More Than Meets The Eye

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Yeah, you know what that title’s about: Trans-fucking-Formers. I LOVED The Transformers as a kid. The show used to come out at around 4pm and it was the only thing I looked forward to after school. Well, that and my mom’s tacos, but we’ll discuss my taco-sluttery later. Optimus Prime was my best friend, Bumblebee was my wingman, and Megatron was my bitter enemy. I can’t remember the cartoon having much continuity, but then, there were times I missed an episode here and there because of sports practice or some lame family event. Fortunately, in my adulthood, I was able to get all of the episodes on DVD and can watch whenever I damn well please. Well, except for when my wife’s watching Orange is The New Black or American Ninja Warrior. Other than that, anytime I damn well please!

I’ve watched the Michael Bay led Transformers movies, and I thought the effects were good and bringing in Peter Cullen to reprise his role as the voice of Optimus was the best move they could make, the movies fell flat with me. For me, nothing could even come close to the 1986 full feature length Transformers: The Movie. My soon to be 8-year-old self was so excited to see this movie that I actually got my dad to take me as a birthday present with the caveat that he wouldn’t be in trouble if he forgot my actual birthday. We had an accord. Little did I know my world would be rocked to its core. Optimus, along with many other Autobots (the good guys) were killed at the hands of Megatron and the Decepticons (the bad guys). Note – it’s not a spoiler if it’s from a movie made 30 years ago. It was the first time I remember actually crying during a movie. As a side note, I cry in movies, I might even drum up the courage to come up with a list of the ones that make the waters work. Anyway. The fallout from these events led to a bunch of new characters coming out and new toys to find, which I suspect was the actual real for the movie (It absolutely was, according to Ron Friedman, the screenwriter – ed.), but I digress. And for a cartoon movie, there’s some real talent in the voice cast. Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, Breakfast Club’s Judd Nelson, the legendary Orson Welles (seriously), Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Airplane!’s Robert Stack among many others. Little know fact: Transformers: The Movie was Orson Welles’ last film.

So, what even made me think about all of this? Well, it was just announced that Transformers: The Movie (1986) would be making its way to BluRay for its 30th anniversary. This will be the third time I’ll have purchased this movie. The first was a Canadian bootleg version on VHS, then I bought the DVD, and now I’ll buy the BR. I don’t buy multiple version of a lot of movies, but I gotta have this on BR. And, once in hand, I’ll probably cry again when Optimus gets killed. I’ll probably cheer again when Hot Rod becomes Rodimus Prime because I’m a big baby.

Till all are one!

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