The camera moves through an intricate red maze of moving images from the movie, with the maze eventually revealing itself to be the interior of the Decepticon logo. The menu options, however, do not change throughout all this.
Rated "PG-13" by the Motion Picture Association of America
(intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material)
"With the All Spark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And Fate has yielded its reward: a new world to call home. We live among its people- hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there’s more to them than meets the eye. I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to all Autobots taking refuge among the stars: We are here, we are waiting."
--epilogue from “Transformers” (2007)
With those words, a beacon was sent, alerting the cosmos to our presence in a way we never imagined. Some Autobots responded, but more Decepticons- learning of the death of Megatron- came to seek revenge, to take the throne of their faction for themselves, or simply to see that their leader was truly gone and wonder what would happen next. Two years after the All Spark Cube was destroyed, the Autobots have sought asylum in the United States, and they work closely with its government to form N.E.S.T. (Non-biological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty) to cooperate in tracking down arrant Decepticons hiding on Earth and keep the human race unawares amidst growing conspiracies. But with increasing alien activity across the world, it is suspected that the Autobots themselves may be encouraging Decepticons to come to Earth by their very presence here, and the relationship is beginning to become strained. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky has gone to college, but on his first day he begins uncontrollably spouting gibberish like his great-grandfather over a hundred years earlier. It is discovered that he now retains, deep in his mind, the full knowledge of the destroyed All Spark Cube! Learning of this, the Decepticons steal the last shard of the All Spark, and rebuild Megatron. Teleporting himself to another dimension, Megatron consults with his master- an ancient and evil traitor known as The Fallen, who is the leader of all Decepticons. The Fallen plans to harvest Earth’s Sun for Energon at the cost of destroying the planet as he would have thousands of years ago were he not driven off by the Dynasty of Primes- the original leaders of Cybertron. But to do this, The Fallen must recover the long-lost Matrix of Leadership from the secret Tomb of the Primes- which Sam now holds the only key to finding- to activate the Solar Harvester. And the last surviving descendant of the Dynasty- Optimus Prime- is the only one who can stop The Fallen now…
As a special bonus, the film is displayed in “Big Screen” format. During filming, giant 70mm Image Maximum (aka IMAX) cameras were used during certain action sequences to bring a higher level of immersion for audiences in the four-story-tall theaters. (I.e., the width of the image never changes, only the height.) This has been preserved here- at times, your screen will automatically switch from the standard Anamorphic Widescreen format (16:9) to IMAX (1.44:1), providing you with the same massive views at home!
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IMAX format (1.44:1)
(I can tell you from personal experience- since I saw the movie in Digital IMAX- that it is absolutely jaw-dropping!)
Decepticon Starscream appears on the left side of the Menu, but he does not move.
The film’s audio is presented primarily in 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, with options for French and Spanish audio tracks.
Subtitles are also available in English, French, and Spanish.
Additionally, a single running filmmaker’s commentary is included, featuring director/executive producer Michael Bay, and writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, who all provide their insight and stories into the making of “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen”, and how the project came to be. (The commentary was recorded at different times- Orci and Kurtzman while the film was in final post-production, and Bay at a later time after the film had been out in theaters for a few weeks. However, all three voices are on a single audio track, not separate ones.)
The movie is broken down into twenty chapters.
The camera moves through an intricate blue maze of moving images from the movie, with the maze eventually revealing itself to be the interior of the Autobot logo.
Autobot Ironhide appears on the left side of the Menu, but he does not move.
Subtitles for English, French, and Spanish are included, but no alternate audio tracks.
The Human Factor- Exacting Revenge of the Fallen is a two-hour documentary detailing the concept, design, filming, editing, and release of the film. This takes up the majority of content on the second disc. It is broken down into several sections that highlight specific aspects that can be accessed independently, or there is a Play All option which will automatically jump from one section to the next:
- Seeds of Vengeance - Development and Design
- Domestic Destruction - Production: United States
- Joint Operations - Production: Military
- Wonders of the World - Production: Middle East
- Start Making Sense - Editing
- Under the Gun - Visual Effects
- Running the Gauntlet- Post-Production and Release
A notable difference between the “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen” 2-disc set and the 2-disc set from the first film, “Transformers”, is that there are no detailed interviews with the cast- while we get to hear from them, they are not highlighted as much. Nor are there any interviews with the voices of the Autobots and Decepticons as last time.
