- Written by The SECRETS Movie Review Team
- Published on 01 October 2011
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2011
- Beauty and the Beast (Blu-ray)
- Star Wars - Episode II (Blu-ray)
- Star Wars - Episode III (Blu-ray)
- Bridesmaids (Blu-ray)
- Planet Earth: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
- The Cider House Rules (Blu-ray)
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray)
- The Tempest (Blu-ray)
- Dumbo (Blu-ray)
- Fast Five (Blu-ray)
- Life is Beautiful (Blu-ray)
- The Hour (Blu-ray)
- Moby Dick (2010) (Blu-ray)
- A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (DVD)
- Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray)
- Cape Fear (Blu-ray)
- African Cats (Blu-ray)
- Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides
- X-Men: First Class (Blu-ray)
- Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-ray)
- Green Lantern (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle
The year is 1961 and President Kennedy has just proclaimed his wish to put a man on the moon. What the world doesnâ€™t know is the US has monitored an impact on the moon and they want to be the first to discover just whatâ€™s landed there. When the astronauts arrive, they find a gigantic alien shipwreck that looks like it was flown by giant robots. Itâ€™s a relic of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons of Cybertron and it contains a powerful technology that must be kept out the hands of the enemy.
Flash forward to the present and Sam Witwicky, after saving the world twice, is looking for a job in Washington DC. Optimus Prime, the lead Autobot discovers the weakened form of Sentinel Prime, the former leader of Cybertron on the Moon and brings him back to Earth. It turns out the shipwreck also contains five pillars which can be used to build a transportation device. Sentinel Prime is awakened and he immediately sets out to complete the device and transport the whole of Cybertron to Earth to rebuild his race and use the surviving humans as slaves.
The Decepticons are only too happy to participate and Chicago becomes their base of operations. After destroying most of the city, they set up the pillars and begin to transport Cybertron to Earth. At the last moment, Sam and the Autobots manage to destroy the control pillar and Sentinel Prime is defeated.
- Paramount Pictures
- 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 32 min
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD
- Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Leonard Nimoy
- Directed by: Michael Bay
- Violence: Yes
- Sex: Innuendo
- Language: Moderate
You can say what you want about Michael Bay but the man knows how to put on a show. Yes the story is clichÃ© and the gags get repetitive but the action scenes and special effects more than make up for the films weaknesses. Iâ€™ve never seen such convincing CGI and the devastation is completely believable. I half-expected to hear of Chicagoâ€™s destruction on the news after watching this movie. The story is a bit difficult to follow at times as most of the main characters are extremely hyper. Shia LaBeouf definitely had too much coffee before filming because he practically explodes in every scene. His girlfriend Carly is played by former Victoriaâ€™s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and she does a passable job, though sheâ€™s no Megan Fox. The actors are almost superfluous next to the amazing CGI robot characters. The detail in their movements is quite a sight to behold. If you want a two-and-a-half hour roller coaster ride in your living room, this film is for you.Technical
Not only is the image reference-quality, itâ€™s easily one of the best Blu-rays Iâ€™ve seen to date. Detail, contrast and color are pretty much flawless. No edge enhancement is used which made me very happy. The color palette tends to the cool side but still retains great dimensionality and looks fairly natural. The CGI effects are easily the most convincing Iâ€™ve seen. Obviously, great care was taken from beginning to end in this transfer.
This disc is my new benchmark for audio quality. The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 encode will grab and shake you from beginning to end. If you donâ€™t have an enormous sub you either need to buy one or watch this film at a friendâ€™s house that has one because the LFE channel is beyond unreal. I literally feared for the structural integrity of my room during the battle sequences as my Axiom EP800 shook me, and the furniture, and the walls, with tremendous force. This is what home theater is for folks. I canâ€™t imagine replicating this experience in a traditional movie house. The surrounds are also used frequently and effectively. It all combines into a vast and enveloping soundstage. The destruction of Chicago had my palms sweating and my heart racing. I couldnâ€™t help but laugh at the sheer sensory overload caused by this amazing soundtrack. A small word of warning: this track is mixed LOUD. If you are already pushing your electronics, expect some extra heat.
There are no bonus features included in this release. Paramount does provide a $10-off coupon towards the upcoming 3D version which will include extras. There is also a DVD copy and a code to download a digital copy which did not function at press time.