Friday, September 09, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Home Video Press Release

An unintentional leak over a week ago confirmed that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 30, 2011. Paramount has finally got around releasing an official press release confirming their own leak. As Nelson indicated, the 9/30 release is for just the movie with no bells and whistles as these will be "followed by a deluxe Blu-ray and DVD release, including a Blu-ray 3D, in the coming months."

The assessment that the editions will come in around December makes the most sense as Paramount will want to take advantage of the holiday buying season. What does not make any sense is for anyone to buy these "standard" editions come the end of the month until all the information is revealed on what the "deluxe" and 3D editions of the movie will have as far as extras so buyers can make an informed decision on what version to buy. In my opinion, unless the deal is too fantastic to pass up (say $5 for Blu-ray version) you should not buy a single copy of this movie until Paramount releases the details on the deluxe editions. Press release below.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ -- Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular TRANSFORMERS franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty AUTOBOTS in a thrill-packed adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, the film will debut in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a digital copy and on standard DVD on Friday, September 30, 2011, followed by a deluxe Blu-ray and DVD release, including a Blu-ray 3D, in the coming months.

"For fans who can't wait, the Blu-ray release in September will deliver an awesome ride with the movie in stunning 1080p high definition and a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that was personally overseen by our phenomenal supervising sound mixer just for the Blu-ray," said director Michael Bay. "As you know, we put a lot of effort into the 3D experience for the theatrical release and I want to make sure we get it right for home viewing--and that process takes time. So stay tuned for an even more incredible release that will include the film on Blu-ray 3D and loads of bonus features."

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro, Transformers: Dark of the Moon explodes with high-octane action when a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day threatening to bring a war to Earth so big that the TRANSFORMERS alone will not be able to save us. Stars Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Josh Duhamel (Life As We Know It), Tyrese Gibson (Four Brothers) and John Turturro (The Good Shepherd) have returned along with a host of new stars including Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), Frances McDormand (Fargo) and John Malkovich (Beowulf). The film also features the voices of Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek") and Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger) and introduces newcomer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Disc Specifications
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD and--in a first for Paramount Home Entertainment--English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital and English 2.0 Discrete Surround Dolby Digital tracks, each of which was individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience. The disc additionally features French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The DVD in the Combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Discrete Surround, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The digital copy is presented in English 2.0 Stereo with no subtitles.

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Discrete Surround, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Epic Marketing Support
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray and DVD debut will be supported by a massive marketing and promotional campaign befitting the mega-hit status of the franchise. In addition to a multi-million dollar advertising blitz spanning television, print, radio and online, a stellar array of allies has joined forces with Paramount Home Entertainment to transmit the AUTOBOTS' message to all inhabitants of the globe.

Hasbro will host a "Roll Out In PRIME Style" sweepstakes in the U.S. giving entrants the chance to "Win a Ride to School" with the AUTOBOTS! The grand prize winner will be picked up by BUMBLEBEE and transported to school where OPTIMUS PRIME will be waiting with TRANSFORMERS toys and products in his trailer. Details are available at

Also in the U.S., Hostess will feature TRANSFORMERS images on millions of packages and will have thousands of displays in grocery and convenience stores across the country. The company will also host a branded "Transform Your Treat" sweepstakes that gives consumers the chance to win a variety of valuable prizes. Additionally, Hostess will offer consumers a $4 rebate on the purchase of Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray or DVD with purchase of two (2) Hostess products (additional details available at Energizer will offer coupons good for $5 off the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray or DVD at retailers throughout the U.S. via special displays and packaging.

In Canada, 250,000 Kernels Popcorn Shakers have been outfitted with Transformers: Dark of the Moon promotional branding in support of a consumer sweepstakes tied to the home entertainment release. The Popcorn Shakers will be available at major retailers across the country.

A mysterious event from Earth's past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS(TM) alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTS(TM) must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS'(TM) all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.


  1. Somewhat disappointed that the are including a Dolby and not a DTS-HD audio track....BUT I'm sure it will still rock the home theater :)

  2. will it comes wit 3D version n 2D version wit digital copy for Blu-Ray on September 30th?

  3. pfft,, on tv I want 2d. Extra's on dvd is looking a half time. It is the movie that counts.

    Who watches a complete movie listening audio commentary from the director....

  4. Martinus Prime9/11/2011 9:16 AM

    I think the director´s audio commentary is for people who are studying to be a dirctor/filmmaker, or get them excited about the direting job.
    But I don´t care about it either, it completely destroys the experience.

    I think Bay/Paramount not only got the 3D virus from Cameron, they also inherited the marketing virus. First you get a standard edition, then an 'extended edition' and then in 3rd release you get the special edition/3D edition.

    That's not good!! I gues i'll have to wait 'till the special edition, I like things like behind the scenes stuff.