Autobot Optimus Prime’s head appears on the right side of the Menu, but he does not move.
A Day With Bay: Tokyo is a short documentary following director Michael Bay as he prepares for the world premier of the film in Tokyo, Japan on June 8th, 2009. We follow him through Japanese press conferences & interviews, walking the red carpet, and after-premier interviews. This even includes doing last-minute consultations & tweaking with his editors and special-effects houses Digital Domain & Industrial Light and Magic as close as two hours before opening… while talking to them online from almost halfway across the world!
25 Years of Transformers is a short documentary showcasing American toy company Hasbro and how they have kept the franchise alive, and their constant efforts to please both children and long-time fans. (If you watch carefully, there are split-second shots of unannounced toys that have yet to be released as of the posting of this review!)
NEST: Transformers Data-Hub is an interactive gallery, containing several still images of select Autobots-
- Optimus Prime
- Skids & Mudflap
- The Fallen
(For characters who return from the first film, there is concept artwork from that movie here as well.)
Deconstructing Visual Bayhem is a selection of pre-visualization & concept animatics that were used in designing the fight scenes for “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen”. There is an optional prologue by Michael Bay explaining what animatics are, and how they are used in the film industry (mostly for shots involving special visual effects). A running audio commentary for each is provided by pre-visualization supervisor Steve Yamamoto, who explains what is being shown, and what was trying to be conveyed in each.
Deleted/Alternate Scenes gives us three examples of scenes that appeared in the movie, but were condensed for time. These are an additional scene involving Sam and Alice before the dorm party, more of Sam’s parents in Paris before the Decepticons begin their invasion, and a short moment after Jetfire sends the humans on their way through the desert.
Linkin Park – New Divide is the full music video for the pop band’s song, “New Divide”, which was specifically written to be included in “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen”.
Theatrical Trailer is the first full trailer of the movie that was show in theaters before it came out in June 2009.
There is one final feature of the 2-DVD set which I am unable to explore and detail here. A new internet technology that is expanding into Hollywood is the interactive webcam. In this case, when you direct the box of this specific DVD set at your webcam, a 3D representation of movie-Optimus Prime will appear on your computer’s screen that you can manipulate!
(Oh… and I wasn’t able to find any Easter Eggs either. Searching online suggests there may not be any in this specific DVD set.)
Conclusions & Comments
I may lose a bit more respect of what I have in CDX when I say I actually like some of Michael Bay’s films (chronologically: “The Rock”, “Armageddon”, and “Transformers”), though I do not consider myself that much of a fan. I learned after buying the 2-disc set of “Transformers” in 2007 that it had been put together without much input from the film’s crew. This time around, however, the lesson was learned, and Bay got a lot more direct control over it. Now, whether this is true or not, I did feel that a majority of the second disc gives almost-single-minded credit and focus on Bay- how he is this genius, he’s one of the fastest-shooting directors, how he likes to get his way, and how you never, ever want to press the “anti-kid fun button” when he is directing a film that you are working on. I think I saw executive producer Steven Spielberg maybe once on the whole disc… praising Bay and how he was perfectly suited to direct the live-action Transformers movie(s). (We heard that from him the first time around too...) Now, everyone gets their due credit (‘cept for maybe the voice actors), but a good share of their time on-camera in the documentaries was talking about Bay and his directing style, etc. Because of the criticisms surrounding the Autobot twins Mudflap and Skids and their purported racial stereotypes in the press and in online forums, I was expecting some kind of comment to be made on the issue; not just in the documentaries, but also in the audio commentary, perhaps even in interviews with their voice actors (Reno Wilson and Tom Kenny respectively). Some of those controversial topics- like the twins- just never come up, and I thought that it was unfair not to address them in some fashion. The Writer’s Guild of America strike in late 2008 is mentioned a good share in the first part of The Human Factor…, but not really in how it may have affected the film. One thing I would liked to have seen this time around, which was missing very much in the first film’s DVD set, was more detailed images of the robots and the creative processes not just in designing them aesthetically but also practically in the computer; some of the challenges faced by the artists in both building and animating them. And since a lot of people complain that the mass of each robot is hard to follow due to their complexity, I would have liked some slowed-down multi-angle video(s) of them transforming, so that we could see where things go, and really admire them out of the context of the film. (The Transfortmers Data-Hub section was insufficient in this role, even though it provides many images which are already available on the net!) A gag reel would also have been nice, something that lacked from the first boxed set as well. As I just said above, I would also have liked interviews with some of the voice actors- notably Peter Cullen (“Optimus Prime”), Frank Welker (“Soundwave”, “Ravage”, “Reedman”, “Grindor”, & “Devastator”), and Charlie Adler (“Starscream”), who were all in the debuting Generation One cartoon from the 1980s and then returned for the first live-action film. And finally, I would have liked an interview with the film’s musical composer, Steve Jablonsky, as music is also an integral part of these films.
Just like the movie itself, there is a lot of information to take in on the second disc, and it will require a second viewing for it to all stick. It’s missing a few small things, but I find it a good offering. And so, All Hail Michael Bay- the awesome guy who single-handedly brought you the most-critically-panned-but-financially-successful movie of 2009, “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen”! This DVD set is a pillar dedicated to you and your genius alone…
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Comments19 comments posted
This was one of the most unequivocally stupid films I've ever seen. While stupidity is a hallmark of the Transformers' storytelling tradition, the hideous, personality-destroying character designs, or virtually every element of this film franchise, is a crime against our intellects, against Transformers, against life itself.
Good review,shows what we get for our money :)
Except the friggin movie itself, of course. The trailers are a lie- they show you a mind blowing super awsome battle of grand scale. The movie itself is a humongous dissapointment and one of the biggest failures in TF history. I tried to like the movie, but can't, it's just too stupid and as far as I can tell most Transformers fans will agree. It's especially demotivating after we saw TF Animated: Transwarped, one of the best feature/ specials bearing Transformers logo in a long time. So, maybe Bay will put effort in his work as well? Surprise! He didn't. The best way to sum up the situation is how Nostalgia Critic called Batman & Robin while concluding his review of the film... which I won't quote for good reasons of taste and potential viewer age.
Thanks for doing a review of this DVD EVA. I know you like these films, and I respect your love for these movies. Maybe this overpriced and weak DVD experience you will change your mind about these films. After getting burned by the 1st Transformers, there was no way i would ever waste any more hours (even seconds!) of my life on another Transformers movie.
Your conclusions at the end are spot on, but not surprising from the Bay front. The movies are about Hollywood actor cameos, not the things you mention wanting in your DVD Extras - g1 voice actors, music, slow-motion transformations - if they slowed it all down, you'd see the motion blur effect they used to complete these lazy, useless films. Speilberg is simply cashing a giant Hasbro check and chucking his name there, and obviously Bay doesn't know or care... no one who works on these type of films cares at all about Transformers or its fans like EVA or others here on CDX. Everyone just wants to get paid (they should become an investment banker and stay away from movies).
These movies are *not* for Transformers fans, or even children. They're for lonely teenagers who want to see half naked girls, and laugh at bad jokes. They're an excuse for bad artists and CGI animators to get paid. They're so the lead actor can get himself further into the Hollywood board rooms, and continue the child-star path him and his mom have had since he was a kid. These movies are a good way for a studio to make a giant robot movie, but not pay for the CGI for the robots. And of course someone like Bay would be very narcissistic and make the extras about him because no one else matters!
These films are a symptom of the horrible society that we live in, and how much contempt Hollywood has for "Nerd Culture" and how much love it has for "Meathead Culture"- where a woman's value is in how curvy her hips are; it's better to be ironic and funny than to actually do anything, someone else will do it for you; make the story simple, but make the plot confusing to give the illusion of story movement and depth; and how as long as you have big explosions and giant CGI bills, everything will work out.
