Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Transformers News: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

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According to The Licensing Book Online Shout! Factory has entered a new distribution agreement that will allow them release Transformers Animated and the Unicron Trilogy in the US and Canada. Perhaps we can finally get the last season of Animated on DVD!

This multi-year, multi-property alliance provides Shout! Factory exclusive rights to My Little Pony animated family adventures My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade, My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, My Little Pony: Runaway Rainbow, My Little Pony: Dancing in the Clouds, My Little Pony: Friends are Never Far Away. The deal also includes TV properties Transformers Animated (2007-2009 TV series), Transformers: Armada (2002 TV series), Transformers: Energon (2004 TV series), and Transformers: Cybertron (2005 TV series).
Credit(s): The Licensing Book Online
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513544)
Posted by sixshot20 on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:10am CDT
Was season 4 of animated cancelled before it was made or was it made and then cancelled?
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513546)
Posted by Flux Convoy on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:18am CDT
This is hopefully great news for Season 3 of Animated finally getting released. It'd be great if we could get RID and the Japanese Beast Wars series as well. Wishful thinking I know. It'd be nice though.
:BOT:
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513548)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:18am CDT
I already own all three UT series on DVD from the Rhino and Paramount sets, but Animated in HD widescreen with season 3 would be nice.

The bonus content will also be a big factor in my deciding to double dip on these as I have for G1 and Beast Wars (but not JG1, as I haven't yet bough the Shout! DVDs of those).

sixshot20 wrote:Was season 4 of animated cancelled before it was made or was it made and then cancelled?
There was no season 4 made.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513556)
Posted by Dead Metal on August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:24am CDT
sixshot20 wrote:Was season 4 of animated cancelled before it was made or was it made and then cancelled?

It was canceled before it was made, while they where making season 3, so most of the stuff that was meant to lead into season 4 was removed from season 3.

Animated is an instant import.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513557)
Posted by xRotorstormx on August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:36am CDT
Flux Convoy wrote:This is hopefully great news for Season 3 of Animated finally getting released. It'd be great if we could get RID and the Japanese Beast Wars series as well. Wishful thinking I know. It'd be nice though.
:BOT:


I would love to see RID finally get released... Still one of my favorite series :D
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513560)
Posted by kirbenvost on August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:41am CDT
Excellent! I will probably pick up Animated, and maybe the Unicron Trilogy if it comes in a box set. But I still don't even have the Japanese Collection, so that would be a long way off.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513581)
Posted by Mirage22 on August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:50pm CDT
Fingers crossed for an Animated boxset on Blu-Ray! :saint:
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513601)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 23rd, 2013 @ 3:11pm CDT
If the Unicron Trilogy stuff also has the Japanese versions with subs, it's instabought!

I'd love the Japanese Beast Wars stuff too, but is BWII a no-go because of the Mexican stereotype jokes from the Jointrons? Considering how mutilated the subs on Shout!s Japanese G1 stuff ended up, I've gone from patient to pessimistic on it and Neo.

And I love Animated so much that I already bought season 3 on DVD...from my local bootlegger, partly to force him to stock it for others. But that was before the HUB reruns; please release it all in widescreen on BluRay and make my copy obsolete, SF!
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513603)
Posted by gothsaurus on August 23rd, 2013 @ 3:21pm CDT
here to echo the Animated Blu-Ray requests. If I want crappy quality, I'll stream or torrent it. If I'm going to spend money, I want it in crisp, full-size, HD quality. Will gladly pay for it.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513607)
Posted by Dead Metal on August 23rd, 2013 @ 3:39pm CDT
Oh yes, Animated in HD, and finally in widescreen.

Damn, my mouth is watering right now =P~
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513608)
Posted by gothsaurus on August 23rd, 2013 @ 3:45pm CDT
Holy crap. I forgot it was Widescreen. Yeah, that would be a game changer. I hope they don't skimp on the release... and that they do this thing right!
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513627)
Posted by Deathscythetransform on August 23rd, 2013 @ 6:27pm CDT
i COULDN'T CARE LASS ABOUT THE CRAPPY ANIMATED SERIES :SICK: :SICK: :SICK:

BUT TO GET MY HANDS ON ARMADA, INSTANT BUY!!!!!!!!!!! :BOWDOWN:
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513643)
Posted by VirusCarnage on August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:28pm CDT
:O

I will be getting this for sure,
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513651)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:54pm CDT
RiD, BWII, BWNeo, and Japanese versions of the Unicron Trilogy are all highly unlikely.

For RiD, it's still in business limbo since the last ones to own it were Disney and Saban didn't buy it back, so Disney could still have it.

