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Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro, Jon Voight
Director: Michael Bay
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Year Made: 2007





Commentary with Director Michael Bay


The Story Sparks, Human Allies, I Fight Giant Robots, Battleground

Rise of the Robots, Autobots Roll Out, Decepticons Strike, Inside the Allspark

From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack





Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg comes a thrilling battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS. When their epic struggle comes to Earth, all that stands out between the evil DECEPTICONS and ultimate power is a clue held by Sam Witwicky. Join the fight for mankind in the extraordinary adventure.


Like it or not, the year 2007 is TRANSFORMERS year. After years of waiting, fans finally get the chance to relive their childhood on the big screen.

Much debate have been going on since Michael Bay attached himself to the project, long-rumoured Steven Spielberg ended up being a producer onboard. I for one surfed the Transformers’ fans forums and boards regularly thus the talkback was fast and ferocious whenever designs of the bots were leaked or any changes to the characters in the original TV series were made. I recalled Bumblebee was the first to be seen. The complicated mechanical parts that were protruding didn’t convince me and the face was simply contorted. Worse, Bumblebee was no longer the bug. Bay was lashed online and threats were made. Things went on the same manner till the first teaser was out. To be frank, it did helped to settle things a little. Shots of Prime, Bumblebee, Skorponok were seen and this got everyone excited about the final product.

Bay is not necessarily the best director in town but you got to admit he’s the best in the field of explosive mega-effects genre and this precisely makes Spielberg handpicked him to attach to “Transformers” because this is what “Transformers” need. Bay is not a strong storyteller either and “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor” shows. You might not recall what kind of love Ben Affleck entangled himself in but I’m sure the bombing sequences in the latter were a blast to watch. You can summarise the plot of “Tranformers” in a line or so and still, you need 143 minutes to tell it. Why? Because fans liked us just want to see more of them onscreen. The long duration allows Bay to concoct his action pursuits and also tangle the appetites of every fanboy in the world.

I couldn’t believe Industrial Light and Magic did such an amazing job of creating the transforming effects and the crazy detailing of the vehicles. Bay even boasts in the commentary that he did a much better job than Lucas. Much of the battles were done in the day and towards the final battle in the city, you can virtually see crumbling buildings, flipping automobiles and flying debris and explosions as the giant robots fought their war in every angle. The detailing is just insane.

If you are really that particular about good story plotting then I guessed “Transformers” is simply devoid of that. Using the human angle of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) whose grandfather possess a pair of spectacles which can pinpoint the location of the Allspark which the evil Decepticons are trying to lay their hands on, the story alternates between Sam and a group of U.S. marines who themselves are fighting against the Decepticons. To make matters worse, we have a love interest in the form of the gorgeous Mikeaela (newcomer Megan Fox) whose closeup shots of her nice pair of legs and flat abs does delayed the pacing a little.

There are many other characters as well, Anthony Anderson as a hacker, Australian pretty girl Rachel Taylor, John Turturro’s Agent character and Jon Voight as Secretary of Defense. None crucial to the plot but mainly eye-candy or to bluntly put, serves as fillers to the clunky plot. Why not devote the time to the various Decepticons which have so little time onscreen, they had zero character developments and fan favourite, Starscream serves mainly as a cameo. And worse, he looked liked a gigantic housefly! Bonecrusher, Barricade, Devastator etc. You got the names but there isn’t any focus on them.

Another obvious bad point is Bay tried to add a little funky and cool feel to the Autobots by having them spout cheesy dialogue and Jazz even break into hip-hop. Didn’t Bay know that Autobots are already cool enough without those accessories? Bay even brought his brand of Bayisms even further by introducing Frenzy, sort of a poor cousin of Soundwave. Entirely play for laughs and for the kiddos. But he did the right thing by bringing Peter Cullen back to voice Uncle Prime and Hugo Weaving was surprisingly good being Megatron.

Despite the numerous flaws, Bay has created one of the best popcorn movies in recent years. Loud, entertaining and totally mindless, the perfect ingredients for a summer blockbuster. We just hope that he improved on the flaws in the planned sequel, listen to the fans a bit more and dump his android-size ego.