In the end, this movie will join its brother in the great sci-fi movie failures section, like "Judge Dredd" and "Waterworld" - two movies in the 90's that I remember people defending up and down the way folks do these Transformers films, and we all know what folks think of these now.
"In the end, this movie will join its brother in the great sci-fi movie failures section, like "Judge Dredd" and "Waterworld" - two movies in the 90's that I remember people defending up and down the way folks do these Transformers films, and we all know what folks think of these now."
Big R, you're definitely one of the good guys who knows how to fight.;)
"In the end, this movie will join its brother in the great sci-fi movie failures section, like "Judge Dredd" and "Waterworld" - two movies in the 90's that I remember people defending up and down the way folks do these Transformers films, and we all know what folks think of these now."
QFT! I didn't see it, but once you mentioned "Judge Dredd", your point shown like a beacon of truth. Listen people, for this man has wisdom.
You know,I really hate the elitist attitude most scifi/comic/videogame/whatever "nerds" all seem to have these days,where we all have to wear a beret,smoke cloves,and drink a latte while discussing films (not movies-films!) while displaying a total lack of joy or the ability to have fun. I find it odd that most internet posters I come across act this way while openly shouting their love for cartoons like G1 Transformers,Thundercats,Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors,or other shows that require a large suspension of disbelief. It really seems to me like a geeky version of your dad talking about the good ol days.
I also have never understood the attitude many,many G1 Transformers fans have where they have to pretend the series froze in 1989 and can never progress. I don't mind the Fallen,Prentenders,or even Drift.
With all that being said,this is just not that great of a movie. I had a lot of fun watching it,I cracked up at a lot of the jokes. I thought the wrecking balls were funny (sorry,Ebert) and I even laughed at Mudflap and Skids(how is a robot talking like Eminem racist?).
I'm a Transformers fan though,and they deserved a real movie. Anyone who has flipped through 1 Transformers comic knows the concept can support a whole universe of cool characters and plots.
I still think the Waterworld comparison is a little harsh,I think these will be remembered more like the Star Wars prequels: movies that povided a decent amount of entertainment but failed to come even close to the quality the name promised. I doubt they'll be a staple of too many Blu Ray collections 15 years from now.
I have to disagree on the CGI. I can't comprehend how you could consider the CGI bad,the believable robots were to me what made the rest of it worth sitting through. I'll admit I miss the Japanese 80's aesthetic,and I think it's safe to say ALL of us on CDX prefer that aesthetic,but as far as the actual effects work,I think it's as good as it could have been.
Of the six postings above this one, kidnicky, I seemed to like yours the most, even though I agreed with a lot of what Wallace and The Big R said.
You can all read my blog posting to see what my initial reaction to the film was in June of this year. After now seeing it 4 times, my opinions really haven't changed, though obviously the shock of seeing it has worn off. The overall length of the film could have been tightened up a bit more (eliminating some of the non-funny fart & sex jokes coulda helped), and cleaning up character errors from the first film got blown out of proportion even more here (Mikaela, Sam's parents, and Ratchet, to say the least).
In the audio commentary, Bay said Alice was supposed to be competition for Mikaela by being a sweet girl. But from minute-one, I never once thought of her as sweet, as she was way too aggressive (for obvious reasons) and single-minded (not that Mikaela is any better in this, mind you). The audience can recognize Cybertronian glyphs, but we immediately see Alice's reaction when she sees them as well, so it totally gives away her motives after she sees Sam doodling with cake icing. (It goes back to Mikaela as well- how could this little nerd be attractive to these hot and confident girls!? BECAUSE THE SCRIPT SAYS SO.)
For the most part, the film['s plot] and visual/audio effects aren't bad- it's just that the rest of it is wildly out of control. Things that I liked the first time around were improved on, but unfortunately the things that I didn't like were too. (I genuinely appreciated the more-frequent slo-mo moments and near-lack of foreground objects covering up the 'bots because it gave us better views of what was going on this time, though the shaking-documentary-camera-style wasn't appreciated as much!)