  5. @Martinus Prime 9/11/2011 9:16 AM: Exactly. Michael Bay and Paramount got hints directly from James Cameron on how to cheat on customers the best way, which means the whole Avatar scam.
    As long as too many people act like sheeps and follow without using their own brains and just "say no" to these every manager,director and producer in the show biz will stop working hard to deliver quality and just go down the bad cheating route. If they see people giving them more money when they release bad products it will only get worse.
    Transoformers3 was way cheaper than the first two movies on everything. Paramount claims on budget are just inflated and absolutely not true. Anyone should be able to see the tricks used to save on cost as much as possible.
    The whole marketing machine for Transformers3 has been lame to say the least. Compare all of this with what Bay and Paramount did on the first two movies and the huge difference should be clear.
    The first two movies were made to deliver best possible quality experience to customers and they worked hard and it shows, the third movie was made just for a quick buck and unfortunately even thanks to 3D ticket inflated prices too many people paid for a worse products without even questioning. That is bad because Transformers4,5,6 now might be just awful like Avatar as long as people keep paying for awful products more than excellent ones.

  6. Transformers 3 was awesome and so was Avatar so your clearly speaking for yourself, and I realy realy wish you would stop speaking for everyone its getting realy old and annoying and I will also buy what ever the fuck I want and I will decide what's awful or excellent thankyou...TRANSFORMERS does not revolve around little old you!!!

  7. @Anonymous 9/11/2011 4:31 PM: Avatar was awesome to you? What? Are you serious? Avatar is among the worst movies ever made. It's just a scam. You want to act like a sheep an pay for garbage, go on. Studios managers surely love you.

  8. It's simple. I'll buy the Blu-ray released on the 30th to watch it again and get my fix, then when the special edition rolls around in December (or whenever) I will sell my Sept. 30th copy to a friend or online, then buy the new one. Sure I won't get full price for what I paid, but at least I'll have gotten to watch it several times before the SE version comes out.

  9. 9/11/2011 2:57 PM
    "The first two movies were made to deliver best possible quality experience to customers and they worked hard and it shows"

    The first movie - yes. RotF? HELL NO. have you even seen the amount of plotline and cgi mistakes in that film? hell, they didn't even clear up that horrible cgi explosion overlaying a transparent megan fox's face for blu-ray.

    I agree with you in that michael bay did dotm for the money and the film quality shows. Another ridiculously dumb story and shocking acting. But i dont agree with your reproach on your so called 'Avatar scam'.

    Granted, the majority of movie-goers now avoid 3d films as it just isn't worth the extra price. But Avatar definitely was, James Cameron single handedly brought 3d back into cinema. yes, the general plot followed dances with wolves or princess mononoke, but visually it was a great film to look at. For all of MB's guarantees that it would be 'real 3d', it came nowhere as close in quality as avatar.

    on the other hand, im interested in what you perceive to be a 'good film'

  10. @Anonymous 9/11/2011 11:21 PM: "CGI mistakes" on Transformers2 ?? WHAT? You can't be serious. You surely must have watched some pirated copy on small screen. You have no clue what you are talking about. CGI on Transformers2 is the best ever created by ILM.

  11. What "transparent Megan Fox face" on Transformers2 is that guy babbling about?
    Hey, dude, really what movie did you watch? Surely it wasn't Transformers2. There is no such CGI, editing or post-production mistake on Transformers2.
    Also.. 90% of explosions on Michael Bay movies are real controlled ones, he doesn't use CGI for explosions most of the times. So really, what the heck are you talking about dude?

  12. I just want to say goodby to bayformers, I had enough. Its not that I hate Bay I'm just sick of his version of Transformers, he has way to much toilet humor, not enough character development in humans or transformers, not enough transformations and not enough death matches and I just don't think he will ever change, all of his movies have the same style, good action and effects but the movie as a whole makes no sense, there's no reason for things that happen like Sentinal already being a firetruck for years without being scanned, Shockwave doing absolutely nothing, How did the Autobots get captured out of thin air, Drillerbot appears out of nowhere with no explanation of why its even exsist with shockwave, how did Optimus get his flight deck back and on and on. I know we must use are imagination for some things but there's only so much the brain can take, believe it or not I still thought the movie was fun but only when I turn off my brain and munch popcorn, but that's just my opinion.

  13. Anonymous 7:22 Please try use dots next time, it's much easier to read. I agree with you and I disagree with you. 1. Shockwave had atleast much better aim then G1 Shockwave who couldn't shoot for shit. I would have loved to see Marvel or IDW Shockwave in the movie, but Im okay with what we got. 2. There was a HUGE Decepticon army in Chicago if you remember. 3. It was never explained in the movie, but if you wanna know buy Foundation and you get the answer. 4. The Wreckers( Leadfoot, Roadbuster and Topspin ) distracted Shockwave while Optimus ran and got his trailer back. As much as I loved the movie I thought it could have been much better. Sharing my opinion as always.


