'Transformers' Ready for Battle on HD DVD

Posted Wed Sep 5, 2007 at 11:21 AM PDT by

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced it will bring one of the year's biggest blockbusters 'Transformers' exclusively to HD DVD this October.

Grossing over $300 million domestically, the special effects extravaganza from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg transformed into the most successful "original" film of the year (ie: not a sequel or remake), and is easily one of the most highly-anticipated next-gen releases of the holiday season.

Paramount/DreamWorks will debut the film on HD DVD October 16, day-and-date with the standard-def DVD version, and in a two-disc set filled with bonus features and cutting-edge content exclusive to the high-def release.

Extras identical to the HD DVD and DVD include audio commentary with Bay, two 4-part documentaries ("Our World" and "Their World"), the "From Script to Sand" featurette, concept art, and the theatrical trailer.

Exclusive to the HD DVD will be the "Transformers H.U.D. (Heads Up Display)" picture-in-picture mode, giving viewers running text-based behind-the-scenes background information on the production during the feature; the "Transformers Tech Inspector," offering an unprecedented look at the robots through the exquisitely detailed models created by ILM artists; and the web-enabled "Intelligence Mode" with running statistics and tracking of all the robots in the film.

Tech specs include 1080p video (codec still TBA) and Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround audio only -- surprisingly (and disappointing for early adopters) Paramount has not announced any high-resolution audio support for 'Transformers.'

List price for the HD DVD is $39.98.

You'll find disc details for 'Transformers' linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 16. Watch for box art to be revealed in the coming days.

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Transformers (2007) (HD DVD)
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