Quick single-time shots of Mikaela's stomach and Simmons in boxers was not necessary in the first, but I didn't hate the film because of it. But this time around, the fart jokes and sexual tones were way out of proportion. (I repeat: the only time I genuinely laughed at a fart joke was when Jetfire farted a drag chute which pulled him over... because I knew that the SR-71 used drag chutes to begin with.)
Ya know what? Sam's mom is already insane from the first movie, so there was no need to get her high because she would already have acted like that to begin with without it! (The dad was a little more solid, but even he had his senior moments the first time around, which were thankfully eliminated for movie-two.)
It's just that there is a lot in this film which doesn't fit in the context of giant transforming alien robots who are involved in a civil war:
I do not consider myself a TF elitist in any way (I am not up-tight enough to declare death to Michael Bay just because he put flames on Optimus and made him a long-nose!), but some things, even in darker and more dramatic films, simply do not belong. If this were a comedic film from the start: 1- I would still watch it because it's "Transformers"; and 2- much of this would fit in better. (Admittedly, though, comedies that use all the above in excess I do not like; I prefer witty and often-non-physical humor.)
I could go on-and-on about this for many more paragraphs as to why I disliked a lot of the movie, but I already did that in my blog entry (see above).
And, no, I did not like the wreaking balls- my jaw hit the floor, and then I got really pissed off.
To clarify: I saw it only once in theaters and now-3 times on DVD.
It was moments in the movie I hated, not the whole thing, so I still got the DVD and many of the toys (I'm starting on Deluxe-class Jolt today, BTW).
Believe it or not, after Sam gets tortured (did he really?), the movie gets out of the majority of rough patches IMO. (Kinda like "The Matrix"- once Neo is extracted from the power plant, the gross/gore stuff is done and the rest of the movie is safe.)
"You know,I really hate the elitist attitude most scifi/comic/videogame/whatever "nerds" all seem to have these days,where we all have to wear a beret,smoke cloves,and drink a latte while discussing films (not movies-films!) while displaying a total lack of joy or the ability to have fun. I find it odd that most internet posters I come across act this way while openly shouting their love for cartoons like G1 Transformers,Thundercats,Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors,or other shows that require a large suspension of disbelief. It really seems to me like a geeky version of your dad talking about the good ol days.
I also have never understood the attitude many,many G1 Transformers fans have where they have to pretend the series froze in 1989 and can never progress. I don't mind the Fallen,Prentenders,or even Drift."
The only thing that's odd is this old "I hate seeing elitist fanboys living in the past & are too stupid to accept change" rhetoric that people with a "I'm so open-minded than them" attitude used to smear at fans who are uncomfortable with the film's shady content is questionable.
"With all that being said,this is just not that great of a movie. I had a lot of fun watching it,I cracked up at a lot of the jokes. I thought the wrecking balls were funny (sorry,Ebert) and I even laughed at Mudflap and Skids(how is a robot talking like Eminem racist?).
I'm a Transformers fan though,and they deserved a real movie. Anyone who has flipped through 1 Transformers comic knows the concept can support a whole universe of cool characters and plots."
The idea of people having fun watching a toy-based movie that contains offensive racist stereotypes, a pair of Hooters chicken breasts & bun-buns, offensive swearing & crude sex jokes, unprofessionally merry-go-round camera shots & overly jagged, mish-mashed ignorant writing at the expense of the personal integrity of kids, minorities, & the toyline itself (that is supposed to promote brainy playfare to kids to embrace their childhood sense of art & wonder like Rubik's Cube & Lego) getting confused and hurt is proof that the human race has mentally and genetically regressed into a state of dogmatic belief that the world is FLAT.
It's no wonder that the stock market crashed b/c our modern folk brains are FLAT-OUT-BROKE.
Just like our wallets.
"The idea of people having fun watching a toy-based movie that contains offensive racist stereotypes, a pair of Hooters chicken breasts & bun-buns, offensive swearing & crude sex jokes, unprofessionally merry-go-round camera shots & overly jagged, mish-mashed ignorant writing at the expense of the personal integrity of kids, minorities, & the toyline itself (that is supposed to promote brainy playfare to kids to embrace their childhood sense of art & wonder like Rubik's Cube & Lego) getting confused and hurt is proof that the human race has mentally and genetically regressed into a state of dogmatic belief that the world is FLAT. "
Are you maybe taking this a little too seriously? It's a mediocre sci fi movie,not the end of civilization.
