• Sep 5, 2007
Well, there goes 20 bucks. On October 16, Transformers arrives on DVD, and multiple versions will hit retailers simultaneously. In addition to the single-disc release, a two-disc, extras-laden Special Edition and an even more special 2-disc HD-DVD Special Edition will go on sale.

In addition to director's commentary from Michael Bay (Bay's always entertaining in this regard), the second disc will be loaded with behind-the-scenes stuff, including a casting backgrounder, a doc on how the Bay worked with Hasbro to, ahem, transform the toy line into a live-action feature film, a piece on the military training the actors underwent to prepare for their roles and much more. We have a feeling that you won't be the least bit surprised to learn that theres also an informercial featurette on Bay's collaboration with Chevy and the GM design team as well.

Suffice to say, we'll be stopping at the local Wal-Get Circuit Buy Mart on the way home from work on 10/16. Maybe we should take the next day off, too. Follow the jump for the full specs on the release.

[Source: Ciinematical]



PRESS RELEASE:
TRANSFORMERS DVD RELEASE - OCTOBER 16, 2007

DVD:

The TRANSFORMERS DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Total runtime is 143 minutes.

TRANSFORMERS Special Edition DVD bonus features include:

Disc 1:
· Feature film
· Commentary by Michael Bay

Disc 2:
· Our World

The Story Sparks - Steven Spielberg discusses his love for the franchise and early concept art for the film. Explores how the writers adapted the cartoon into a live-action movie and why Michael Bay is the perfect director for the film.
Human Allies - A look at how the actors were selected and their experiences on the set.
I Fight Giant Robots - An exploration of the military training that
Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson underwent for their roles and the various stunts that the actors were asked to perform.
Battleground - A piece on the senior officials from the Department of Defense and Air Force who consulted on the film to give it authenticity and the key locations that the U.S. government provided access to.

· Their War

Rise of the Robots - Explores the interaction between Hasbro designers and Michael Bay to bring the toy line roaring to life.
AUTOBOTS Roll Out - Michael Bay discusses working with Chevy and its designers and the modifications that were made to the cars seen in the film.
DECEPTICONS Strike - The film's military advisors discuss the "toys" they allowed the production to borrow: F-22 Raptors, Ospreys and A-10 Warthogs.
Inside the AllSpark - ILM's digital artists discuss the challenges of bringing the TRANSFORMERS to life.

· More Than Meets The Eye

From Script to Sand: The SKORPONOK Desert Attack - An in-depth look at the making of this particularly epic and challenging scene from initial storyboarding through production and visual effects.
Concepts - Early sketch concepts of the robots.
Trailers

TRANSFORMERS HD DVD

The HD DVD is presented in 1080p High Definition with English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus and English, English SDH+, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. In addition to the above features that will be presented in high definition, the TRANSFORMERS HD DVD will also offer the following exclusive content:

Disc 1:

TRANSFORMERS H.U.D. (Heads Up Display)-In this mode, viewers can access running text-based behind-the-scenes background information on the production during the feature. Users can also watch relevant picture-in-picture b-roll and video with Bay, Spielberg and other filmmakers during select sequences.
Transformers Intelligence Mode web-enabled features consist of:

· Transformation Mode
· Health Meter
· Weapon Mode
· Robot Bio
· In Scene Indicator
· Text Ticker
· GPS

Disc 2:

TRANSFORMERS Tech Inspector - Gives viewers an unprecedented look at the TRANSFORMERS robots through the exquisitely detailed models created by ILM artists. Users can zoom in on each detail for a closer examination and pause and change the rotation of the models.


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  • 11 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      No offense, but people actually thought this movie was good? To each his own. But this "news" smells like viral marketing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the reason I gave in and got the HD DVD add-on for my xbox360. And the day after my birthday! What a great gift to myself!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I walked out of the theatre and said "whatever this comes out on, is what i'm buying" HDDVD player for my 360 is in the mail!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool! At least the DVD sounds a lot better than movie itself was!!!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      wasn't crazy about this movie myself. I'll skip on buying the DVD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sweet! Another reason to ogle Megan..er... I mean GM Cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, I thought it was a pretty serious letdown and that the GM product placement was absolutely dreadful. Really a shame, because I was completely ready for the movie to be great.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No Blu-Ray version means regular DVD + my Oppo player for upconversion. A bummer for sure, but not worth buying an HD-DVD unit. I still can't believe Paramount sold out to the HD-DVD consortium (though I'd probably take $150 million too, if offered!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's ok, thanks to this decision Bay has refused to direct any sequels. He felt that selling out to one format was lame...which it is.

        BTW...BD for the win any day. Sucks you guys had to purchase those 360 add-ons...hope it doesn't Red Ring of Death during the movie.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No thanks. I'll be boycotting it. Paramount thought that by dropping BluRay they'd just get my DVD money instead (to go with their $100M bribe from Toshiba), but they were wrong.