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More Exclusive News Regarding Updated TFTM, and Localized English Versions of Victory, Headmasters, and Scramble City

Transformers News: More Exclusive News Regarding Updated TFTM, and Localized English Versions of Victory, Headmasters, and Scramble City
Date: Saturday, June 18th 2005 9:11pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Solidus | Credit(s): Raymond T.

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Seibertron's Raymond T. has yet again obtained some exclusive information from Metrodome Group, the current license holder to create English Subs and Dubs to Transformers Victory, Headmasters, and Scramble City! They also are working on an updated release of the original 1986 film Transformers: The Movie, with remastered footage as well as cut scenes never appearing in any retail release to date!

Victory, Headmasters, and Scramble City have yet to recieve a quality DVD release in an English format, and the plans for the update to Transformers the Movie promise to give G1 fans something they've been wanting for years!

With Raymond busy with work this weekend, he asked that someone post this on behalf. The following is an email to Raymond from Ken Law, head honcho of Metrodome:

Note: Not all of the following has been finalized, but it gives indication the direction Metrodome want to go with their Transformers releases.

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Hi Raymond

The format shift on The Movie is not nearly as bad as it sounds. I initially saw a test which was very rough around the edges and the format change was quite noticeable as a result but the finished master has been tinker with by the lab and there is very little noticeable shift now. I've asked them for a full technical explanation as to what they have done as I know there will be an element of Transformer fandom who will want to know exactly what is presented.

Thanks for the scene selections. I will be comparing our current UK DVD and the brand new transfer.

As for extras, well we've done a new 5.1 mix which sounds fantastic. There will be the US and UK opening credits to compare & contrast (our new master has the US 'stars names' & V/O credits). We'll show the censored and uncensored Spike scenes. There will be various trailers & TV spots for The Movie. There are titles tests, a Cinex test and I have a host of toy TV spots from the 80's that span Hasbro's toys from Transformers, Insecticons, Constructicons, Omega Supreme, Jumpstarters right up to Gen 2 toys like Cyberjets, Dreadwing, Aerialbots & Combaticons. There are 67 in total but I'm still awaiting the OK from Hasbro. In the past people have just used Hasbro material because they had a VHS or a master without their approval. They're getting wise to this and I know them well so I'm making sure everything I make use of is approved by them.

As for the extra material or deleted scenes. I picked up an e-mail trail from Jane about the deleted scenes. There were 2 in particular and an early Japanese trailer. Jane described them as follows....

1. Prime Knocks Out Dirge
Originally in the Movie there was a brief shot where Prime smashes Dirge during his "One shall stand one shall fall" & "That's a question you should ask yourself Megatron" lines. As Prime says "That's a question" - Dirge originally jumped Prime from behind and was smashed to the floor.

2. Ultra Magnus Original Death
Originally in the the Movie, Ultra Magnus was given a much more barbaric death at the hands of the sweeps. In the Movie, you so imply see him get shot, groan lots and then fall to pieces. This is not how this scene was indented to appear. It was animated but later cut for being too violent.

3. The Japanese Promo
Prior to the Movies release a short promo film was made using early footage. This contained several shots that are either absent or alternate from the Movie.

The new telecine we did was from the original, uncut picture negative and these scenes DO NOT appear. Rhino's consultant (before they lost their license) Jim Markovic had never heard of these scenes and neither had the lab doing our telecine so I am very dubious as to whether they actually existst. Certainly, there is no physical evidence of their existence that we've come across. Do you know any more?

The Japanese Trailer on the other hand does exists. I am sure what Jane is talking about actually appeared on Madman's Australian (Region 4) DVD back in 2003. I have watched their DVD and it's a 4 min 16 secs so it has to be it. I'm looking for a master for that and if we don't find it, I can ask Madman as we have a good relationship with them.

At the moment there is no plan for a commentary track. I simply don't have the time but I'm very interested in the idea for a possible future version of The Movie.

With Takara, we'll be releasing Headmasters this year and then Masterforce & Victory in 2006. I intend to have all that we have rights too out in the UK marketplace in time for the Dreamworks movie release in November 2006. I know the Star/Singapore English dub is universally hated so we've done brand new English subtitles. The set up will allow you to watch Headmasters in native Japanese language; Japanese language with subtitles or with the English dub. You can even watch the English dub with subtitles just to see the inconsistencies in the dub. I've spoke to fan groups and they have provided an extensive glosssary so all the Japanese names will be translated into their English eqivalents to avoid any confusion (eg Convoy will be Optimus Prime). The subtitling has been done by a professional subtitling company and they have worked on Star Trek in the past so are used to technical TV translations.

As for Scramble City, we've not located a master anywhere. I have a VHS but I need a master and I need to know that we have the rights in place. Those two questions have yet to be answered I'm afraid. But I am working on it.

I hope that brings you up to speed.

Finally our Transformers website www.transformersdvd.com will be updated and back up and running soon. Darren Jamieson will be working with us again. I'll use the site to host the 'compare & contrast' images of the new telecine and a full technical explanation as to what we've done.

Best wishes and I'll speak to you again soon.

Hasbro signed post-Cybertron deal with animation company GONZO?

Transformers News: Hasbro signed post-Cybertron deal with animation company GONZO?
Date: Friday, March 18th 2005 10:46am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Movie Related News, Rumors, Company News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Tim Gravely

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Fact or fiction? You decide ...

How do you like the work that Gonzo has done with Galaxy Force so far? If you're Hasbro, you're clearly overjoyed at the prospect of having such talented animators on board again.

