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The 2007 hit transforms into an even better experience thanks to 4K and HDR.

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For anyone that missed it or was hiding under a rock, Transformers was the big summer blockbuster of 2007 that took everyone by storm. I’ll admit I wasn’t too keen on seeing it as I was scared it was going to ruin one of my beloved childhood memories forever. I’m so glad I was wrong after seeing it with some friends, as it quickly shot to a top spot on my favorite action film list. Hard to believe a decade later that it stills holds up nicely and is given the 4K UHD with HDR treatment that just makes this already awesome flick an even better experience for fans and those who missed out.

The plot follows the ongoing war between robot-like lifeforms known as the heroic Autobots led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), and the evil Decepticons with Megatron (Hugo Weaving) heading things on that side. Leaving their homeworld of Cybertron in pieces, they have come to Earth looking for the AllSpark, a cube-like device that has ultimate power over life and death for the Transformers, with the Autobots hoping to use it to restore Cybertron and live peacefully while the Decepticons want to rule their world and Earth with it. Then we enter the life of teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who discovers his new car is an Autobot named Bumblebee, and gets caught up in the action by helping them find the AllSpark with some help from a lady he has a crush on named Mikaela (Megan Fox), and a group of soldiers in the Middle East headed by Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson that join in the battle where there’s always more than meets the eye.

Watching this over again in 4K felt like seeing it again for the first time, and made me remember why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Sure, it has its flaws and faults (what movie doesn’t?), but if you’re looking for a good time with some popcorn or snacks in hand, then this is it. It was already detailed when I saw this on Blu-ray, but now thanks to 4K UHD and HDR color, it looks even more amazing this time around. The punched up Dolby audio is also just as great, as the bass-filled action scenes felt more intense than I remembered. There’s also some pretty cool special features that are almost feature length at that. First there’s audio commentary by director Michael Bay that takes viewers into some of the production values, shots, and more. Then there’s the nearly hour long “Our World” that goes behind the scenes of the making of the story, the human characters, their place among the Transformers and such, which is followed by the little over an hour long “Their World” that goes into how the robots were brought to life, the AllSpark, and more that’ll keep viewers interested into how this film series came to be very busy.

If you’ve never seen the movie or have been waiting for the best way to see it, you’ll want to transform and roll out to pick up a copy of Transformers on 4K UHD Blu-ray. It’s still rolling on strong with loads of action and humor while being made even better with 4K and HDR enhancements that’s sure to transform how you view action movies from here on out.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell