Transformers: The Last Knight - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Street Date:
- September 26th, 2017
- Reviewed by:
- M. Enois Duarte
- Review Date: 1
- October 1st, 2017
- Movie Release Year:
- 150 Minutes
- MPAA Rating:
- Release Country
- United States
Portions of this review also appear in our coverage of the standard, day-and-date Blu-ray release, also written by M. Enois Duarte. Specifically, this review features unique Vital Disc Stats, Video, and Final Thoughts sections, while both reviews share The Movie Itself, Audio, and Special Features.
For a full in-depth review of the Blu-ray SDR HERE.
The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take
About a quarter of the way into Transformers: The Last Knight, viewers will be wishing Michael Bay's fifth installment in the rock 'em, sock 'em franchise would transform into a different and far better movie. Or perhaps, they might fantasize a knight in a shiny white Dodge Charger crashing through the screen and saving everyone from having to ever watch this spectacularly jaw-dropping mess of a motion picture. The real deception perpetrated by the Decepticons is in convincing any studio production to allow Bay to continue pumping this disastrous garbage. About halfway into it, you'll practically be begging for Earth's annihilation by some unremarkable robot creator — which also happens to be female for absolutely no reason whatsoever — whose only motivation is... Is to, uhm... Is? Actually, the robot sorceress Quintessa — who wears a long flowing dress, speaks in a sexy voice even when angry and voluptuous for a planet of non-gender-specific robots that are nonetheless absolutely masculine — never explicitly makes her motives clear, except that she wants the staff the mythological wizard Merlin used in King Arthur's war against the Saxons.
If that little factoid throws readers, as well audiences, into a mind-bending loop, then buckle-up because it only grows progressively and mind-numbingly worse. In this ever-expanding universe of warring sentient robots that can transform into a variety of complex machines, Arthur and his roundtable of knights make an appearance, and a drunken Merlin — because in Bay's universe, that's comedy — risks DUI charges on a horse to retrieve a magical staff from ancient transformers. Apparently, this brings all previous entries, which themselves are worse than their predecessor, into a larger — much, much larger —whole, and it somehow is supposed makes sense. Only, it absolutely doesn't! It simply makes for a more spectacularly massive, muddled mess of confusion. The cold open is inconsequential and doesn't affect the rest of the movie in the slightest, done purely to satisfy the filmmakers' egos. To shorten the 150-minute runtime, it could easily have been done in some random conversation of exposition. Oh, wait! That's exactly why Sir Anthony Hopkins makes an appearance in the first place, to redundantly reiterate those events to an equally confused and bewildered Mark Wahlberg, reprising his role as Cade Yeager.
A good point of comparison to better illustrate this frustrating junkyard as a prime example of bloated movie badness is The Fast and the Furious sequels. After eight entries to the franchise while revving up for a ninth, how is that the series continues riding into the sunset with a full tank of gas, but the Transformers movies continue to chug along on fumes and four flat tires. The answer is that those movies rely on simple, straightforward plots with a single objective in mind to fuel the engine. Bay's only claim to fame currently, on the other hand, is being pushed down the road by too much plot. It's up in the air if Megatron wants to destroy the humans of Earth, rebuild Cybertron or is in cahoots with Quintessa. Hopkins's Sir Edmund Burton is the last remaining survivor of a secret organization hiding the existence of Transformers and their involvement in major, world-altering historical events. Optimus Prime is easily seduced by the dark side. There's a spunky, sassy preteen always getting in the way. Wahlberg is lonely but discovers he's predestined for bigger things, and the sole purpose of robots is for delivering one-liners.
This makes up a good chunk of everything one must follow in The Last Knight, but there's also other ridiculous nonsense bashed into the heads of audiences, namely characters mentioning the name of Unicron, which is purely done for the sake threatening moviegoers with a sixth installment. Ultimately, though, the real disaster is the filmmaking itself, which should serve as a master class of everything that could go horribly wrong when excessively editing a movie. The edits are rapid, trivial and irrational, making the action incomprehensible, rarely allowing viewers a moment of respite even when characters are simply talking. On the other hand, this reveals Michael Bay doesn't know how to compose a frame for storytelling outside of making it look cool or how to visually give importance to objects or characters. Ironically, Laura Haddock is always nicely shot and glamorous in her tight-fitting clothing no matter the situation or chaos erupting around her. Her character pours more fuel to a troubling fetishistic "male gaze," repeatedly reminding us of her extensive qualifications, touting her genius, but never allowed to use her intelligence.
But that's another discussion for us to ignore some other day. Look over here and enjoy loud, gas-guzzling vehicles making big, ear-piercing explosions while also saving Earth from an imaginary threat.
Vital Disc Stats: The Ultra HD Blu-ray
Paramount Home Entertainment brings Transformers: The Last Knight to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as a three-disc combo pack with an UltraViolet Digital Copy, which can be redeemed via ParamountMovies.com or VUDU. Inside the black, eco-vortex case with a shiny, lightly-embossed slipcover, the triple-layered UHD100 disc sits opposite a Region Free, BD50 copy, which rests atop another BD50 disc containing the supplements. At startup, viewers are taken directly to a static menu screen with the usual selection along the bottom and music playing in the background.
The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff
HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?
Other than the UHD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision, all supplemental material is exclusive to the high-def package and contained on the second Blu-ray disc.
Shy of celebrating ten years since Michael Bay first introduced moviegoers to the warring sentient robots, Transformers: The Last Knight is a grueling, punishing test on one's patience, featuring a needlessly complicated, bloated plot, questionable camerawork and terrible editing. As the fifth rock 'em, sock 'em installment, the movie ultimately adds nothing to the ear-piercingly loud franchise, except forcefully expand the mythology while also offending and exhausting the senses.
Thankfully, the Ultra HD crashes to Earth with a reference-quality Dolby Atmos soundtrack and a beautiful 4K Dolby Vision presentation that actually makes the movie somewhat tolerable. With an exclusive collection of supplements, the high-def package is ultimately for fans only, the daringly curious or those hungering for more Dolby Vision HDR goodness.
- Three-Disc UHD Combo Pack
- UHD-100 Triple-Layer Disc / 2 BD-50 Dual-Layer Discs
- Region Free
- 2160p HEVC/H.265
- Dolby Vision
- English Dolby Atmos
- English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
- French Dolby Digital 5.1
- Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
- Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
- English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- UltraViolet Digital Copy
Exclusive HD Content
- 2 Blu-ray Discs
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