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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

In the 1960s, the race towards space ends with the US setting the first steps on the moon and the world is in awe. What most of mankind doesn’t know, however, is that the event that triggered this race is a crash on the dark side of the moon by an alien space ship.

Years later, the autobots are working together with the humans in order to keep the planet safe from the Decepticons. When they find out about the ship on the moon, they head off to recover the autobot ship that carries the ancient Sentinel Prime as well as a weapon that could have ended the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. However, what the Autobots don’t know is that the Decepticons actually wanted the Autobots to recover the ship and bring Sentinel back to life and now the planet is once again in danger…

Sound and Vision:
If there’s one thing you can say about Transformers, it’s that it looks awesome. The Blu-ray just pops the images off the screen and despite this being the 2D version, it almost looks 3D. The amount of detail is fantastic, colors are rich and saturated, blacks are as inky as they can get, and even the “archived footage” looks pretty good. If we do have do give some negative comments, it’s that there’s some minor banding and in one of the end sequences where a building gets demolished, there’s so much going on that things turn into a blur a bit (although that may have been intentional).

The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 is phenomenal when it comes to detail. Every little piece of sound is perfectly pinpointed and dialogues never get overwhelmed by all the action that’s going on. All surround channels are used perfectly and the subwoofer also gets its piece of action. Stunning if it weren’t for one thing: just as always, the track isn’t as aggressive as a DTS track and you’ll have to turn up the volume quite a bit to get a similar pounding experience. On detail, however, this is almost unmatched.

Extras:
None. Just a Blu-ray and a DVD version of the movie are included in this release.

Conclusion:
Let’s first get one thing straight: when watching a Transformers movie, you shut down your brain as otherwise you’ll run into issues. Like how it was ever possible that the Autobots lost the war for Cybertron seeing how they constantly manage to win from the Decepticons on Earth. Just as one example, I can easily name more.

That said, Transformers 3 is actually the best Transformers movie yet. The characters are a bit more life-like, the acting is reasonably decent, the storyline is more compelling than the previous ones, and overall the movie is just more enjoyable than parts one and two.

If you’re not into Transformers or aren’t particularly interested in big screen blockbuster movies that are packed with action, then stay away from this one. However, if you’re in touch with your inner child and just want to be stunned by action, then Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a must have.

Our Score:
7.0

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