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Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 5:05pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News
, Press Releases
Posted by: Seibertron
SONY BMG Entertainment
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT USHERS IN A NEW ERA OF TRANSFORMERS-MANIA WITH TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION DVD
TRANSFORMERS Special Edition DVD To Feature Three Versions Of Film; Commentary Tracks and Exclusive Featurettes; Sneak Peek At Next Summer’s Major Motion Picture Event; And Much More
Fan Favorite Artist Don Figueroa Crafts Special Collectible Lenticular Cover
New York, New York, September 25, 2006 — When MEGATRON said, “It’s over Prime,” he had it all wrong. On November 7th, the home entertainment group of SONY BMG Music Entertainment pulls out all the stops for the 20th Anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon TRANSFORMERS: The Movie with the explosive release of the two-disc TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD.
This new DVD marks the return of the out-of-this world animated big screen bonanza that catapulted the likes of OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, STARSCREAM, SOUNDWAVE and even the DINOBOTS into pop culture icons. The TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD will be packed with premium features and behind-the-scenes footage developed with input by and for TRANSFORMERS fans across the country.
For the 20th Anniversary Special Edition, Sony BMG Home Entertainment completely remastered and color-corrected the film. The Autobots and Decepticons fight for universal domination in three distinct versions:
16X9 WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION – which has not been seen anywhere since the movie was in theaters 20 years ago.
AUTOBOT MATRIX OF KNOWLEDGE PRESENTATION – Truly showcasing the pop culture phenomenon that is THE TRANSFORMERS, SONY BMG has created a special version of the film for the DVD release. The Autobot Matrix of Knowledge will feature trivia and fun facts about the movie itself, the TRANSFORMERS brand, and the pop culture references in which TRANSFORMERS has been spoofed/tributed.
Over 100 fun facts will show up on screen throughout the movie. Many of the factoids were provided by fans through a special DVD site created by Sony BMG to solicit input -- marking the first time that the huge TRANSFORMERS fan base has ever been asked to participate in the creation of a TRANSFORMERS home entertainment release.
FULL SCREEN EDITION
Adding to the excitement for this DVD, Sony BMG Music Entertainment has partnered with Paramount Pictures to provide a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at next summer's highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS live action movie event. The special feature segment includes comments from Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg who share their vision and passion for TRANSFORMERS.
TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD will take viewers further inside this cult favorite than ever before through three all-new exclusive featurettes with director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille, Sue Blu (the voice of fan-favorite female TRANSFORMER, Arcee) and producers Tom Griffin and Joe Bacal. First-time-ever audio commentaries will feature Nelson, Flint and Sue – as well as a special fan audio commentary.
To further commemorate the 20th anniversary of the film, SONY BMG is providing fans with some extra-celebratory content that lets them track back to the true origins of the TRANSFORMERS. After careful consideration and preparation, Sony BMG has scoured the archives for the best TRANSFORMERS-related footage available – including the original commercials for the toy line and movie – allowing viewers to see how and where the phenomenon began.
SONY BMG is also including some very special and rare footage; highlighted by three items previously unreleased in the U.S. These never-before-released special features will now contain exclusive audio commentaries. Specially included are the infamous 20-minute Scramble City original animated episode from Japan, a promo trailer for TRANSFORMERS: The Movie and test/alternative/deleted footage from the film. Also on this one-of-a-kind DVD will be never-before-released animated storyboards and a DVD-ROM link to exclusive content.
Beyond the actual DVD content, Sony BMG Home Entertainment is expanding the DVD’s collectibility to the packaging itself. A collectible, limited-edition lenticular cover will adorn the front of the TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. The company commissioned fan-favorite artist Don Figueroa to create the imagery for this special lenticular cover.
Through his much-heralded work with TRANSFORMERS, Don’s art brings to life the characters so many have grown to love. In one image, Optimus Prime is appropriately situated in a position of prominence. Joining the Autobot leader are Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Blaster and more of the most popular TRANSFORMERS characters. The second “transforming” image, Hot Rod – as he transforms into Rodimus Prime – is grasping the Matrix of Leadership as it lights the Autobots’ darkest hour. Above, Unicron begins to destruct, while Galvatron, Arcee and Springer look on.
“The TRANSFORMERS franchise continues to thrive across multiple platforms, and we are excited to celebrate this pop culture phenomenon with a compelling new DVD tribute,” said Jim Wilson, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Home Entertainment for SONY BMG. “By teaming with TRANSFORMERS fans, we have developed an exclusive product with premium content and special features that will be sure to attract fans of all ages.”
TRANSFORMERS: The Movie features the voice of Orson Welles in his final role, as well as stars Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, John Moschitta, Peter Cullen, and Frank Welker. The DVD also features a winning soundtrack featuring the iconic theme "The TRANSFORMERS" performed by Lion, and the popular "The Touch," performed by Stan Bush. The movie, set in 2005, chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their home of Cybertron from the evil Decepticons and Unicron, a huge robotic creature that devours planets.
For information and updates on TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD log onto www.TRANSFORMERSthemovieDVD.com.
About SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.
Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 11:52am CDT
Categories: Toy News
, Store News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom
King Slick, Walmart.com, ShGarland_1383
have added Transformers Classics
Voyager class Optimus Prime and Megatron to their online store.
The website has these marked as 'online only' however we have received the following report from Walmart employee King Slick
Spotted the cases during lunch while on my lunch break at the Wal-Mart in Casa Grande, AZ, store #1218...the cases read as follows: "Transformers Voyager Classic" which was different from simmiler cases also containing Transformers that read "Transformers Cybertron Voyager".
There were also cases marked "20th Aniversery Optimus Prime"...it is unknown if it is a return of the same 20th Aniversery release from last year or the pre-release figure/DVD (which appears to be a month early as the release was dated for mid-Nov., not early-October). Unfortunately I didn't bother to see if the associate working toys managed to some how put out the figures or not as I work in the grocery isles (and no, there are no signs of any Transformers fruit snacks...yet)
In addition we have unconfirmed Walmart sightings of Optimus Prime
reported at our Sighting Section
of our Energon Pub
forums has posted the following images of his Transformers Classic Voyager Class Optimus Prime purchaced of the shelf in Arizona. Looks like its official! Classics Voygers are available at Walmart!
Report your sightings and check availability of Transformers in your area at the SEIBERTRON.com Sightings Section
Monday, October 2nd 2006 9:19pm CDT
Categories: Event News
Posted by: Seibertron
One of our newest friends here
at SEIBERTRON.com, Panda Hat
, has posted a video from the BotCon '06 Peter Cullen panel here
. There really isn't any news from this video but it's always great to see a new video of everyone's favorite voice actor. Thanks for sharing this with SEIBERTRON.com Panda Hat
Monday, October 2nd 2006 7:58pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Shinobi Rendar
Flickr.com user igetrad
As most of you know principal shooting has ended on the Transformers movie
, but pictures from the shoot keep appearing on the net. Once again the pictures come from Flickr.com
, by user igetrad
These new pics feature all autobot vehicles placed on a parking lot in L.A.
To see more and better quality pics from the set go here
. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see them.
Monday, October 2nd 2006 6:27pm CDT
Category: Movie News
Posted by: Hotrod
Over the last couple of days new pictures from the Washington D.C. set of the Transformers Movie
has surfaced on the internet. The latest photos have been posted on Michael Bay's website
. There are eleven new images in all. Click here
for links to the new pictures.
Monday, October 2nd 2006 6:08pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod
Starscreams Ghost of Transformers @ The Moon
As the release date for the Transformers Movie
gets closer and closer, more news about movie merchandise gets out. The latest news comes from Starscreams Ghost of Transformers @ The Moon
. The news is about movie toys being released in the United Kingdom. Starscreams Ghost has reported that Optimus Prime and Screamer are the two figures that will be in the first case. There will be four of each figure in a case. Right now the figures are priced at £16.99.
Monday, October 2nd 2006 6:01pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Hotrod
IDW has posted their list of new releases coming out on October 4th. Included in the list is The Transformers: Generations #8. IDW has also posted a five page preview of The Transformers: Generations #8 in their New Releases Section
. So head over to IDW's New Releases Section
to check out The Transformers: Generations #8.
Monday, October 2nd 2006 5:00pm CDT
Category: Sponsor News
Posted by: Seibertron
Hi - Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com
of Transformers news. We just returned from the Botcon convention and
have all kinds of new items to tell you about.
MP-03 MASTERPIECE STARSCREAM: Takara's mind blowing Masterpiece
Starscream is now in stock for $99.99. This figure has a complex
transformation, extreme detail and an awesome sculpt. Our shipment is 80%
sold and the rest of them are flying out the door so don't procrastinate
too long on this beauty.
MP-04 MASTERPIECE CONVOY & TRAILER: Finally a trailer worthy of the
Masterpiece Convoy. Takara has crafted a highly detailed and fully
opening trailer in perfect scale with Prime so he can now enjoy the
benefits of his traveling lab. This huge set is priced at $189.99 and
will likely be the defining Optimus Prime action figure for all time.
STAR WARS 12" SIDESHOW: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are now each in
stock for $49.99. Authentic outfits and more great head sculpts from
KISS PLAYERS ATARI & AUTOROOPER: Another entry into Takara's off the wall
Kiss Play storyline. This set features a Worlds Smallest Autorooper
Transformer as well as a larger PVC Atari anime style figure - in stock
FOUR HORSEMEN - 7TH KINGDOM XETHEUS: The first figure, and leader of the
7th Kingdom, Xetheus - is now in stock for $19.99. There are not too many
of these to go around.
TRANSFORMERS ALTERNATORS: Ravage & Rumble have just been announced!
