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Transformers (Blu-Ray)

Based on the Hasbro toy line that initially captivated kids in the 1980s, director Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS finds two warring bands of shape-shiftin...

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Review of "Transformers (Blu-Ray)"

published 26/01/2016 | SirJoseph
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Excellent
Pro Easy to Watch, Ad Campaign, Soundtrack, Lighthearted, Mother, Voices, CGI
Cons Length, Australian, American, Too Many Characters, Blu-Ray
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""You fail me yet again, Starscream...""

Transformers (Blu-Ray)

Transformers (Blu-Ray)

Robots In Disguise

I've never collected the figurines or been a proper fan of the series by Hasbro but of course I was aware of the premise having had an old VHS with about 2 episodes of the tv show recorded on when I was about 5. I didn't get it then and I probably wouldn't care for it now. All I remember was a purple dude turning into a giant canon and a bad motherf*cker called StarScream who was blatantly my favourite. Plus he was a ghost - how the hell that's possible I don't know or care. AND the Decepticons look cool, much cooler than the Autobots whose leader turns into a a truck for cripes sake - A TRUCK, compared to the enemy leader whose a JET FIGHTER. What else.. Oh, the good guy/bad guy emblems spinning around and a theme song I believed was trying to say "It's a feisty fight" such was the quality of televisions and the aural powers harnessed within a VHS. Now, thanks to the wonders of our modern digital age, we get to stream this or own blu-ray quality discs to be certain of whatever it is they're saying in their theme tune - of course they ditched it - and replaced it with cheesy quotes here and there. Cue the tinkering intro to Linkin Park's 'What I've Done'
"All Hail Megatron!" (Plot)

Whether or not it stays true to any of the series/films in the past, I cannot say but as an outsider I see it as a welcoming blockbuster thats easy to digest. On the other hand that might make hardcore veteran lovers feel a bit cheated in seeing their beloved robots in such a tempestuous way. Any who, the story is as basic as it gets when you cut it down to the bare bones, kid is the chosen one, rivalling aliens come, kid helps the good ones. Sam is a chattering teen, after his first car and trying to hock his great grandfathers wares in a show and tell class. He picks up a "Piece of crap Camaro" which turns out to be worth much more than the measly $4000 his father pays for - "Yeah, but it's custom." Tagging along is a screen time hoggin Mikaela. With an alien race of machines searching for their fallen master, the inhabitants of earth are under threat from a group that largely likes to destroy things on sight. Luckily for us humans, an opposing side to these visitors has also crash landed, intent on defending the planet and preventing the evil-doers from accomplishing far more than resurrecting the best bot there is... Outside of Sam's life, there's a few other story arcs of characters such as soldiers based in Qatar, Sector 7 agents (Classified), a bunch of hackers and John Voight.
"You still fight for the weak. That is why YOU LOSE!" (Decepticons)
  • Barricade - Police Car
  • Blackout - Helicopter
  • Bonecrusher - Armoured Vehicle
  • Brawl - Battle Tank
  • Frenzy - A... Nokia and a Stereo...
  • Megatron - Original Jet
  • StarScream - Stealth Fighter Aircraft
  • Scorponok - Scorpion...thing.
Sponsored by Chevrolet (Autobots)
  • Bumblebee - Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ironhide - Chevrolet Kodiak
  • Jazz - Pontiac Solstice
  • Optimus Prime - Trailer Truck
  • Ratchet - Hummer
Positives

The good thing is (for those unacquainted with the Autobots and Decepticons) is that you don't require a previous knowledge of the like to sit through an enjoy the film as it starts off with an intro that explains the aliens origins and their current state, along with our protagonist, Sam Witwicky. Shia LaBeouf's leading role provides a good mix of young talent (at the time) comedy moments and a naivety of a teenager and unfamiliar to the franchise. The Sector 7 bunch and the black hacker increase the fun times especially. Even the Transformers themselves have a few lines to lighten the mood like (Referring to Sam's dog urinating) "He's leaked lubricants all over my foot!" Oh and let's not forget the parents, the mother who is particularly kooky. The soundtrack has a few belters on there too from the snappy drum track reminiscent of the Kill Bill walk scene, some classic 80s tracks that 'Bumblebee' puts on at convenient times and more importantly at the time, the return of Smashing Pumpkins. If anyone was bothered in 2007, the marketing campaign was sweet too - not giving much away and utilising footage from the film in a way as to crop up curiosity and speculation - a mock video of Mars rover footage seeing what can just barely made out to be an Autobot. It looks awesome.
Negatives

Everyone jumped on the hating Megan Fox bandwagon (and her weird thumbs) but my hatred is reserved for someone who's acting skills are irrelevant, as opposed to her inclusion at all - the Aussie bird, good grief. A know-it-all that never, ever shuts the hell up. She somehow knew that this was the aliens all along! The only one amongst a group of hackers (and the secretary of defence) who realised they themselves were being hacked. It's not the fact she speaks with the Australian drawl, that she's the only woman amongst the crackers, rather she just seems to know anything and everything and has only a spec of what could be considered a personality whilst snapping at her homosexual coworker and sneering about Nokia. A small part mary-sue who serves very little purpose other than progressing the plot by knowing the unknowable - lazy, sloppy writing. In this instance, the Blu-Ray has no exclusives, so you can find all the (usually standard definition) extras on the DVD version or just browse Youtube (our/their world, concepts, trailers). It's also too long thanks to the first negative, spanning over 2 and a half hours which, as many will know/expect, be mostly full of explosions and slow motion shots as is director Michael Bay's signature. I'm not a fan of the soldier guy either, seriously American and void.

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  • hiker published 09/03/2016
    vh
  • danielclark691 published 30/01/2016
    very well covered
  • Secre published 29/01/2016
    I haven't watched Transformers in well...years!
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Based on the Hasbro toy line that initially captivated kids in the 1980s, director Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS finds two warring bands of shape-shifting alien robots renewing their intergalactic conflict on Earth. While the Decepticons, followers of the malevolent Megatron (voiced by Hugo Weaving), strive to take over the planet, the Autobots, led by the valiant Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), are intent on protecting humanity. When young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that his new car is really the Autobot Bumblebee (voiced by Mark Ryan), it sets the stage for a massive giant-robot showdown. A shining example of the Hollywood summer blockbuster at its best, TRANSFORMERS combines stunning CGI effects and thrilling action sequences with drama, humour, and a touch of romance. Featuring a large cast that includes Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Anthony Anderson, and Rachael Taylor, the film is anchored by LaBeouf, who always displays an engaging Everyman charm, whether he’s running from colossal robots, interacting with his well-meaning parents (hilariously played by Kevin Dunn and Julie White), or pining for his gorgeous classmate (Megan Fox). While some TRANSFORMERS purists may be dismayed by certain aspects of this bold big-screen adaptation (Bumblebee is a Camaro instead of a Volkswagen), the movie balances its spectacle with an admirable amount of substance, giving it an appeal far beyond pre-teen boys and their nostalgic Autobot-loving elders.

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