Monday, October 3, 2011

Blu-ray Review: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON



Getting TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON on this Blu-ray Combo Pack was an exciting watch to say the least and the best of the trilogy!  The best of the three movies has finally made it to store shelves with just a few flaws.

TF3 is by far the best entry in Micheal Bay's "Robots in Disguise" franchise, well written, more explosions and much dark in theme. In this one we get a secret our government has been sitting on since we landed on the moon.  Sam (Shia LaBeouf), Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots have to fight off a still healing Megatron, the very destructive Shockwave and Sentinal Prime, an Autbot who has decided to side with the Decepticons in an effort to bring Cybertron to Earth. The action is non-stop but unlike the second effort we get more screen time with actual actors without taking anything away from the action and I really enjoyed all of the screen time they get, some didn't get too much because there was so much going on but it's still more than the last.

The sound is great with this Blu-ray, so much I just turned up the surround sound to go along with the crisp picture and just got sucked in. The special effects are superior like always and coming from Bay we expect nothing less. The characters and acting are all great.  Some people were offended by Mudflap and Skids in the last movie and they don't have to worry because that kind of humor is absent in Dark of the Moon including those two! Not to say there isn't any humor because there is, Sam's mom makes an appearance all though a very brief one and Ken Jeong steals a scene or two in his very short life in the film. Watching Sam trying to find his place in the world after college makes this character much more human and believable this time around.

Adding Frances McDormand and John Malkovich to the cast really wasn't necessary because their characters really don't play an important part, they could have cast anyone for those parts. Patrick Dempsey on the other hand plays a very important role in the film, if you didn't know that by now. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays Sam's new eye candy gf and is nice to look at and she pulled her character off nicely.

Getting to the robots I must say it's good to see some of  the main Transformers get some speaking time again because this is something else that was really missing from Revenge of the Fallen.  The writers strike did play a huge part in the lack of everything in the second movie.

Bottom line is Transformers: Dark of the Moon on this Blu-ray Combo Pack is a great watch and a must have for all of you who have the first two movies. Be warned, since this was kind of rushed out I''m sure we'll get a release down the line that includes special features which is this release's only draw back.  The movie is also kind of long but it doesn't stall at all, it kept me interested the whole time! 4/5


Studio: Paramount

Run Time: 154 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Special Features: None! This could have gotten a higher grade if it had some!

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