US: Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory team up in Transformers distribution deal

Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory have revealed they are collaborating to bring the animated feature Transformers – The Movie to the home entertainment space in the US and Canada.

The distribution deal will provide Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media and select digital rights to the 80s film.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the film, the animation has been remastered and transferred in HD from the original 35mm elements.

A range of bonus features and collectable packaging is also in development, as Shout! Factory plans to rollout the 30th Anniversary Edition on September 13th.

“The Transformers franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognisable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, CCO and executive VP of Hasbro.

“Transformers – The Movie played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”

Melissa Boag, senior VP of kids and family entertainment at Shout! Factory, added: “Transformers – The Movie is a highly sought-after animated feature, boasting a large fan following and consumer interest.

“On its 30th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this film by bringing it to North America on Blu-ray for the first time. We look forward to bringing Transformers – The Movie, featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.”

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