Story: 2 / 5
Video Quality: 5 / 5
Audio Quality: 5 / 5
Extras: 4 / 5
Much like the Transformers films before this, this story is mindless, predictable and a clutter of noise. The only redeeming features are the action scenes, the great vehicles and the insane CGI.
Set five years after the events of the third Transformers film (which most were hoping was the last), Transformers: Age of Extinction starts with all Transformers being hunted down by the government. Thanks to the assistance of Lockdown all Cybertronians are being hunted down and reduced to test subjects as the CIA attempts to create and control their very own Transformers. It is not a good time to be an alien on planet Earth, let alone in the United States of America.
Cade (Mark Wahlberg) is a small time robotics enthusiast who is down on his luck. He is late on his rent and looking for ways to create inventions that will make him a household name… or at least secure his household. Whilst at an antique, rundown cinema, Cade finds a broken and battle damaged truck in the movie theatre. How it got there is unknown but it is only a matter of time before Cade figures out that it is not an ordinary truck. This is Optimus Prime, the Leader of the Autobots and he is badly injured! But it is only a matter of time before Lockdown finds them, sending Cade on the run with a handful of fugitive aliens.
The transformations look flawless as the Autobots and Decepticons shift from vehicle to robot in the blink of an eye. The new method of Transformation being used by the enemies in this film looks great and this is definitely the strong point of this film. Oh and then there are the Dinobots, poorly presented as mindless goons and not the tactical rebels that they are. Then they are used as glorified vehicles for the most part… salt to the wound!
As mentioned earlier, this franchise has come a long way in terms of visual effects. It is not their first outing, somehow they managed to get a fourth film, so practice has made the visuals perfect. Age of Extinction impresses on Blu-ray with a stunning AVC MPEG-4 encode framed at the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The visuals are clear and stunning, making these digitally rendered creatures look like natural phenomenon. They move realistically and flawless. The action scenes are rich in colour and jump off the screen. Be it gunfire, flame throwing or the Transformers themselves, everything looks sharp, crisp and awesome.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is the very first Blu-ray to be available to the public with the new Dolby Atmos sound presentation. Dolby Atmos is the default sound choice, although it is compatible with most of the new Blu-ray players, you will need a fully equipped system in order to experience this format. So in order to enjoy the benefits of Dolby Atmos you will need to have a Dolby Atmos friendly home equipped with the various Atmos AV receivers and speakers. For us normal folk, a simple selection of Dolby 5.1 TrueHD can be made and you will still experience the movie in all its LFE awe. The last action scene is simply insane. Each sound resonates throughout the room, yet the dialogue is crisp and clear. Transformers Extinction is a great demo disc for testing out your sound system, but it is definitely a film that only Michael Bay’s mom could love.
Transformers Extinction comes with a bonus Blu-ray disc filled with extras featuring over three hours of documentaries presented in full HD. You have:
• Bay on Action, a 10 minute documentary in which Michael Bay discusses the secrets behind capturing the perfect shots
• Evolution within Extinction is a 2 hour documentary that dives deep into the making of Transformers Extinction.
• Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie is a 10 minute Mockumentary filled with onset jokes featuring Michael Bay’s mom.
• A Spark of Design, a 15 minute visit to Hasboro headquarters
• T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie: Just shy of 20 minutes, this is a thank you video that is truly unconventional.
• Trailers, featuring the Kreo franchise and some Angry Birds.
As a Blu-ray, this is a great. It has everything that you would want and expect for the amount of money that you are putting out. Despite not being a strong movie, it is a great audio and visual experience. But this is a Blu-ray review and it is safe to say that this one is worth getting.