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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Gets An Insane Special Edition Blu-Ray

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Transformers Age of Extinction BluIt’s only been less than a week since Michael Bay bludgeoned the world with Transformers: Age of Extinction, and while the critics have not been particularly kind to the film, it has still raked in more than $381 million across the globe. And just because the movie is still relatively new to theaters doesn’t mean that Paramount doesn’t already have their eyes on the future. They recently unveiled the spectacular packaging for an upcoming special edition Blu-ray, and the producers have already started thinking about possible new additions to the franchise.

I haven’t seen Age of Extinction yet, and to be honest, I don’t know if I’ll get to it in the theaters—there are a lot of films ahead of this one on my need-to-see list—but I do want to own this Blu-ray. There’s no official release date yet, and not word on the extras, but you can already preorder it on Amazon. The most memorable image from the glut of marketing, one that was used with great frequency, is that of the Autobot leader Optimus Prime riding on the back of the Dinobot named Grimlock, who is essentially a robotic fire-breathing dragon. It is completely insane, over the top, and if I do pay money to see this in the theater, it will be because I want to see this blasted on a screen many stories tall.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Concept Art Shows Off Early Dinobot Designs

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OptimusRideTransformers: Age of Extinction made an ungodly amount of money this weekend, so I think it’s safe to say we’ll see more of those pesky transforming robots in the future. Hell, Michael Bay will probably still be churning them out from the front porch of his retirement home in 2064. (Unless we have real Transformers by then, in which case he’ll probably be married to one of them. The wedding will have a $20 million pyrotechnics budget.) So since we’re in this for the long haul, those of us who have zero interest in the franchise might as well try to find a silver lining. And if that silver lining happens to be the chrome finish on a robot dinosaur, so much the better. We loves us some concept art here at GFR, so we’re going to snatch victory from the jaws of disinterest by sharing some rather badass Age of Extinction concept art, including tons of early designs for the dinobots.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Falls Short Of $100 Million Weekend But Kills Globally

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Transformers_Age_of_Extinction_41961Going into this past weekend, the most positive conversation surrounding Michael Bay’s latest cinematic explosium Transformers: Age of Extinction surrounded its chances of becoming the first film in 2014 to earn $100 million in its first weekend out. And while I was in full belief/disbelief that it would happen, early reports are showing that, no, Optimus Prime and his bot brethren only managed to take in the still ridiculously impressive sum of $97.5 million, give or take. But anyone crying over that small bit of spilled milk can afford to buy enough milk for a lifetime with the $201+ million that the film has earned internationally.

Transformers movies are always expected to do extremely well, even when they’re dumb as robot balls, and it would take an extreme pessimist to call this fourth entry a box office floptimus prime in any way. However, it did come up short as compared to both Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($108.9 million), though it trampled the first film’s opening weekend of $70.5 million. That’s a little more disappointing for Paramount when you consider just how many IMAX and 3D screens this flick made it to.

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Review – Transformers: Age Of Extinction Goes Boom Boom With No Brain Brain

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transformers: age pf extinctionAround two hours into Michael Bay’s eyeball-splitting Transformers: Age of Extinction, Nicola Peltz’s on-the-run Tessa Yeager tells her dad Cade (Mark Wahlberg) that she’s tired of all the running and the sleeping they’ve been doing. This was the only time during this entire shebang that I actually sympathized with a character. Because yes, Tessa, we are all tired of you guys running around, because you’ve been doing it forever. I think I still have jetlag.

With several predictable and straightforward plotlines happening in successive order, Transformers: Age of Extinction is almost three different movies, and in each one, the bad guys’ motives are far more understandable than those of our central heroes. At 165 minutes, this is Bay’s second-longest directorial effort, behind Pearl Harbor. (Say, there’s a movie with relatable villains.) It actually feels longer, as I kept looking at the clock on my phone, assuming that I’d already been watching the movie for three hours, hoping that my phone would suddenly morph into a slang-spewing Transformer to keep me company and deliver exposition when needed.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Drops A Short TV Spot Full Of New Footage

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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is set to open worldwide this Friday, June 27—unless a lawsuit in China delays the release there—and it is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. Even though the previous movies in the franchise have earned billions of dollars—billions with a B and an S—that doesn’t mean that Paramount Pictures is going to be content to rest on their laurels and not promote their movie. Oh no, that’s not how they role at all. In fact, the closer we get, the more we see, including this latest short TV spot.

And when we say short, we mean very short. This video may only be 15-seconds long, but almost all of those seconds are full of new footage. Considering that Bay is fond of shots that are measured in nanoseconds, you can fit quite a lot of shiny new film into a spot this brief.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Earns Mixed Early Reviews And A Lawsuit

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Transformers: Age of ExtinctionThe world is about to be invaded by giant shape shifting robots from space, again. Are you ready? Michael Bay and company will unleash Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in a multi-billion dollar earning franchise, at the end of the week. Early reviews of the film have started trickling, and have been mixed-to-positive, but the cinematic juggernaut has hit a speed bump, one that could lead to some last minute edits.

Yahoo reports that a property developer based in Beijing, China, has filed a lawsuit demanding that one of their properties be cut out of the film before it opens there. Beijing Pangu Investment Co. Ltd is suing both their business partners and Paramount Pictures. They own a hotel that is apparently shaped like a dragon, which is a great idea in itself, and claim that Age of Extinction fails to fulfill an agreed-upon sponsorship deal.