I am so excited about the Shout! Factory 30th Anniversary Edition of Transformers: The Movie! This is not Bayformers, but rather an actual GOOD Transformers movie. This Blu-ray edition of the film comes with two disks, each containing a different version of the film. One is the original full frame 1.35:1 version, the other the widescreen 1.85:1 format. This is a true
blessing curse for fans as it allows us to compare the widescreen version of the film we’ve grown up with to its original, full frame counterpart.
This print is sourced from a 4K transfer and it looks magnificent. It is far superior to the DVD versions I own, but that’s to be expected considering their age and the inherent low resolution of DVD. The DTS audio track is a wonderful bonus. There is also the Steelbook limited edition that comes bundled in a metal case and includes a poster. Since I consolidate to movie sleeves, the metal case would just be a waste.
I’ve done comparisons below of some scenes from both the full frame and widescreen versions. You can see that, while the widescreen copy cuts off a significant portion of the upper and lower pieces of the frame, the full frame shots have some slight cropping of their own on the sides. Although the widescreen version crops a good deal of the top and bottom of the frame, it looks like this was taken into consideration by the director. Most of the top and bottom of the scenes in the film simply contain more matte painting background as opposed to important characters or information.