With just a few weeks left of the summer movie season, you’ve probably had enough CGI, robots, explosions, and epic battles to last you until next year, at least. But if you’re still craving action, you can continue the adventure when Paramount Home Entertainment releases one of this summer’s biggest moneymakers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, on DVD and Blu-ray October 20th.
There’s the human-friendly Autobots and the evil Decepticons, and they don’t like each other very much. They fight and there’s tons of explosions and twisted metal. The end.
Okay, there is a plot, but it certainly plays second fiddle to the massive battles and explosions. Just before heading off to college Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) finds a shard of the AllSpark. It isn’t until Sam is at school that he realizes that by touching the shard his mind has been flooded with symbols. When assembled correctly they reveal the location of the Matrix of Leadership and the key that activates the Sun Harvester, which has the power to drain the stars of their energy. When the Decepticons find out Sam can lead them to the Matrix, his college education is put on hold and he teams up with girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox), roommate Leo (Ramon Rodriguez), old friend Seymour Simmons (John Turturro) from the defunct Sector 7, and the Autobots to ensure the information doesn’t fall into Decepticon hands.
When you’ve got a movie of such epic proportions, the DVD and BD must follow suit. You can keep it simple with the single-disc DVD for $19.99, but if 150 minutes of Transformers
just isn’t enough, you can kick it up a serious notch with the two-disc DVD for $24.99. The five extra bucks gets you a monumental amount of bonus material. You can see a complete list of this material below, which most notably includes a documentary chronicling the entire filmmaking process. This piece is separated into chapters and consists of cast interviews focusing on the exotic set locations, experience working with the U.S. military, and more. For the ultimate upgrade, you can go for the two-disc Blu-ray set, which includes everything on the two-disc DVD version as well as “The ALLSPARK Experiment,” “NEST: Transformers Data-Hub,” “Giant Effing Movie,” and “The Matrix of Marketing.” “The ALLSPARK Experiment” sounds especially impressive. It allows you to build and activate your own transformer using the power of the AllSpark. If you apply the AllSpark to particular combinations, you enable new robot characters. Once you’ve uncovered all four, you’re granted access to a rogue vehicle and top-secret message about the Transformers
movie franchise. BD owners can also utilize special augmented reality technology enabling them to interact with a holographic image of Optimus Prime via webcams. Their mission will be to recover the pieces of the Matrix of Leadership in order to bring Optimus back to life.
The special edition DVD and BD are just as complex as the film. So, if you enjoyed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, you’re likely to enjoy these sets.
- Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
- 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 film.
- Deconstructing Visual Bayhem with Commentary by Pre-Vis Supervisor Steve Yamamoto – A series of multi-angle pre-visualization sequences allowing viewers to learn how some of the film's most spectacular scenes were created, with an introduction by Michael Bay.
- Extended Scenes
- Music Video: Linkin Park's "New Divide"
Everything included on the two-disc DVD as well as…
- The ALLSPARK Experiment – Viewers get their chance to unleash the power of the recently recovered ALLSPARK shard on Earth vehicles. Begin by selecting and customizing a vehicle with a selection of parts and accessories. Then apply the ALLSPARK to this creation and watch what happens. Applying the ALLSPARK to certain custom combinations enables four new robot characters with special powers. If viewers discover all four, they unlock a fifth vehicle, which reveals a top secret message about the future of the Transformers movie franchise.
- NEST: Transformer Data-Hub – A database of some of the Transformers characters that appear in the new film, offering users access to each robot's confidential file, including innovative 3D spin galleries of each robot and a timeline for each Transformers character charting its origins, back story, and design evolution from toys to animated series to comics and finally feature films.
- Giant Effing Movie – A very personal look at the making of the movie.
- The Matrix of Marketing – An archive of the film's promotional media including trailers, posters, and television spots.