Given that Rob Walsh previously commented that he delivered Revenge of the Ninja to Varese before starting restoration work on his other cartoon scores, and Varese still hasn't released it yet, "summer 2016" was definitely too optimistic a release date. I would guess these will start coming out in 2017.
>> The newly remastered " Revenge the Ninja Album was completed and delivered to Varese Sarabande Records for CD release about 5 weeks ago. It features lots of new content as well as original tracks from 33-year old audio masters that I carefully kept in storage - and that that have been greatly enhanced. Hope everyone enjoys it! Transformers Classic Releases are next - my 50 - piece orchestra scores to the original 1938-1988 Marvel TV series are in remastering now. Next is G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Jem. To be released as a collector's edition on Blu_ray disc featuring 5.1 surround, new video interviews with original cast and crew, artwork and original show video. On Sony Records. www.screenmusic.com. <<
>> Currently remastering all the old Marvel and Hasbro orchestral scores for Sony Records release, so stay tuned. May be early summer 2016. <<
>> I am working on the remastering now, and Hasbro and I are excited and looking forward to the releases of Transformers, G.I. Joe My Little Pony, series and movie, as well as Jem & the Holograms – starting around 1983 through 1988 or so. The original master tapes were in great condition, and I plan on remastering everything into 5.1 surround. We are not definite on this part yet, but may produce this in a boxed DVD set with newly filmed interviews of cast and crew and original artwork and some video footage. This is fairly large orchestra very well recorded with an MCI console in a European recording studio, and it’s sounding pretty spectacular so far. Sony Records will be releasing the albums. <<
What does it mean? No release date (WOW!) but they are “shooting”? What? Bullshit for sure.
You have to understand the reality of releasing scores. I'm not a label head, but I've read enough over the years from their posts to give you just a taste of the problems and setbacks a label can experience while trying to get something out:
Hunting down master tapes, or better elements when what they've found is no good or even unusable. During the hunting process better material may be found and they may choose to start all over again on the better material.
Liscensing the rights. First of all, in some cases even determining who has the rights can be hard, and in at least one case (I can't recall the title), a label couldn't release a score because they were unable to find out who had the rights. And even then we've been told it wasn't easy to get rights from Hasbro.
Approval. Approvals need to be given on the final product by what ever individules or studios are involved, for example, Hasbro will need to sign off on it before it can come out, and some studios are slow in the approval process; it can take several months or even longer on occassion.
Manufacturing the discs and booklets can take time. There could even be a waiting period as the plant is busy making other discs. Further more, if errors are discovered, the batch will be thrown out and they'll start over again, which can delay it even further.
Very rarely can a label pin point a release date for a title so far in advance. Hell, even La La Land Records has stated a month prior to a batch that they have two to six titles that may or may not come out on the scheduled batch release day because of approvals and what ever else, so when the day comes, it may be anywhere from one to six titles that gets released. There are no gurantees.
You need to have more patience than this. They're doing the best they can and they've got a hopeful target time frame that it might come out. Be prepared for the possibility of setbacks which could delay it further. Just be happy you, and if not you, other people have so much advanced notice they can save up for it.