Hasty thoughts on the new film. I was expecting a giant car.
A special and amazingly put together video looking at the original film. But which mainly mocks Hart to Hart. I wouldn't want to be Lionel Stander in the morning when he reads this.
All in The Transformers: The Movie.
The Original UK Video Release.
Peter Cullen, icon to generations of children even if they've never known his face, turned 70 at the end of July. And what better way to celebrate than looking back at a shinning moment for his most iconic role (oh come on, Eeyore is a distant second place. Stop looking at me like that you crazy Winnie The Pooh fans), as he laughs in the face of death, and pokes a giant metal finger in the eye of cancellation- if only for another three episodes- as the titular character in The Return of Optimus Prime.
A lot of Transformers fans will likely find it a bit odd I've chosen this particular episode to talk about as an Optimus Prime highlight. They'd probably point in the direction of Dark Awakening, widely regarded as the best episode of the original cartoon, or War Dawn, Prime's secret origin. The Return of Optimus Prime is generally seen as being a bit crap. But the reason why I hold this particular 44 minutes of television so closely to my heart can be seen in the picture to the left, the UK video release.
It will be hard for youngsters growing up in a world where all you have to do is wait six months to buy a film to keep forever on a shiny futuristic disc for less than the cost of a cinema ticket (if they even bother to pay at all of course) how important the video rental market was back in the 80's and 90's. Very few people had insanely massive VHS collections, with them generally never costing less than a tenner even when reduced and them being so much larger and chunkier than DVD's few had the money or the space. So the local video library was a God send here in the UK, especially for parents with kids. Many an hour of silence was brought by grateful parents by renting a tape of their favourite show, with the same tapes often being rented several times over the years (to the point where it would actually have worked out cheaper to have brought a copy, but hey ho).
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.