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Let's talk about how easy it is play DVDs from anywhere in the world

Transformers News: Let's talk about how easy it is play DVDs from anywhere in the world
Date: Sunday, July 29th 2007 9:56pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Site Articles
Posted by: Seibertron

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I want to help you guys watch Transformers DVDs no matter where in the world they are released. I see many of you who express their frustration about foreign releases of Transformers DVDs that we don't have available here in the States yet. Well, there's really no reason for it since there's an army of inexpensive DVD players available just down the street from you that can easily be modified to play DVDs from anywhere in the world. All it takes is a little research on the Internet to find out which DVD players can be modified that are currently available at Best Buy, Target, Walmart or whatever major retail store is near you.

Keep in mind that the cheaper the DVD player, the easier it is to "hack". Obviously, you don't want a complete piece of crap, but if you stick to some brands that you recognize such as Phillips, you should be all set. The higher end DVD players are far more difficult to hack (or altogether impossible) so I would stay away from the Pioneers, Sonys and Toshibas for example.

Australia's Region 4? Not a problem! UK's PAL format? Never worry about it again. UK's Region 2? Region what?!?! I've been enjoying DVDs from all over the world for the past 2 years. I own all of Metrodome's Headmaster, Masterforce, Victory and RiD sets, Metrodome's "Transformers Movie Reconstructed", as well as all of Madman's incredibly flawless Beast Wars sets, their very awesome G1 boxset and their version of the animated movie. For those of you who don't know, Metrodome is based out of the UK and Madman is based out of Australia.

I'm also able to play DVDs from China or Japan flawlessly. I'm able to easily just pop-in DVD extras that come with my Japanese Transformers right into my primary DVD player and watch whatever I want. Heck, I can even download videos from the Internet, burn them directly to a DVD-R as their native format (i.e. AVI, MPEG, etc) and watch the actual raw videos on my home TV without ever havign to convert the video to a DVD format.

Without further ado, here is a message I had posted on these forums before the big forum crash in January. I had the foresight to save this message on the Metrodome forums a while back so thanks to that, I'm able to repost my message here on Seibertron.com. One of our latest sponsors is none other than our friends at Madman. I promised I'd help share how you guys can watch these DVDs on your players at home regardless of where you live in the world. You should be just as exceited about a DVD set from Madman as you are from a company here in the States or whatever country you live in. Yeah, it's a little expensive to import the DVDs but it's most definitely worth it. It certainly beats the alternative of not owning sets like Headmasters (which Madman will be releasing later this year) or RiD.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I'll do my best to help you find a region free DVD player so that you can enjoy watching these Transformers DVDs from other countries while Sony figures out what they're doing with the license here in America.

Ryan in 2005 wrote:
Hey guys,

Once Metrodome announced the upcoming Headmasters DVD set, I started doing some research into figuring out a standard way to play foreign DVDs. I've been anxiously awaiting a Headmasters DVD set that's not as expensive as the Japanese version for quite some time so I can assure all of you that I wasn't going to let a little thing like Region 2 or PAL video stop me from figuring out a way to play the Metrodome DVDs here in the States (NTSC video, Region 1). While it was great news that Metrodome was going to release the Movie and Headmasters as Region 0 (just like the Robots in Disguise RiD videos were released unbeknownst to many fans), but that would only allow most of us American fans the ability to watch the DVDs on our computer. I wanted to watch the DVDs on my television with my sound system dammit!

So I talked to a few of my friends at work who are from Poland. A few of them started pointing me toward the DVD player that is sold locally at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City or Amazon.com. This DVD player can EASILY be hacked to play any region AND it automatically converts PAL formatted videos to NTSC. PLUS IT'S CHEAP and comes with tons of other features that have totally changed my DVD experience. I highly recommend this DVD player:

Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000204SWE/ref=pd_sxp_f/002-0964654-9456061?v=glance&s=electronics

http://www.google.com/products?q=phillips+DVP642

Quote:
1. Turn on the player.
2. Open the tray.
3. Press the following sequence on the remote: 7 8 9 OK 0
4. The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen.
5. Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy! :)


NOTE: The 0 in the sequence above represents the region code. 0 = region free. If you want to change your player to just a specific region code, replace the 0 with the region number you want.

The hack should be perfectly safe, but USE IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!

It plays my RiD DVDs from the UK perfectly as well as my various Takara DVDs that came with my Robot Masters figures and TFC-9 Starscream. I can't say enough great things about this DVD player.

And no, I do not work for Phillips. I'm just trying to spread some information about this DVD player out to the community so that you guys can get your DVD player before the Headmasters set is released.

Apparently the cheaper the DVD Player, the easier it is to region hack and to find a player that will convert from PAL to NTSC. I bought one that was a little more expensive with a brand that I recognized even though several of my friends recommended the Cyberhome DVD players. However, I read so many bad reviews about the Cyberhome DVD player that it didn't matter that it was only $40 or less ... I wanted a player that would last and look decent.

Video Clip of Transformers "Animated" Series in Action!

Transformers News: Video Clip of Transformers "Animated" Series in Action!
Date: Saturday, July 28th 2007 6:22pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Media
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Enewsi.com, Autobot032, horus

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Hot on the heels of the San Diego Comic-Con's unveiling of new movie figures, Classics, and "Animated" series toys, is more news pertaining to the next series of Transformers. Shown at the Hasbro panel was a video clip showcasing the new "Transformers Animated", the clip includes transformation sequences, voice clips from the characters as well as a glimpse of many characters from the show, including Arcee and the Dinobots!

See the video clip on Enewsi.com by clicking here

And view all the photos of the toys from the new "Animated" series, as well as new Transformers Movie figures and the return of the Classics line by clicking here

Madman G1 DVD Complete Series and Animated Movie Galleries Now Online

Transformers News: Madman G1 DVD Complete Series and Animated Movie Galleries Now Online
Date: Saturday, July 28th 2007 4:45pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream

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Ryan has taken the time to make some new galleries for the DVD Set Section of the site. This time he has updated it with the addition of Madmans Generation One Complete Collection and The Animated Movie Special Edition. The complete series comes packaged in a G1 style box with a fantastic collectors tin inside, it really is a beuatiful collectors set.

The special features for the G1 Complete set are:

*Animated public service announcements
*Atari Transformers Game promotional materials
*Character model sheets
*Historical trailers
*Interviews
*Opening and closing animations
*Original television bumpers
*Scripts
*Storyboards
*TVCs
*Wildfur promotional materials
*Biographies


The special features for the Special Edition of the Animated Seresies are:

*Remastered theatrical widescreen edition (disc 1) and full-screen edition (disc2)
*”Scramble City” Japanese exclusive bonus episode
*Interview with story consultant Flint Dille
*Q&A with voice of Optimus, Peter Cullen
*80;s toy TVCs, TV spots and theatrical trailer
*The touch film-clip (by Stan Bush)
*Character, voice-actor and musician biographies
*Commentaries feature and extras
*Deleted scenes
*Animated storyboards
*Bonus episode of Transformers: Beast Wars

Comic-Con: New Movie Figures, Classics 2.0 designs, First Look at "Animated" Toys!

Transformers News: Comic-Con: New Movie Figures, Classics 2.0 designs, First Look at "Animated" Toys!
Date: Saturday, July 28th 2007 4:20pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Tformers.com

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As the San-Diego Comic-Con gets underway, more new information is being released along with photos of the event. Just in are images from the Hasbro panel, which showcase alot of things that will be of huge interest to the fandom, including concept designs for Transformers Universe (Second phase of the Classics Line), New Movie Figures (including Incinerator, Landmine, Stockade and Cliffjumper) and Robot Heroes as well as our first look at the toys for the new Transformers Animated series, set to premiere next year on the Cartoon Network.

