying to one-up each other in the eyes of Deszaras, who they are actually both trying to overthrow as well.

The show also gets points for its token human character, Jan Minakaze (Endo), who is one of the more intelligently-integrated human characters from the many Transformers series. After the death of his parents when he was just a baby, he was actually raised by the Autobots, and rather than just being the human friend that tags along on mission whether they’re needed or not, is treated as a member of the Autobot army, and is given tasks and missions of his own. Ultimately, he IS only usually involved in crowd control alongside his Micromaster chum Holi (Tongu), but it’s great seeing a human character with a defined reason for being there, who is important in his own, consistent, believable way – this stuff is a far cry from Spike suddenly being able to rally the Autobots to action by grabbing Jazz’s gun and planning to fight the Decepticons himself, or the Armada kids being brought into war zones for absolutely no reason.

And of course, a review of Victory would be remiss if it did not mention that it is the most JAPANESE of all the Eastern G1 shows – not just because of the unique characters and toys, but because of the anime facefaults constantly used by the Dinosaur Force, the crazy, super-deformed “chibi” versions of the characters that populate the commercial bumpers and closing sequence, and the closing theme music itself, a bizarre, cheeky tune that constantly chirrups “Chichichichichin pui!” and features an infant Star Saber wetting the bed and using the soiled sheet as a superhero cape.


In summation, Victory is a show that tests you. By which I mean, it tests your patience. Very little of the first half of the show is worth watching on the strength of the story, but if you give up on it then, you’ll be missing out on the much better stuff that comes along in the second half. Similarly, the protagonists are completely uninteresting, with the Decepticons easily being the most enjoyable characters to watch – except they’re not fully assembled, and their characters not fully realised, until that same latter portion of the series. The first half is a slog, but it pays off – if nothing else, you can switch your brain off and just enjoy the fun noises and pretty pictures, since Victory sports a strong soundtrack, and some of the most consistently strong animation of the G1 era. Despite all the hoo-hah the series is smothered in online, however, in no way, shape or form do I consider it to be the best Japanese series – still wears that crown.


Thirty-two episodes across four discs, in groups of eight. The video is unremastered, but perfectly watchable, and is complete, with all commercial bumpers and previews. The only audio stream available is the original Japanese audio, with English subtitles translated by Jordan L. Derber, that have previously seen use on TV Nihon’s online fansubs of the series. The subs have undergone a bit of work by me for purposes of Anglicization, changing American spellings and slang to Commonwealth and switching out a few Japanese terms for English ones.

As some may be aware, Victory originally consisted of thirty-EIGHT broadcast episodes, a preposterous SIX of which (including the final ep of the series) were clip shows. Given their lack of any new footage and general utter pointlessness (which is evidenced, I think, by the fact that TV Nihon did not even bother to sub them all), they have been excised from this DVD set, leaving only the main 32 episodes of story. Their removal affects nothing, and the previews for them on the relevant episodes have been jigged around and replaced with the previews for the next main episode to allow the series to seamlessly move forward. If you didn’t know they existed, you’d have no idea they were missing.


The set is contained within a cardboard sleeve, bearing a lovely bit of work by Nick Roche (by now well know as one of IDW’s artists) that depicts Star Saber, Deszaras, Road Caesar, Liokaiser, Landcross, Dinoking and Jan. It continues the “space background” theme of the previous two sets, rendered this time in magenta, which looks very nice on a shelf with the purple Headmasters and blue Masterforce.

Within the sleeve is a cardboard fold-out tray, holding the four discs and the accompanying booklet. The tray is decorated with Autobot and Decepticon symbols, Roche’s art and images of Star Saber, Dezsaras and the Brestforce (redrawn from screenshots of the show); the discs also bear these images to keep the pictures complete when they are in place in the tray.

The booklet (penned by me) runs to sixteen pages in length, containing a brief introduction to the series; an episode guide (divided by disc and spotlighting those episodes with audio commentary); details on the clip episodes, their content and their original placement with the series; and a short guide to the three series which came after Zone, Battlestars and


The only extra features on Victory are three audio commentaries for the first episode, “Brave Hero of the Universe, Star Saber,” episode 16 (the mid-point of the series), “Get Back Gaihawk!” and the final episode, “Showdown! The Fortress VS the Victory Unification.” Victory is no Masterforce when it comes to plot, so the commentaries are perhaps not as enlightening or in-depth as that show’s, but I cover all the basic stuff about the show and its characters, the toys, their relation to American fiction, the stories of the Victory manga, and, in the final episode, lengthy discussion of Zone, Battlestars and Operation: Combination. I do trip over my words in a few places (I think I say “Breastmasters” at some point, and I get Sixtrain and Sixliner’s names the wrong way around and had to correct myself in the booklet), but hopefully I’ve learned enough from what I’ve done before to make these easy enough to listen to.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #144 - Don't Touch That Dial
Twincast / Podcast #144:
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Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016