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Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
5 months ago via Flixster

The dark comedy is one of the movie industry's least appreciated genres. That is likely because it isn't a genre targeted at widespread audiences. It is very much a niche genre. Movies such as Fargo, The Cable Guy and others of that ilk are prime examples of that. They are movies that will not appeal as widely as general comedies and rom-coms. So it's understandable that when Men & Chicken (from M&M Productions and DCM Productions) was imported to America early this year, it didn't exactly make a big splash. It had the cards stacked against it being an import and a foreign language flick and being a dark comedy. But suffice it to say that fans of dark comedies whose minds are open enough will appreciate this movie. It is potentially the most bizarre dark comedy that the genre's fans will ever see, but still one that any dark comedy fan should see at least once. That is due at least in part to its story, which is definitely original to say the very least. The work of the movie's cast can't be ignored here either. It is just as important to note. The movie's packaging in its recent home release (via Drafthouse Films) is also important to its presentation. One could also note the bonus booklet and bonus digital download provided in the movie's home release in examining its presentation, too. All things considered, Men & Chicken shows itself to be a bizarre work of a dark comedy, but a work nonetheless, that every dark comedy fan should see at least once. Fair warning to those fans, though: Once it's been seen, it can't be unseen.

Late this past October, indie movie studio Drafthouse Films released the Danish dark comedy Men & Chicken for American audiences on DVD/BD/digital combo pack. The movie was originally released in its home country early last year and imported to American theaters early this year. In other words, it has been a long road for this movie to finally be available for American home viewers. Truly open-minded dark comedy fans will agree that long wait was well worth it, too. That statement is supported primarily via the movie's story. The story centers on two brothers, Gabriel and Elias, who find out that they are not related by blood after the death of their father. As the duo heads out together in search of their birth mothers, they meet three other men who turn out to be half brothers, too. However, the trio isn't what Elias and Gabriel (or audiences) expect. The men-Gregor, Franz and Josef-live in an empty mansion where they grew up. When any of the trio does something really bad, he is put in a cage (yes, a cage) on the mansion's property or is beaten with a random blunt object. The physical comedy is disturbing to say the very least. At the same time, one can't deny the similarity between the trio's physical comedy to that of the Three Stooges. Sure, the comedy here is a little bit more violent to say the least. But the similarity is there regardless. It can't be denied. That's just part of what makes the movie so bizarre and entertaining all at once. The secrets that are revealed as Gabriel and Elias investigate the mansion will leave dark comedy fans laughing just as much as they will be left scratching their heads. It sounds confusing, but that is perhaps the story's purpose; to entertain dark comedy fans in a way that no other dark comedy ever has. Throughout the process, audiences will laugh uproariously at the dinner scenes in which the brothers quarrel over (of all things) the dinner plates. What is interesting here is that in hindsight, there is actually a connection between the plates and the secrets revealed through Gabriel and Elias' investigation. Audiences will only catch the connection if they make themselves sit through the entirety of the nearly two-hour movie. That shouldn't be tough for real dark comedy fans to do. As an added note, audiences who watch through the whole movie will also agree that while the movie's story is extremely bizarre and twisted, it also has a certain heart about it, too. That is exhibited through the story's emphasis on family. There is a lot noted here in regards to the story presented in Men & Chicken. Even with everything noted (and everything not noted) it should be clear that the story at the center of this movie is undeniably important to the movie's presentation. It is just one of the movie's key elements. The cast's work on camera is just as important to note in examining the movie's presentation as its story.

The story at the heart of Men & Chicken is undeniably an important piece of the movie's presentation. That is the case even as twisted and bizarre as it is. It is original. There's no denying that. And it has a fair balance of heart along with its dark comedic elements. While the movie's story is clearly an important part of the movie's presentation, it is just one of the movie's most important elements. The work of the movie's cast in front of the camera is just as important to note in examining the movie's presentation as the movie's story. David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Royal Affair, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is outstanding both on his own and alongside his cast mates. His very portrayal of Gabriel as the nerdy yet somewhat neurotic figure is so entertaining. He makes Gabriel a fully sympathetic character as he has to deal with his newly found, almost feral (subtle hint here) half brothers. Dencik's balance of innocence and determination to find the answers about his birth mother is spot on from beginning to end. Speaking of Dencik's cast mates, they are just as entertaining in their own right. Audiences will be especially interested to watch Soren Malling (A Royal Affair, Idealisten, A Hijacking) in the role of Franz. Malling is a professionally trained comedic actor, so this role was a good fit for him. He expertly tackles Franz's serious demeanor in his portrayal. At the same time, his tendencies toward using stuffed animals to beat his brothers (and apparently others) is just as hilarious, even as disturbing as it is. It makes this seemingly serious character just as disturbed as his "brothers" and in turn, shows again the importance of the cast's work. Nicolas Bro and Nikolaj Lie Kaas are just as entertaining as Josef and Gregor, who live with Franz in the family mansion where Gabriel and Elias meet them. The pair's innocence and disturbed nature is handled just as expertly by Bro and Kaas as Malling's take on Franz. Mads Mikkelson's take on Elias adds to the picture to make for even more hilarity. Each man's work is clearly important to the whole of the cast's impact on the movie's presentation. All things considered, the cast's work here proves to be just as important to the whole of Men & Chicken as the story at the center of the movie.

Both the story at the center of Men & Chicken and the work of the movie's cast are important to the movie's overall presentation. That has hopefully been made clear by now. While both elements are clearly important in their own right to the movie's overall presentation, they are not its only key elements. The movie's packaging in its recent home release is just as important to note as its story and acting. The movie was released late this past October on DVD/BD/digital combo pack. The movie's DVD and BD presentations each receive their own disc here. The digital download is provided via a code included on an insert inside the movie's case. That is all well and good. But what is truly intriguing about the movie's packaging is the manner in which the movie's DVD and BD discs are packaged. They are packaged in a fashion similar to the older multi-disc packaging format, with one disc overlapping the other. However, it is not directly identical to that format. In fact the secondary package is placed in such fashion that while the primary disc still has to be removed in order to access it and replace it, that secondary disc won't be damaged when replaced because of where the spindle is placed in comparison to the primary disc's spindle. It must be seen to be fully appreciated. While the discs could have been better packaged (as in the form of most modern multi-disc DVD and BD sets), packaging the movie's discs as they were handled here is still actually smart in its own way. It still isn't the last element that could be noted in examining the movie's overall presentation, either. The movie's availability on digital download in the movie's packaging and the companion booklet that comes with the movie's packaging are both key in their own right, too. All things considered, the overall presentation of Men & Chicken, with its bizarre yet original story and equally entertaining acting and packaging makes this movie a work that every dark comedy fan should see at least once.

Men & Chicken is one of the most twisted, bizarre dark comedies to come along in a very long time. It is a work that may even surprise American dark comedy fans. That is thanks to the clear influence of not only the Cohen Brothers but also because of the classic slapstick elements of The Three Stooges in the brothers' interactions. The incorporation of the dark elements of The Island of Dr. Moreau into the story makes it stand out even more. It is quite the interesting hybrid to say the least. But it works here, and because it works as well as it does, it will leave American audiences agreeing it is a story that every dark comedy fan should see at least once. The story is just one element to note in examining the movie's presentation. The work of the movie's cast is just as important to note here as the story itself. Both by themselves and alongside one another the movie's cast shines superbly here. The movie's packaging in its recent domestic release via Drafthouse Films is just as important to note as anything else in examining what makes this indie import such a surprise hit. The companion booklet that comes with the movie's home release and its digital download round out the most important of the movie's elements in its home release. Each element proves important in its own right, as has already been proven here. All together, they make Men & Chicken, once again, a work that every dark comedy fan should see at least once. It is available now and can be ordered online direct via Drafthouse Films' online store here. More information on this and other titles from Drafthouse Films is available online now at:







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Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear (1952)
5 months ago via Flixster
½

Later next month, Cohen Media Group will re-issue Joseph Kaufman Productions' 1951 noir thriller Sudden Fear on Blu-ray. The movie, an adaptation of author Edna Sherry's book by the same name, is a surprisingly enjoyable cinematic work. That is due in part to its story. This will be discussed shortly. The work of the movie's main stars-Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame-is just as important to note as the movie's story to the overall presentation of the movie's upcoming re-issue. The bonus commentary included with the movie's upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own way to the presentation of the movie's upcoming re-issue. All things considered, Cohen Media Group's re-issue of Sudden Fear proves to be one of 2016's top new re-issues.

Cohen Media Group's upcoming re-issue of Joseph Kaufman Productions' 1952 hit noir thriller Sudden Fear is one of this year's top new DVD/BD re-issues. This is proven in part through the movie's story. Sudden Fear's story was adapted from a page turner by the same name written by author Edna Sherry. It follows lead character Myra Hudson (Crawford) as she meets and falls in love with actor Lester Blaine (Palance). As the story progresses, Myra marries Lester Blaine, but finds out later he hadn't married her for love at all, but rather for money. As she discovers by chance, he is plotting with another woman to murder her and take her money. There's a certain irony to the plot that audiences will appreciate in hindsight. As it turns out because of his greed and short sightedness, he didn't even know he could have had even more money. It serves to show the old adage that crime never pays is very true, and is a great addition to the story, especially in its subtlety. What's even more interesting in dissecting the story is that being made in 1952, the story seemed pretty much run-of-the-mill back then. But now in the 21st century, one need just watch an episode of 48 Hours, Dateline or 20/20 to see just how realistic such a story can be and is. Add in relatively stable pacing over the course of the story's near two-hour run time (the movie runs 110 minutes, just shy of the two-hour mark) and audiences get a story that forms a solid foundation for the movie's presentation and that of its upcoming re-issue. It is just one part of what makes the movie's upcoming re-issue so enjoyable. The work of the movie's cast is just as important to note here as the movie's story.

The story at Sudden Fear's base is a hugely important part of the movie's presentation. On one level, it does make some changes from author Edna Sherry's original novel on which it is based. But it still strives to stay at least somewhat true to its source material. On another level, it is a simple story that audiences will have no trouble following, yet is still so gripping. On its last level, its pacing makes its 110-minute run time pass by with relative ease, even in its somewhat slower moments. Keeping that in mind, the movie's story, again, forms a solid foundation for its presentation. While it is clearly an important piece of the movie's presentation, it is just one of the movie's key elements. The work of the movie's cast is just as important to note here as that of its writers-Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith and Joan Crawford herself (this will be discussed later). Crawford, as audiences will learn through the bonus commentary included in the movie's upcoming re-issue, was hardly a rookie actor when she took on the role of Myra Hudson in this movie. In fact, Turner Classic Movies writer and author Jeremy Arnold reveals that Crawford had starred in more than 70 (yes, 70 plus movies) at the time that she starred in Sudden Fear. Her years of experience showed clearly in her performance here as she progressed from strong, confident, self-assured playwright to standard female romantic lead back to that strong, confident, self-assured figure in the end. There were so many moments throughout where Crawford easily could have chewed some scenery such as when Myra first discovers by chance that Lester had only married her for her money or in the story's final chase scene. But she didn't allow herself to do that, instead exhibiting clearly those years of experience. That control made her acting so enjoyable to take in. Her talent will make audiences across the board cheer her on as she defies Lester and makes her own plan to stop him. Hers is just one example of what makes the cast's wok so notable in this movie. Palance is just as impressive in his portrayal of the evil, scheming Lester.

Joan Crawford's portrayal of Myra in this movie is spot on from beginning to end. Audiences will find themselves riveted by her performance as she journeys from a strong, confident woman to the standard female lead back to her strong, confident self. Crawford's years of experience help her shine throughout her performance here, as she remains the consummate professional even in scenes where it would have been so easy for her to ham it up and really chew the scenery so to speak. This professionalism makes her portrayal of Myra completely believable. Hers isn't the only work that should be noted here. Co-star Jack Palance's work as Lester Blaine is just as notable. Palance is likely known to most audiences as the hardened cowboy Curly from City Slickers (1991). So his portrayal as the greedy Lester Blaine here is a surprising and entertaining change of pace. He makes audiences love to hate Lester as Lester and Irene plot to kill Myra. That's not just because of his plotting but because of the personality that he gives Lester in his portrayal. Audiences will note that as confident as Lester proves to be, he is also quite lacking in confidence and somewhat maniacal. That is exhibited in the story's final act as Lester and Irene's plan (or technically Myra's plan, not to give away too much) begins to unravel. Lester's reaction (including his emoting) as he chases Myra is the clearest example of that lack of confidence and maniacal nature. Audiences will be enthralled as they watch Lester so determinedly chase her, to the point that he makes one fatal mistake (which won't be given away here), leading up to the story's finale. Between his work on camera and that of Crawford, the pair shows with full clarity the importance of the cast's work to the movie's presentation. The moments displayed here are just some of the moments in which their work shines. Audiences will find plenty of other moments in which their work proves so important to the movie's presentation when they purchase or order the movie's re-issue for themselves. Even when all of those moments are combined with the work of the movie's writing team, they show themselves to be only two of the movie's key elements. The bonus commentary that is included in the movie's upcoming re-issue rounds out the movie's most important elements.

The work of Sudden Fear's writers and cast members are both important in their own way to the movie's presentation. The writers' work is so important because of the way in which they adapted author Edna Sherry's novel for the big screen. It changes some of the material in Sherry's story, but still ends up presenting a gripping story that will keep viewers on the edge of their collective seats. Lead stars Joan Crawford and Jack Palance are impressive, too as the movie's leads. Their cast mates as entertaining in their own right, too. While the work of the movie's cast and writers proves to be in key to the movie's presentation in the end, they are only a couple of the elements that make the movie such a surprisingly entertaining work. The bonus commentary that is included in the movie's upcoming re-issue rounds out its most important elements. Turner Classic Movies writer and author Jeremy Arnold provides the commentary for the movie in its upcoming re-issue. It isn't the first time that he has provided commentary for one of CMG's classics re-issues. He also provided commentary for the recent re-issues of Lured and A Scandal in Paris by CMG. He offers plenty of important information in his commentary here, just as in the company's previous re-issues. Some of that important information includes the revelation that the idea to adapt Sherry's novel to the big screen originally came from Crawford. The problem with adapting it was that it couldn't be done until Crawford could get out of her contract with Warner Brothers. Arnold also reveals through his commentary the decision on the movie's director even came from Crawford and that Sherry's novel actually took place entirely in New York. He explains Sherry's story never involved San Francisco, a train ride or certain other elements incorporated into the story's big screen adaptation. He even gives viewers a little bit of a history lesson on Crawford's early career in his commentary, revealing Crawford's birth name and how she gained her screen name of Crawford. That story in itself will give viewers a little bit of a laugh. Between these revelations and so many others, Arnold provides viewers with lots of invaluable information throughout the movie. That mass of material is one more example of the importance of audio commentary in any movie's home release. It can take a bad movie and potentially make it worth a second watch, or it can take a good movie (such as this work) and make it great. Considering that along with the writing team's adaptation of Sherry's story and the cast's work, the movie proves in whole to be a work that movie lovers and classic film buffs alike will enjoy. It combines to make Sudden Fear one of this year's top new re-issues.

Cohen Media Group's upcoming re-issue of Joseph Kaufman Productions' Sudden Fear is one of this year's top new DVD/BD re-issues. That is evidenced in its story, adapted from Edna Sherry's original novel. While the story presents a number of differences from Sherry's literary work, it is still an entertaining work in its own right. There are a lot of moviemakers out there today who could take a lesson from the writing team's approach to this story considering that. The work of the movie's cast on camera is just as important to note here, especially that of lead stars Joan Crawford and Jack Palance. Their work will keep viewers just as engaged and entertained as the story itself. The bonus commentary included in the movie's upcoming re-issue rounds out the most important of its elements. Jeremy Arnold once again offers a great depth of knowledge about and appreciation for the movie, even as robotic as his delivery seems at times. Each element is important in its own right to the movie's presentation here. All things considered, CMG's upcoming re-issue of Sudden Fear proves itself to be one of this year's top new DVD/BD re-issues. It will be available Tuesday, December 13. More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:







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Stick Man
Stick Man (2015)
5 months ago via Flixster

Earlier this month, PBS Distribution partnered with Magic Light pictures to release a small screen adaptation of yet another of author Julia Donaldson's books in the form of Stick Man. The latest of Magic Light's adaptations of Donaldson's books, this feature stands out quite a bit from its predecessors. That is due in part to the story at the center of the feature. That will be discussed shortly. The feature's companion bonus material is important to the feature just as much as its story. That will be discussed later. The animation that is used for the feature rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right, obviously. All things considered, Stick Man proves in the end to be one of this year's most intriguing family flicks.

Magic Light Pictures' small screen adaptation of author Julia Donaldson's book Stick Man is one of this year's most intriguing family flicks. That is due in part to the story at the feature's center. The story, believe it or not, is technically not one for the whole family. As one individual notes in the feature's bonus material, it can be easily compared to the story in the timeless Greek myth, The Odyssey. It is a very heavy story that finds its title character trying so hard to get back to his family. It's not an easy journey either. Stick Man has to face children who use him as a bat, a boomerang and even a bag holder, as well as a swan who uses him for her nest, and even gets swept out to sea along the way. The whole time, the story transitions back to Stick man's wife and young sons who keep vigil for him. Their deep emotion is painful to see and might be a bit too intense for some younger audiences. The same applies with seeing Stick Man's reactions to his situations. It stands out clearly from Donaldson's previously adapted books because the only points at which it really has any light heartedness is at the story's opening and in its closing. Throughout the rest of the story, it tends to be emotionally heavy. So again, it is not necessarily a work that is recommended for the whole family. That doesn't disqualify it from being worth the watch, though. The fact that Donaldson could craft such a grown up story and that Magic Light Pictures would once again stay true to the source material makes it well worth the watch. Keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the story at the center of Stick Man is so important to its overall presentation.

The story at the center of Stick Man is a hugely important part of the recently released small screen adaptation of Julia Donaldson's book. That is because her approach to this story is such a stark departure from her previous stories. It is much more emotionally heavy than those stories, making it a work that some younger viewers might have trouble handling. While the feature's story is an important part of its presentation, it is not the feature's only important element. The bonus material that is included with the feature is just as important to its presentation as its story. The bonus material is just as in-depth as that presented in Magic Light Pictures' previous Donaldson adaptations. Those behind the feature's creation discuss (along with Donaldson) the importance of the story staying true to its source material included in the bonus material. There is also a discussion on making sure the feature, despite being crafted primarily via CG, still maintained a look just like that of its previous Donaldson adaptations and as far away from so many other CG flicks as possible. If that isn't enough, there are also discussions comparing the feature's story, as previously noted, to the likes of The Odyssey along with so much more. It is all so enlightening, and adds so much more depth to the feature in whole. When it is partnered with the feature's central story, the two elements make even clearer why this feature stands out. They show why it stands out both among Magic Pictures' Donaldson adaptations and among this year's crop of holiday movies. In reality, one could argue (on a side note) that it is less a holiday story than a story about family.

The story at the center of Stick Man and its companion bonus material are both central to the feature's overall presentation. The story is a stark departure from those presented in Donaldson's other works in so many ways. The bonus material that is included with the story adds even more depth to the feature's overall presentation. While both elements do so much to flesh out the feature's presentation, they are not its only important elements. The feature's animation approach is just as important to note in examining the feature's presentation as the feature's story and its bonus material. Audiences familiar with Magic Light Pictures' adaptation of Donaldson's books will be pleased to see that (as discussed previously) this feature looks just like the company's previous adaptations of her books. It is clear that it was made on computer. The thing is that while it maintains the company's trademark look of its Donaldson adaptations, that look also maintains a distinct identity totally separate from that of every other animation studios' offerings. Using such approach presents a certain comfort for audiences. For audiences not so familiar to Magic Light Pictures' offerings, it will be an especially welcome introduction and change of pace from all of those cookie cutter stylistic approaches. In other words, it makes the feature all the more engaging and entertaining for audiences. Considering this and the other discussed elements, it becomes wholly clear why Stick Man-while perhaps not for the whole family-is still an intriguing family flick from Magic Light Pictures. It is in fact one of this year's most intriguing family flicks.

Stick Man is one of this year's most intriguing new family flicks. It is a work that is a stark departure from author Julia Donaldson's previous books. That Magic Light Pictures once again stayed true to Donaldson's source material in its source material makes the story all the more engaging. Again, not every younger viewer will be able to handle the story because it is so emotionally heavy. But that also makes it so interesting to watch, considering how much it stands out from Donaldson's other previously adapted stories. The bonus material that is included in the feature adds to the depth of its overall presentation. The animation approach that is used in the feature's presentation rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the feature's overall presentation. All things considered, Stick Man proves in the end to be one of this year's most intriguing family flicks, regardless of whether audiences consider it a holiday flick or a family flick in general. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS' online store.

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The Transformers - The Movie
8 months ago via Flixster

It's hard to believe but thirty years ago this year The Transformers: The Movie made its big screen debut. The movie, which was essentially just a way for Hasbro to eliminate its original Transformers toy line and pave the way for a new line of bots, didn't do too well in its original run. However, it is gone on to become a cult favorite among the franchise's fans in the decades since. Now thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios Transformers fans can own the movie for themselves in its new 30th Anniversary edition. There is a lot for fans to appreciate about the movie's new release, beginning with its story. That will be discussed shortly. The bonus material that is included in the movie's new 30th anniversary edition presentation is another of the positives to note in its presentation. The various platforms on which the movie is available is just as notable but hardly least of note. One could also make note of the cast's acting, the movie's artwork, and much more in considering its overall presentation. All things considered, the new 30th Anniversary edition of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to any true Transformers fan's movie library.

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios re-issued the classic animated movie The Transformers: The Movie this week in a brand new 30th Anniversary Edition. The new re-issue is a presentation that will be welcome in any true Transformers fan's movie library. That is especially the case for fans that perhaps don't already own the movie in its previous releases. Its story is one of the reasons that audiences will enjoy it. The story centers on the battle for control of Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons. As is discussed in the movie's bonus features, the purpose of the story was essentially a way to eliminate Hasbro's original Transformers toy line and introduce a new line of toys. Even with that in mind, and the fact that the movie bears little to no connection to the Transformers TV series, the story is still interesting. It eventually sees both the Decepticons and Autobots having to face the ultimate evil in Unicron, the planet devouring Transformer. If that sounds familiar, it should. Marvel Productions played a role in the movie's creation. Marvel Productions was the film branch of Marvel Entertainment Group, the parent group to Marvel Comics. Fantastic Four is one of Marvel Comics' titles. For those who might not know, the Fantastic Four faced a similar villain in its original comics storyline named Galactus. Galactus had a herald called The Silver Surfer who would hunt out new worlds for him to devour. In the case of The Transformers Movie Galactus and The Silver Surfer were replaced with Unicron and Galvatron (Megatron reborn, so to speak). What all of this means to say is that the story isn't exactly original per se when one really analyzes all of the facts. But it is still a fun story nonetheless, especially since it created new worlds within the Transformers universe as well as new characters. To that end, the story is still an important part of the movie's overall presentation. It is just one of the movie's key elements to note. The bonus material that is included in the movie's 30th Anniversary Edition is just as important to note in examining its presentation as the movie's central story.

The story at the center of The Transformers: The Movie is clearly an important piece of the movie's presentation. Considering all of the facts, it is not exactly an original story, as has been noted already. But it is original within the Transformers universe. To that end, it is just one of the movie's key elements. The bonus material that has been included in the movie's new 30th Anniversary Edition presentation is just as important to note as its story. The movie's new 30th Anniversary Edition comes with some bonus material that despite originally having been recorded for the movie's 20th anniversary in 2006, is still interesting for those who might have not seen it before. That is clear both in the discussions themselves and in posters sitting behind star Susan Blu, who voiced Arcee for the movie. Audiences get to hear from Blu as well as cast mates Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), and others. Audiences learn some interesting tidbits through the discussions provided through the bonus interviews including the revelation that when Orson Wells recorded his lines for Unicron, no one was allowed to be in the booth with him. It is revealed here that Wells demanded to be alone when he recorded his lines. That is just one of the more interesting revelations that are made through the bonus interviews. The cast and crew also reveal that the movie got less than a warm welcome by fans when it killed off Optimus Prime.

