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MOVIE NEWS: John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are Transformed!


John Malkovich and Frances McDormand are two of the classiest, most talented actors around. And now, thanks to today’s offhand announcement on Michael Bay’s website [https://www.michaelbay.com/newsblog/newsblog.html], we know that they and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong have signed on for Transformers 3.

Pre-shoots on the film begin in about a month.

Damn! Now I have to see it…

BLU-RAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Hits Blu-ray/DVD Oct. 20

Transformers Blu-ray

After all the lip Michael Bay had against HD-DVD a few years ago, I expect every one of his Blu-ray releases to blow my eye-balls out of their sockets. The first Transformers Blu-ray effort was a beautiful picture but a pretty lame Blu-ray package. So I’m real curious to see what they come up with for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which despite a near universal critical pan (I kind of liked it, except for the screaming baby in my theater – no I won’t let that go!) became the biggest hit of the year. How does that happen when everyone claims they despised the movie. There’s a disconnect there.  And you know the Blu-ray/DVD will also most likely smash records. The TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen Blu-ray and DVD debut will be supported by one of the largest marketing and promotional campaigns in Paramount Home Entertainment’s history.  In addition to a multi-million dollar advertising blitz spanning television, print, radio and online, a stellar array of partners has joined forces with the studio to ensure that the AUTOBOTS’ message is transmitted to all of the Earth’s inhabitants.
Enough of my musings, the full press release is after the break.

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CONTEST: Win a copy of the Transformers 2 Disc Special Edition DVD!



Remember when a little technology format called HD-DVD was around and Paramount pictures announced an exclusive deal with them? Michael Bay was loud and vocal about his distain for the HD-DVD format and his love of all things Blu-ray. Michael Bay, finally gets his wish. Transformers, is now available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition. See where the battle began, as you witness Transformers in the ultimate high definition Blu Ray experience. Then go see, Transformers – Revenge of The Fallen – in theatres now.  Pick up Transformers  – The Two Disc Blu-ray Edition – including 25 minutes of all new content -  available on June 16th from Paramount Home Entertainment.  In celebration of this event, we have 5 copies of the standard edition DVD to give away. The special edition of Transformers is packed with extras (and more than a few product placements for Hasbro). The entire second disc is devoted to featurettes on aspects of making the technical tour-de-force–and the land mines involved in tinkering with a beloved ’80s franchise. Executive producer Steven Spielberg is very much a part of the proceedings, from his introductory comments ("I think everybody likes the idea of taking something you’re familiar with and turning it into something you’re not so familiar with–like an 18-wheeler become Optimus Prime") to mentions of his films that influenced this one, like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.


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MOVIE REVIEW: The Correct Title should be Transformers: Overkill of the Fallen


Words cannot describe the horrors that was witnessed while watching the latest film from Director Michael Bay. Normally, one would expect to see a great summer blockbuster and a great sequel to boot. Unfortunately, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen fails to impress summer movie audience. With its six acts within two plus hours of boring dialogue, the Bay cliche of blow everything to sky high attitude, emotionless characters, and some twin robots that make you do a double take. The film doesn’t make me go WOW! It makes go HOW LOW can you go.

To cut a long story short. The Autobots have spent the last two years working side by side with the US military to track down remaining Decepticon forces that got away after Megatron was killed in the last movie. But an increased number of Decepticon attacks, plus an ominous warning, has Optimous Prime and the military worried about a coming invasion. Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebeouf) is off to college, but he immediately stumbles upon a lost sliver of the ‘AllSpark.’ Contact with the artifact causes a flood of Earth and Cybertron knowledge into his head, once again making Sam a target for the Decepticons.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Sometimes More is Less!

So, there are sixty-odd robots in Revenge of the Fallen. There’s also one new character of the human variety – at least, one that’s given any substantial screen time. Which should tell you how important the human part of the Transformers sequel is to director Michael Bay.

Optimus 2.0

It’s bad enough that we meet a millennia-old Decepticon called The Fallen [in what has to be the clumsiest retcon I’ve ever seen]; what’s worse is that he’s The Emperor to Megatron’s Darth Vader. Then there’s a shot where a tomb is entered that looks a lot like a shot in Alien, where we first see the alien astronaut with its stomach blown out [though there’s nothing that unsettling in this film – except the thundering bass that seems to be turned up to eleven throughout]. There are a few other quotes/homages/riffs/rip-offs, but they’re not enough to give Revenge of the Fallen a brain.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Some Nuts & Bolts from the Production!


With interest in the second Transformers feature, Revenge of the Fallen, being high, there will be a lot of interest in the technical aspects of the film. Thanks to the clever team at Paramount/Dreamworks, some facts and figures have been released to whet the appetites of the techies for those kinds of details. Follow the jump to Industrial Light & Magic’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Fact Sheet.

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Transformers: Bay-Spielberg Collaboration Yields Action Flick With Heart!

Transformers DVD EclipseMagazine.com Review

If you didn’t see Transformers in a theatre, you missed one of the biggest treats of this last summer’s crop of blockbusters. Simply put, Transformers is the best live action film to have been based on a line of toys, or an animated TV series.

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