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Transformers

Transformers

Released: July 3, 2007

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Music From the Transformers Trilogy>

Music From the Transformers Trilogy
Silva (SILCD 1365)

Released: August 16, 2011

Format: CD (60 min)

Transformers: The Score>

Transformers: The Score
Warner Brothers Records (298812-2)

Released: October 9, 2007

Format: CD (59 min)

Transformers: The Album>

Transformers: The Album
Warner Brothers Records (220348-2)

Released: July 3, 2007

Format: CD (43 min)

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Super Themes>

Super Themes
Silva Screen

Released: September 17, 2012

Format: CD (114 min)

Superheroes Assemble>

Superheroes Assemble
BSX Records

Released: August 28, 2012

Format: Digital (48 min)


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"THE FOCUS"
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"GUADALAJARA"
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"TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES"
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"THIS MOMENT"
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"DRIVE"
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"I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)"
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"BABY COME BACK"
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"WHAT I'VE DONE"
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"PASSION'S KILLING FLOOR"
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"BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE (SAM AND MIKAELA'S THEME)"
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"SECOND TO NONE"
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Movie Review: Transformers (2-disc SE DVD / HD-DVD / Blu-ray)

by Dan Goldwasser
on September 6th, 2008
[3.5 / 5] printable

Michael Bay's Transformers was one of the biggest hits of 2008, pulling in well over $300 million domestically.  The Steven Spielberg executive-produced film focuses on the Autobots and Decepticons racing against each other to find the "AllSpark", a source of energy that - depending on who controls it - could determine the fate of the galaxy.  Caught in the middle is Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), whose grandfather discovered the secret location to the AllSpark.  The film is a delightful mix of high-octane action, goofy comedy and groundbreaking visual effects wrapped in a terrible script.  It's easily one of the most enjoyable bad movies I've seen in a long time.

To celebrate the release of Transformers on home video, Paramount/Dreamworks originally released a single disc DVD release, a two disc "Special Edition", and a HD-DVD. Now they finally have come full circle, with a Blu-ray release, that (if you can believe it) looks even better than the HD-DVD.

The DVD Release:
On DVD, the film gets a gorgeous transfer, allowing Mitchell Amundsen's high contrast and deeply saturated image to pop.  It might seem hyper-real, but that's typical for a Michael Bay film.  Similarly, the 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is aggressive and loud, showcased primarily during the action sequences.  Steve Jablonsky's anthemic music score is also pumped up at times, making the whole experience immersive.  While 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks are provided for English, French and Spanish, unfortunately there is no dts audio track - that would have really made this disc awesome.  The only extra on this first disc is a commentary by Michael Bay.  Like his previous commentaries, there is a lot of information, and his casual demeanor makes it informative and somewhat enjoyable to listen to as he talks about the production and process of making the film.  Unfortunately, he also seems to get engrossed with the film at times, resulting in some gaps where he's not speaking.

The second disc has a wealth of special features, in the form of three major sections.  "Our World" runs nearly 50-minutes and includes featurettes on the story development ("The Story Sparks"), casting ("Human Allies"), production, stunts ("I Fight Giant Robots") and location shooting and visual effects ("Battleground").  "Their War" is over an hour long, and focuses on the robots in the film. "Rise of the Robots" looks at the transition to live action from the animated series, "Autobots Roll Out" focuses on the hero robots and "Decepticons Strike" looks at the villain robots.  "Inside the AllSpark" looks at the visual effects and more action sequences.  Finally, "More Than Meets the Eye" has a featurette showing the desert attack sequence from the script stage through to the final sequence ("From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack").  "Concepts" has production art set to Jablonsky's score, and the theatrical teaser and two trailers are included as well.

There are a few Easter Eggs on these discs, including behind-the-scenes of a few deleted moments from the film.  Sadly, no true deleted scenes are included on the set anywhere, and there was also nothing about the music in the film.  Overall it's a very solid set, with just enough behind-the-scenes details to satisfy the "special edition" label.

HD-DVD/Blu-ray Addendum:
If you can do it, the high-def release of Transformers is definitely the way to go.  Released as 2-disc sets, the HD-DVD and Blu-ray releases contain all of the material in the DVD version discussed above, but with a few changes.

Firstly, the image quality is great - transferred at 1080p and compressed with the AVC MPEG-4 compression format, the superior image quality allows you to see all the intricate detail that Industrial Light and Magic put into their visual effects (especially the transformations), as well as showcase Mitchell Amundsen's high-contrast and colorful cinematography.  The deep saturation on occasion makes the actors look a little orange, but that's how it was in the film - so it's a rather faithful representation of the cinematic experience.  Taking full advantage of the higher disc capacity present on the Blu-ray release allowed the encoding to be done at a higher bitrate than the HD-DVD version.  So while it's the same transfer, it looks even better!

Adding to that is the audio, which on HD-DVD is limited to a very dynamic and punchy Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround Sound track, but on Blu-ray (again, the better format with larger disc capacity) allows for a reference quality.  The sound is crisp, loud and deep - punching you in the gut during the action sequences (better turn down your subwoofer lest the neighbors complain), and dialogue is very well balanced as well.

