Transformers Trilogy (Transformers / Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

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For a limited time get Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon together in this DVD pack. See how the battle unfolds as Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) and the Autobots™ battle the Decepticons™ in an epic showdown for the survival of mankind.Transformers

“I bought a car. Turned out to be an alien robot. Who knew?” deadpans Sam Witwicky, hero and human heart of Michael Bay’s rollicking robot-smackdown fest, Transformers. Witwicky (the sweetly nerdy Shia LaBeouf, channeling a young John Cusack) is the perfect counterpoint to the nearly nonstop exhilarating action. The plot is simple: an alien civil war (the Autobots vs. the evil Decepticons) has spilled onto Earth, and young Sam is caught in the fray by his newly purchased souped-up Camaro. Which has a mind–and identity, as a noble-warrior robot named Bumblebee–of its own. The effects, especially the mind-blowing transformations of the robots into their earthly forms and back again, are stellar.

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

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Pure. Popcorn. Entertainment. That’s an exact classification of director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Think of Transformers 1 on crack. In other words, this sequel took all of the extreme elements that made fans love the first movie and increased them exponentially. The action is nonstop, with battles and explosions from start to finish. The camera (without any subtlety) exploits Megan Fox’s hotness to the max. As if she weren’t enough, a new sex kitten (Isabel Lucas) is thrown into the equation. Shia LaBeouf is as charismatic as ever, and fills the starring role with ease. And then there’s the humor. Sam’s parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White)provided some semi-raunchy laugh-out-loud moments in the first movie, but now they take it to the next level. Sometimes it seems like they are trying a little too hard, but it is still hilarious.

As far as the “plot” goes, the writers didn’t waste much time–it’s really just a context for the giant-robot death matches and dramatic slow-mo sequences. The movie kicks off two years later where the Autobots have formed an alliance with the U.S. government, creating an elite team led by Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel), in an effort to snuff out any remaining Decepticons that show up. The bad guys keep coming, and it turns out that a much more menacing force than Megatron is out there–and it is looking for something on Earth that is tied to the very origin of the Transformers race. Fans of the franchise will be delighted by the addition of many new robot characters (there are well over 40 in the sequel, versus only 13 in the first). The second Transformers has shaped up to be one of the worst reviewed and most successful movies of all time. This strange pairing is really just an indication that this movie has one purpose: to entertain. The creators didn’t want to waste time bogging down the action and drama with substance–which was arguably a good decision. –Jordan Thompson

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Talk about “transforming.” Michael Bay tested the patience of even the most devoted Transformers fan with the second installment of the franchise, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but the hyperactive director bounces back in energetic form with number three, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. From the long opening sequence (a zany alternate-history reading of the NASA moon program, complete with cameos by John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon) through the predictably extended action climax, Bay is actually on his best behavior. Sure, his taste is as vulgar as ever (is introducing your leading lady via a lingering butt shot part of the director’s personal signature?), but the story line is streamlined and the action is coherent: the constant chop-chop of the fighting sequences in Revenge is gone, replaced by a long-take approach that actually shows us who’s fighting who. Plus, it’s hard to resist a tilting skyscraper that allows the protagonists to slide down its glassy exterior. I know, right?

Shia LaBeouf returns, armed with a new and improbably bodacious girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley); although initially unemployed, he’s drawn back into protecting the planet from giant outer-space robots, as the Decepticons menace the Earth once again. John Turturro and Josh Duhamel return to help, and Frances McDormand and John Malkovich join the club. Let’s reduce critical expectations and say that if you’re going to make a dumb movie about mass destruction, this is the way to do it (and if that sounds like faint praise, compare the movie to its abysmal predecessor). Throw in Hangover funnyman Ken Jeong, computer nerd Alan Tudyk doing a German accent, and the voice of Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime, and you’ve got yourself a three-ring circus of extremely spirited nonsense. Just how Michael Bay wants it. –Robert Horton

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3 Responses to Transformers Trilogy (Transformers / Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

  1. Transformers Emporium says:
    48 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Spec’s For This Item.. Thanks James, December 27, 2011
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    Transformers Emporium (Florida, U.S.A.) –

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    The 7-Disc Limited Collectorfs Edition Blu-ray Trilogy includes all three films in high definition,
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon in high definition 3D, more than 10 hours of bonus material,
    as well as a plaque of movie images signed by director Michael Bay. Disc specifications are as follows:

    “Transformers (2 Disc Special Edition Blu-ray )”

    Disc 1:

    ¡Feature film in high 1080p definition
    ¡Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby
    ¡Digital Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
    ¡Commentary by Michael Bay

    Disc 2:

    Our World
    ¡The Story Sparks – Steven Spielberg discusses his love for the franchise and early concept art for the film. Explores how the writers adapted the cartoon into a live action movie and why Michael Bay is the perfect director for the film.
    ¡Human Allies – A look at how the actors were selected and their experiences on the set.
    ¡ Fight Giant Robots – An exploration of the military training that Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson underwent for their roles and the various stunts that the actors were asked to perform.
    ¡Battleground – A piece on the senior officials from the Department of Defense and Air Force who consulted on the film to give it authenticity and the key locations that the U.S. government provided access to.