For BWII and BWNeo, the only reason Shout! Factory was able to release the subbed versions of the three JG1 series is because Metrodome had already done so several years ago. Thus, there were already existing subtitle scripts available for them to use. BWII and BWNeo have never received any full subtitle treatment all the way through, and thus have no subs readily available for Shout! to use.

The reason for these two having never been fully subbed is mostly because of how hard these two were to come by for many years. Neither was released on DVD until 14 years after each's original broadcast, leaving no high quality digital copies of the original masters available to use during those 14 years. The only things that were available (of you can call it that) during that period were VHS tapes of the shows that have since become long out of print and exceedingly hard to come by on the secondary market (you'd have better luck finding the Fountain of Youth before finding complete, good quality video sources for these two shows back then). But now that we have DVDs for both, that's one step in the right direction. But, the DVDs themselves are EXTREMELY expensive (being worth roughly $300 USD each).

Also, back when Metrodome was subbing the three JG1 cartoons, they were able to do so since the right to those three shows were included in a bundle with the G1 cartoon rights back when Metrodome got to do that series. Meanwhile, BWII and BWNeo were not made by the same company as the JG1 cartoons, so their rights belong to someone else entirely; someone whom Hasbro has never done business with.


And as for subbed versions of the Japanese Unicron Trilogy, this is unlikely since the subbed DVDs of the JG1 cartoons sold poorly and did not meet Shout! Factory's sales expectations. Subbed anime just doesn't sell well on the mainstreamm U.S. DVD market, thus it's mostly a niche appeal. :-B
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513661)
Posted by triKlops on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:07pm CDT
I would love to get my hands on the Animated set and since I have not worked my way through the Trilogy this would be a great way for me to do so.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513662)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:15pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:And as for subbed versions of the Japanese Unicron Trilogy, this is unlikely since the subbed DVDs of the JG1 cartoons sold poorly and did not meet Shout! Factory's sales expectations. Subbed anime just doesn't sell well on the mainstreamm U.S. DVD market, thus it's mostly a niche appeal. :-B
But would that rule out including the Japanese versions via subs and angle options on the regular box sets? Or was Micron Legend really so thoroughly redrawn that it wouldn't be practical?

Since these series have gotten western DVDs before, going that extra mile for the sake of claiming the most complete release ever might be worth it to compel anyone who already has them to double dip. There was also that one Superlink ep that was left out of Energon: if no dub track exists, they'd have to at least include a sub of it to release the complete collection.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513666)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:26pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:But would that rule out including the Japanese versions via subs and angle options on the regular box sets? Or was Micron Legend really so thoroughly redrawn that it wouldn't be practical?

Since these series have gotten western DVDs before, going that extra mile for the sake of claiming the most complete release ever might be worth it to compel anyone who already has them to double dip.
The three series weren't dubbed uncut, so dual-audio w/ subs wouldn't work.

Bumblevivisector wrote:There was also that one Superlink ep that was left out of Energon: if no dub track exists, they'd have to at least include a sub of it to release the complete collection.
Not when the missing Super Link episode isn't counted as a part of the Energon dub.

The Paramount DVD set was a complete collection, yet it did not contain the undubbed episode.

It's like how Scramble City isn't counted as part of the English version of the G1 cartoon despite it still existing as a part of the Japanese version of the G1 cartoon.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513669)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:53pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:The three series weren't dubbed uncut, so dual-audio w/ subs wouldn't work.

Which is why I mentioned angle options. Hasn't that been attempted with different international edits of material on the same disc, beyond just alternate openings and bumpers?

And the "lost" Superlink ep would still be a bonus feature worth pursuing. "More complete than ever," is just good press-release hype, as long as there's some truth to back it up.

Though as for past precedents, were there any improvements in Shout!s Beast Wars rerelease, or was it exactly like Rhino's? If not, we probably can't expect much beyond the glitches in the Cybertron set not reappearing.
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513672)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:12pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:Which is why I mentioned angle options. Hasn't that been attempted with different international edits of material on the same disc, beyond just alternate openings and bumpers?
I don't know what that means. :oops:

Bumblevivisector wrote:Though as for past precedents, were there any improvements in Shout!s Beast Wars rerelease, or was it exactly like Rhino's?
The masters of Beast Wars used by Shout! Factory were the same ones used by Rhino.

Bumblevivisector wrote:If not, we probably can't expect much beyond the glitches in the Cybertron set not reappearing.
What glitches? :???:

Do you mean the missing footage of episode 3? That was fixed in later releases of Paramount's DVD box set, and those who got the faulty version were allowed to call in for replacement discs with the corrected episode. ;)
Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated (1513701)
Posted by Joetx on August 24th, 2013 @ 2:17am CDT
This is great news! I was just recently scouring the interwebs for the TFs: Cybertron DVD set, but only found a few used ones that were way overpriced over the original list price. I'm glad I held back on clicking on the "Buy Now" button.

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