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#1 of 373 Phil Iturralde

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Posted September 05 2007 - 02:09 AM

EDIT: OCT. 17th, 2007 - See page 11 for actual HD DVD digital-1080p-pics - Movie Scenes / HUD & WEB Enabled GPS Next Generation Features.

From Director Michael Bay and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg Comes the BIGGEST Original Blockbuster of the Year, TRANSFORMERS - September 05, 2007 08:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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$650+ Million Smash Hit from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Rolls out on DVD and HD DVD October 16 in Two-Disc Sets Bursting with a Universe of Bonus Features to Immerse Fans of All Ages in the World of the Legendary ROBOTS IN DISGUISE

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The armies of CYBERTRON invaded theaters with a juggernaut fury that shook the summer of 2007, but on October 16, 2007 fans of all ages will discover that there is far “More Than Meets The Eye” to the massive mechanical behemoths when TRANSFORMERS arrives on Earth in spectacular DVD and HD DVD two-disc Special Edition sets as well as on a single disc from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures; distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Earning over $650 million at the global box office to date, the massive production exploded onto screens from the creative minds of director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, taking audiences by storm and becoming the biggest original film of the year. The first live-action film based on the enduringly popular “robots in disguise”, TRANSFORMERS features the ultimate battle between good and evil, as the peace-loving AUTOBOTS seek to protect humanity from the evil forces of the DECEPTICONS. The action-packed film stars a hot young cast of up-and-coming actors including Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia), Josh Duhamel (“Las Vegas”), Tyrese Gibson (Four Brothers) and Megan Fox (“Hope & Faith”), as well as seasoned performers such as Jon Voight (National Treasure) and John Turturro (The Good Shepherd). But the biggest stars are the TRANSFORMERS robots themselves – including fan favorites OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE, RATCHET, JAZZ and more – brought to life by revolutionary new VFX techniques developed by the innovative digital wizards at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

The TRANSFORMERS Special Edition two-disc sets provide an incredible experience with an arsenal of bonus material that delivers excitement and fun for long-time fans, as well as for viewers who are new to the TRANSFORMERS universe. The extensive special features include commentary by Michael Bay and two multi-part in-depth documentaries exploring the human elements of the film as well as the phenomenal robot stars. Presented in multiple parts, “Our World” and “Their War” include segments with Steven Spielberg discussing his love for the franchise and the early concept for the movie, the extensive casting process, the training, consultants and real-world weapons provided by the military to lend authenticity to the film, the evolution of the robots from Hasbro’s iconic toy line to big-screen stars, the unique vehicles created for the movie, a discussion with ILM’s legendary digital artists and much more.

The discs go even further behind-the-scenes with early sketch concepts of the robots and an in-depth look at the making of the SKORPONOK attack from writing and conceptualization through the creation of the stunning visual effects.

Out-Of-This World High-Def Content:

In addition to superior picture and sound and all of the above bonus material presented in high definition, the HD DVD presentation provides consumers with a host of web-enabled features, which are accessible through all connected HD DVD players. The web-enabled features take advantage of technology that allows the studio to present the content in a new way. These cutting-edge, online features can be updated, providing consumers with an evolving entertainment experience months, or even years, after the disc is physically produced. Initial features include a TRANSFORMERS Intelligence Mode in which an on-screen dashboard over the film provides information about the robots and weapons, their strength levels, character updates and more. Plus, a GPS Locator that can access a map and GPS coordinates. Paramount’s TRANSFORMERS HD DVD connectivity capabilities will reveal additional HD DVD exclusive features at street date and at various time periods in the future.

The HD DVD also includes a TRANSFORMERS H.U.D. (Heads Up Display) that lets viewers access running text commentary while watching the film and even view relevant behind-the-scenes footage in a picture-in-picture window. Additionally, viewers can explore the main robots’ individual details in high definition with the TRANSFORMERS Tech Inspector.