For the supplements, all of the extras described above are included in full HD (1080p/AVC MPEG-4), but Paramount went a step further with a few HD-exclusive features.  Starting on Disc 1, aside from the same Michael Bay commentary track as the DVD release, the disc includes a "Transformers H.U.D. (Heads Up Display)" picture-in-picture feature.  As the movie plays, you will be treated to trivia pop-ups, animatics, production B-roll footage, interviews, and ADR sessions for the voice actors (including some good alternate takes by Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen).  Unlike the recent Beowulf Blu-ray release, activating the HUD on the fly is not permitted, making you start the film all over instead of being able to turn it on and off at will.

The disc also includes some "Web Enabled Features" using HDi (on the HD-DVD) and BD-Live (on the Blu-ray disc).  So, if you have your player hooked up to the internet, you can download some exclusive content from Paramount to enhance your viewing experience.  So far these include something called "Intelligence Mode", which includes a display ("Robot Status Alerts") that shows the status of every robot in the film, including their health bar (during the fights, watch it decrease!). "GPS Tracker" shows you where the action on screen is taking place, and the "Data Panel" gives you a somewhat expanded (and snarky) take on the trivia-track popup.  The HDi featured seven "Sector 7 Transmissions", (which are small video files you can download that show you various "sightings" of robots, usually through security camera feeds), but those are missing from the BD-Live version. (They are amusing but ultimately nothing you need to keep.)  Similarly, there's a "Menubots" feature that lets you "skin" the pop-up menu that appears when you watch the movie in the form of your favorite Transformer.  Finally, there is also a "Transformers Profiler", which just lists the production details on various actors and crew members, with a bit of making-of info.  It's like having the production notes given to the press at the advance screenings, but right on your screen to reference as the film plays.  It doesn't interact with the movie.

On the second disc, aside from everything from the DVD being presented in stellar HD resolution and quality, there is a new extra called the "Transformers Tech Inspector".  This is a gallery of sorts that lets you view 3D renderings of the various Transformers as they spin 360-degrees.  You can control the direction (left/right), and also the area you want to focus on (Head, Torso, Base).  Additional pop-up artwork shows renderings of detailed areas.  It's a neat widget and lets you get a sense of the phenomenal level of detail that the visual effects artists put into their work.

If you can do it, Transformers is best viewed in high definition. HD-DVD is pretty much dead by now, so Blu-ray is the obvious choice.  The superior image and audio quality makes it a reference disc, with plenty to show off to your friends.  The movie looks great, and the supplements are given the same treatment.  It's how all films should be done in - as a minimum!  I look forward to seeing more studios and filmmakers take advantage of the new high definition media to let viewers really dig into the making of their films.

Movie Review: Transformers

by Dan Goldwasser
on July 1st, 2007
[3.5 / 5] printable

I've never been a big fan of Transformers. That isn't to say I wouldn't enjoy the television show, toys, or original animated film; I just never got into it. So when I saw the new Michael Bay live-action version of Transformers, it was not from the standpoint of a long-time fan. The story is pretty straightforward. The Autobots (good guys) and Decepticons (bad guys) have been waging war against each other for a long time. The "All-Spark" apparently came to earth a long time ago, and Megatron (the leader of the Decepticons) came after it, because it's a source of unlimited power, and whoever wields the All-Spark will win the war. Thrust into the middle of this battle is Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), a somewhat gawky teen who wants to impress the hot girl (Megan Fox) with his new used car - which just happens to be an Autobot in disguise.

Soon Sam discovers that his great-grandfather discovered the secret to the location of the All-Spark, and he and Mikaela (Fox) are soon escaping from evil giant robots, and encountering friendly ones. The leader of the Autobots is Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), and together they all try to find the All-Spark before the Decepticons can get their hands on it. There's a whole parallel story in the meantime involving the U.S. military, and their attempts to figure out what is going on, and as we approach the climax of the film, all the storylines converge, and large action mayhem ensues.

And let's be perfectly frank - that's what people want from this film. Michael Bay's films aren't exactly known for their character depth and emotion, and even good dialogue is rarely present in his movies. But, the man knows how to shoot action sequences that are eye-popping, and with Industrial Light and Magic delivering some amazing visual effects, this is clearly the big summer action movie. The pacing is good, and the movie never boring. The actors manage to deliver convincingly against characters that weren't added until post, and by the time the movie ends (with an appropriate opening for a sequel), you've been through one hell of a ride.

At times, the editing and choreography is a bit overwhelming, but that's typical Bay territory. We get his trademarked camera moves (especially that nice 360 degree rotation when Optimus Prime transforms towards the end of the film), and the music score by Steve Jablonsky is appropriately loud and energy-driven. It's not clear how much of an influence Steven Spielberg (who executive produced the film) had in the end result, but there are a few moments that clearly benefited from his touch.

Transformers is poised to be the big summer movie smash that it was expected to be. Fans of the film seem to be reacting to it positively, and people who haven't really gotten into the whole franchise will probably find something to latch on to and enjoy with it. For me, it was the fun ride, and awesome visuals.



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