To solidify its power, a planet-eater tracks down the only thing which could threaten it, the "matrix of power", a device passed down from the leaders of a race of alien robots.
This was a deeply-moving movie for me as a child, though this impression was only possible because I grew up watching the original series. Re-watching this as an adult, it didn't have anywhere near that impact.
Though I do still like it, I don't know that I can recommend it, not just because it looks "old", but because it requires so much context from the series. I think for the young these days this would look like a crappy old cartoon with decent, but old, rock music.
2006-11-10 - 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD
There is a significant difference in quality between the DVD and Blu-ray editions.
- 2:00 -- A space-faring race ought to be able to track a gigantic planet-eater.
- 2:45 -- This was the first movie I saw which had rock music in its soundtrack.
- 3:00 -- Oh gods, opening credits.
- 4:15 -- It is the year 2005.
- 5:15 -- They could transform already?
- 5:45 -- Oh, this takes place within the Transformers series' timeline.
- 6:45 -- That's a Compact Cassette and a Boombox. Oldschool, man.
- 7:45 -- They immediately accomplish what they never could throughout the series. Actual kills.
- 8:45 -- Wow that fushing moment is terribly out-of-focus. I guess the focus went to their reflections by mistake. If I really cared, I'd rip the Blu-ray then create a version of this which spliced footage from the DVD release.
- 12:30 -- Why would a city be outnumbered?
- 14:45 -- Blaster, is another Boombox, who is all black and stuff, and he is therefore a "ghetto blaster".
- 17:00 -- It has treads.
- 20:00 -- The Touch, by Stan Bush
25:30 -- Optimus Prime's death deeply moved me when I first watched this. It was one of my first and strongest introductions to the concept of death. It may only seem a moment in a movie to my adult self, but it forever changed me as a child.
- The death of Optimus Prime was felt by many kids back then. So many and so seriously that the creators of the toy line were quite surprised. They wanted to use this movie as a way to "kill off" old toys and bring out fresh new ones to sell. Japanese shows had a history of using this tactic, but it didn't translate at all for the rest of the world.
- 28:00 -- Weight doesn't really matter in space, but perhaps for acceleration it would. I don't know my science.
- 29:00 -- Orson Welles as the voice of Unicron.
- 32:00 -- Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Galvatron.
- 34:30 -- "Roger me, wilco me.." are from voice procedure. See procedure words.
- 36:00 -- Who rigs a moon to explode?
36:15 -- "It isn't even dented. Aww shit, what are we gonna do now?"
- 37:45 -- Are they that close? I guess their new ship is awesome.
- 43:30 -- This emergency separation was also seen in a Star Trek movie.
- 45:45 -- Driving underwater.
- 46:45 -- Why are there water bubbles coming out of his mouth? He doesn't breathe.
- 49:00 -- Eric Idle as the voice of Wreck-Gar.
- 50:30 -- "Ba weep granna weep ninibong"
- 52:00 -- Travel agent (Travel agency)
- 55:00 -- I'm pretty sure moons are close to their planet. So.. isn't Unicron right next to Cybertron?
- Completely inappropriate music for.. anything anywhere.
- 1:09:00 -- I guess the habitants of Cybertron stayed because of Galvatron's alliance with Unicron.
- 1:11:00 -- Megatron was defeated largely because of a fall from a lesser height than that.
- 1:12:30 -- I'm confused about this battle having any meaning whatsoever. Unicron shouldn't be that frail.
1:13:00 -- If only they had some well-established way to move faster. Like some sort of vehicular assistance.