On Monday, Shout! Factory announced the release of Transformers: The Complete First Season on DVD. Technically, this is a rerelease, since Rhino originally issued the show via multiple collector's sets back in 2002 and 2003 that have since gone out of print. But on June 16, 2009, longtime fans and the lucky folks introduced to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron via MichaelBay's live-action update will have the chance to look at the very first animated iterations of these iconic characters. The three-disc set runs approximately six hours and will be available for the MSRP of $29.99.

The original set featured remastered picture and sound, as well as a number of passingly engaging bonus materials including the Japanese show opening and animation outtakes. The new set includes the following content and special features:

  • Restored original broadcast versions of each episode with a new stereo soundtrack created from the original audio
  • Featurette: "Triple Changer: From Toy To Comic To Screen – The Origins Of The Transformers"
  • A Printable Script
  • Rare PSA

If a single-serving collection of G1 Transformers isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for the series, Hasbro and Shout! are also planning a 16-disc set due in July entitled The Transformers: 25th Anniversary "Matrix of Leadership" Edition Collector's Set that promises 38 hours of content including a collectible book and tons of extra features. In other words, if the three discs available in June aren't enough to satisfy your Transformers jones, then you only need to wait another month for enough materials to keep you comfortable in your parents' basement for weeks at a time – unless like us, you already live there.

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