Ravage will be none other than a Jaguar XK, and Rumble is a Honda Civic Si
with huge piston style hands for pounding the ground. These are available
singly for $24.99 and $27.99 respectivly, and also as part of a new case
assortment with 2x Ravage, 1x Rumble, 1x Mirage for $89.99. Mirage is
also back up for preorder at $23.99
E-HOBBY THS-02B - BLACK OPTIMUS PRIME: E-Hobby comes through with another
nifty repaint, the THS-02 figure was wildly popular and this repaint comes
with a few extra heads and cannons as a bonus. Scheduled to ship in
February, this new exclusive will be a limited edition as always and is
priced at $84.99
TRANSFORMERS CLASSIC DELUXE: Grimlock and Mirage join the original four
figures in the second wave of Classic figures. They are unfortunately
both short-packed so our single figure listings for Grimlock & Mirage are
higher than I'd like them to be, but we've put together some very
reasonable package deals: $89.99 for a case of 8 figures, and $69.99 for
a set of all 6 of the classics released so far. Another set of the first
four figures can't hurt anyways - its always fun to display both modes at
TRANSFORMERS 6" TITANIUM: Hasbro debuted a bunch of new 6" Titanium
figures, the first two we can list are Soundwave and Rodimus Prime, priced
at $16.99 each. This series continues to look great and each figure is
fully transformable on top of being die-cast metal.
STAR WARS BATTLE PACKS: We don't have any images yet, but Hasbro has just
announced three new battle packs priced at $23.99 each: Battle of
Geonosis, Capture of Tantive, and Jedi Training on Dagobah. Check out all
the upcoming Battle Packs here:
TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS - LEGENDS: Another new price point in the Classics
line-up. These figures will be slightly smaller than a typical 'basic'
sized figure and similar to the 'Legends of Cybertron' line from earlier
this year. The first wave is priced at $17.99 and includes one each of
Fireflight, Leo Prime, Perceptor, and Trypticon.
BOTCON 2006 EXCLUSIVES: We have a very small number of the 'Dawn of
Futures Past' Boxed and Loose sets remaining for preorder. These will be
arriving to the warehouse on Wednesday when the truck containing all our
convention stock returns. We were not able to secure meaningful stock of
any of the other more limited Souvenir Sets unfortunately.
Thanks for your interest in www.bigbadtoystore.com
- for those of you who
are into lines other than the Transformers, we'll have more non-TF news
later in the week.
Joel & The BBTS Crew
Monday, October 2nd 2006 4:50pm CDT
Categories: Movie News
, Press Releases
Posted by: Seibertron
His is the voice behind one of pop-culture’s most established icons.
The name is Peter Cullen - the voice of TRANSFORMERS’ Optimus Prime.
And now fans will be given the opportunity to put words in the mouth of Optimus with the "MAKE PRIME SPEAK" contest!
Paramount Pictures announces the "MAKE PRIME SPEAK" contest, a bold initiative that will supply what fans demand - Optimus Prime speaking their words. Fans can submit a line of dialogue that they would most like to hear Optimus Prime say in the film.
First place winner will have his/hers phrase spoken by Prime, in the new Transformers movie!
Contest launches on Oct. 2, 2006. "Make Prime Speak" will run from October 2nd to October 23rd, 2006.
The timeline for the contest is as follows:
The "Make Prime Speak" Contest begins on October 2, 2006, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 23, 2006.
The Contest Period consists of a submission phase, which begins on October 2, 2006, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 12, 2006.
The voting phase begins at 12:00 a.m. on October 16, 2006 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 23, 2006.
All times are Pacific Time.
WANT TO SUBMIT A CHANCE TO MAKE PRIME SPEAK? Here’s how you do it:
During the Submission Phase:
1) go to www.transformersmovie.com
and complete the registration form found on the site, with the information requested, including an original line of dialogue you would like to hear Prime speak, and submit the entry.
2) All contestants who enter a Submission into the Contest will be able to vote by using the email address from their original Submission. Submissions will otherwise not be acknowledged or returned. Limit one entry per person and/or per email address.
3) During the Submission Phase, Sponsor will post Submissions in a scrolling submission box on the Website.
4) Each entry must be no longer than 120 characters.
5) **Users can submit one line per email address. For example: if you have 20 different email addresses, you can submit a chance to Make Prime Speak 20 times.
The determination of Finalists will be based on originality, appropriateness to Prime's character and relevance to the Picture's story.
Submissions are on a first come, first serve basis. Enter early and often.
Up to 100 of the best Submissions will be selected to be posted online for others to view and judge.
At the end of the Voting Phase, up to 30 Finalists who receive the most non-suspect votes will be submitted to the filmmakers, who will determine the winners in their sole discretion.
The Winners will be announced on the Website on or about November 9, 2006.
WHAT YOU CAN WIN
The filmmakers will select one (1) Grand Prize Winner whose Submission may be spoken by Peter Cullen in the Picture.
The filmmakers will select two (2) Second Prize Winners whose Submissions may be spoken by Peter Cullen and used for mobile ringtones.
The filmmakers will select up to seven (7) Third Prize Winners whose Submissions will be read by Peter Cullen and made available for visitors to listen to on the Website.
All prize winners will receive:
1) a "Transformers" Prize pack that includes a limited edition "Transfomers" T-Shirt (Approximate Retail Value "ARV": $25.00 and a "Transformers" poster signed by Peter Cullen (ARV: $5.00).
It is now up to you to Make Prime Speak.
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