Transformers The Movie is getting a remaster in 4k for the 30th anniversary. The results of the transfer are actually really good. While it is not quite as high in resolution as the 35mm prints were, there have been a lot of corrections and detail additions made to the movie image. The 30th anniversary edition is going to be available on blu-ray pretty soon. One of the things that 4K reveals is all of the little details in scenes such as the birth of Galvetron or the introduction of Unicron that just didn’t make it to VHS or DVD. They weren’t even on the recent blu-ray or original 35mm release.
In order to restore the film in its original glory, they have gone to the original animation cells so that they can make the necessary connections to the scenes. This results in the clearest detail as well as a film that looks so new that one would forget that it was made back in 1986. This is quite a good treatment for a film that has not fared well in its initial run in movie theaters. However, it has grown a cult following for the content that the film presented to movie goers.
One of the reasons that the film didn’t do so well in theaters was because of the brutal content that unfolded before audiences. The tone of the film was much darker than in the TV series. In fact, the TV series was more of a fun and happy series. The movie has taken on a grim and even violent tone. For one thing, a lot of the autobots got killed off within the first 10 minutes of the film. That was a lot to take in for kids that were accustomed to these autobots. This has also sent parents running out of the theater. Fortunately, Transformers The Movie has found its audience on home video and has grown in popularity due to the interesting occurrences in home video releases.