Beast Machines Transformers: The Movie (1999) - The Complete Series

Genre(s): Animation / Fantasy
Rhino || NR - 700 minutes - $59.95 || February 28th, 2006
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2006-02-20

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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: VOICES - Kathleen Barr, Jim Bymes, Gary Chalk, Ian James Corlett, Paul Dobson, Patricia Drake, Brian Drummond, Christopher Gaze, Alessandro Juliani, David Kaye, Scott McNeil, Richard Newman, Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff, Venus Terzo

Theatrical Release Date: NA

Supplemental Material:
  • Interview with actor David Kaye
  • Interview with series developer Marv Wolfman
  • Interview with story editor Robert Skir
  • Interview with voice director Susan Blu
  • 3 Audio Commentary Tracks

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Beast Machines: Transformers is a direct sequel to the cgi hit cartoon Beast Wars: Transformers and is the last animated chapter in the original Transformers saga. The story follows some of the Maximals/Autobots from the previous series who have returned to their home planet of Cybertron only to discover Megatron has somehow taken over and enslaved the planet and all of itís inhabitants as mindless drones. Megatron has also created generals for his army, The Vehicons. The Vehicons hide a deep secret within them though. They are not what they appear. The series follows the Maximals quest to stop Megatron, fix the Vehicons ďproblemsĒ, and restore Cybertron to itís former glory.

As a fan of the original Transformers and (at least just based on stories) Beast Wars, I liked Beast Machines quite a bit. The first season (of the two presented on the set which makes up the entire run of the show) is easily the best. Season 1ís storyline involving the true identity and secrets of the Vehicons is very enjoyable and the twist on one of them makes the show for me. Season 2, while still entertaining, isnít as great for me. Too many episodes feel exactly like ones before it and I disagree with the changes they made to Optimus. But overall, if youíre a fan of action cartoons that are smartly written enough or of Transformers, you should be very pleased with these episodes.


Interviews were all pretty good. I loved watching David Kaye especially as his Megatron was always one of my favorites on the show. The only interview not all that great was Marv Wolfmanís and thatís only because he really only just repeats stuff he said on the commentaries. Robert Skirís is quite interesting though. The things he said about how he viewed the show are nice to listen to because for me, they represent both everything I like and dislike about the show. Susan Bluís interview is cool and itís also cool that she was one of the original Transformers (ďArceeĒ).

Audio commentaries - These are what make the extras for me. They really are like some kind of Geek nirvana. The writers on the show go into exhaustive detail about how the show as put together, why certain characters did certain things and so on and so forth. THIS is what was missing from every other Transformer box set and itís nice to finally see them getting some and itís extra nice that theyíre done by creators who actually care about the show.


That 5.1 surround knocks your socks off AND the show still looks good even though itís about 10 years old now.


Beast Machines is nowhere near as good as Beast Wars and doesnít have the charming characters of the original Transformers but itís a good and solid sci-fi/action cartoon thatís fun for children and adult fans alike.