See all the images of the event here.

SDCC TF: Animated Flyer Reveals Decepticons!

Transformers News: SDCC TF: Animated Flyer Reveals Decepticons!
Date: Friday, July 27th 2007 9:17am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, Rumors
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Cataclizm1 at TFW 2005

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We knew it was going to happen, but the Decepticon designs have made there way out, in the form of a flyer for SDCC that advertises the new 'Transformers: Animated' series.

Here is the link to the thread that has a scanned picture of the cons.

It looks like from left to right we have:

Starscream, Black Arachnia, Blitzwing, Lugnut(?), and of course, Megatron!

Stay tuned as we keep you updated on SDCC, and if any more comes out about the new animated series in the Seibertron.com Cartoon News Section.


Venus Terzo to Attend Otakuthon 2007

Transformers News: Venus Terzo to Attend Otakuthon 2007
Date: Thursday, July 26th 2007 1:02am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): NuclearConvoy

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Our own NuclearConvoy has brought us some news about Beast Wars and Beast Machines voice actress Venus Terzo. As many know, Venus Terzo provided the voice for Black Arachnia. She will be the guest of honor at Otakutho, Montreal anime convention. Terzo will be there on both August 4th and 5th. For more information about Otakuthon 2007 click here. To keep up with all the Transformers events news check out the Seibertron.com Events Section.

IGN Interview with Transformers Animated Director

Transformers News: IGN Interview with Transformers Animated Director
Date: Sunday, July 15th 2007 2:30am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Interviews
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Autobobby1 and IGN.com

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Our own Autobobby1 has sent us an email with news about the upcoming Transformers Animated cartoon. Previously we reported new about an interview with Sam Register, the Exuctive Producer of Transformers: Animated. Now there is an new interview with the series director Matt Youngberg. Youngberg found the time recently to grant an interview to IGN.com. You can read the interview by clicking here. You can find previous interviews and the promotional poster for Transformers Animated in the Seibertron.com Cartoon Section.

Optimus Prime Pimped Up by G4TV

Transformers News: Optimus Prime Pimped Up by G4TV
Date: Thursday, July 12th 2007 1:26pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.G4TV.com, Jerrard Cranston

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Jerrard Cranston has submitted the following news item to Seibertron.com/news.

Attack Of The Blog on G4TV has placed a funny videoclip "Pimp My Whip" skit featuring G1 Optimus Prime. The voice of Optimus Prime is done by DR. SMOOTH who has gained popularity on YouTube with voicing Optimus Prime in fanmade re-edits of the old G1 show with titles like The Rude Awakening of Optimus Prime.

Credits are:
Erik Van Pelt – Character Animation, Character Rigging, Modeling
Adam Jenkins – VFX Coordinator, Tracking, Lighting, Rendering, Compositing
Jeff Dodson – Sound Design
Josh Harris – Technical Consultant
Optimus Prime – DR. SMOOV

Beast Machines Season 1 DVD Coming to UK

Transformers News: Beast Machines Season 1 DVD Coming to UK
Date: Tuesday, July 10th 2007 12:04pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Press Releases
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Play.com

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According to Play.com, the entire Beast Machines first season will be released in the UK on the 16th of July, 2007. The volumes can be purchased seperately (season 1 - part 1 & 2) or all together. Click the links for the listings.

Beast Machines complete first season
Beast Machines Season 1, Volume 1
Beast Machines, Season 1, Volume 2

Madman Interview with Simon Furman

Transformers News: Madman Interview with Simon Furman
Date: Thursday, July 5th 2007 11:41am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Madman

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The folks over at Madman have sent us an email with some information we thought we would pass along. Madman has posted an interview with Simon Furman which is part of their Transformers edition of Madman's Anime Snacktime podcast. Click here to download it. To get all your comic news and cartoon news check out the Seibertron.com Comics Section and the Seibertron.com Cartoons Section.

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