The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen is easily the longest Documentary that I have ever encountered as a supplemental on a disc. It is almost as long as the movie itself, which really is not a good thing, and whilst it can certainly be described as comprehensive, nobody in their right mind is going to sit through two and a half hours of the movie and then two and a quarter hours of just the making of. There really are better things to do with your life. Still, if you're a film studies student and want to learn how to make a blockbuster, then you could do worse than sit through this Documentary, where you get to learn about the production from concept to post, and even see the tyrannical Dictator - sorry, I mean Director - in action.
Deconstructing Visual Bayhem is a multi-angle Featurette lasting 23 minutes, which allows you to compare key sequences, before and after the effects were done. A Day with Bay: Tokyo is a 15 minute video diary that follows the frazzled, snappy Director through his last day of post-production, just hours before the Toyko premiere. NEST: Transformer Data Hub offers up trivia and technical specs on 12 key Transformers. 25 Years' of Transformers takes ten minutes to look at the history of the toy/comic/TV franchise.
The Allspark Experiment allows younger viewers (those who, of course, are probably too young to have actually watched the PG-13 film itself) to create their own Transformer. It's a bit gimmicky. We get a few pointless Deleted Scenes (just more of the irritating human characters goofing around) as well as a whopping 24 minutes' of B-roll footage which ranges from Behind the Scenes stuff to just general goofing around on and off set. Fun but overlong. Finally we get a Linkin Park music video, the TV spots and Trailers, and an extensive Stills Gallery.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is too long to work as a switch-your-brain-off piece of dumb fun. Although it improves upon the robot fighting, it also pads out the ridiculous human antics, adding to the already plentiful entourage of either irritating or pointless characters, and drilling a stupid amount of holes in an already Swiss cheese plot. Fallen is too long and too stupid to endure in its entirety, and many who sat through it in the cinema (and survived) would probably testify to this. Still, this kind of a mess of a movie makes for a great home cinema release - looks amazing, sounds awesome, has a plentiful wealth of (also overlong/comprehensive) extras, and is simply perfect to show off your equipment with and (if you have your hand on the chapter skip button) even pretty entertaining since you can avoid the hour-and-a-half of padding in the comfort of your own home. Oh, and Optimus Prime still rocks.
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