Well, considering the box office it made despite God-awful reviews (I don't put a ton of stock in critics anyways, preferring to make up my own mind if it's a pile), kidnicky, I'd say there's something seriously wrong with the world at-large if anyone thought that "RotF" was worth multiple theater viewings, and then didn't ask for a refund the first time around.
How is this an awesome movie that made over $800mil? I have no f'king clue, but this is most certainly NOT the example to put forward to Hollywood that 'good special effects do not for a good movie make'.
"...The idea [snip] is proof that the human race has mentally and genetically regressed into a state of dogmatic belief that the world is FLAT. ..."
Couldn't agree with you more!
KidNicky man, you can call me an old man all you want. It doesn't change the fact that there are more close-ups of women bending over than the robots the movie is supposed to be about, and the DVD is a love letter from Michael Bay's production staff (hoping to get more work) to their boss.
Did you read my whole post? I agreed that the movie wasn't very good.
"Did you read my whole post? I agreed that the movie wasn't very good."
Of course we did, it was 'rhetorically' correct. Just like a 2-layered flapjack w/ no-sweet-cream filling.
Sure, but you also insulted me for no reason. And for no reason other age... and I'm around the same age as 90% of the writers here on CDX, in case you haven't noticed.
And made more of a point to put me down than talk about the film... whoops, "movie"... whoops, "flick." C'mon that's just as low as when someone posts "spelling doofus" to attack an opinion they don't like, or a Macross fan who pulls some technical crap out of a RPG handbook to insult a newbie and make themselves look better.
There's nothing wrong with looking at things with a broader view. If all fans sunk down to the level that this stuff is kid-fun-meaningless territory, we wouldn't have a lot of the best shows, Akira, Macross, Metropolis, Spirited Away... we'd have thousands of moe and Bleach wannabes and just the worst stuff.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with anime or "flicks" that have no other meaning other than "buy this toy" or "look at these hips!" - but you shouldn't be so ignorant to use the tired old pimply teenager excuses to invalidate what I said (especially since you agree with me!)
And to insult someone who maybe looks a little deeper and for a little more from their TV and films, and maybe demands more from the little time they get to spend on the couch, that just shows where you're at, and that's ok. Life is short, and I refuse to waste it on things I don't like. I need more than flashing lights and loud bangs to entertain me.
Maybe when you're older, you'll understand my friend.
Next time focus on character development I don't give a sh*t about the human league, because I wanted so bad to learn more about the history of Cybertron and where the hell all these robots were flying in from to Earth so quickly, a ship or have they been swimming through space for eons? What's that stupid planet the Fallen was on with the hatchlings, an exoplanet light years away? "Well then Starscream please fly to Earth this afternoon to tear some sh*t up!" It would of been nice to see an Autobot have an actual conversation with another of his kin. Never happened! Animation was top notch and brought the robots into the real world. Big R & Kidnicky make great points. Atom I see EVA kinda trying to appeal to most points posted here because of the backlash being posted and I think he really likes the movie now too. ;)
Well, we know that at least some of them use space bridges, but do all of them? I doubt it; I think it's restricted only to 'bots that can fly. But, by showing us both [the Nemesis] and the Solar Harvester, we also know that they can make non-living machines as well. So using ships to travel about means they can't all teleport.
Supposedly, the new "TF:War on Cybertron" video game and toy line will be answering the age-old questions about the origins of the civil war and how their race as a whole originally was. (BTW, in Bayformers, the civil war didn't come to Earth, it was started here [by The Fallen].)
Hollywood, listen to my words: For Bayformers-3, LESS HUMAN STORYLINE AND MORE ROBOT STORYLINE. If Pixar can make all-CGI movies and have them rock, then you can butch-up and do the same with Optimus Prime & Co. Stop wasting our time and money and brain cells!