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.
Marketing Support:

Paramount Home Entertainment will support the home video debut of TRANSFORMERS with one of the biggest media campaigns in the division’s history. The multi-million dollar blitz will include television, print, radio and online advertising reaching a four quadrant audience. The expansive campaign also will include a viral marketing program in which fans can go online to customize a message for their friends from OPTIMUS PRIME and send it via telephone or email. In addition, an array of high-impact displays will be deployed to retail locations across the country. Promotional partners including Chevrolet and Hostess will also extend the TRANSFORMERS message to millions of people.

Each TRANSFORMERS DVD will include an insert alerting consumers to Chevrolet's "The Bumblebee Camaro Sweepstakes". Beginning October 17, 2007, fans can enter to win one of three customized Chevy Camaro cars styled after the TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT BUMBLEBEE at chevy.com/camaro. The sweepstakes also will be promoted with a wide-reaching television, print and online advertising campaign that will further extend the DVD messaging and excitement.

This October, Hostess, the maker of America’s most iconic snack cakes, will be launching a national consumer promotion on approximately 17 million TRANSFORMERS themed packages at convenience and grocery/mass merchandiser retail stores. Consumers will be directed via www.hostesscakes.com to a Hostess micro-site where they can play an instant-win game for a chance to win a 50” Plasma TV and Home Entertainment system, portable DVD players and other prizes.

Synopsis:

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg comes a thrilling battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS. When their epic struggle comes to Earth, all that stands between the evil DECEPTICONS and ultimate power is a clue held by Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). Join the fight for mankind in the extraordinary adventure that “features some of the most spectacular action and effects sequences of any movie of its kind and will appeal to the kid in all of us” (Claudia Puig, USA Today).

About Paramount Home Entertainment

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.

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TRANSFORMERS

Street date: October 16, 2007
Runtime: 143 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action
violence, brief sexual humor, and language
Canadian Rating: PG for violence and coarse language

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#2 of 373 Robert Crawford

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Posted September 05 2007 - 02:41 AM

Paramount needs to get their act together because this HD DVD release should have a lossless audio track or is it because they don't have the room for one?

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#3 of 373 Jim-J

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Posted September 05 2007 - 02:46 AM

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The HD DVD is presented in 1080p High Definition with English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus
What! No Lossless audio!!??
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#4 of 373 Jari K

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:06 AM

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Paramount needs to get their act together because this HD DVD release should have a lossless audio track or is it because they don't have the room for one?

Oh boy... Has it started now? 30gb...

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:06 AM

DD+?! If true, well you figure it out. Posted Image

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:16 AM

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Oh boy... Has it started now? 30gb...
I'm looking for answers because this is the type of title that should have a lossless audio track on any released HD format.

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#7 of 373 Walter Kittel

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:23 AM

While I don't disagree that lossless should accompany this type of title release the question is whether this due to capacity constraints or a matter of studio policy with regards to lossless, or something else. I'm sure that some folks have already made up their minds about this, but it's all just opinions; so whatever.

Personally, I'm pretty stoked about this release and look forward to re-experiencing this film on HD DVD. DD+ isn't lossless, but it isn't exactly chopped liver either.

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#8 of 373 Dave H

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:41 AM

I agree that there is no good excuse not to include a lossless track on such a high profile, action-packed movie such as Transformers. However, if it's due to space constraints, then I understand it as I wouldn't want the video compromised in any manner. I'm sure the DD+ will sound great, however, I thought we were striving for the optimal on HD?

#9 of 373 Shane Martin

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Posted September 05 2007 - 03:42 AM

No Lossless and it's a 2 disc set. No excuse. Posted ImagePosted Image

I don't think it was a space issue. With a 2 disc set, space can't be it.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 04:02 AM

If the culprit is a space/bandwidth issue (which I suspect it is), well.....I won't go further, except to say that I wish they had stayed neutral. I liked getting to choose from the best of both worlds.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 04:10 AM

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If the culprit is a space/bandwidth issue (which I suspect it is), well.....I won't go further, except to say that I wish they had stayed neutral. I liked getting to choose from the best of both worlds.

I agree. What a shame.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 04:18 AM

No lossless audio and two discs ?!

