Classic Comebacks: Max Headroom and Transformers

For all three of you who don’t also read /.: TechTV will begin airing all fourteen episodes of “Max Headroom,” probably TV’s only cyberpunk series ever. And AP is running an article about the odd resurgence in the popularity of that 80s standby, “Transformers,” here. I don’t know if I should admit this in public, but I own the movie and still watch it occasionally…

5 replies on “Classic Comebacks: Max Headroom and Transformers”

  1. theangrymob says:

    Be not ashamed!
    I proudly own my own copy. Life-altering for me at that point of my childhood. “You mean you can do THAT in a cartoon???”

    • Dave says:

      Re: Be not ashamed!

      “You mean you can do THAT in a cartoon???”

      To what are you referring, specifically?

      There were a few things in there that could have been considered, erm, questionable for a kids’ movie, at least in the early 1980s. Let’s see… they killed off their biggest hero (though Optimus eventually came back to life in the TV show); they cussed (though the more interesting example thereof has been purged from most home releases); they used Weird Al as background music.

    • eclectric says:

      Re: Be not ashamed!

      I proudly own my own copy. Life-altering for me at that point of my childhood. “You mean you can do THAT in a cartoon???”

      Indeed, don’t be. It was the second DVD I bought. I was quite shocked that unlike the blockbuster version, it hasn’t been edited for “children.”

      Don’t forget, transformers season 1 is coming out soon… I’ll definitely be buying that.

      Man, I always wanted to be a transformer.

      • fiziko says:

        Re: Be not ashamed!

        Don’t forget, transformers season 1 is coming out
        soon… I’ll definitely be buying that.

        It’s been out a week, according to the
        official release date of April 23. I haven’t seen it
        in stores, but I haven’t looked, either.

      • Alexius says:

        Re: Be not ashamed!

        I was quite shocked that unlike the blockbuster version, it hasn’t been edited for “children.”

        Personal Theory On That: They Know That 15 Or So Years after They Were Popular, The People buying The Show On DVD Aren’t Going To Be People Showing A Childrens Movie, Or Children. They’re Geeks Like Up Who Watched this As A Kid. On Average, We Can Take A Character Saying ‘Oh Shit!’

        Also Interesting To Note: That Chapter Title is ‘Swear Word’.

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