TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Blu-ray Review

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Transformers: Age of Extinction was initially pitched as something of a reboot.  Though franchise helmer Michael Bay was set to return to the director’s chair, Shia LaBeouf was out as Mark Wahlberg took the lead role.  But even with the new cast, it has the same bloated and confused approach that marked all the sequels, and the fourth film – which is the longest of the series – features all the same problems of the previous movies, but only some of the pluses.  My Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXCTINCTION, CHEF, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest explosion-filled effort from Michael Bay, a small-scale indie from Jon Favreau, the return of Jack Bauer, and more.  Briefly:

Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Concept Art Gives You an Early Look at Michael Bay’s Film

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction gears up for its Blu-ray release we’re getting a peak at some of the special features of the disc and they’re certainly impressive.  In a time when supplementary features seem to be on the wane, this one definitely seems like it’s going all out which is something I certainly appreciate.  Michael Bay is definitely a master craftsman in many regards, so getting a look at his process is fascinating.

We have some exclusive concept images to share with you guys that take a look at the evolution of some of the designs of the film.  Hit the jump for the exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction concept art.  The movie hits Blu-ray tomorrow.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

Exclusive Clip from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION’s Blu-ray/Digital Release Takes a Peek into the Mind, Method, and Madness of Michael Bay

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The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay’s filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products.  Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie’s end.  While I was lucky enough to see Bay’s process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip.  This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film’s release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew.  Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release.

Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lands with $94 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has just set a new opening record for August with an estimated $94 million.  In fact, ‘demolished’ is probably a more accurate term.  The previous box office benchmark was $69.3 million, set back in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum.  The weekend’s other new release, the James Brown biopic Get On Up, came in third with an estimated $14 million.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $94,000,000 $94
2.  Lucy $18,300,000 $71
3.  Get On Up $14,000,000 $14
4.  Hercules $10,700,000 $52.3
5.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $8,700,000 $189.3
6.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $6,424,000 $47.6
7.  The Purge: Anarchy $5,551,000 $62.9
8.  Sex Tape $3,550,000 $33.9
9.  And So It Goes $3,344,000 $10.4
10.  A Most Wanted Man $3,324,000 $7

Full story after the jump.

Behind the Music Comic-Con Panel Recap: Composers for HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More Discuss Writing Music for Genre Properties

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Celebrating “Crime, Death, and Resurrection,” the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers’ work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated.

During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects.  Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Oscar Beat: What Awards Prospects Does the First Half of 2014 Have to Offer?

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We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September.  That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year.  Read on after the jump.

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 Retains Title Over Holiday Weekend with $36.4 Million

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Over a very muted Independence Day weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction had no trouble staying on top of the box office.  After ten days, the sequel has earned more than $575 million worldwide, putting it on track to become 2014’s biggest global earner before the end of the month.  Tammy, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, was the frame’s only other notable performer – because this year $21 million counts as notable.  As for the rest of the top ten, including new releases Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil, 2014’s July Fourth weekend was one giant traffic jam of mediocrity.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $36,400,000 $174.7
2.  Tammy $21,170,000 $32.9
3.  Deliver Us From Evil $9,500,000 $15
4.  22 Jump Street $9,400,000 $158.8
5.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $8,750,000 $140
6.  Earth to Echo $8,250,000 $13.5
7.  Maleficent $6,133,000 $213.8
8.  Jersey Boys $5,160,000 $36.7
9.  Think Like A Man Too $4,900,000 $57.1
10.  Edge of Tomorrow $3,640,000 $90.8

 

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: TRANSFORMERS 4 and TAMMY Lead Weak Fourth of July Frame

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Transformers: Age of Extinction remained on top of the box office for an eighth straight day on Friday, earning an estimated $10.6 million to easily dominate the week’s three new releases.  All of the new titles opened on July second and, as expected, Warner Bros.’ Tammy was strongest.  The comedy took second place with an estimated $6.6 million yesterday, putting its three-day total at $18.1 million.  Fellow newcomers Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo battled in the middle of the pack, with less than $250,000 separating their debuts from holdovers How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, both of which are entering their fourth weekend in theatres.

Details and Friday’s top six films after the jump.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Dinobots, What Mark Wahlberg Added to the Story, Sequels, and More

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The day after the world premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong, I landed an awesome extended video interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.  Since the franchise launched in 2007, he’s produced all the films along with projects like G.I. JoeRedSide Effects,Stardust, and many more.  While we already posted what he had to say about Joe Carnahan’s Five Against a Bullet, G.I. Joe 3, David S. Goyer’s The Breach, the possibility of a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover movie, and the Dead Rising digital series, it’s finally time for what he had to say about making Age of Extinction.

During the interview he talked about how the story came together for the film, how and why they finally brought in the dinobots, the way they work with Hasbro, how breaking the story led to introducing a new kind of character to the Transformers movie mythology, where the film could go in future sequels, how adding a legitimate action star in Mark Wahlberg changed the dynamic of the human component of the story, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see Transformers: Age of Extinction in IMAX 3D if you have the option.  The film will take up the full IMAX frame about 60% of the time and the 3D is great.

Stanley Tucci Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Working with Michael Bay, Filming the Action, Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS, and More

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Stanley Tucci is one of those actors that shines in every genre and role.  I won’t list his great resume, but check it out on IMDb and you’ll see someone that has consistently done excellent work for almost three decades and acted in over 100 projects.   He’s also a writer-director helming projects of his own like Big NightThe Impostors and Blind Date.  In his latest role for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, Tucci plays the head of a tech company that develops weapons.

At the Hong Kong press day for the film, I talked to Tucci about working with Bay, the new technology that was used on the film (like the new IMAX 4K 3D digital camera), playing a role that’s serious while also providing levity, filming the action, and getting to work with Alan Rickman on his movie A Little Chaos.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Exclusive: See TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION July 4th in IMAX 3D at Regal or AMC and Receive a Collector’s Edition Print

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Though Transformers: Age of Extinction smashed its way into theaters last weekend to the tune of $100 million, Paramount is giving fans an incentive to turn out over the Fourth of July weekend as well.  If you see director Michael Bay’s action sequel on Friday, July 4th in IMAX 3D at either an AMC Theater or Regal Cinema, you will receive a limited-edition collector’s print of the film (though quantities are limited).  There are two different prints available, one at AMC and one at Regal, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at both posters.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters, and if you’ve missed any of Steve’s coverage, check out his interviews with Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz & Jack Reynor, Li Bingbing, and screenwriter Ehren Kruger.

Kelsey Grammer Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Michael Bay, the New IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera, THE EXPENDABLES 3, X-MEN, and More

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Kelsey Grammer is having a great summer.  Not only did the talented actor return to the X-Men franchise for an awesome cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s got a role in The Expendables 3, and he got to play one of the villains in Michael Bay’s  Transformers: Age of Extinction.  And this doesn’t count all of his other roles in upcoming films.

As a fan of Grammer’s work for what feels like my entire life, it was a really cool to get to talk to him last week in Hong Kong the day after the world premiere.  He  talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, working with new technology like the new IMAX 4K 3D digital camera, how he got involved in X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Expendables 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here for all our Transformers: Age of Extinction coverage.

THE COLLISION: Episode 95 – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and Michael Bay

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by freelance film critic Curt Holman to talk about Transformers: Age of Extinction.  We talk about the film’s huge box office, critical reaction versus general reaction, why the franchise continues, how it fits into the blockbuster landscape, the directing style and filmography of Michael Bay, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Game of Thrones: Looking Back at Season 4″), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

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