One of the cast members reveals in the discussion on this topic that one young viewer was so devoted to the Transformers franchise that after Optimus was killed off in the movie, that unnamed viewer allegedly locked himself in his room for two weeks straight, mourning for the loss. That viewer's reaction wasn't the only negative reaction. The reaction was so negative in fact, that the creative forces behind the G.I. Joe Movie, which was released not too long after The Transformers: The Movie, made sure that Duke survived just to avoid the same negative reaction from audiences. As if that isn't enough for viewers, it is also revealed that the foul language included in the movie's original presentation is also included here, thus providing the movie's "PG" rating. One of the instances in which that language is presented comes as Spike and Bumblebee are trying to escape the Autobots' moon base 2. Spike drops an "S"-bomb in that moment. There is also a moment later in which another character drops the "D" bomb. They are the only times throughout the movie in which any foul language is used. But those instances combine with the movie's themes of death and its violent content to clearly show why the movie received a "PG" rating in its original presentation. The revelation about the use of that language and its inclusion here is just one more of so many examples of what makes the movie's bonus material so enjoyable in its new re-issue, even if said material isn't original. Keeping all of this in mind, the bonus material that is included with the new 30th Anniversary edition of The Transformers: The Movie proves in the end to be. Again, just as important to the movie's presentation as its story. It is still hardly the last of the movie's most important elements. The various platforms on which it is available are just as important to note as its bonus material and its story.

The story at the center of The Transformers: The Movie and its bonus material are both key elements in the movie's new 30th Anniversary Edition. The story, while not exactly original, stands apart from the series and the bonus material is enlightening and entertaining for audiences that might not have seen it before. It provides quite a bit of extra insight into the movie, and in turn appreciation for the movie, too. For all of the value that each element brings to the movie's presentation, there are still plenty of other elements to note including the various platforms on which the movie has been made available in its new re-issue. It has been made available on DVD, Blu-ray, and special edition steelbook. For the sake of this review, movie's Blu-ray re-issue will receive the attention. The Blu-ray re-issue presents the movie in both letterbox and full screen. It also includes a code for a digital download of the movie so that audiences can take the movie with them everywhere that they go. The movie's availability on Blu-ray for this presentation also marks the first time that the movie has ever been available on said format. It is also the first time that it has been made available on a digital platform, too. To that end, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have covered al of their bases in presenting the movie in its expansive Blu-ray presentation as well as its DVD and steelbook presentation. It allows audiences across the board to be able to enjoy the movie regardless of whether they have a Blu-ray player or a DVD player. When this positive is set against the movie's central story and its new bonus material, all three elements join together to show clearly why The Transformers: The Movie is welcome in the home library of any Transformers fan's home library in its new 30th Anniversary re-issues.

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios' new 30th Anniversary re-issue of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to the home library of any of the franchise's true hardcore fans. That is evident in the movie's story, which holds its own against the franchise's TV installments. It may not exactly be an original story, considering Marvel Productions' role in its creation. But it is still a story that holds its own. The bonus material that is included in the movie's new re-issue adds even more entertainment and appreciation to the movie's presentation. The various platforms on which it is available in its new re-issue are-collectively speaking-just as important to its presentation here as its story and its bonus material. These elements, as important as they are to the movie's presentation, are hardly the movie's only key elements. The movie's artwork, its soundtrack, and so many other elements can be noted just as easily as the elements discussed here. All things considered, the new 30th Anniversary Edition of The Transformers: The Movie is a welcome addition to the library of any true hardcore Transformers fan's movie library. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct online via Shout! Factory's online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:



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