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TRANSFORMERS: HEADMASTERS
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Katsuyoshi Sasaki

Starring:
Hiroko Emori
Ikuya Sawaki
Hideyuki Hori

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
There was peace in the galaxy... until those damn Decepticons started wrecking havoc all over the place. The Autobots seem to be outmatched till they received some powerful help from... the Headmasters! Let the war wage on!

Is it good movie?
Okay, to be perfectly honest, people are either going to totally love or hate this DVD collection. You're getting the entire 35 episodes from a Japanese version of TRANSFORMERS... which means that you will be experiencing a big-time muddling in terms of the translation. What I'm getting at is it's very tough and sometimes downright annoying to sit through because all the dialogue is in Japanese. Sure, there are subtitles, but what I read was so cheesy that it took me out of the fun, all-action aspect that anyone would normally expect when watching TRANSFORMERS.

Don't get me wrong, the opening theme song is hilarious (when translated) in how different the U.S. and Japan's views on what constitutes a kick-ass tune about battling robots. It's kind of like watching an 80's cartoon that you enjoyed when you were young, but then realizing how lame and/or silly it really was... only I didn't see TRANSFORMERS: HEADMASTERS when I was young. Yet I still got that weird feeling, only MUCH weirder! This is more of a comical viewing experience than the properly-intended action, fun-ride that is normally associated with these interstellar, shape-shifting bots.

Another off aspect that I couldn't help taking notice of was the fact that all the humans on the show were drawn as Americans. This is a Japanese-made tv series, yet no people on the show were shown as being of Asian descent. Seeing as how the audio on this thing was non-stop, rapid-fire Japanese dialogue, I was, again, taken out of the events onscreen and reminded of how ridiculously strange the whole experience was.

I guess I can see why a hardcore TRANSFORMERS/Japanese Anime fan would be into this. The animation is pretty good, considering its origin era. The battling is pretty fierce and all the robots do faithfully adhere to their American counterparts. And in terms of capacity, this set certainly doesn't skimp, by including a whopping 35 total episodes. I just found the odd combination of Transformers speaking Japanese and English subtitles too frustratingly distracting.

Video / Audio
VideoFull Screen

Audio Japanese dolby digital with English subtitles.

The Extras
Just a "bonus" Art Gallery.

Last Call
This is definitely a DVD set for true fanboys only. The foreign dialogue is hard to follow, the subtitles are cheesy, and the humans aren't Japanese! The whole shebang just felt like a gigantic waste of time.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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