Today, to celebrate the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction on Blu-ray Combo Pack, the biggest star in the universe, OPTIMUS PRIME, participated in the world famous handprint-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood. Besides OPTIMUS PRIME appearing in multiple forms, actor Peter Cullen, who has voiced OPTIMUS PRIME for three decades, also participated in the ceremony. Check out some pictures and a video from the event, courtesy of our friends at Paramount.
From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack feature more than three hours of illuminating bonus content. From selecting fierce new cars and designing new TRANSFORMERS characters to constructing elaborately detailed sets, this comprehensive footage truly takes viewers inside the fun, hard work and excitement of making an electrifying global blockbuster film.
The spectacular Combo Packs also include an in-depth interview with Michael Bay about his approach to the film’s jaw-dropping action sequences, a crash course on the “Bayhem” of being on set for the massive, global production, a revealing look at the design process inside Hasbro Headquarters, and more. Plus there’s even more than meets the eye with the hilarious TRANSFORMERS KREON trailer where KREON figures take you through all of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movies. In addition, the Combo Packs include a brand new Angry Bird TRANSFORMERS trailer where birds and pigs turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, creating havoc on Piggy Island. The Blu-ray 3D includes expanded images as seen in IMAX™ theaters.
Coinciding with and celebrating the release today of the Transformers: Age of Extinction DVD and Blu-Ray editions - and our exciting Seibertron.com/Paramount giveaway competition - entertainment website Comic Book Resources have taken the opportunity to have a chat with voice actor Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime in many of his incarnations. The clip can be found below, and more here.
To celebrate the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction on Blu-ray, Paramount Studios held a special “Behind the Wheel” press event in Las Vegas, where CBR’s Steve Sunu was able to get behind the wheel of some of the types of cars used in the summer blockbuster.
After tearing through a 7-turn track in an Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo Ip560-4, which he opened up to over 100 mph, Sunu sat down with Peter Cullen, the iconic voice of Optimus Prime, to discuss his legacy over the last 30 years of Transformers and how grateful he is for having the opportunity to bring to life a character who has had a positive influence over several generations of fans.
Sunu also spoke with driver Sli Lewis, who was responsible for some of the film’s dangerous stunts, about his earliest experience behind the wheel, and his father’s immediate pride at his son’s driving prowess.
During a recent podcast episode, we spoke to Jim Sorenson, who along will Bill Forster, is editing and compiling the Transformers: Legacy celebration of packaging art book. It seems his prediction of having it in time for the holidays is correct: via Forster and IDW, the release of the book will happen next week - check out the mirrored image below!
Our Friends at TFcon just dropped by to announced that Transformers Artist Casey Coller will be in attendence at TFcon Chicago 2014. Casey is known for his work providing variant covers for IDW’s Robots In Disguise, More Than Meets the Eye comics and many one-shot issues. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees at TFcon Chicago
TFcon will be held October 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago.
Sarah Stone strikes again, as IDW reveals the next 30th Anniversary cover, a retailer incentive variant for Transformers: Robots in Disguise #33! And this time round, it's one of the good guys, doing good - check out Ironfist/Fisitron below.
30th Anniverssary Cover (3 of 3)! The previous two I did are here and here. This ended up being a very emotional part of Last Stand of the Wreckers for me, so here’s my tribute. Thank you again, IDW, for allowing me to participate in TF’s 30th birthday.
He's currently the focus of an article over at nicovideo.jp (courtesy of nicovideo member Daily Planet Development Committee), the interview, which you can read in detail, here, features new images of Brainstorm, plus a design sheet on Drift! The main focus, however, is Mr. Wataru's contributions to the Transformers various lines and a bit of insight into his design process.
We've mirrored the images below:
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We sadly report the passing of Buster Jones, musician, actor and voice talent for multiple animated series in the 70s and 80s, including The Transformers, where he portrayed the Autobot music enthusiast Blaster. The following excerpt is from this post, where multiple links can be found to interviews conducted by Jones through the years. He will be missed.
Buster Jones, popular cartoon voice actor of the 1970s-80s, passed away on 9/15/14. I learned of this because his neighbor kindly notified his Facebook friends list one at a time. Buster was not married and had no children.
In 2011, I had the privilege of interviewing him for my Super Friends blog series. It was the first interview he gave about his animation voiceover work. His interview was one of the most candid of that (or any of my) series—in fact, one of his stories in particular is flat-out ribald. Buster had been out of the VO business for a while and was desperate for work. That interview got him invited to a cartoon convention in Texas, for which he got paid—and the royal treatment.
When talking conversationally, Buster had a stutter. However, when he recorded, it went away.
Our Friends at TFcon just dropped by to announced that Venus Terzo the voice of Blackarachnia in Beast Wars and Beast Machines will be at TFcon Chicago 2014. She will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with attendees.
TFcon will be held October 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago.
Another exclusive look at some Transformers: Age of Extinction behind the scenes material comes to us courtesy of USAToday. Wahlberg, Tucci, head of explosions (of course) Jim Schwalm and others of the crew talk about their experience on set with the very real explosions and pyrotechnics under Bay's direction. Read more below, and check out the embedded clip!
If you thought the action was intense onscreen in Transformers: Age of Extinction, check out this exclusive look behind the scenes.
The stars had to navigate scenes with real explosions that seem closer to a true war zone.
This extra from the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital release features a Chinatown scene from the summer box office hit. The highly planned explosions come fast and furious.
"I had never experienced anything like that. There were explosions going off the likes of which I had never seen before," says Stanley Tucci, who starred in his first Transformers. "It was really exhilarating."
Tucci and star Mark Wahlberg sprint throughout set pieces on the Detroit set. Bay follows along barking out instructions into a megaphone.
Jim Schwalm, the explosives expert in charge of Michael Bay set explosions, also follows closely nearby. The Transformers veteran says that even he was impressed by the firepower required for the fourth installment of the franchise.
"We were way busy," says Schwalm. "We had bombs everywhere there."
At the end of the scene and a barrage of explosions, the actors finally complete the task to the satisfaction of Bay.
"That was awesome," he yells into the megaphone.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out on digital September 16 and Blu-Ray/DVD September 30.
Another comics update, and it's the last batch of Andrew Wildman's Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 special signed editions with sketched boarding cards - and charity donation. Check out below the selection of Rodimus sketches on auction, and head here to bid!
The final batch if sketches in the 30th anniversary collection. This is one of my favourite of the whole lot.
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