New Release: Transformers: Dark of the Moon DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Sept. 30, 2011
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD $29.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Transformers: Dark of the MoonDirector Michael Bay’s (The Island) third foray into the alien robots franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, grossed a tidy $319 million at the box office despite pretty dismal reviews from critics.

Shia LaBeouf (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) reprises his role as Sam Witwicky, whose first-movie status of geek who can’t get the girl transformed to superstud who can’t get a job. As Sam stumbles through his job search, with his Winnebago-driving parents (Kevin Dunn of Unstoppable and Julie White of The Nanny Diaries) and stunning girlfriend (model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in her first movie role) giving him encouragement, the robots Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen, TV’s Transformers), Bumblebee and others end up in an even bigger battle for the universe with one of their own long-lost Transformers, Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek).

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray boxJosh Duhamel (When in Rome), John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) and Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five) are back in their characters from the earlier movies, and added to the cast this time are Patrick Dempsey (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), Frances McDormand (Almost Famous) and John Malkovich (Secretariat).

Although the PG-13-rated science-fiction film, which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg, scored in 3D in theaters, its release on Blu-ray 3D won’t come until later. But Bay promises it is on the way. “As you know, we put a lot of effort into the 3D experience for the theatrical release and I want to make sure we get it right for home viewing — and that process takes time,” he said. “So stay tuned for an even more incredible release that will include the film on Blu-ray 3D and loads of bonus features.”

This means that that are no extras on these versions. Nope. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

The DVD and Blu-ray release is being promoted with a “Roll Out In PRIME Style” sweepstakes hosted by Hasbro. Entrants have the chance to win a ride to school with Bumblebee, where Optimus Prime will be waiting with Transformers toys.

Hostess also is hosting a “Transform Your Treat” sweepstakes, as well as offering a $4 rebate off the purchase of the Dark of the Moon Blu-ray or DVD with the purchase of two Hostess products.

Energizer packages have an offer for $5 off, so pick your product for a discount.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.