Paramount Studios is enjoying its hundredth birthday this year. It has a great history, having kept millions of people entertained throughout the last century. On a day in early January the studio celebrated with a large float in a Pasadena event. While crowds watched, the float took part in the Roses Parade. Transformers were present (of course), along with figures associated with other Paramount movies such as ‘Grease’, ‘Wings’ and ‘Star Trek’.
It was great to hear about the Transformers rubbing shoulders with such good company. However, at least one critic felt that ‘The Godfather’ movies should have got a look in. Most Transformer fans would have had no problem at all with Al Pacino sharing the float (it’s not like he would have taken up much space), but will feel that a case could be made for several other alternatives as well. As long as Transformers were included, we would not feel there was a problem there.
The Transformers movie of 2007 was not simply a box office smash as we all remember. Despite the odd mixed review by a snobbish critic, and the occasional Transformers fan throwing his non Transformers toys out of his pram, many reviews were really positive and the film deserved all the awards and nominations it collected for technical wizardry. It is only right that the Transformers were honoured by Paramount in Pasadena. In addition, the appearance of the Transformers made that float look quite breath-taking.
As for ‘Grease’, it just reminds us that taste is a subjective thing. It may have been a hugely successful film once upon a time. However, it is the case that cheese is a popular product in many countries. Although not everyone can endure the whole film, some of those who have done so assure me that it is a cheesy one and is worth watching.
According a statement from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), global box office takings increased in 2009 to a staggering $29.9 billion – and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen was a key player in that rise.
The Motion Picture Association of America stated that the Transformers sequel was the highest grossing film of the year in the US and Canada, which helped box office takings inside the US increase by 10.1% to $10.6 billion, which is an all time high.
Box office takings outside of North America increased by 6.3% to $19.3 billion.
As well as Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, the highest grossing film of 2009 in North America, 3D movies also played a big part in the increased box office gross – led of course by Avatar. The reason 3D films play such a significant role is that they are more expensive to see at the cinema.
Bob Pisano, from the MPAA, stated:
Digital presentation and 3-D hold the promise of a dramatic game change in moviemaking and movie-going.
It’s also worth noting that while 2009 was the best year ever for box office gross in the US and Canada, it also saw fewer films released than in 2008 – just 558 movies, a drop of 12%. This was the first time that movie output dropped since 2003.
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen grossed $402 million in the US and Canada in 2009. If you’re thinking that Avatar made much more than that – it did, but not in 2009’s figures. Avatar only made $283.6 million in North America last year – the rest of Avatar’s world record breaking gross came in 2010.
The first details on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen have trickled out from Paramount Home Entertainment. Five different sets have been revealed for release on 30th November in the UK, so far.
There will be 3 DVD sets, a single disc package, probably with just the film, a 2 disc package, with all the special features, and a combo pack containing both films.
On blu-ray, there will be a 3 disc set, which will really be the one to get, as it will probably contain the most extra features, as well as the better visual and audio selection. The third disc is most likely a digital copy that studios like to include. Again, there will be a set containing both films.
Of course, this doesn’t include all the store exclusives or special variants that are common these days, so check back soon when we have confirmed details, including a look at the box art.
After the success of the first film, every robot wanted to be in the sequel. Many, however, forgot that transforming is a crucial part of being a Transformer. Continuing their Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen promotions, Paramount UK have uploaded 5 audition tapes for robots that unfortunately didn’t quite make the final cut.
Volume 2: Lost and Found, Vol 3: Megatron Rising and Vol: 4 Mission Accomplished all come curtiously of Paramount Home Entertainment, who have continued their lazy ways and have simply replaced parts of the packaging with new or reordered stock pictures of characters, static menus and absolutely no extra features, just like Vol 1: Blast From The Past.
Vol 2 contains episodes 5-8, Vol 3 episode 9-13, completing season 1, and Vol 4 episodes 14-17.
All three DVDs are rated PG by the BBFC and the Irish Film Censor.
If you’re the sort of Transformers fan who’d love a trip to Leicester Square on June 15th to attend the premiere of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, where Michael Bay, Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf will also be in attendance, you’re probably interested in the competition that Paramount UK are running.
Here are the details:
In the highly-anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.
The battle begins at UK cinemas and IMAX June 19.
To celebrate the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen we have teamed up with Starlight Children’s Foundation and are giving you the chance to get your hands on some highly sought after Premiere tickets. In attendance will be director Michael Bay plus the stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel. This epic event will take place on the evening of Monday 15th June in London’s Leicester Square. There are a limited number of tickets available for a minimum donation of £50. If you want to stand a chance of attending this incredible Premiere call the events team on 020 7262 2881 (Ext: #286).
The most likely length of this new edition will be the Imax version of the film, which added a few needless scenes.
From Paramount, we’re hearing that a Transformers: Extended Edition is planned for DVD and Blu-ray release in 2009, likely timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Bay’s sequel film next summer.
Paramount Home Entertainment have today released Transformers: Animated Volume 1 – Blast From The Past on DVD in the UK.
Unlike the USA edition, which contain all 13 episodes of the first season, Paramount have decided to only release 4 episodes on 1 disc to the UK audience, at an inflated price, and with no extra features.