Nov 22

Tonight as I pottered about the flat tidying up I finally yielded to an urge that has been building for a few weeks and stuck Transformers: The Movie into the DVD player. I fully intended to keep working as the film played, but to be perfectly honest it was barely into the second chapter before I had planted my ass firmly on the couch and ditched the tidying up.

It’s been a while since I had so much fun just sitting back and watching a movie. The dialogue is cheesy in the extreme and the rock tracks are as eighties as they come, but the animation is great and it took me right back to the first time I saw the film at Christmas in 1986. Also, Leonard Nimoy did one of the voices and it made me smile to think that I have still to tell the story of how I almost knocked Galvatron flat to the ground one day.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I seriously urge you to check it out. If you have seen it, either rent it out or dig out your copy and give it another viewing. There aren’t enough chances in the world today to see giant robots knocking seven shades of hell out of one another. The rock tracks, dodgy lines and air-guitar worthy riffs are just gravy. Go have fun.

4 Responses to “Cheesy rock and big robots”

  1. MCF Says:

    You can win if you dare!

    Words cannot express how much I love that movie. I already loved the cartoon, but the animation quality and soundtrack blew me away. I remember years of arguing with friends whether or not Spike cursed before Unicron devoured them, of edited versions showing up on broadcast and even cable. I finally got it on VHS about six years ago and used to work out in front of it since the music and heroism really inspired me. When I lay dying(as far as I knew) in the ICU and the nurses wheeled in a tv and vcr and granted me any movie request the night before my surgery, I had my folks bring in the TFTM tape. About 2 or 3 years ago I finally got it on DVD.

    I have large chunks of dialogue, if not the whole movie, committed to memory. I watch it at least once a year and can’t help reciting some lines.

    “First Prime….then Ultra Magnus…and now YOU. It’s a pity you Autobots DIE so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction NOW.”

    Man, you’re going to make me watch it TONIGHT. Where’s the DVD. There it is….hm, case is stuck….”OPEN, damnit, OPEN!”

  2. FawnDoo Says:

    “I have summoned you here…for a purpose!”

    The version I had on VHS didn’t include the curse but the DVD does, which is kinda cool. Am I right in thinking that there is a version where Megatron’s line to Prime at the end of their fight is “Fall, damn you, fall!” instead of just “Fall…fall!”? Think I remember hearing that somewhere. Is it maybe on the “reconstructed” version of the DVD?

    So did you end up cracking open the DVD then MCF? Tell all. Do you talk TV? I talk TV, and now the news, don’t touch that dial! :-D

  3. MCF Says:

    I didn’t get it out the other night, no. I am watching it now however, since I got out of work early for the holiday. My version just says, “Fall, FALL!” but if you watch the animation closely his mouth seems to be saying a bit more, so maybe you’re right. Now that you mention it, my memory of seeing it in the theater does have “damn you” in there, real or imagined.

    As for Spike’s curse, it’s pretty funny to me that Chapter 11 is NAMED “Swear Word” not only on the paper insert in the case, but in the actual DVD MENU. I guess it’s prominent enough a selling point/landmark moment, eh? :)

  4. FawnDoo Says:

    Well MCF I hope you had as much fun watching it as I did the other night…I’m now considering working my way through the G1 boxsets, having enjoyed the movie so much. In the interests of actually *staying* engaged I might watch them on the Mac or laptop with headphones in, but am definitely considering it! ;-)

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