Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray review

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Transformers: Age of Extinction…if you’ve been following the series so far, then you probably know that you should be shutting your brain and enjoying giant robots fighting each other. Critics have panned the film, but that didn’t stop the movie from becoming the #1 movie in 2014 worldwide. That means millions out there are happy enough just to see giant robots fighting. The fourth film features a lot of things fans would like; for example, new robots and big sets. We get fan favorites like Grimlock, a giant robotic dinosaur, and triple changers like Drift, an Autobot that can transform into three different modes.

Transformers: Age of Extinction has Optimus Prime in hiding after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Instead of Sam Witwicky and his family, we are now introduced to a new family with Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, an inventor trying to support his daughter, Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz). To round out the rest of the main cast, we have Tessa’s Irish boyfriend, Shane (Jack Reynor). The characters don’t really stand out, but Wahlberg has that charm that makes him accessible.

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Michael Bay isn’t confident enough that the Autobots and Decepticons can carry the series by themselves. We’re in the fourth film and again Michael Bay relies on humans. As a fan of the actual Transformers robots, I’d like to see the Autobots with more depth. I guess I’m asking too much for a movie that originated from toys. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has spoiled me, since that movie had a compelling story that starred apes with humans being more of background characters.

The formula on Michael Bay’s Transformers is the same, so if you like to see robots fighting each other while the human family find ways to help Optimus, then this should be right up your alley. However, for those wanting something more, I recommend giving the film a pass.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

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Video/Audio Quality

The one thing the Transformers films do really well is showcasing some breathtaking visuals. This Blu-ray release is no different as we’re treated with a clean and clear image. Since the film uses a mix of digital and film, the transition is slightly noticeable. (This can be distracting to some.) The details are vivid, whether we’re looking at the moving parts from Optimus, the beard from Hound, or the Chinese setting. The colors are stunning, especially when looking at the different Transformers cars, like the Bugatti Veyron.

The Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray is a very special one, since it’s the debut of Dolby Atmos to the consumer market. If you have a compatible receiver…great! If you just want to stick with the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack, then set it as the default. (We don’t have the compatible equipment, so we couldn’t review it.) These Transformers films are loud, so it shouldn’t be surprising to hear amazing audio, whether it’s from the Transformers transforming, gunfire, Grimlock roaring, and many more. The dialogue is clear and centered. The soundtrack is a great demo piece.

Video/Audio Rating: 5/5 Atoms

NR 5 Atoms - A

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Extras

Some of the recent big Blu-ray films are currently lacking in the bonus features. I’m happy to report that Transformers: Age of Extinction contains a lot of features. We get a 10-minute video with Michael Bay on Action, Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie (10 minutes), A Spark of Design (15 minutes), T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie (20 minutes), and a 2-hour making-of documentary that touches on the new robots, stunts, Texas, Dinobots and more. There are also trailers for the movie and other Transformers products. The only thing missing is the commentary, and that is why I had to take an atom off the rating.

Extras Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Final Reaction

The video and sound are superb, but if you hated the movie, it’s definitely a rental for the home theater demonstration. If you’re a fan of the franchise, it’s a no-brainer.

Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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