Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, we had the chance to see Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction on Blu-ray, a home entertainment release that includes more than 3 hours of extra features.
Transformers: Age of Extinction follows Optimus Prime in a world where the Autobots are hunted down and no longer needed. However, this changes when a new threat emerges, in the form of Lockout, a galactic bounty-hunter who has decided to take down Prime and all the remaining Autobots on Earth.
Prime, with the help of his new human friends must fight back, after unexpectedly unveiling a major plot that could unleash something worse than the battle of Chicago. (Find out more about our movie review here).
The Blu-ray extra features take viewers behind the scenes with director, Michael Bay, and his iconic action sequences. We are shown the high-frame camera he used for some scenes, the complications he faced while shooting in Hong Kong (as the crew was unable to shut down the streets), the use of an Austrian robotic-arm camera and how he still tries to be an old-school director by moving big props instead of using cgi for everything.
We also have a look at why this film is not a reboot. It’s more like a G2 for the saga, featuring the same robots, with design changes to make them seem more human, and, of course, a new human cast with Mark Wahlberg playing the lead.
Obviously, the cars used for the film are a huge selling point for the franchise, so the crew takes us to the General Motors headquarters, where many scenes were filmed. We also see the different design changes the cars underwent in order to look unique. The highlight was seeing how Optimus Prime’s truck was nearly fully custom-made, while Galvatron’s was built in a more industrial way in order to make them different in every sense.
Due to the difficulties of filming in Hong Kong, and the Mr Bay’s need to have explosions everywhere (especially for the last epic battle) the crew decided to recreate Hong Kong in the middle of Detroit. Watching the film, this is undetectable, thanks to the great location choice and fantastic set construction.
There is also a look at the new transformations, as the autobots remain loyal to the classic type, while Galvatron and the cons introduced a new, more geometrical way to morph.
Thus, all the extras are amazing. The one everyone must see, however, is the one featuring the Dinobot design process and how humongous their proportions were made in order to allow Prime to ride Grimlock.
Toy collectors will be happy to know that a full clip is dedicated to behind-the-scenes at Hasbro headquarters, where we see the design process of Transformers merchandise.
Finally, there is a very unnecessary featurette starring TJ Miller (who played the annoying comedy relief character, Lucas, in the film), visiting the cast and trying to force his way into Bay Films to deliver a fruit basket and say thanks to his Transformers workmates.
Overall, as a Blu-ray release, Transformers: Age of Extinction is all what a fan of the Bay saga would want. It not only includes a film that is superior to the previous trilogy, with almost no Bay comedy bits, but also a highly detailed collection of extras that are a joy to see, even if you are a Bay hater.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is available on DVD and Blu-ray 26 November 2014