Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 3D

Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score3
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In Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, a mysterious event from Earth's past threatens to ignite a war so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) and the Autobots must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the Decepticons' all-consuming evil. (Gary Reber)

Special features on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc include three featurettes Above And Beyond: Exploring Dark Of The Moon (HD 1.10:56), Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then And Now (HD 26:15), and Deconstructing Chicago: Multi-Angle Sequences (HD 17:05); The Art Of Cybertron; The Dark Of The Moon Archive in five segments (HD 19:29); a marketing matrix, including trailers and a gallery; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p MVC 3-D picture is equally reference quality, as is the 2-D version's visual excellence. The film was largely shot in native 3D using the Cameron-Pace Fusion 3D system. The 3D adds enhanced dimensional viewing pleasure, especially as it relates to natural depth perception and perspective. Complexities, especially with regard to the Transformers, come alive with greater realism. Positive parallax perfectly renders depth, while effective negative parallax intensifies the action sequences. Everything appears well balanced and realistic. The image projects excellent natural separation in every scene. People and object spacing create a natural sense of space, volume, depth, and dimensional space. Resolution and clarity is excellent, with amazing fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, especially with respect to the Transformers. Scratches and dents on the Transformers are clearly discerned. The color palette is strongly saturated, yet naturally portrayed. Hues are rich and vivid, with an overall warm tonality. Primary hues pop! Fleshtones appear naturally toned. Contrast is excellent, with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. This is a fine 3-D presentation that never exaggerates but always presents a perfectly natural sense of depth and perspective that makes for a significant enhancement compared to the otherwise reference-quality 2-D version. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is fantastic, with plenty of dynamic energy and deep, solid bass extension in the sub-25 Hz region delivered by the .1 LFE channel. The soundfield is live with directionalized atmospherics and sound effects, as well as with an active orchestral music score, with strong aggressive surround envelopment. Transformers are panned throughout, for an extreme sonic experience. The added two channels effectively enhance the sense of soundfield dimensionality and scale. Clarity in action scenes is superb, as well as in the more nuanced sequences, and contributes to the natural immersive realism. The Chicago battle is spectacular in terms of its holosonic® dimensionality. Every sound element plays in perfect harmony with each other, for an engaging adrenaline experience. Dialogue manages to stay intelligible. and while at times is wanting in spatial integration, overall is effectively natural sounding. This is an exceptionally well-crafted soundtrack, with sonic realism, which is its strongest attribute. (Gary Reber)