Well Paramount realy is making a great start for their HD-DVD's.
Not buying this.
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Posted September 05 2007 - 04:39 AM

The bigger news here is this won't be a combo-only release like many were anticipating.
Transformers, it looks like, won't be the release that pole-vaults HD DVD pasts BD this year.

1.x:1 and 2:1 ratios are here to stay for a while.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 04:47 AM

Wow! Thats really some lousy audio specs on that HD-DVD release.

Now I understand Bays initial fury about Paramount going HD-DVD. He is obsessed with visuals and sound and now this will fail to deliver the best in the audio category.

I for one, am not delivering 30 bucks, for a DD5.1+ soundtrack.
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#15 of 373 Phil Iturralde

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Posted September 05 2007 - 05:01 AM

Personally, ... I'm looking forward to view all the HDi PiP exclusives on ...

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.

and Web Internet Exclusives:
-- TRANSFORMERS Intelligence Mode web-enabled features consist of:
-- Transformation Mode
-- Health Meter
-- Weapon Mode
-- Robot Bio
-- In Scene Indicator
-- Text Ticker
-- GPS

As far as audio, TrueHD would be nice (possibly an upcoming Paramount double dip future Ultimate Version?) but as Kris Deering (Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity MAG) wrote @ AVS ...

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Paramount has been doing full resolution 1.5MBps DD+ tracks for awhile now and we've already heard from sound engineers that they are essentially transparent to the master tracks, so I wouldn't sweat it too much. Yes it would be nice to have the piece of mind of lossless audio, but I bet it wouldn't even be 24 bit.

I don't think it is a space limitation (though I haven't confirmed this yet) but probably a bandwidth limitations. HD DVD's peak bitrate is its biggest obstacle, something the Blu-ray camp does have plenty of. If the extra bits were needed to get the best possible video (this movie was quite grainy at times, even in digital theaters) then sacrificing the bits for a lossless audio track that doesn't have any perceived benefit over a lossy one is going to be a necessary evil.

Some of the best soundtracks on HD DVD are DD+, so I wouldn't sweat it too much.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 05:14 AM

I got into home theater to replicate, as closely as possible, the theater experience at home. That means the highest resolution video AND AUDIO I can get. If HD-DVD's space and bandwidth limitations mean compromising either video or audio just for fancy interactive features then count me out.

I was planning on picking up the Samsung dual format player coming out in a few weeks and going format neutral, but I think I may have to cancel those plans if this is any indication of what the future holds for HD-DVD. The Look and Sound of Perfect. Guess they forgot about the sound part.

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Posted September 05 2007 - 05:51 AM

I'll buy it, the lack of lossless audio is not a dealbreaker for me. Plus this is exactly the kind of movie to show off your HD system!!

However, there is a disturbing trend of some studios who are putting far too much attention into the interactive "extras" on these big releases. Features you'll only play around with once or twice at the most.

The priority first & foremost should be on the video & audio quality of the MAIN FEATURE.. you know, the actual film we're buying the disc to watch! I want the main feature with the least amount of compression and the best quality audio available, and not just on the blockbuster titles, but on EVERY HD title. If it means dropping extras or putting them on a 2nd disc then so be it.

If I want interactive stuff I'll play my Xbox 360. Remember all those highly touted New Line Platinum Series DVD's packed with exclusive extras (such as Austin Powers, Lost in Space etc)? How many times did you play around with the extra features on those titles? I'm guessing most people probably watched them once then never touched them again..

#18 of 373 Phil Iturralde

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Posted September 05 2007 - 05:57 AM

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Posted September 05 2007 - 05:58 AM

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Wow! Thats really some lousy audio specs on that HD-DVD release.

Now I understand Bays initial fury about Paramount going HD-DVD. He is obsessed with visuals and sound and now this will fail to deliver the best in the audio category.

I for one, am not delivering 30 bucks, for a DD5.1+ soundtrack.
I might want lossless audio on this release, but I'm not going to cut off my nose to spite my face.




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#20 of 373 Jim-J

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Posted September 05 2007 - 06:13 AM

Transformers HD-DVD-“The Look and Sound of Almost Perfect”

So much for Paramount flexing it muscles with such a High profile release
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