Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand DVD, brought to you by Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios, is available to own tomorrow, July 31, 2012. This DVD features the 7-Part story arc which spans the end of the 1st season and the beginning of the 2nd season of Transformers Prime, which can be seen on The Hub Network, Saturdays at 3 PM (EDT). This is one of the most special presentations you will ever see of a series of episodes on DVD, so fork out the $14.97 for this priced to own, highly collectible DVD. This is like having a Transformers: Prime movie before it ever came out in the theater. The seamless, riveting, action-packed storyline is unlike any you have seen in a 2-hour DVD before.
If you had already bought the Season 1 DVD, and were waiting for the Season 2 DVD, don’t wait! This seamlessly edited DVD covers the following 7 episodes in one 2-hour movie:
One Shall Fall
One Shall Rise, Part 1
One Shall Rise, Part 2
One Shall Rise, Part 3
Orion Pax, Part 1
Orion Pax, Part 2
Orion Pax, Part 3
And, it contains a couple bonuses worth watching:
A Look Back At One Shall Stand: A candid conversation about the story design and writing that went into the One Shall Stand storyline with Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi, and Steven Melching. The 20 minute conversation about this story is thrilling to watch, as we see how the writers develop the characters and script that makes the DVD so intriguing.
Animatics of the scenes involving the fight between Optimus Prime and Unicron, in all his manifestations. Although animatics show us the rough draft of the animation with voices included, I’d much rather see the finished product with the real art, sound and music woven together. These animatics make me appreciate the magnitude with which it takes to make the combination of 2D and CGI animation, while mixing in all the backgrounds, sound effects, and musical score. The voice acting, which is just phenomenal in this series, is also enhanced greatly with all the true effects mixed into the animation.
The editing was so well done for this DVD, that you would never sense that these were 7 different episodes. Without giving away too much of the detailed plot to those who haven’t seen this story arc yet, it all starts off with Optimus realizing that the perpetual battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons will only spell certain doom for the people of Earth. He determines that Megatron must be destroyed.
“And it was written in the Covenant of Primus that ‘when the 47 spheres align, a perpetual conflict will culminate upon a world forged from chaos. And the weak shall perish in the shadow of a rising darkness.’”
A darkness IS rising… in the form of an ancient being which sought to destroy Primus many moons ago… the evil UNICRON. Megatron wishes to enable the “awakening” of the UNICRON on Earth, to join forces and defeat the Autobots, and take over the Earth. As we all know, Megatron doesn’t always get what he wants.
Throughout the course of the movie, Megatron joins forces with the Autobots in order to defeat UNICRON, using Optimus Prime’s Matrix of Leadership. Upon releasing his Matrix into the spark of Unicron, Optimus manages to save the Earth, but he lost his memory of being a Prime, and reverts back to his former name, Orion Pax, an archivist on Cybertron. Megatron takes advantage of this revelation, and enlists him as a Decepticon. While the Autobots are trying to find Optimus, they must use Jack, who was entrusted with an artifact given to him by Optimus, to help download the entire database of information from the Original Primes at Vector Sigma on Cybertron. They believe this will restore Optimus Prime’s memory. Believe it or not, Starscream plays a pivotal role in the Autobots’ success.
In the meantime, Orion Pax, who was given a special project by Megatron, learns over time that Megatron hasn’t been completely honest with him. He starts to doubt his loyalty to the Decepticons. Eventually, he breaks free, and meets Megatron in battle once more at the Decepticon’s Space Bridge. Jack returns with the key holding all the information of Vector Sigma, and uploads it into Orion Pax’s chest. Optimus Prime has fully returned, and the Autobots are able to escape back to base.
“Optimus, it has truly been our darkest hour, but know this: from every indication your spark never ceased being that of an Autobot.”
Believe me, that was a really quick summary. There is much more than meets than eye within this movie. When you watch the film, you will understand there is so much more going on here than 2 hours can hold.
There are many stories of historical significance in this DVD. You will want to pay close attention to the story behind UNICRON and Primus, the origins of the relationship between Megatron and Orion Pax, and the relationship between the Earth and UNICRON. It is really fascinating to hear how everything developed over time. The little vignettes where the stories from the past are told have nostalgic undertones which are really well done. More significantly, they don’t slow down the movie at all.
The production value of this DVD is top class. They left no stone unturned to bring you the best possible HD video in Anamorphic Widescreen, and all provided in 5.1 surround sound. It was truly a spectacle to behold for both the eyes and ears.
So, are you excited to see this? If you haven’t pre-ordered the DVD from Amazon, then you are only hours away from picking up this DVD in stores tomorrow. After you see it, come back to this story and comment. We’d like to know what your thoughts are about the Transformers Prime – One Shall Stand DVD.
TRANSFORMERS PRIME boasts an all-star voice cast, including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum, Jeffrey Combs, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, John Noble, among other notables. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is produced by Hasbro Studios, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline serving as executive producers. Kurtzman and Orci served as writers for the feature films TRANSFORMERS and TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen.
The next episode of Transformers Prime to air on the Hub will be this Saturday at 3 PM (EDT). Don’t miss it!