Transformers Rise of the Beasts – 4K UHD, BLU-RAY & DVD

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Though there was an animated film back in 1984 the transformers films began in earnest in 2007 when CGI enabled a big screen live action version of the robots in disguise. Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Michael Bay in typically bombastic style churning out increasingly incomprehensible action films that saw the robots levelling cityscapes but raising box office earnings with the third and fourth film both breaking the $1billion dollar barrier.  But since Bay left the series we’ve had an excellent spin off with Bumblebee that calmed down the frenetic pace and now continuing the franchise is a seventh film Transformers Rise of the Beasts which sees director Steven Caple Jr take the directing reins in what was something of a dream gig for him having been a huge fan of the toys when he was growing up in the 1990’s where this film is set – 1994 to be exact

Transformers Rise of the Beasts finds the Autobots discovering a new threat capable of destroying the entire planet and they must now  team up with a powerful faction known as the MAXIMALS. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback) will do whatever it takes to help the TRANSFORMERS as they engage in the ultimate battle to save Earth.

With the previous films having had white lead stars this latest film has Anthony Ramos (Dumb Money) and Dominique Fishback who is especially good supported by the usual array of giant CGI robots battering other giant CGI robots in several decent set pieces and partly relocating the action to Peru’s Machu Picchu. This new disc, amongst its many bonus features has an engrossing  featurette on the blockbuster filming in what is a world heritage fight and how, understandably, strict  patrons were in protecting the area. Not only did the crew have to carry equipment rather than use a trolley to move it around the set they also needed permission to film using drones. So it’s a marvel that the sequel has several of the films best sequences.

As expected the disc has a huge array of bonus features that include:

  • Human Affairs— In a world of robots, machines, and aliens, we explore the humans who help save the world. –
  • Life in the 90s— The filmmakers discuss how the music, set design, fashion, and cultural references transport viewers to New York in the 90s. –
  • Heroes— Get an inside look at the inspiration and thought process behind designing the AUTOBOTS and the MAXIMALS.
  • Villains—Watch as the filmmakers bring the TERRORCONS and PREDACONS to life.
  • The Chase— Meet MIRAGE, a new AUTOBOT that converts into a 1993 Porsche, and experience the adrenaline-filled car chase through New York City.
  • The Battle of Ellis Island— Join the cast and crew as they go behind-the-scenes of the epic battle sequence between the AUTOBOTS and the TERRORCONS at the museum.
  • Into the Jungle— The TRANSFORMERS franchise has been filmed all over the globe. This time, join the cast and crew as they explore the new and exotic location of Peru.
  • The Switchback Attack— Witness the wild, intense driving sequences filmed on location in Peru where the AUTOBOTS fight the TERRORCONS through a town square and into the mountains 15,000 feet up.
  • The Final Conflict— Get a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s epic climax. Watch as the AUTOBOTS, MAXIMALS, Noah, and Elena attempt to save the world.
  • Extended/Deleted Scenes—Includes an alternate opening and ending to the film!

Available on the DVD disc:

  • Human Affairs
  • Life in the 90s
  • The Chase

These are all of the firmly EPK type of featurettes but there are nuggets of behind the scenes information that fans will love and the deleted scenes are of note especially the alternate opening scene which is arguably better than the bombastic planet eating scene that does open the theatrical version.

This seventh film will appeal to fans of the series but the film earned only $438m whereas Bumblebee made $467M and before that Transformers The Last Knight earned $605 which in itself was dramatic drop by almost 50% of the fourth film so maybe the draw of the series is now on the wane. For us it was the iconic Porsche 911 carrera RS 3.8 that we loved but for many it will be the introduction of the robo beasts. Either way for the die hard fan the disc is an essential with the 4K UHD looking especially sharp.

related feature: That deleted Transformers Rise of the Beast’ alternate ending…..

related feature: A London audience at a ‘Transformers:The Last Knight’ sneak peek

Here’s the Transformers Rise of the Beasts trailer……

Transformers Rise of the Beasts is available on 4K UHD, BLU-RAY & DVD from 9th October


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