- Avail: Now
- Distributed by: Paramount
- Run Time: 144 minutes
Hey folks, Valkor here. It feels pretty good to be back at writing reviews. After two weeks of looking at code, believe me, it's a wonderful change - and change is very good. And what a great way to start off the new TOV than with a new format aka Blu-Ray. Although this film was released in 2007, the BD didn't hit shelves until last year, and I held off not buying the DVD just for the hi-def version of "Transformers: The Movie".
On the planet Cybertron, two factions of robots existed: Autobots and Decepticons. These robots were a race of sentient beings, constantly at war with each other, all in the name of a cube known as "The All Spark". The All Spark gives life to new robots, but was one day lost into space, and without the Cube, Cybertron fell. So both Autobots and Decepticon went in search of it, leading them to Earth. The Autobots, with the help of human Sam Witwicky, and a set of clues left behind by his grandfather, go in search of the cube before the Decepticons can get their hands on it. They're war, Our world indeed.
If you wanna read more about the film, just head on over to my review [HERE]; believe me I can't sing any more praise about the film than I already did there... or can I?
Transformers: The Movie was originally released in hi-def on HD-DVD. And we know how that format turned out. But the film was visually stunning; I'm talking you could pause the flick at any given moment and make out intricate details, especially when the bots are on the scene; you could even make out tiny individual components that make up each robot. I especially loved pausing at the end and examining a battle-damaged Optimus Prime. On the audio front, you have English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 as well as Spanish and French Dolby 5.1 The sound quality isn't as crisp as I would like it, but it does sound damn good, especially the small details like when the bots transform, to bullets shooting up... well everything! Awesome!
The film comes packed with two discs; the first is the film and a small set of extras, but the second disc is where it's at. I'm not the biggest fan when it comes to extras, but what the hell I loved the extras on this disc because the producers who put this together really got into just what makes this film great. From the actors, to the voice cast, even how much the military was involved, it's all here. Some personal favorites of mine are "Autobots Roll Out", which discusses the cars and how they were used in the film. And "Decepticon Strikes", which goes into how the military was actively involved in bringing this film together.
When the film was released in theaters back in 2007, the reaction it received was literally split down the middle and you either hated it or loved. I'm on the loved it side and I love it even more in all its hi-def glory. So if you're a fan of the film and you haven't picked up any home version, then definitely add this one to your collection. You have a great, fun film, and some very informative extras that really round out this amazing package. I originally gave the film 4 stars and for the BD I'm gonna take it up a notch and give the disc a 4.5 and it's been Valkor tested and TOV approved.