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TransformersTransformers' arrival on DVD raises hopes that its ''hours of exclusive bonus features'' will clarify its muddled plot...and also...TransformersSci-fi and Fantasy, Action/AdventurePT143MTransformers' arrival on DVD raises hopes that its ''hours of exclusive bonus features'' will clarify its muddled plot...and also...2007-10-19Anthony AndersonJosh DuhamelAnthony Anderson, Josh DuhamelParamount Pictures
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Transformers

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Action/Adventure; Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese, Anthony Anderson, Josh Duhamel; Director: Michael Bay; Author: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci; Release Date Wide: 07/03/2007; Runtime (in minutes): 143; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Transformers’ arrival on DVD raises hopes that its ”hours of exclusive bonus features” will clarify its muddled plot…and also elicits a fear that the shiny special-edition box will transform into an evil robot hell-bent on destroying my Honda Civic. Actually, neither is the case. The movie, about a goofball (Shia LaBeouf) caught in a war between shape-shifting Autobots and Decepticons, remains an impenetrable (but immensely amusing) mind-boggler, and I still have a way to drive to the toy store.

That’s fortunate, because this two-hour-plus ode to consumerism is probably the most elaborate ad ever made; the DVD will only increase your longing for those famous movable figurines. Behind-the-scenes docs include a geektastic history of the Japanese-conceived toys, effects primers, and a glimpse into the arduous boot camp that actors endured so they could convincingly fire 50-caliber artillery at CG machines from outer space.

Ubiquitous throughout the extras is action auteur Michael Bay, a director I’ve always admired (he makes loud movies for boys better than anyone — so sue him). Unfortunately, some viewers may be put off by hearing about his working methods — fetishizing deadly weapons (”I got the phone number to the Pentagon!”), browbeating his crew (on the set, Bay says he’s ”in your face,” like a ”tough-ass basketball coach”), and casting Megan Fox in part because she has ”a nice stomach.” Why he would reveal such dirt is a mystery. Then again, like the movie, it’s really entertaining. B+