‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ sets coming to DVD
Shout! Factory, the happy folks behind, well, lots of DVD collections (I’m fond of Greg The Bunny myself) has signed a multi-year deal with Hasbro to release DVDs of several animated properties based on the toymaker’s product lines, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Included in the deal are episodes of the 1980s animated Transformers and G.I. Joe TV series , and the direct-to-DVD animated movie My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure. The Transformers: The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary Edition releases June 16, 2009. For those of you about to check your calendars, that is a week before Paramount and DreamWorks release Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on June 24.
According to ICv2, Shout Factory plans to release improved versions of the episodes that were previously released on DVD by Rhino, and to complete the GI Joe run, which was only partially completed by Rhino. The episodes will have remastered video and a new stereo soundtrack created from the original audio. Extras will include a printable script, rare PSAs, toy commercials, concept art, a limited edition Autobot magnet, and the featurette “Triplechanger: From Toy to Comic to Screen: The Origins of the Transformers.”
And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point to the wonderful comics currently coming out from IDW.