The Movie: 6.8/10
We aren’t here to discuss a world changing cinematic creation, and of course it has a few flimsy bits and pieces which hold me back from giving it a very high number on my CidScale, but that’s not a quality issue, just that it’s got a shallowness that pretty much lets it slip from my memory pretty quickly….that being said….It’s very large alien robots disguised as vehicles and I think it’s based on a true story! 🙂 Nah, pure fantasy action is what we are in for with any of our Transformer friends. I love it. I have enjoyed all the Transformer movies, some less than others, but still I always look forward to the next installment. Bumblebee isn’t my favorite, shame, shame I know, but he’s very cool and the personality has been consistent throughout the franchise. He’s the young dude, the one who feels the most “human”. Of course the addition of his voice box being a cassette player and radio helps liven him up.
A whole movie devoted to this little guy with so much gumption is a really fun ride, and not just because he’s an alien robot with a heart, but I enjoyed the cast, the story, the vibe, our leading lady, the relationships, even the over the top military hoohaa that always comes with the Transformer package. I laughed a lot, and even cried a little, yes cried. I don’t want Bumblebee to be tortured…what do you think I am, a monster?
There are moments in Bumblebee that are visually so exciting to watch. He destroys the inside of a house, fights other big robot aliens, and of course, when he changes from car to robot to car, I always want to see it over and over.
There is, of course, not just the Bumblebee story for us to ponder. We have a teenage girl with angst to deal with. I like her, even if she’s almost a cut out from a 1980’s teen flick, she’s just modern enough to not be a total cliché. Well, a dead parent, feeling neglected, being bullied, life sucks and she just needs to get away or find something to give meaning to her life…OK, total cliché, but I don’t care.
Overall this is just a flick you want to have fun with for sure. Have the popcorn ready and a cold glass of beverage. Maybe for a follow up grab another alien movie with a lot of heart, something with less robot and more Reece’s Pieces. 🙂
- Sector 7 Archive – Divided into two sections here we get a motion comic that deals with the battle for half dome. The second part is a John Cena introduced peice that looks at new recruits.
- Deleted And Extended Scenes (19 Minutes) – Tons of deleted scenes here for fans, including a totally different opening sequence.
- Outtakes (10 Minutes) – Fun and games on the set as lines are flubbed and cues are missed.
- Bee Vision: The Transformers Robots Of Cybertron (4 Minutes) – A shot by shot disection of the opening battle.
- Bringing Bumblebee To The Big Screen (50 minutes) – The meat and potatoes of the extras here a mammoth 50 minute look at all aspects of the production.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 10/10
Bumblebee screams onto home video courtesy of an amazing 4K and 1080P transfer that are both up to the task at hand. This 1.78:1 aspect ratio fills the entire screen and is quite spectacular. There is so much detail on display here obviously the CGI looks terrific it is a Transformers movie after all. But the real detail is in the human faces and the shadows of the picture. This is a reference quality transfer that is the benchmark in 2019.
The Dolby Atmos track used here is perfect. If you want to hear what overhead sound is like try chapter 14 trust me its incredible. The 80’s soundtrack is booming and nostalgic and dialog is perfectly prioritized in the center speaker.
Overall Score 6.8/10