Transformers Review, Length & Edits

Having premiered in Japan on Monday night, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is still being tweaked in preparation for its international launch on June 24th.

Michael Bay posted a new update Sunday night on his official forum explaining those finishing touches and revealing why you should see the film in IMAX if you can:

“In Japan today. After a month and half seven days a week most days going till midnight me and my crew have just about finished Transformers. I have never seen such a level of dedication from every crew member in a movie before. Even today after the press in Japan and right before the premiere tonight, I have to sneak out to a digital house to approve the last few effect shots.

It has been a long hard road, but really fun one to travel. What you will notice that is strikingly different than Transformers 1, is the level of animation detail. The robot characters (42 in all), you really can feel empathy for them. What is also very different is the sheer scale of the movie. We have been very tight holding back much of the best imagery in commercials and trailers.

The way to see this movie is on IMAX. Never before has there been 4k rendered character animation shot on full IMAX 70 mm film. This is a first and the results are stunning. You will see Optimus Prime in a few shots where he is actually perfectly to scale on the IMAX 50 foot tall screens.

For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting. Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes.”

Not long after came some photos on Bay’s website from the premiere where Megan Fox’s purple dress seemed to steal the limelight.

At least one review has apparently sprung up from the premiere on producer Don Murphy’s website. Quotes include: “I liked it much more than the first! More action, more robots, less humans! Though there are some lame sexual inuendos like Wheelie humping Megan’s leg.”