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Transformers Season 3 Part 1 Boxed Set
Transformers Season 3 Part 1 Boxed Set
Actors: Jack Angel, Arlene Banas, Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Corey Burton
Director: Peter Wallach
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
NR     2003     7hr 10min


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Actors: Jack Angel, Arlene Banas, Gregg Berger, Susan Blu, Corey Burton
Director: Peter Wallach
Creators: Antoni Zalewski, Arthur Byron Cover, Barbara Petty, Beth Bornstein, Buzz Dixon, Carla Conway, Cherie Wilkerson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, 10-12 Years, Family Films, Animation, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003
Original Release Date: 09/17/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 09/17/1984
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 7hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Transformers DVD Sets Near Their Conclusion!
jdmurray01 | 09/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 'score' of 5 stars is, of course, based on the episodes contained in the first half of season three. Although many fans won't be quite as familiar with this, the last season, of the Transformers series, it provided a good continuation and development of the new characters introduced in Transformers: The Movie. Gone are Optimus Prime and Megatron; now, Rodimus Prime and Galvatron take the reins as the Transformers' war reaches new heights (although Optimus Prime does indeed return to lead the Autobots again near the end of the series...). The show took on a more sci-fi feeling with this season, as we see a great deal more of the galaxy with the Transformers frequently leaving Earth (and Cybertron) for places new and unknown. Many new characters continue to be introduced, such as favorites Metroplex and Trypticon (the biggest Transformers yet, excluding Unicron), the Technobots and Terrorcons, Sky Lynx, and the awesome Predaking. Many popular staples of the show remain, though, such as the Dinobots, including the ever-popular Grimlock, the Aeirialbots, a guest spot by Omega Supreme, as well as the duplicitous Starscream... or rather, his ghost! The show matured a great deal this season, both in creativity and characterization, and although Season 3's animation was a mixed bag, the series' absolute watermark high-points in animation, 'The Call of the Primitives' and 'The Rebirth' trilogy, look good even today next to modern anime. This first half of Season 3 should include about 16 or 17 of the show's remaining 33 episodes. I sincerely hope that Rhino (are you listening, Rhino?) includes the Rebirth Trilogy on the end of the Season Three, Part 2 Boxed Set. Although Rebirth was technically the opening storyline for what was to be a fourth season (the plug was pulled before any more were aired), it is arguably the finest Transformers story ever done, and certainly among the finest animation television cartoons have ever seen, and unequivocally deserves to be a part of the Transformers DVD Boxed Set Collections. I'm a little surprised to see that this set will be only three DVDs, as the estimated number of episodes - 16 or 17 - is the same as the First Season DVD Boxed set, which contained 4 discs. I hope this is not a sign that Rhino is cheapening the quality of their Transformers DVDs! It appears that Rhino has simply realized, after the fat 7 episodes-per-disc treatment in the Season Two boxed sets, that they simply didn't need as many discs as they used in Season One, which averaged only 5 episodes per disc. The box will probably look a little slimmer than the other sets, though, as it contains one less disc, so from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, that's a bit of a bummer. Still, it's a tiny issue if the Transformers can be finished in DVD sets!! I, like many others, have been rather non-plussed by the extras in these sets, but I suppose Rhino realizes that the extras won't make or break their purchase for most of us, so the extras are really just that - extra. The meat of all of these sets is obviously the shows themselves, and they look pretty darn good for their age - we thank you, Rhino, for taking the time to master these to their best possible video quality. Likewise, the fact that Rhino remastered them in (albeit rather subdued) Dolby Digital 5.1 surround is simply an added (and huge!) bonus. With superb video & audio quality, the most important - indeed, critical - bases are covered. Interviews with such luminaries as Peter Cullen and Frank Welker (Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively) would be huge additions to the final set, should you choose to pursue it, Rhino. And we'd still all *LOVE* to see an animorphic widescreen DVD release of the movie, as well, perhaps as a crown after Season Three, Part 2 to end the Original Transformers Saga on DVD! As a side note, how many fans think it would be utterly awesome to see a new Transformers movie - using the same dialog and voices is the classic, simply dubbed over brand-spanking new animation?! How cool would THAT be?! :) Almost there, Transfans! One more season to go! Thanks, Rhino, and keep it up! Transform, and roll out!"