  14. Even though it lacked a lot, there was some extremely cool stuff in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If I overlook the faults of the movie, there is a TON to amazed by. 1. Vehicles that change into giant robots!!! 2. To make a movie that size using actual locations (barring the moon, of course), Bay pulled it off amazingly well for the amount of money spent... think he should have spent more? Even Hollywood gets nervous about spending $200 million during a recession. 3. The birdmen wingsuits were actual skydivers. That's an easy one to forget, but still, it had NEVER been done before, jumping off buildings in a city. When they fly through that falling building (digitally added, sure), WHOAH! 4. Building a digital building in a vacant lot was way more clever and inventive than people acknowledge... within an 8-10 block radius, at the heart of downtown Chicago, no less, Bay had at least four distinct "sets" operating, pretty much simultaneously. Without actually destroying the city, or shutting it down during the busy tourist months, Bay made it happen. Chicago didn't lose any of it's revenue from tourism. 5. The destroyed sections of building that toppled to the ground were exact matches to the actual architecture... excellent set construction and attention to detail, which is taken for granted. 6. The highway chase with the Dreads was almost entirely re-made, after the horrific stunt-gone-wrong during filming in Indiana... Bay recycled footage from "The Island", but re-engineered it brilliantly, and rescued what could have been a lot more production money wasted. Logistics, problem-solving and budgets are equally important to the final film... audiences don't usually care about how the movie gets made, but they should. If they realized what it took to make, they'd appreciate what they got a whole lot more. It's a HUGE gamble making a blockbuster, and if you end up recouping just the money spent making it, you did really well. Bay's Transformers, like it or hate it, did a lot of things masterfully and within budget. Oh, and it's made a mountain of money beyond what it cost to produce. That's not all that matters, but it is worth mentioning, after all. And if you post a comment, try to use your brain even a little bit: "Anonymous", in case you hadn't noticed, is taken already.

  15. Why must you be a wise ass Pixel Rally, why don't you use a little respect and try to use your brain thats connected to your jawbone and watch what you say. I didn't say one thing to demean or bash any one posting comments on this site, I was simply stating my opinion and eveything I said was directed to myself and I respect everyone's opinion, and i'm sorry if you can't read my comments because there's not enough dots but I think your being a wise ass, you know what I was saying. but that's cool be cause pretty much everthing you guys said was good stuff. And who gives a shit if I use anonymous or not it's still a free country isn't it and who the hell is Pixel Rally, to me it's no different than anonymous. You guys got no problem calling me a timeslot and I got no problem at all with Pixel Rally. I must say I realy did enjoy the movie and I know it's alot of work to pull off a movie like that but there's alot stuff in there that leaves ya scratching your head saying why did that happen, what was the reason for that and don't get me rong the action and effects were awsome in my opinion, but I want to see more transformations and more death matches and more character development in the next movie and I just don't know if bay could or will ever change his approach. Just have to wait and see.

  16. Hey Pixel Rally, love your work guys :) And of course your insane collection of pics from TF3.
    Re. people respecting the effort of making the film: no doubt in this case, Chicago residents will see the effort the most, as they'll be watching & comparing the war-torn Chicago with the real thing... it wasn't till I walked around Chicago that I saw how well they'd used various sites for the Dark Knight.

  17. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was awesome! I can’t wait to order it in HD through my employee subscription to DISH. I love watching movies with action like this on my HDTV. It really makes every detail pop.

  18. Martinus Prime9/13/2011 5:35 PM

    @anon 9/12/2011 7:22 PM
    I totally agree with. Don't get me wrong, I love DOTM! But indeed not enough transformations, no character development, I want to see where The Wreckers came from, that they got a scan during a Nascar race. That would've been cool.
    I still can't process the fact that the Autobots got captured out of thin air with no explanation!! That made no sense what so ever.

    Very original cool plot that Sentinal betrayed the Autobots, I was stunned by that. But Shockwave was a pussy, a big push-over. He was supposed to be the big villain!
    There definitly had to be more and longer epic fights, between Prime and Shockwave and Megatron. Megatron did almost nothing. The fight between Optimus and Sentinal should've lasted longer, surely not Sentinal pushing Optimus on the ground and Megatron 'saving' him.

    I expected a different movie with combiners. And big shame we had no dogfights between Starscream and at least Silverbolt.

    Nontheless, I'll probably also get the standard blu-ray and sell it when the special edition is released. No 3D edition for me!

  19. hey moderator....i just visted and it is all jacked up...check it out and tell me what you think?

  20. I was a little harsh regarding "anonymous" postings... sorry to offend you, Anonymous. Your jawbone retort was awesome!

  21. No problem Pixel Rally, and maybe some of us should come up with a better name than anonymous I guess it does get kind of old, nothing rong with being a little more creative. I realy thought your comments about the movie was spot on, there realy is alot of incredible seens and effects going on and I also thought the whole collapsing biulding seen was awsome and the stunts that were done was some of the best i ever seen.

    regarding the masking of megan fox's face
    pause your blu-ray next time


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