Transformers 2 DVD Has More Focus on Toys, Less on Explosions

While lacking in Michael Bay-Megan Fox throw-downs, the Transformers 2 DVD release does look a the past 25 years of Transformers toys and, of course, the development of the film. And click through for clips from the new cartoon box-set.


Revenge of the Fallen's release comes hand-in-hand with the 25th anniversary of the toys, and that fact is reflected in the DVD and Blu-Ray releases next Tuesday.

Separately, another DVD box set called Transformers: The Matrix Of Leadership Collector's Set comes out on Oct. 20 and offers a retrospective on the original cartoons, including some rare PSAs and complete annotated scripts for some episodes. Here are four clips the studio released, which include Bumblebee playing video games, Dinobots in training, and Starscream on the run:

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On the two-disc Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen DVD, there are five special features.

The first is called The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen, a documentary chronicling the entire creation of the film and featuring interviews with the cast and crew. The doc is separated into chapters discussing the design of the film, Bay's extraordinary military access, and of course a portion devoted to the visual effects full of fun facts.

For example, on Fallen, the effects for Devastator alone required 83% of Industrial Light & Magic's total render capacity. The special goes in depth about ILM's design of the robots for the sequel and the differences from the first.

Other features include:

A Day with Bay: Tokyo - An intimate and fun all-access journey with Michael Bay as he travels to Tokyo, Japan for the world premiere of the biggest film of the year.
25 Years of TRANSFORMERS - Access an all-new featurette celebrating a monumental milestone for one of Hasbro's most successful and popular franchises.
NEST: Transformer Data-Hub - Explore conceptual artwork created by the production for 12 of the most popular AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS from the film.
Deconstructing Visual Bayhem with Commentary by Pre-Vis Supervisor
Steve Yamamoto - A series of multi-angle pre-visualization sequences allowing viewers to learn how some of the film's most spectacular scenes were created with an introduction by Michael Bay.

On the DVD version, NEST is an interactive feature similar to one you'd find on a DVD-ROM, covering a few robots and allowing the user to learn about each of the Transformers. The Blu-Ray version covers the robots' history, from their first appearance to those (if any) in the original animated series and comics and finally in recent films.

The Blu-Ray also features a crew-made film, appropriately titled "Giant Effing Movie," their own take on making the movie. Also, there is "The ALLSPARK Experiment."

Viewers get their chance to unleash the power of the recently recovered ALLSPARK shard on Earth vehicles. Begin by selecting and customizing a vehicle with a selection of parts and accessories. Then apply the ALLSPARK to this creation and watch what happens. Applying the ALLSPARK to certain custom combinations enables four new robot characters with special powers. If viewers discover all four, they unlock a fifth vehicle, which reveals a top secret message about the future of the TRANSFORMERS movie franchise.

Ooooh, is that what foretells the death of Fox in T3?