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Transformers [2007] (1 disc)
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Director:Michael Bay
Writer:Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Composer:Steve Jablonsky
Length:143 minutes
(2 hours 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
  • CG
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Comedy
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Synopsis: A young man's first car may be more than he ever expected.


Reaction: This is a very worthy introduction of the Transformers to the big screen. The action is well paced and the robots themselves are well characterized.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Michael Bay => Director
Alex Kurtzman => Writer
Roberto Orci => Writer
Steve Jablonsky => Composer
Anthony Anderson => Glen Whitmann
Bernie Mac => Bobby Bolivia
Charles Adler => Starscream (as Charlie Adler) (voice)
Chris Ellis => Admiral Brigham
Darius McCrary => Jazz (voice)
Glenn Morshower => SOCCENT Colonel Sharp (as Glen Morshower)
Hugo Weaving => Megatron (voice)
J.P. Manoux => Witness
Jess Harnell => Ironhide / Barricade (voice)
Jimmie Wood => Bonecrusher (as Jim Wood) (voice)
John Turturro => Agent Simmons
Jon Voight => Defense Secretary John Keller
Josh Duhamel => Captain Lennox
Julie White => Judy Witwicky
Kevin Dunn => Ron Witwicky
Mark Ryan => Bumblebee (voice)
Megan Fox => Mikaela Banes
Michael O'Neill => Tom Banacheck
Odette Annable => Socialite
Peter Cullen => Optimus Prime (voice)
Peter Jacobson => Mr. Hosney
Rachael Taylor => Maggie Madsen
Reno Wilson => Frenzy (voice)
Robert Foxworth => Ratchet (voice)
Shia LaBeouf => Sam Witwicky
Tom Lenk => Analyst
Travis Van Winkle => Trent
Tyrese Gibson => USAF Tech Sergeant Epps
William Morgan Sheppard => Captain Witwicky (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Zack Ward => First Sergeant Donnelly

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Throughout the film, Bumblebee communicates using his radio, in a manner reminiscent of the Junkions, denizens of the planet Junk, featured in The Transformers: The Movie, who spoke entirely in the form of television broadcasts. Notable transmissions by Bumblebee include: - The voice of Lt. Uhura from [Star Trek] saying "Message from Starfleet." The role of Megatron/Galvatron was previously played by Leonard Nimoy and Frank Welker, who have also both played Spock in Star Trek. - A line, "Across the inanimate vastness of space," was taken from Orson Welles's infamous 1939 radio broadcast The War of the Worlds. Welles's final film was The Transformers: The Movie, where he voiced the planet-devouring Unicron. - A line by John Wayne from El Dorado. Wayne's voice has long been associated as an influence on Peter Cullen's voice for Optimus Prime.
  • From the original voice cast of [Transformers], Peter Cullen and Charles Adler were brought back. Cullen reprised his role as Optimus Prime; but Adler, who voiced the Autobot Silverbolt in the series, voices the Decepticon Starscream in the film.
  • Peter Cullen described reprising his role as Optimus Prime as "slipping into an old pair of very comfortable shoes that you haven't worn for a while," and was grateful to the fans for wanting and bringing him back.
  • In her role as Mikaela Banes, Megan Fox gained ten pounds of muscle to be more compatible for the action scenes.
  • To prepare for their roles, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson spent three days in boot camp, and Gibson also spent time with combat controller [?] Ray Bollinger to make his dialog sound natural.
  • Amanda Seyfried auditioned for a role.
  • Ewan McGregor was considered to voice Bumblebee and Ratchet.
  • According to Megan Fox, she was attending a [?] Linkin Park concert and when it was over the band met her personally and stated that they heard about the live-action Transformers film and requested whether they could have a song of theirs in the film. And thus the Linkin Park song "What I've Done" appears in the closing credits.
  • Shia LaBeouf's first scene filmed was where Sam is attacked by guard dogs. One particularly fierce dog kept chasing him even after the scene was shot. He later summed it up as "Welcome to Michael Bay's set. Release the hounds!"
  • The Scorponok Desert Attack was shot on the site of a minefield. The area was scanned by an unexploded ordnances firm to ensure it was safe, before a Bedouin village could be constructed (which would ironically be blown up).
  • According to Michael Bay, the Battle of Mission City did not expose the Transformers to the world: "Everybody has gone ahead. It's realistic. Two weeks after the 2004 tsunami nobody talked about it anymore. It's very weird. We decided to do the same with the Transformers. The government talks about a military thing, says all is false, that it's a joke; and people don't know what they really saw."