    Their War
    ¡Rise of the Robots – Explores the interaction between Hasbro designers and Michael Bay to bring the toy line roaring to life.
    ¡AUTOBOTS Roll Out – Michael Bay discusses working with Chevy and its designers and the modifications that were made to the cars seen in the film.
    ¡DECEPTICONS Strike – The film’s military advisors discuss the “toys” they allowed the production to borrow: F-22 Raptors, Ospreys and A-10 Warthogs.
    ¡Inside the AllSpark – ILM’s digital artists discuss the challenges of bringing the TRANSFORMERS to life.

    More Than Meets The Eye
    ¡From Script to Sand: The SKORPONOK Desert Attack – An in-depth look at the making of this particularly epic and challenging scene from initial storyboarding through production and visual effects.
    ¡Concepts – Early sketch concepts of the robots.
    ¡Trailers

    “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2 Disc Special Edition Blu-ray)”
    Disc 1:

    ¡Feature film in high 1080p definition
    ¡Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English
    ¡Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese
    ¡Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

    Disc 2:
    The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen–This multi-chapter documentary
    ¡chronicles the entire creation of the film and includes interviews with the cast and crew:
    ¡Seeds of Vengeance – Development and Design – After the overwhelming success of 2007’s Transformers, how do the filmmakers top themselves for the sequel?
    ¡Domestic Destruction – Production: United States – Michael Bay believes in going big: Big action and big explosions. Cast and crew are pushed to the limit as they traverse the U.S. from New Mexico to Pennsylvania.
    ¡Joint Operations – Production: Military – No other filmmaker in the world enjoys the kind of military access and cooperation Michael Bay has. Here we see just how efficient our armed forces are and the awe and respect shown by the cast.
    ¡Wonders of the World – Production: Middle East – You can’t really reproduce Egypt anywhere but Egypt so off we go to Giza and Luxor.
    ¡Start Making Sense – Editing – In order to turn over the massive amount of film as quickly as possible to VFX, four editors work tirelessly in a unique tag-team approach to shape the film.
    ¡Under the Gun – Visual Effects – Revenge of the Fallen features the most complicated VFX in film history. So complicated in fact that the filmmakers were unsure they would make the deadline. The DEVASTATOR VFX alone required 83% of ILM’s total render farm capacity.
    ¡Running the Gauntlet – Post-Production and Release – Working seven days a week, Michael Bay and company usher the film through sound design, Digital Intermediate color-timing and a globe-trotting whirlwind of premieres.
    ¡A Day with Bay: Tokyo–An intimate and fun all-access journey with Michael Bay as he travels to Tokyo, Japan for the world premiere of the biggest film of the year.
    ¡25 Years of TRANSFORMERS–Access an all-new featurette celebrating a monumental milestone for one of Hasbro’s most successful and popular franchises.
    ¡NEST: Transformer Data-Hub–Explore conceptual artwork created by the production for 12 of the most popular AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS from the…

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  2. Human says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What’s in the box…, June 19, 2012
    By 
    Human

    Each movie is in its own case, with the standard art inserts, and contains Disc 1 for each title. What you’re getting when buying this is just the movies themselves. For a simple person like me who doesn’t enjoy watching the ‘Bonus 13 Extra Hours of Phenomenal Special Footage’, I found this set to be exactly what I wanted.

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  3. M. Rivera says:
    54 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Trilogy Special Features missing 2nd discs, January 13, 2012
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    M. Rivera (Georgia USA) –
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    So tempted to give the trilogy packaging 1 star…
    Each of the blu-ray movie packages are 1 disc. The first two movies 1st discs both say “Disc 1 Feature Film” so where’s Disc 2?
    A special feature on the Transformers blu-ray called h.u.d. (heads up display = trivia information) mentions “See Disc 2 for more information on primacord”. Where’s Disc 2?
    There is “bd live” functionality which allows access to other special features if you have internet access.
    Still, the question about the h.u.d. where it said “See Disc 2 for more information on primacord”. I haven’t watched all of the items on bd live, but couldn’t they have changed that quote on h.u.d. to say “See ‘bd live docummentary [entitled…]’ for more information on primacord” if it is available live?
    I remember on the DVD there was a deleted scene at a pawn shop in Mission City where the walkie-talkies where purchased. The “bd live” has two deleted scenes, neither of which are the one at the pawn shop. They didn’t think we’d miss it I guess.
    At this point, I’m still feeling like somethings missing.

    I enjoy special features. If I knew this trilogy did not contain all of the material (2nd disks), I would not have bought it.
    On Transformers: Dark of the Moon blu-ray included in the trilogy, you can change to various subtitles and you can change the audio settings, that’s it. There are no commentaries, “bd live” or any other special features. Booo

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