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Bumblebee – 4K UHD Blu-ray Movie Review

Synopsis

Cybertron has fallen and our hero, B-127 (Bumblebee) is dispatched to Earth with the job of defending it from those evil Decepticons. Unfortunately, he loses his memory and has to go into hiding until Charlie (Steinfeld) finds him in a junkyard. Now with the military and Decepticons after him, B-127 must learn to trust Charlie as she repairs his memory chip, evade capture from the military and defend himself against two triple-changing Decepticons that have discovered his whereabouts.

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Specifications
Paramount Pictures
2018, 2160p with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR, Rated PG-13, 1 hour and 53 minutes, 1:85:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Haliee Stenfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and Jason Drucker
Directed by: Travis Knight

Rating

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Violence: Yes
Sex: No
Language: Yes (mild)

Commentary

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I admit that this installment is better than any of the previous 7 films, but unless you are a pre-teen, your mind will grow numb after the first 20 minutes. To its credit, the action sequences are a lot less frenetic than the other movie by Michael Bay, the story line actually made some modicum of sense, the tie-in of both Charlie and Bumblebee being outcasts and somewhat like misfits was interesting, but the portrayal of the military as fools and the Decepticons as evil villains was cliché. Just for once, I’d like to see a Transformer turn into a street sweeper of garbage truck. No one would see that disguise coming! Eight movies is enough for anybody. Since we are reliving Saturday morning cartoons, who is up for a live action remake of Wacky Racers? Just me?

Technical

Once again the UHD version smashes the BD version with better contrast and sharper color and details. Sound wise, the movie delivers on all fronts with massive explosions and super deep bass rumbles. Dialog is very clear…but why do Transformers grunt when they get punched? Do they have lungs?

Extras

Besides a BD copy, you get: a comic book called Sector 7 Adventures: The battle of Half Dome, a Motion Comic, 14 deleted and extended scenes, Out takes and over 60 minutes of extra bonus content.

Jim Milton

Jim Milton has been interested in high fidelity since his college years in the late 70's. It was there that he first became interested in classical music. He has been part of choral music, both in opera and oratorio and is an avid collector of classical music from the Baroque through the Romantic periods. He enjoys an occasional night at Boston Symphony Hall or attending an organ concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME. Currently he is the director of Nuclear Medicine at the North Shore Medical Center, located just outside of Boston. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Salem State University where he teaches a course in nuclear instrumentation. During his leisure time, he enjoys listening to his music collection and an occasional movie with his wife of 30+ years. Living on the longest stretch of sandy beach north of Boston offers him plenty of opportunities to take a relaxing stroll or soak up some sun. "Remember, acquiring good A/V gear takes lots of time...but doesn't necessarily take lots of money."

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