Shout! Factory Extends Hasbro Deal to Include Animated 'Transformers' Movie Blu-ray Release9 Jun, 2016 By: John Latchem
Shout! Factory has entered a new multiyear distribution alliance with Hasbro Studios, which for the first time grants Shout! Factory exclusive DVD, Blu-ray and select digital release rights to 1986's The Transformers: The Movie in the United States and Canada. Shout! Factory is planning to remaster the film in high-definition from original 35mm elements for a 30th anniversary Blu-ray release, according to Melissa Boag, SVP of kids and family entertainment.
A full-range of bonus content and collectible packaging are currently in development with eyes toward a Sept. 13 release on multiple platforms.
This marks the first North American Blu-ray release of the cult-favorite movie, which was a spinoff of the 1984-87 "Generation One" animated series. Shout! Factory has already released DVDs of several "Transformers" series, including the 1980s cartoon, as part of its previous Hasbro pact.
The Transformers: The Movie was released in between the second and third seasons of the original series and marked the introduction of several new characters being introduced into Hasbro's toy line. Voice talent included Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and Orson Welles in his final role.
“The 'Transformers' franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognizable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, chief content officer and EVP of Hasbro. “The Transformers: The Movie played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”