Dark of the Moon / Age of Extinction 4K
review by Bobby Blakey
When director Michael Bay brought the famed Transformers to the big-screen in live action form it was met with mixed results. Despite being a box office mega-hit the hardcore fans have been pretty vocal about their dislike with what he did with the robots in disguise. Clearly their hatred hasn’t wavered their willingness to check them out since it not only spawned a full trilogy with the original cast he has now done a reboot of sorts continuing the story with an all new cast in two more films. Now the first four films are getting the 4K treatment for an all-new home experience.
Unlike a lot of the vocal fans I actually have enjoyed most of the films for what they are and had a great time. Sure there were some missteps and not fully the Transformers I was hoping for, but I love the over the top action popcorn spectacle of them all. The third entry into the franchise Dark of the Moon was the final chapter featuring Shia LeBouf and is way better than the first two chapters of the series. Everything about this movie seemed more like the Transformers movie all the fans have been waiting for. The story itself was more focused on the Transformers themselves instead of the humans, while still giving all parties ample time on screen. Minimized are the silly moments with Sam’s parents, the dogs, and the over the top goofiness. This movie is pure over the top transformers action the way it should have been from day one.
The fourth film in the franchise Age of Extinction served up as a reboot of sorts bringing in Mark Wahlberg as the lead and let Bay shake things up while keeping the same Transformers in action. I actually enjoyed the fresh new direction this time around and of course the addition of the Dinobots despite them not being completely the versions we love from the cartoon. Once again there are tons of over the top insane action sequences that help to make you forget any issues you might have with the film and just have some fun. There is a lot going on in the story with enough for a couple of films and even though it has such a long run time does feel rushed at times to make sure they get all in there.
At this point you either love these movies or don’t. If you are a fan of them these new 4K releases are a must own as they look amazing. The visuals jump off the screen like you are in the theater and take the home viewing experience to the next level. They both feature a slew of bonus content including featurettes taking you behind the making of bringing these films to life.
Experience an all-new dimension of the Robots in Disguise with Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction available now on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment.