Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Fans of the earlier film and TV series will be thrilled at this cutting-edge incarnation, but this version should please all fans of high-adrenaline action. Director Bay gleefully salts the movie with homages to pop-culture touchstones like Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, and the early technothriller WarGames. The actors, though clearly all supporting those kickass robots, are uniformly on-target, including the dashing Josh Duhamel as a U.S. Army sergeant fighting an enemy he never anticipated; Jon Voight, as a tough yet sympathetic Secretary of Defense in over his head; and John Turturro, whose special agent manages to be confidently unctuous, even stripped to his undies. But the film belongs to Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and the dastardly Megatron--and the wicked stunts they collide in all over the globe. Long live Transformers! --A.T. Hurley
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The special edition of Transformers is packed with extras (and more than a few product placements for Hasbro). The entire second disc is devoted to featurettes on aspects of making the technical tour-de-force--and the land mines involved in tinkering with a beloved '80s franchise. Executive producer Steven Spielberg is very much a part of the proceedings, from his introductory comments ("I think everybody likes the idea of taking something you're familiar with and turning it into something you're not so familiar with--like an 18-wheeler become Optimus Prime") to mentions of his films that influenced this one, like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Director Michael Bay is brash and entertaining as he talks about his initial reluctance to take on the project, his indoctrination at "Transformers U" at Hasbro, and his enthusiasm for guerrilla-style action filmmaking. Star Shia LaBoeuf says, "He is the sickest action director" out there, and there's plenty of evidence here to support that. Other great highlights include features on how key scenes were shot, including the heart-pounding desert battle and the shootout in the streets of downtown L.A.--adrenaline-pumping stuff, even without the Transformers CGI'd in. --A.T. Hurley
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Top Customer Reviews
After the awesome introduction, the first part of the movie deals mainly with Shia LaBeouf's Sam purchasing a Camaro that actually turns out to be the Autobot Bumblebee (in the cartoon, originally a VW Bug. I think the yellow VW Bug in the car lot next to Bumblebee was a homage.) Sam unknowingly uses his alien car to impress a girl. Of course she actually is impressed when they find out it's an alien. There are some pretty funny scenes in this part of the movie as well as some action scenes that are very well done.
Soon comes the arrival of the other Autobots and they reveal to Sam their true purpose, which is to locate the Allspark -a powerful device capable of transforming a planet- before the Decepticons get a hold of it. I thought at this point that the slow parts of the movie were over, but not quite. From here we go into a few too many scenes dealing with side characters, from video game playing computer experts to goofy secret agents whose quirks border slapstick comedy. Too many of these characters could be chalked up as comic relief, and most of what they attributed was not very funny. There was a slightly funny but overly long scene where Sam was trying to hide the autobots while he searched through his house for a relic they needed.Read more ›
In 1986 the first Transformers movie (animated) came out and pretty much scarred every kid who was ever a fan of the show for life as their beloved characters actually died on-screen to make way for a new generation of Transformers. Let's just say that as much as I enjoyed the original movie I also hated it. It is now 2007 and Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and ILM have concocted a live-action version of Transformers. To say that this movie has erased some of the bad taste left by the first animated film is quite an understatement. What we have in this live-action Transformers is nothing less than pure robot-versus-robot carnage and mayhem done so well that it more than makes up for the weak story and the uneven performances from the cast.
The movie revolves around the search by both the Autobots and the Decepticons for the all-powerful AllSpark which would grant it's owner the power to rebuild the dying Cybertron (home world of the Transformers) or remake any planet into a new home. It's not too difficult to figure out what the Decepticons and their leader Megatron would do once they have it in their possession.Read more ›
2 Disc Special Edition of the Transformers
Disc 1 - Bluray Main Feature, Commentary By Director Michael Bay, Transformers Heads Up Display, BD-Live Features
Disc 2 - Our World HD, Their War HD, More Than Meets The Eye HD
Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, took a hit concept from the 80's and 90's, and with the assistance of exceptional CGI, turned out a movie that surprised film goers around the world.
Transformers' Sam Witwicky, begins this adventure of a lifetime carshopping with Dad. In the Porsche lot, out of the Porsche lot, into the used car lot. Sam learns a valuable lesson from the salesman, you don't choose a car, it chooses you. And so a beat up Camaro chooses his `master', while destroying the car lot. And so Bumblebee enters his life, and soon, a full blown war between the Decepticons and Autobots engulfs his home town.
Not only is there action, but humor as well. Sam, his girlfriend, the US military, and his robot friends exchange barbs like `I bought a car. Turned out to be a robot. Who knew?' And the `discussion' from Sam's mother on why he had to lock the door? `Were you masterbating? Or should we call it your private time.....?' It's touches like that which turn this film from a CGI dominated production into a film you can watch and enjoy.
Sure, it'll re-introduce many of the Transformers back into pop culture. Sure, there will be a sequel. Yes, the comic will come back one more time. And yes, it will be a hit one more time.
Don't forget the toys....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Out of all the Transformers movies, I do like this one the best.
In my opinion, it's the most creative one. Doesn't go over the top like the recent ones seem to do. Read more
This movie is soo good! I rarely buy movies, but this one is great so i had to!!Published 9 days ago by B. Howell
This is the best one of all the Transformers! We enjoy watching this every time we want a little action drama.Published 12 days ago by Cyn003
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|The bluray did'n come with the slipcover||
Mar 5, 2009 by Coqui2k | See all 12 posts
|Widescreen on a Widescreen||
Transformers has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt04
Sep 6, 2008 by Garrett Moriguchi | See all 6 posts
|different cast for blu-ray?||
It sounds like they alphabetized the cast... major and minor...
Feb 13, 2009 by T. J. Barry | See all 3 posts
|What no Transformers Extended Edition??||
Unfortunately, you're dealing with Paramount and if you have any DVD purchasing experience w/Paramount, ... their history since 1998 has been to release ...
1) Standard Movie Only DVD
2) Special Edition Movie DVD
3) Director's Cut Ultimate Edition
4) Ultimated with all the above Box... Read More
Sep 18, 2007 by PHILIP ITURRALDE | See all 6 posts
|playing this disc||
Simillar thing happened to Iron Man on my PS3, mine wasn't connected to the internet, but on settings I had it automatically log onto BD-Live, so if you have internet, connect your Blu-Ray Player to it or go to settings and have the not connect to BD-Live when watching your movies.
Jan 6, 2009 by D. Wang | See all 2 posts
|is there an extended version of transformers 1 or 2||Be the first to reply|
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