Hasbro has just re-upped their contract with Gonzo, post-GF/Cybertron. Not only will Gonzo be producing a direct-to-DVD animated feature to tie into the new Dreamworks movie, but they will now be producing the movie tie-in TV series. (And exactly who was braindead enough not to expect THAT to happen?)

The real fun is still to come tho. Since Hasbro hopes that the movie will be a huge hit, they fully intend to milk it for all it's worth. They've placed a two season order with Gonzo, totalling 100 episodes.

Yes. 100 episodes over two seasons. Same as we've been getting, but now done with talent, skill and wit.

The end of Fan-subbing in sight?

Transformers News: The end of Fan-subbing in sight?
Date: Tuesday, February 1st 2005 7:28pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Rumors
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): C|Net

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C|Net has made a report on their site about the possible end of fans subtitling Japanese Animation and spreading these over the net. Over the past couple of years there had not been an incident where a Japanese company would ask to hold and stop such actions. However the C|Net article reports that recently a studio called Media Factory has started spreading requests on stopping similar projects from the Anime fan base.

The article suggests that this could be the start of a trend to stop the freely distributed Japanese cartoons over the net. With similar projects of subbing and dubbing Japanese Transformers shows, one have to wonder how long it will take for Transformers fans to be asked to stop making similar projects.

Transformers Galaxy Force Section Added To Gonzino Website

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxy Force Section Added To Gonzino Website
Date: Friday, December 31st 2004 8:18am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Digital Media News

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Gonzino.com, the sister site of Gonzo.com (the official site of the animation house behind Galaxy Force), has added a section dedicated to the latest transformers animation series, which can be viewed here. There's not much content right now, but sections of the site dedicated to other shows feature interesting stuff such as flash games and character profiles, so it could be one to watch!

Galaxy Force Screen Captures

Transformers News: Galaxy Force Screen Captures
Date: Thursday, December 23rd 2004 3:27pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News,
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): TFKenKon, TFormers.com

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Remy has posted the first screen captures of the new Galaxy Force animation. The series will debut in Japan this January and these captures are from the preview DVD given away free with TV Magazine. The captures include character profiles, transformation sequences and some little kiddies. Check them out here at TFKenKon

Takara to make a TF CGI movie?

Transformers News: Takara to make a TF CGI movie?
Date: Saturday, December 18th 2004 2:20am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Movie Related News, Rumors
Posted by: Big Grim | Credit(s): XBoB58, Tfans.com, Fuyoh.net

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Tfans pointed out a report by Fuyoh.net which mentions that Takara may be thinking of of creating a CGI Transformers movie.
Here is the snippet of the report focusing on Transformers:

Transformers fans will no doubt be heartened by the company’s strong focus on the line. This is hardly surprising since Transformers racked up 2,338 million yen in sales for the six months ending September 2004 making it Takara’s second-biggest hit in the Boys’ Toys Division after Duel Masters.

In one little-reported move, Takara is also working with Micott and Basara, Inc to produce a CG Transformers movie for Japan and abroad in 2006. This is apparently a separate project from the Dreamworks-helmed movie. However, I couldn’t find additional details on the web aside from the mention in Takara’s 2004 annual report and there’s no mention of it on Micott and Basara’s web site.


See the full report here.

Transformers Superlink Episode #49 Online!

Transformers News: Transformers Superlink Episode #49 Online!
Date: Friday, December 10th 2004 12:14pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Fan2Fan

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Fan2Fan have posted new clips of Transformers SUPERLINK EPISODE #49 "The Ultimate Lord of Destruction!!" for download.
Download low-res clips from Fan2Fan here.
Or both high-res and low-res versions from TFW2005 here.

Transformers Superlink Episode #48 Clips

Transformers News: Transformers Superlink Episode #48 Clips
Date: Friday, December 3rd 2004 9:32am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Fan2Fan, TFW2005

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Fan2Fan have posted new clips of Transformers Superlink Episode #48 "The Terror of Gigantic Galavatron!" for download.
Download low-res clips from Fan2Fan here.
Or both high-res and low-res versions from TFW2005 here.

New Info on Galaxy Force and other Takara products, with Images!

Transformers News: New Info on Galaxy Force and other Takara products, with Images!
Date: Wednesday, December 1st 2004 10:39am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Company News,
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): Fan2Fan

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Fan2Fan have updated thier site with images and infomation from the new Hyper Hobby Magazine. This includes.

- Background on Galaxy Convoy, Axelion, Vector Prime, Dreadnaught, Jackshot, Backpack, Micron Team, Auto Micron, Master Megatron, Thundercracker, Starscream, and Land Pallet, All with images to match.
- Infomation on, and examples of the new Force Chip gimmick
- News that TRU japan will be giving away "Galaxy Force Special Secret" DVDs with every purchase of Galaxy Convoy. Plus most Japanese toy stores will be giving away an exclusive force chip with the first 10 Galaxy Convoys sold.
- A teaser about the new Convoy (Nitro Convoy).
- Also news and images of Takara up coming releases including BT-11 Grimlock, RM-18 RoadRocket, RM-19 DoubleFace, RM-20 Deltaseeker vs Iskgunner, RM-21 Burning Beast Convoy + DVD, Reissue Predaking, Superlink DVD Vol. 8 and Beast Wars Returns Vol. 1.

See it all here at Fan2Fan.
And discuss it here at the Energon Pub.

Energon Episode #41 Now Online

Transformers News: Energon Episode #41 Now Online
Date: Monday, November 29th 2004 11:52am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): CartoonNetwork.com

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Cartoon Network have added Transformers Energon Episode #41 "Wishes" to thier site. Watch it online here!
Please note that you will need Real Player in order to view the episode.

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