Want Japanese G1 Cartoons on DVD? Let Shout! Factory know.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 12:56pm CSTCategories: Cartoon News, Company News
Posted by: Mkall Views: 28,119
I was actually speaking to someone about this the other day. Obviously, we have a very good relationship with Hasbro and would like to pursue additional titles from their library. Without any promises, of course, are the Takara collections something you'd like to see on DVD in the States? I have all three of Metrodome's volumes, which run the gamut of quality, in terms of both animation and all-around storytelling. So is this collection, which has never officially been available in the U.S., something most Transformers fans would like to see done right? Or is it something aimed only at the hardest core fans?
Let me know.
So if you want these shows re-released, and possibly remasted, make your voices heard here!
Credit(s): Brian Ward of Shout! Factory
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Posted by DavidT on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:05pm CST
Posted by prmlove1 on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:08pm CST
Posted by Sabrblade on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:16pm CST
I'm happy and sad all at the same time.
I'm happy cuz the U.S. may FINALLY get official releases of these awesome series.
I'm sad because I already own two versions of each series (the UK DVD boxset of the three, and the TV-Nihon fansubbed versions saved to a storage drive).
But wait? What about the Zone episode? Would they release that too?
Though, if they do get released, hopefully they'll have some good bonus material (the UK ones had Chris McFeely's awesome audio commentary for selected episodes, and the laughable English dub of The Headmasters) (the Australian ones, which I don't own, had art galleries, toy galleries, toy commercials, the poor dub of The Headmasters, the poor dub of selected Masterforce episodes, the poor dub of Victory, and scans of some of the Zone Battlestars, and Operation Combination manga and story pages).
Whatever Shout! has planned for these lost treasures of G1, I hope it's good.
Though, for The Headmasters, I hope they don't use the same masters that Metrodome and Madman used, cuz they all had the footage that played before the title card cut out and missing for some odd reason. And, I hope they use new subs for it too, as the Headmasters subs used by Metrodome and Madman were very inconsistant and grammatically erroneous (Masterforce and Victory faired well, though).
And I wonder if the clip episodes that were missing from the Metrodome and Madman sets for all three series will be included this time around. While these episodes are uneeded and just reuse old footage, they're kinda okay for those who just want a summary of events instead of the whole story.
Posted by RiddlerJ on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:18pm CST
Posted by kirbenvost on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:38pm CST
Man, if they did this and it increased demand for some of the Japanese G1 figures, eventually resulting in reissues, it would a dream come true!
Posted by Editor on February 2nd, 2010 @ 1:54pm CST
- Would the existing dubs be used or would they invest in remastering them with all new dubs?
- If new dubs are considered, would they look at using existing actors from other series, or be more concerned on using either a cheaper or more local (to Shout's available production facilities)option.
- Would these be in season sets, a complete box, or both?
Posted by the_dark_decepticon on February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:05pm CST
Posted by SJ21 on February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:29pm CST
Posted by Prime Evil on February 2nd, 2010 @ 2:41pm CST
First I don't have any doubts about what quality we would get from Shout. Not only that, but I think if they are getting copies from Madman, they should be already remastered...I think.
Here's the tricky part. Since these series were never released in the US, we should definitely, and easily, get the sub version, with all the correct names and factions. Which again, Madman has done. But since we are talking about the US here, the current dubs are really not worth adding on, and we know that there's a good bunch of people that do not do subtitles. So I would hope that Shout would be able to put together a competent VA crew. I don't need G1 voice actors, thought that would be nice. I just want better VA then what was done before. Hasbro if smart, could even do a limited release of some of the older japanese toys that never made it to the US market. Not mass release, but at least get a limited release with say Box 1 of Victory. It's money for them and something that I'm sure the fans will want. Of course any extra bells and whistles to go into the production would be greatly appreciated too.
I definitely believe that this is something that can be successful if done right and not half assed. All parties could get what they want.
Fans get an "Official" US release of the "lost" G1 years.
Hasbro gets to make more money.
Shout will hopefully be able to establish itself as the dominant 80's cartoon company and with that more money, and more licensing that would build up their libraries...and more money for them as well.
Posted by BattleRoller23 on February 2nd, 2010 @ 3:12pm CST
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Posted by 80sgeek on February 2nd, 2010 @ 7:27pm CST
Zone and a non-fan-talked-over version of Scramble City would HAVE to be on it.
If ShoutFactory does a quality job like AnimeWorks did with GoLion, their treatment of the Transformers we didn't get in the West would be excellent. Especially if they get our favorite G1 actors to reprise their roles and do new ones.
As for figures, they could make it like Bandi's updated vision of MMPR- keep the originals exactly in mind just update it. They wouldn't have to go full re-image like they did with the Classics line. Thou we all loooooove and want more Classics. Damn you HasTakomy with your Transformacrack! (Shakes fist angerly at the screen, then cries and wonders if this is why he's single)
Posted by mechabooks on February 2nd, 2010 @ 8:37pm CST
Posted by Vile MK III on February 2nd, 2010 @ 8:53pm CST
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Posted by Coughler on February 5th, 2010 @ 2:36pm CST
Disney makes me so mad. I would love to have the rest of Gummi Bears on dvd and Gargoyles. It seems that they do no promotion on anything but there theatrical pieces. Disney would make a buck off of direct to consumer. FUCK YOU DISNEY!
Posted by poorboy8u on February 6th, 2010 @ 10:55am CST