Transformers: Beast Machines on DVD in LETTERBOX sign now

This is an online petition aimed at Rhino's "Rhinomation" division, and toy makers Hasbro, to ensure that the High Definition Letterbox version of "Transformers: Beast Machines" will be released on DVD.

Mind you, to those who may inquire, this is a "happy" petition, and not a "vengeful" petition. Rhino and Hasbro have, over the years, listened to consumer and fan interests in regards to their products, and in doing so have often stepped in when they could to deliver on concerns from the masses. And we, the Transformers fan and Rhino consumer communities, certainly thank them for making our oft-insane fixations on little shape-shifting cars and monkeys that much more worthwhile.

Just recently, as reported at such websites as and, it was unearthed that Rhino had tentative plans to release the 3rd American Transformers series, "Beast Machines", on DVD at some point in 2005. And with just one more month to go before the final "Beast Wars" set is released, we figure that Hasbro either is, or has, started laying out the development process for the "Beast Machines" release. Thus, now would likely be the best time to address the issue at hand.

A few years back, Mairi Welman, former PR representative of Mainframe, explained that the company had began developing both Letterbox and Pan-n-Scan versions of every show they produced, some time during the 1999 season. Each episode of these following series, such as "Beast Machines" and Hasbro's "Action Man", were developed in Letterbox form, and then cropped for normal television. Both prints were available to the networks to decide which version they wanted to use.

Unfortunately for "Beast Machines", FoxKids and YTV went with the Pan-n-Scan route, as HDTV Letterbox hadn't really kicked in much at the time and the syndicates probably weren't set up to air them as such. Thankfully, however, Mainframe looked ahead to the future and proclaimed that both versions would still be open to whoever carried the rights to their shows. One such company, Anchor Bay, decided to release both of Mainframe's "Reboot" telefilms on DVD earlier this year, using the LBX format.

From this, we're asking both of Rhino and Hasbro, to do the same and release the "Beast Machines" series on DVD as it was originally developed, in Letterbox format. Releasing anything less would certainly be a disadvantage to the fans who would be unable to see the complete version of the series, as well as to the writers and animators who worked hard and strived to develop the series, and would never get the chance to see their work released to the public eye as intended.

Similarly, for years Transformers fans have looked forward to the mysterious long-lost Letterbox print of "Transformers: The Movie" to pop up somewhere. Meanwhile, the Letterbox version of "Beast Machines" is just laying around, waiting to be used. And as more find out about this alternate version of "Beast Machines", more are becoming interested in seeing and owning it.

So please take this into consideration, if you fine folks have not yet done so, and make it happen with the DVD releases. Surely, it will be appreciated and hopefully the signatures listed will give you a good idea as to how much potential consumer interest would be looking forward to seeing the true version of the series released.

[ -- Oh... and on a side note... when you folks do develop the series, feel free to throw in some interviews with Bob Skir, Marty Isenberg, Marv Wolfman ( and/or Stephen Melching ( if you can. And, if at all possible, it would be extra nice if you could NOT split up multi-part episodes over separate discs. Thanks. --]

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Latest Signatures

  • 22 October 2015150. Robert L
    I support this petition
  • 15 September 2015149. Alex R
    I love beast machines!
  • 03 September 2015148. Nathan C
    I support this petition
  • 27 August 2015147. Matt H
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 2015146. Marzena Howell
    Pan-&-Scan is a dying format, release it in Widescreen please!!!
  • 09 August 2015145. Steve L
    DO IT! DO IT I SAY! ... Please?
  • 17 July 2015144. Cody G
    I support this petition
  • 15 July 2015143. Comissioner S
    I support this petition
  • 12 July 2015142. Yaki S
    I've been a die hard fan of the Beast Wars for years (and now learning of the original Transformers) and I'd love to see Beast Machines in Letter Box form. It would mean alot to my legions of minion fans of Transformers and Beast wars V ^______________^ V
  • 09 July 2015141. Richard Boyer
    I support this petition
  • 06 May 2015140. Ben Q
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  • 05 April 2015139. Joelle Elizabethd
    Just because it is a cartoon doesn't mean it doesn't deserve letterbox.
  • 21 January 2015138. Chris Garner
    I want the DVDs. Faction Transfandom
  • 16 November 2014137. Jillyan G
    I support this petition
  • 26 October 2014136. Juan Ortizj
    "Waspinator want to see Beast Machines"! Faction Predacon
  • 17 October 2014135. Mark C
    I support this petition
  • 02 October 2014134. Gemmer L
    lets get beast machines
  • 29 September 2014133. Carmelo D
    I support this petition
  • 06 August 2014132. Erica S
    I support this petition
  • 06 June 2014131. Vadim S
    I support this petition
  • 01 June 2014130. Raju S
    PLEASE make sure it's in HD letterbox! It doesn't do justice to all the ahrd work otherwise!
  • 03 May 2014129. Matt L
    I loved this series and hope it comes out on DVD
  • 31 March 2014128. Chris B
    Please bring Beast Machines to DVD
  • 25 March 2014127. Austin Cherry
    I support this petition
  • 18 March 2014126. Allen S
    I support this petition
  • 22 February 2014125. Ramon S
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2014124. Jim Barnett
    Make it happen, Beast Machines is one of the best Transformer shows ever. It would be even better if it was in the letterbox format.

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