Transformers Blu-ray Review
Transformers comes to Blu-ray complete with a demo-disc quality 1080p High Definition video rendition in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.4:1 widescreen. It is pretty-much picture-perfect in terms of quality, the detail astounding throughout, with every bolt on the 'formers and every bead of sweat brought to life here. There is absolutely no grain whatsoever, although there are moments where you can see some edge enhancement on the straight edges, however this is barely noticeable and never interferes with your visual enjoyment of the proceedings. The colour scheme is broad and vivid - as you would expect for this material - and whilst the robots look stunning during their nighttime introduction, their daylight roaming is even more spectacular. Reds and blues prevail, with black levels solid and allowing for superior shadowing and darker scenes. This is the kind of disc you will definitely want to show your home cinema equipment off with, an eagerly anticipated and far-from-disappointing visual rendition of 2007's summer blockbuster.
To match a top-of-the-range video presentation we get an equally superior aural accompaniment in the form of a Dolby True HD 5.1 track that really pushes the format to do what it was always destined to. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout, with no need to reach for your remote, allowing for everything from piercing screams and shouts to whispers and under-your-breath murmurs. This blockbuster is expectedly heavily populated by effects noises, and the track is strikingly dynamic, picking up and focussing on every little thing - wherever appropriate. There is an almost constant background hum, although it never distracts from the sounds at the centre of the action. On the louder level, the robot combat (and massive anti-military assaults) sound punchy and devastating, really taking you from your living room into the fray, explosions ringing out around you, shots whizzing about your head and every single smash and crash thundering right in front of you. The score is suitably rock-orientated, with some nice (if overly patriotic) beat-laden instrumentals, all in the vein of your usual Michael Bay affair (like Armageddon), and it really works for upping the excitement. The sub will also shake things up like you wouldn't believe, as few discs use the LFE element quite like this one. Overall, this is one of the best tracks I have come across on Blu-ray.
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Transformers is actually quite a good take on the classic 80s cartoon that many grew up on. Even for newcomers it works as an immensely fun movie, and it appeals to a wide age range. Summer blockbusters don't get much more enjoyable than this, and whilst it is not perfect on any level, it works very well on every level. The video and audio for this disc certainly seal the deal, this being the closest I have come to a reference-quality disc on the format, and the extras pack out the 2-disc set. Highly recommended.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79
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