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Could you shake that camera a bit more, Mr. Bay?

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At the time of its release, Transformers was the fastest selling film on any HD format, shifting 100,000 copies in its first day, for a total of 190,000 in the first week. As such, it’s fair to say that this would be a large number of people’s first introduction to high definition, so it’s probably a good thing it looks as great as it does. That’s not to say it’s perfect: in terms of compression, the action-packed final half-hour is something of a struggle for the encoder, whether because of disc space or bandwidth limitations, but by and large it looks excellent. I suspect that it may have been pre-filtered just a teeny-tiny bit, but this is still a sterling effort from Paramount and one that would belong in every HD enthusiast’s collection if the film itself wasn’t such a heap of dung.

Transformers
(Paramount, USA, AVC, 25 GB)

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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008 at 10:54 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Cinema | HD DVD | Technology

 
Comments

1.

The one worthwhile scene and you didn't include a grab of Megan Fox leaning on the hood? Dis-appointed!

;o)

Posted by: Anthony, August 26, 2008 10:46 PM

2.

I considered it, but was worried that all that under-arm stubble might have a few viewers running screaming for the hills. :D

Posted by: Whiggles, August 27, 2008 7:06 AM

3.

A bit of manliness in your ladies is healthy, you know!

Posted by: Lyris, August 27, 2008 9:15 AM

4.

Enjoyable first half but i felt it got a little juvenile in the second half....Why am i the only one who wasn't that impressed by the CGI of the robots....Evereywhere i read i see comments satating it's the best CGI yet committed to film.

For me great CGI is when i am watching the film and it blends in seamlessly with live action shots and i don't even know it was CGI.

Michael Bays best film is still The Rock.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, August 27, 2008 6:25 PM

5.

I should check for typos before pressing post lol

Posted by: FoxyMulder, August 27, 2008 6:25 PM

6.

Lyris:

Who needs manly ladies when Bumblebee and Shia LaBoof are positively overflowing with testosterone?

FoxyMulder:

Agreed on the CGI and totally 100% agreed on The Rock. It’s Bay’s masterpiece… well, as close as he ever came to a masterpiece, at any rate.

I think the best thing about Transformers is John Turturro, who clearly got the measure of the script and chose to perform it as cock-eyed as possible.

Posted by: Whiggles, August 27, 2008 7:10 PM

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