There are 3 versions of TRANSFORMERS DVD available not counting the HD-DVD version. The barebone version, the 2-disc special edition and the transforming version. Mine is the latter, housed inside a flimsy transparent plastic box, the transforming version comes in the form of Optimus Prime. Flip the head and open up the hands and legs to bring you good old Prime. The 2 DVDs are placed behind his back for info. A neat addition to your toy collection or DVD collection.


The special features on disc two runs to a total duration of over 120 minutes. But strangely, there seems to be a whole chuck of stuff missing for such an effects-filled blockbuster. Come on, it’s TRANSFORMERS! ILM and Digital Domain who did the effects weren’t prominently featured at all. Look along the line of “Star Wars” or even “Spider-Man 3” to get what I’m trying to say. I smell a triple-disc edition brewing closer to the sequel.

If you are not a fan of Michael Bay or a fan of how Bay treated the Transformers’ materials, I suggest you can skip the Commentary with Director Michael Bay. Bay comes across as cocky, overly-confident and egoistic. No doubt he made a few good choices but it’s a little hard to feel that he’s respecting the fans much. There are constant thoughts coming out from him on how he shot the movie and also he did mentioned a little about the sequel. Not a bad commentary track, it is just Bay that you might find hard to click.

The features are divided into mainly 3 sections and into smaller featurettes, you can view them separately or at one go. Under OUR WORLD, first up is The Story Sparks (8:34), Producer Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay and representatives from Hasbro talks about the origins of the story and the process of how the movie is developed. We have Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and rest of the cast talks about the movie in Human Allies (13:11) and in here, you can have a glimpse of some deleted moments as well. You don’t really want to miss out on the Army when you hire them for “technical advice” on a movie set. In I Fight Giant Robots (14), we took a look at how some of the cast such as Tyrese and Duhamel went through basic military training prior to shooting. Ever wondered how they shoot those massive explosive sequences? Now you can see them in Battleground (13:36), a feature that will get your adrenalin running though you are not on the actual sets.

Now this is where things get a little more interesting. The second segment is called THEIR WAR. The history of Transformers traces back to Japan, in Rise of the Robots (13:40) we get to hear how Hasbro took over and created an universe for the transforming robots and also fans talk fondly about the original cartoon series when they were interviewed in Botcon 2007. Bay even mentioned about the casting of the original voices for Megatron and Optimus. For Autobots Roll Out (20), Bay talks about the selection of the various car models for the Autobots sponsored mainly by GMC. Why didn’t he retain the Beatle for Bumblebee? Because he feels it’s too similar to the love bug. The new Camaro 2008 do seems like a good choice for Bumblebee in the end. Mmmm…
Decepticons Strike (14:33) is the opposite of the previous feature. This time round, the focus is on the military vehicles which apparently are Decepticons in disguise. Here, Bay also talks about his version of “Soundwave”, the yucky Frenzy. Inside the Allspark (16:58) talks about the various effect techniques used to enhance the vehicles for the movie.

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE is a nice feature which delves mainly on The Skorponok Desert Attack (8:52). We get to see how Bay and his team conceptualized the attack sequence from the beginning to the shooting process. The hot weather at New Mexico and plenty of explosions etc. It’s all covered here.

Some art Concepts and the movie teaser trailer and trailers round up the features on Disc Two. There are at least 2 Easter Eggs to be found. One featuring a cheesy-looking Michael Bay’s Transformers figure. Some diehard fans can’t wait to burn it.


Although most of us might complaint that there are too much elements going onscreen that certain scenes are a blur however you won’t be complaining about the visual of the DVD. Simply stunning beyond words and has the most detailed transfer ever. I don’t think you will miss any of the mechanisms during the transformation sequences. Colours are also vibrant and bright. Notably, this is not a HD-DVD we are reviewing.

You can’t expect the speakers to go on a day off in a Michael Bay’s movie. Sound is aggressive during the action sequences but dialogue remains highly audible. The Dolby Digital 5.1 is almost in perfect synchronization with the robots.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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