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Transformers: The Last Knight Blu-ray Review

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“Transformers: The Last Knight” is one of the better installments in the film franchise.

To describe “Transformers: The Last Knight” seems like a fruitless effort given how much happens in this weird, wild, messy, and convoluted spectacle. For those that are curious about the story of this fifth installment, however, I will just say it involves 3 human characters (a young girl named Izabella, Mark Wahlberg’s Cade, and a young woman with a big destiny named Viviane), an uber important alien staff, Transformers being outlawed on Earth, Cybertron on course to collide with Earth, Optimus Prime being brainwashed by the villainess Quintessa, the Knights of Iacon, a talisman that the Decepticons are after, and a major secret about what Earth is.

Despite underperforming at the box office and being blasted by critics, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is actually one of the best films in the ongoing sci-fi franchise. Now, perhaps I am just more lenient on this one given that “Age of Extinction” was unwatchable and the worst film in the series thus far, but “The Last Knight” is admirable in how out there it is. If this is to be director Michael Bay’s last “Transformers” film, he certainly goes out with a bang here. Not only are there a plethora of huge action set pieces filled with explosions and flying robot parts, but the story is one of the strangest ever featured in a blockbuster film. Where else can you see a film that contains King Arthur mythology, Stonehenge, a delightfully over-the-top Anthony Hopkins who seems to be enjoying himself onscreen far more than I’ve seen him in many years, submarine action, a Transformers dragon, and a further exploration of Transformers mythology?

One could argue that “Transformers: The Last Knight” is merely 154 minutes of overindulgent nonsense and I would be hard pressed to argue with them. Once you have seen one Michael Bay TF spectacle, you’ve really seen them all. Personally, if this is to be his last film, it is probably for the best as he’s clearly done everything he’s wanted to at this point. I’ve long been interested to see what the franchise will be like without him. Thankfully, we get to see that next year with Travis Knight’s “Bumblebee” spin-off film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? To no surprise, this disc boasts a pristine print. I will say that I didn’t mention the aspect ratio as it actually changes throughout the movie. It may bug some viewers but the changes are actually seamless.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This is a reference disc audio wise. There’s so much going on here sound wise that neighbors may complain.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * “Merging Mythologies”- A 20 minute extra about the film’s combination of the King Arthur and Transformers mythos. The most interesting thing about this extra is the footage of the proposed film pitches. * “Climbing The Ranks”- A look at the real life soldiers who played roles in the film. * “The Royal Treatment: Transformers In The UK”- A 27 minute behind-the-scenes featurette about the film shoot in England. * “Motors And Magic”- A breakdown of some of the Transformers characters/vehicles. * “Alien Landscape: Cybertron”- A featurette about the Transformers homeworld. * “One More Giant Effin’ Movie”- Essentially, this is a behind-the-scenes look at the giant production and Michael Bay at work.

Overall Thoughts: If you have any sort of attachment to the Transformers films or are a fan of the franchise, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is worth checking out. It’s far from great art, but as sci-fi action blockbusters go, you can do a lot worse.

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September 22, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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