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First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition

Transformers News: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition

Sunday, October 7th, 2007 5:48PM CDT

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With only just over a week until the DVD release in the United States, some lucky person has received a early copy of the Transformers Movie DVD, and has promptly posted a review over at hometheaterforum.com.

Video:
Perfect. Stunning. Pick your adjective. Colors are gorgeous and vibrant, details are fine, blacks are deep. Even fog, dust, and smoke looks good, a normal limitation of DVD. Shot and presented in 2.35:1, I cannot imagine this set looking any better. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to pick up the HD-DVD; but the DVD is satisfying.

Audio:
Much like the video, expectations were high. The soundscape is amazing, the score is beautiful, and half of the battle is drawn aurally. Thankfully the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track completely lives up to expectations. Dialogue comes through crystal clear, the bass rumbles and growls.

Extras:
Unsurprisingly the extra features are plentiful on the 2-disc DVD set, commencing with a feature-length commentary from director Michael Bay. Bay is chatty and filled with information, though he does justify a lot of his choices, explaining how fans reacted and why he disregarded their opinions.

Themed as a series of featurettes dealing with various aspects of the story, the second disc goes through everything you would like to know about the construction of the movie. From the initial story to envisioning the look of the true stars to the directing style of Michael Bay, no stone is left unturned. The documentaries do duplicate a lot of the information Bay discusses in the commentary. Broken down by themes, Our World takes on the making of the movie. Their War goes through the history of the Transformers brand, its fans, and how they translated a cheesy cartoon show into a series of badass robots. Each individual character is broken down from concept to completion. Integrated are deleted and extended scenes, though I would have liked to have them separated.

From “Script to Sand” goes through the mapping of the first scene in the film, from scrip to storyboard and animatics to the final product.

After seeing some of the concept art, I want the book that features it all. Gorgeous paintings abound in this series, which plays like a slideshow, scored to the film’s theme.


For more details including the reviewers over-all thoughts of the film and it's extras, please check out the Full review.
Credit(s): Justin Cleveland from hometheatreforum.com
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Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387569)
Posted by Decatron on October 7th, 2007 @ 6:10pm CDT
Great! I had set my mind on only getting the 2 disc edition. It will be interesting to hear Bay's defense.
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387620)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on October 7th, 2007 @ 6:31pm CDT
I'm just glad that for once we're having a release of something good happen on a week that I get payed!
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387669)
Posted by GetterDragun on October 7th, 2007 @ 6:56pm CDT
I thought they were going to have a little feature on BotCon from this year?
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387676)
Posted by TazD on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:02pm CDT
What is the book that contains all the concept art? I don't think there is any book listed on Amazon?
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387707)
Posted by osubot20 on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:22pm CDT
I want to know what happened to BARRICADE
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387727)
Posted by Highbeam on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:28pm CDT
Concept art book for the movie? Does such a thing exist? I want details! *loves concept art*
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387761)
Posted by OptimusShr on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:51pm CDT
Highbeam wrote:Concept art book for the movie? Does such a thing exist? I want details! *loves concept art*


We saw some concept art a while ago on two different sites. I'd provide links but I don't have the time to dig through the news articles to look.

But I have to say, I want a book of the art.
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387763)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:52pm CDT
So this is the walmart edition?
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (387881)
Posted by ChrisRiss on October 7th, 2007 @ 8:56pm CDT
Megatron_Wolf wrote:So this is the walmart edition?


no just the two disc edition
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (388068)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on October 7th, 2007 @ 10:22pm CDT
ChrisRiss wrote:
Megatron_Wolf wrote:So this is the walmart edition?


no just the two disc edition


Does the Walmart edition have this as well?
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (388959)
Posted by SoooTrypticon on October 8th, 2007 @ 10:17am CDT
"From the initial story to envisioning the look of the true stars to the directing style of Michael Bay, no stone is left unturned."

Wow, so the documentary must be like, what, 30 seconds? "Robots pee and fight! Rar!" (Bay's thoughts as they taped him under his blanket fort."

"Their War goes through the history of the Transformers brand, its fans, and how they translated a cheesy cartoon show into a series of badass robots."

Or, "translated a cheesy cartoon show into a series of moving spare parts in a script aimed at four years old suffering from shaken baby syndrome."

The movie wasn't badass. It was ass. Crappy lines, stupid fights, and lame jokes don't make something badass. They make it bad. Worse than a "cheesy cartoon."

I still haven't bought any of those hideous toys, and will not be buying the film in any format. Seeing it twice in the theater (support pixar and good storytelling) was more than enough. It was tough not too laugh too loud at anything Megatron or Prime said. Wow, it was a bad movie. Remember that time Jazz was ripped in half, and Prime's just carrying him around like laundry. That's some good character animation. Or what about that time(s) we were just watching cars driving around in the desert for what seemed like an eternity? Or how about masturbation jokes, golden showers, "wuz up, lil bitches," hack army subplot (enlist!), gremlin robots, ugly designs, or the camera's fixation on leading lady breasts.
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (389398)
Posted by Down_Shift on October 8th, 2007 @ 3:06pm CDT
You know whats awsome. I already have this. My mom went out and bought a $5 Bootleg and when I watched it with her it's the full blown DVD release. Starts off with a projection of the allspark from Primes eye then all the scenes flying around it. Very well done. Only thing that I don't like is that they didn't fix Brawls in movie name.
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (389518)
Posted by g05 on October 8th, 2007 @ 4:12pm CDT
osubot20 wrote:I want to know what happened to BARRICADE


well he got bored chasing the Autobots and came over to my house for a wash & wax/pro detail. :grin:
Re: First review of Transformers Movie 2 Disc Special Edition (389825)
Posted by Bouncy X on October 8th, 2007 @ 6:45pm CDT
wow, its sad enough those who didnt like it have to always whine about their disappointment at every mention of the movie during its theatrical release, but now they're gonna whine over the dvd reviews too? damn..so much effort put towards something they claim they disliked..lol
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