Transformers the Movie (1986) Format: Blu-Rays Disc Video Resolution: 1080P Audio: Stereo 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Release Date: October 1, 2007 Region Code: Region Free, UK Release Studio: Metrodome The Movie: The 1986 Transformers Movie has become a cult hit throughout the years, loved by Transformers and nostalgia fans alike. The movie is meant to bridge the gap between Seasons 2 and 3 of the original Transformers cartoon, as well as clear out most of the original cast to make way for the next wave of characters and toys. I'm not going to review the film itself. If you're reading this, then you likely know this movie well. Video Quality: The video is presented in full 1080p HD. This means the full resolution is 1920x1080 showing the highest resolution available on physical media today. The film is presented in its theatrical wide screen print. This print shows the film exactly as it was meant to be seen in theaters. For those that remember, and for those that do not, the film was animated in a 4x3 ratio, but was matted to 16x9 for the theatrical release. With the past 4x3 DVD releases, you actually see more image on screen, but the 16x9 print usually offers a better overall composition on screen as that was the original intent of the film. The transfer from the film print is very crisp and clear. The print offers very vibrant colors that really pop off the screen. The color correction is superb, offering deeper darks and more detailed highlights than previous DVD releases. The clearer pricture comes at a price however. With the picture being so clear, the difference between the animation and background cells is very apparent. On larger screens it is quite easy to spot edges and cut outs on specific cells. Also, there are some scenes that have a slight blur to them. With the picture being so crisp, it's hard to tell if this is a fault of the transfer or a defect from the original print. It's only noticeable if you are closer to the screen, but may become more apparent upon multiple viewings. Overall, this is the best the film has ever, and likely will ever look on a home video release. As stated before, the color balance is excellent, with the release avoiding the over saturation of some sub-standard animation transfers. Score: B+ Audio Quality: The Blu-Ray release offers 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 tracks. The Audio mixing for Transformers The Movie has always been ok. Not great, not terrible. The Audio tracks presented here are about on par with what is available on past DVD releases. The remixed 5.1 tracks do the job nicely, but will not blow you away. It's just as serviceable to listen to this film in 2.0. That said, the audio itself is clear, with no compression, cracking or hissing. However, channels seem to get mixed up a bit, which can be annoying. Score: B Special Features: Nothing. The disc has an extremely basic menu. There is no commentary track, no behind the scenes, not even a commentary track. This should be unacceptable, especially considering the plethora of supplemental material available to be used. Score: F- Overall: This release should be picked up by die-hard fans only. It's a shame really, because the transfer itself is so nice to look at. If all you want is the movie is high definition, and special features don't interest you, then you should be fine picking this up. Those looking for a more complete release are better served picking up the excellent Sony 20th Anniversary Edition 2-Disc DVD, or waiting for the inevitable Metrodome double dip on Blu-Ray and/or an eventual North American Blu-Ray release. Score: C+ I'd like to give a special thanks to TILLALLR1 of the 2005 Boards for hooking me up with the film.