I was only six at the time this movie came out, and it was not released in my area. So I never had a chance to see it in the theater, but in the few video rental stores that actually had the VHS, I did spend a lot of money subsequently renting it and obsessively watching it. My experience with it was primarily watching the movie at home on VHS with my dad shortly after its release, then for a number of years its legend grew exponentially in my mind as the franchise dwindled and I was unable to find a copy for purchase and most rental store copies were one by one stolen by other customers. Finally in the beginning of the DVD era I scored one of the early prints and it mostly lived up to how I remembered it. Quality animation, great dialog. I've since bought the 25th anniversary edition. One of the things that's always stuck in my craw (well, since learning of it anyway) was the fact that the movie bombed in its theatrical release. Everyone pretty much agrees that the changes it made in storyline led to the eventual deminse of the cartoon series, but that's a seperate issue; one would think that a series of its popularity at the time would at least do modestly well in theaters, especially considering how much universal love it gets from the fandom who were kids at the time of its release. Does anyone know what happened? Why did the studio or distribution company, or whomever it was, fail to support the movie enough to widen its release? Or did it perform poorly even in the limited areas in which it was released? Was it a victim of insufficient advertising and publicity? Or were parents just too sick of Transformers to drag their kids in to see it? Did it get bad word of mouth due to Optimus' death? Anyone?