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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Blu-rayIt’s difficult to think really far outside the box for the fourth film in a popular franchise. With Michael Bay’s latest big blockbuster movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, comes a new cast, new robots and a plotline that incorporates dinosaurs. It’s an explosion of movement and metal that looks great on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, it’s also a 2 hour and 45 minute endeavor that drags on, even with masterful special effects and a fresh new cast fronting the film.
The length plays a huge part in Transformers: Age of Extincton’s problems. Long after we are introduced to bankrupt inventor Cade (Mark Wahlberg), his employee, Lucas (T.J. Miller), his daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and her fast-driving boyfriend Shane (Jack Reynor), we still have hours of explosive car chase sequences, as well as fights in the air and on the ground in the US and, randomly, China. Fans of action sequences should not mind in the least. Everyone else will find the plot, which follows a merry band of autobots fighting the bad guys, wearing thin with an hour left to go.
Adding to the stress is the film’s blatant product placement. At one point, Stanley Tucci’s Joshua Joyce is demonstrating the new technology he has discovered that mimics the Transformers’ abilities to transform. He can shape these little pieces of unearthly metal into whatever he wants. He first chooses to turn the metal into a Beats Pill speaker, literally announcing, "It’s a Beats Pill." A movie with this many expensive explosions will probably take any additional funding it can get, but a little respect for the audience never hurt.
Still, the movie rambles on pleasantly enough, with the various Transformers and Cade’s comments towards his daughter’s secret boyfriend bringing humor to the movie. Beyond all of this, Paramount Home Media Distribution’s set is extremely nice. Fans who purchase the Blu-ray will get the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD copy, as well as a separate Blu-ray bonus disc that is full of extras.
You can order Transformers: Age of Extinction at a ridiculous sale price right now over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: Besides the "T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie" feature, most of the extras are extremely in-depth featurettes looking at the mythology of Transformers and the making of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The cheekily named "Just Another Giant Effin Movie" features a montage of explosions before going into detail about how certain important scenes were shot. But the mother of all extras is "Evolution Within Extinction," a seven-part documentary that literally dissects every aspect of the film. There’s a look at concept art and we get to hear from producers and the people on the ground asking the actors to react to scenes that would be finished with VFX later on. Car fans will be pleased to get an entire section devoted to the new cars in the film, as well as the custom built truck for Optimus Prime. Locations for shots, including the wind tunnel and the abandoned Uptown Theatre, are explored. The list goes on and on. Be sure to check it out if you purchase the set.
Full List Of Extras:
"Bay on Action"
"Evolution Within Extinction"
"Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie"
"A Spark Of Design"
"T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie"
Other September 30 ReleasesHere at Cinema Blend, we are big fans of Chef, Jon Favreau’s thoughtful film about a chef who stands up for his principles in the kitchen and quits his job because of it. The rest of the film follows Chef Carl (Favreau) as he moves forward and figures out how to get back to cooking in a meaningful manner. There’s plenty of other plot points regarding Carl and his personal life, but one of the most exciting pieces of the film is the way it explores kitchen dynamics and food. Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray set is available on Amazon.
This week isn’t a huge week for releases, but fans of the classics should be intrigued by the Gone With The Wind: 75th Anniversary. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s set has collectible packaging, and comes with memorabilia, including a paperweight and Rhett Butler’s handkerchief. Additionally, buyers will be treated to footage from the original movie premiere. The set is not as pricey as you might expect, but you can decide for yourself, here.
You can check out some more of this week’s releases, below. Unless otherwise noted, sets are available on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Transformers: Age of Extinction – Limited Edition Gift Set
24: Live Another Day
The Mentalist: Season 6 DVD
Are You Here
Once Upon A Time In America: Extended Director’s Edition
Audrey Hepburn Collection Blu-ray
Interview With The Vampire: 20th Anniversary