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TRANSFORMERS ($37) could possibly be the best over-the-top, mindless action movie ever adapted from an animated television series that was inspired by a toy. Considering the source material, I certainly didnít have any expectations going into this flick; however, TRANSFORMERS really kicks ass and I seriously doubt it was taking any names. TRANSFORMERS is all action spectacle, and a perfectly realized one for that matter. Surprisingly, for a movie like TRANSFORMERS, the acting is really good, despite the fact that the script is little more than a springboard to propel the characters from one hypnotic, adrenalin charged, action sequence to the next.

The premise of TRANSFORMERS finds the warring factions of the Autobots and Decepticons from the planet Cybertron arriving on Earth, in search of the Allspark, a device capable of bringing machines to life. The Autobots and Decepticons are they themselves living machines, whose ongoing war has destroyed their home world- a fate that could befall the Earth, thanks to their presence. As we soon learn, the Autobots are the good guys, who want to protect humanity, while the Decepticons are the bad guys who will enslave or destroy humanity, if they are able to locate the Allspark first. Shia LaBeouf is Sam Witwicky, the teenager who finds pulled into the middle of the conflict, due to the fact he possesses an artifact that is a virtual roadmap to the Allspark. The cast of TRANSFORMERS also includes Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Michael O'Neill, Kevin Dunn, Peter Cullen, Julie White, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Ryan, Zack Ward, Luis Echagarruga and Bernie Mac.

Dreamworks Home Entertainment has made TRANSFORMERS available on DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Dazzling, phenomenal, spectacular all would be accurate ways to describe how TRANSFORMERS looks on DVD. Sharpness is absolutely first rate and the picture produces an excellent level of detail. The image is stylized to offer a flavor of gritty realism, which makes the CGI effects seem more natural. Colors deeply saturated, plus the flesh tones are wonderfully appealing. Hues appear rock solid and are rendered without incident. Blacks are pitch perfect and the whites are stable. Both the levels of contrast and shadow detail are top of the line. The film elements used for the transfer are virtually pristine. There is some apparent grain throughout the presentation, but this is a stylistic choice. Digital compression artifacts are always well camouflaged.

TRANSFORMERS features an incredibly potent Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack that kicks you to next week and back again. The sound design aggressively makes use of all of the outlying channels for the numerous action sequences, with everything coming to explosive life. Sound effects are distinct and move around the soundstage effortlessly. Fidelity is truly excellent; with convincing sound effects and full bodied music. The bass channel is deep and truly ground shaking. Dialogue is crisp and maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish 5.1 channel soundtracks have also been encoded onto the DVD, as have English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been spread across both discs of this set. Disc one features a running Audio Commentary with director Michael Bay. Moving on to disc two, one will find the remainder of the supplemental programming, which is broken up into three sections: Our World, Their War and More Than Meets the Eye. Our World features four separate programs: The Story Sparks, Human Allies, I Fight Giant Robots and Battleground, which cover various phases of story development and production. Their War also features four separate programs: Rise of the Robots, Autobots Roll Out, Decepticons Strike, and Inside The Allspark, which looks at the origins of the toys and characters, design changes for the movie, vehicle designs utilized for the movie and the CGI work. More Than Meets the Eye breaks down action and effects sequences, provides conceptual artwork and some trailer.

As mindless action movies go, TRANSFORMERS is just about perfect. Itís an adrenalin rush that just does not stop, in addition to being a tremendous looking and sounding DVD. Absolutely recommended.



Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007)



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