’86 Transformers Revisited in London

As the world waits to see what Michael Bay does with his live-action/CG adaptation of the Transformers franchise, Londoners will get a chance to see the 1986 animated feature film Transformers: The Movie on the big screen again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, independent distributor Metrodome Distribution will give the pic a two-week theatrical re-release in one theater in London’s West End beginning May 4.

While capitalizing on the media hype DreamWorks and Paramount are creating for the July 4 release of Bay’s Transformers, Metrodome is also using the theatrical engagement to promote its June 4 release of Transformers: The Movie’Ultimate Edition, a two-disc DVD featuring a re-mastered widescreen edition of the film.

A feature-length extension of the wildly popular animated TV series, Transformers: The Movie continues the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, two different sects of robots that transform into vehicles. The film features the voice of Orson Welles in his final role, as well as Eric Idle, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, John Moschitta, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. The home entertainment group of Sony BMG Music Ent. put out a 20th anniversary DVD edition of the movie in the U.S. last November.