First 16 Episodes for this DVD set are.....
Dan Huling | Lakeland, FL | 09/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Season 3 - 01. Five Face of Darkness (Part 1)
02. Five Face of Darkness (Part 2)
03. Five Face of Darkness (Part 3)
04. Five Face of Darkness (Part 4)
05. Five Face of Darkness (Part 5)
06. The Killing Jar
07. Chaos
08. Dark Awakening
09. Forever is a Long Time coming
10. Starscream's Ghost
11. Thief in the Night
12. Surprise Party
13. Madman's Paradise
14. Nightmare Planet
15. Ghost in the Machine
16. Webworld
(they MAY also have another episode to this first part, and that would be:)17. Carnage in C-MinorHere is what Season 3 Part 2's will have:
18. The Quintesson Journal
19. The Ultimate Weapon
20. The Big Broadcast of 2006
21. Fight or Flee
22. The Dweller in the Depths
23. Only Human
24. Money is Everything
25. Grimlock's New Brain (One of my Favorites!)
26. Call of the Primitives
27. Face of the Nijika
28. The Burden Hardest to BearNow... Will Rhino add the following two ending episodes even though they have released these on VHS and DVD already? They better! They are part of season 3! :)29. The Return of Optimus Prime (Part 1)
30. The Return of Optimus Prime (Part 2)And Here is the 'Sometimes called' VERY short 'Season 4.
(also known as the Headmasters Series)01 The Re-Birth (Part 1)
02 The Re-Birth (Part 2)
03 The Re-Birth (Part 3) I wonder how they will/IF they will even release these last 3. Since these were the actual LAST episodes.. Time will tell!"
David Waters | 07/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a child and as an adult, I remember seeing both season 1 and season 2. To be perfectly honest, I, as well as many other transformers fans was alienated from the season 3 series, due to the killings and replacements of many autobots and decepticons, don't get me wrong, this whole new spaceage era in cybertron, despite how boring that may sound, wasn't bad at all, it was good, since if there's no change in a series, it will eventually get boring anyway. I missed starscream and his naive plots against megatron, ironhide, optimus, etc, but the birth of many new robots wasn't bad at all either. The season three series, unlike the former episodes, doesn't take place on earth, it's primarily based on the planet cybertron about 25 or so years in the future. At first, i thought that they ruined the series, but if you actually see them all, you'll love it like i did in the end. The animation did not have the good quality that season 1 and 2 had though. Another thing that really annoyed me was that galvatron(which was a morphed megatron) seemed strong and powerfull in the movie, just like his former self (megatron) was, but in the series, galvatron was like a spoiled, tempered, immature little brat that simply liked to shoot at his fellow decepticons. The excuse that was used in the series was that his brain was dammaged due to the battle suffered in the movie (completely ridiculous reason to give him an uncharismatic character). Also, Rodimus Prime, the replacement for Optimus prime was immature and is an obvious reason why fans wanted an episode in this season which consisted of optimus prime being revived. Well, beside this criticism, i recommend people to buy this as a good completion for the transformers collection, it's well worth it. Till all are one!"
Good for completists only
D. Good | San Francisco, CA United States | 05/10/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this just because, back when they originally aired, the cartoon was moved to a time I couldn't watch it -- so I wanted to see them. They're not good. Good from a nostalgia standpoint, but pretty bad otherwise. I'm somewhat ok with the Quintessons as a manipulative third party, but it's tough to swallow that they didn't attack, say, right after Megatron and Optimus and everyone else left because the planet was dry of energy. Carnage in C Minor? Yegods -- Cop Rock. . . in a cartoon. . . with robots. . . The animation is almost laughably bad and stilted in parts, and they clearly cut corners with stuff like cutting episodes to 20 minutes and adding recycled "primer" shorts. Lots of goofs, too -- combiners alongside their components, incorrect coloring, etc. It makes the animation in the second season look like Disney masterpieces. The plotlines are gimmicky. Galvatron is one-note. One saving grace is Cyclonus, who has a great voice and carries himself as the dignified warrior. The idea that Rodimus is still learning the ropes is a decent enough premise, but they wrote him with zero charisma or natural leadership qualities. Great for a single viewing for a hardcore Transfan, but I'll be selling mine used, I doubt I'll rewatch them."