Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best buys at your local video store this week, for the nerdy appetite. This week, along with being a very vintage themed must-have list, there is also some very definite “pass-worthy” movies. Oh, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out later this week *yawn*, Sep. 30th.
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! (Probably not, but just roll with it, k?)
Drum roll, please!
The Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on September 30, 2011. The Blu-Ray edition will be a Blu-Ray/DVD combo complete with a digital copy, so you’ve got no excuse not to watch Rosie Huntington on screen again.
Apparently there will soon be a Blu-Ray 3D release with lots of bonus features. That better not mean that the other releases won’t have any bonus material; that’d be fuckin’ cheap.
By now you’ve probably heard some positive buzz for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Maybe even hearing comments like “Best of the series”. Well gosh darn, that’s like saying you’re the smartest kid with down syndrome. At the end of the day, you’re still retarded. I apologize for the mentally challenged joke, but you can’t fix stupid and this addition into the robot fighting franchise is just as dumb. It’s riddled with all the problems of its predecessors, only slightly less. Instead of racist robots, bots with unfortunately placed bulbous balls, a push over villain, or being an overlong, numb experience; we get bots with Einstein hairdoos, a pout champion female lead, awkward moments of dialogue and more brand advertising than you can shake a stick at (GM cars and trucks, Mercedes SLS AMG, brand-name whiskey and brandy, Hermes bags, Cisco and Lenovo computers). But yes, if I must make the announcement, T:DOTM is a vast improvement from the last flick. “Dark of the Moon” manages to squeak out a semblance of a plot, the characters were entertaining (Yes, even The Beef was likable) and offers enough battle royal eye candy to lush over. GAWD! I can’t believe I just said that!
Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiered this week at the Moscow Film Festival and a wave of reviews have come pouring in. Reading them, I would swear these critics were paid off. Seriously, everyone of them raved about it. And, they’re commanding we see it in 3D (an experience that rivals Avatar) That’s something we don’t often hear. I’m astonished. These are the same critics who widely loathed the franchise and Michael Bay won them over?
I got burned by the first two films, especially the last one (ROTF). The anger and resentment that resulted from both experiences has completely turned me off. I’ve had no stake, no investment in this 3rd and final film. I do not want to be shamed thrice. However, with the promise of good 3D and some semblance of story, my opinion is starting to change. I kind of want to see this now.
Read the reviews below and tell me if you feel the same.
Ah, the perks of being a Nerd Bastard; occasionally you get sent free shit. Such as the case with this rather big Transformers: Dark of the Moon box that randomly appeared on the doorstep of the NB headquarters today. I had no idea it was coming, nor had any clue as to what was inside. I’ll admit, I was afraid to open it. With all our specious hate for the Transformers films, I feared it may have been a bomb (Michael Bay does like his explosions), or perhaps contained the severed head (or toe thumb) of Megan Fox. After a 12 pack of tacos from Taco Bell (12 tacos, 12 bucks. Affordable NOMs) and an equal amount of beers (Sam Adams Summer Ale), I summoned up the courage to unleash it’s innards.
There have been a lot of talk as to why Megan Fox left (or was let go) from the Transformers movie franchise.
There was a lot of fighting between Fox and director Michael Bay, which eventually made it into the news. Fox even went so far as to call Bay to Hitler at one point, so it came as no surprise when it was revealed that she would not be returning for the third movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. She would instead be replaced by former model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
But what really happened?
According to Shia LaBeouf in an interview with Hero Complex, Fox could not deal with Bay’s shooting style and adolescent attitude.
Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it. This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time for [LaBeouf assumes a gentle voice] ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’
But, what about Huntington-Whiteley?
Rosie comes with this Victoria’s Secret background, and she’s comfortable with it, so she can get down with Mike’s way of working and it makes the whole set vibe very different … It’s a different female energy than he experienced with Mikaela, who was a very cold biker chick. This woman’s more of a maternal, loving type. Sam wants a domestic, eggs-in-the-morning kind of a thing
I enjoyed the first Transformers movie, and thought the sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, had a few good moments that were few and far-between. But, I am still torn about the upcoming movie. I hope it is good, but I’ve been lied to by movie studio’s before!
There is only one way to find out how it all works out, and that is by seeing the movie when it is released on June 29th. Will you be seeing it?
Michael Bay has released the following two TV spots for his upcoming, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The two snippets are full of footage we’ve already seen, except for maybe some quick shots of the bayformers – transformers that Bay just made the fuck up. If you check out the first spot (15 sec. mark), you’ll see a crimson transformers (fans are guessing that it’s Mirage) and a skeletal bird or bat robotof sorts. Plus we see a bunch more of that robo-tapeworm doing some tentacle pr0n on a skyscraper. He’s literally fucking the city. So we got that and the unrealistically hot girl, explosions, outer space, and people running. Oh my.
I fewking hated the first two Transformers flicks with a passion. I’ve been speaking ill words towards ‘Dark of the Moon’, but recently my mood has started to change. I’m still almost certainly sure that it’s gonna blow (still pissed btw at how the franchise keeps distancing itself from the source material), but with the promise of a solid story and a ton of robot smashing action, I’m kinda holding some cautious optimism. I really want to like it.
The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.
Dark of the Moon is set to be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on June 29th.
What’s up with these online “3-D trailers”? This week Transformers: Dark of The Moonand Green Lantern released “3-D” trailers, and while one of them flopped the other gave us more to be excited about! If you went and watched the Transformer’s 3-D trailer, and grabbed your hidden pair of “3-D” specs to see if you could watch it, you’ll be as disappointed as I was. The trailer, which is one we’ve seen on TV, in movie theaters, and online, is the same hullaballoo you’ve been watching for a while now. It was just disappointing and grainy.
Green Lantern on the other hand really surprised me! In the first minute and a half we are given a detailed and stunning view on the history of the Oa, the Green Lanterns Corp, and a couple of scenes from the induction of the first human Lantern. I give movie great props for changing my mind on the worthiness of this movie.
There are so many superhero films and while some have fallen flat on their faces, others have risen to the challenge. After today’s not so “3-D” looking commercial I can say, that the whole cheesy-romantic comedy feel of the movie has changed for me.
Awesome Taco Results for these two trailers are as follows:
Green Lantern gets 4 ½ out of five awesome tacos for its trailer, while Transformers got 1 ½ awesome tacos out of five!
Transformers 3D Trailer:
Green Lantern 3D Trailer:
Leave your thoughts and comments below, ‘cause you know you want some of this awesome Tacoeey Goodness!
Not that any self respecting nerd cares, but just so y’all know, Paramount Pictures has moved up Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon two days from Friday, July 1st to Wednesday, June 29th.
Splosions Wednesday night instead of Friday night is no Bay buffoonery. Seemingly pointless to us, those two extra days will give the threequel (I really hate that word) a little more time to position itself as one of the summer highest grossing films. It’s biggest competition is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opens July 15th, those extra 48 hours might give it the push it needs to stand a top the box office mountain. That’s the logic behind it anyway.
Plus Bay is a creature of habit (which explains why all his movies are a the same), he’s done this before. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was moved from Friday June 26th 2009 to Wednesday June 24th 2009 and the release date of Transformers was moved from July 4th 2007, to one day earlier – July 3rd 2007. Suffice to say, this was expected.
Shift in release notwithstanding, will you, as a fan that has been burnt twice before, go back for thirds? Is there a sense of cautious optimism?
Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, the action adventure stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro and Leonard Nimoy.