Transformers: The Last Knight 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $37.99 1.90:1 Dolby Atmos PARAMOUNT
 

While there's any profit to be made with the "TRANSFORMERS" series, the studio and Michael Bay seem intent on squeezing whatever they can from it. The latest entry "TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT" makes a strong case that it's on life support and the plug needs to be pulled.

The plot is convoluted, even when compared to previous "Transformers" films, with a ridiculous overly long medieval sequence built around Merlin the magician and his arrangement with the transformers. One can't help but feel Bay was watching "Game of Thrones," liking it and just thought if he threw in a dragon, some Renaissance Fair accents with a battle scene it would make the film as good as the HBO series. NO!

Thrown in for good measure, ...Stonehenge, an ancient staff akin to an "evil" Excalibur, Anthony Hopkins playing a descendant of Merlin and you have ....a mess!

There are plenty of visually arresting moments, pretty girls, action sequences and more to please Die-Hard fans of the series, but the film grows tiresome long before 155 minute running time concludes. Supposedly there's a much longer version in "Director's cut" format somewhere, so perhaps if the 4K does well, this extended version will also be released.

PARAMOUNT has provided a 4K release derived from the 2K DI. This disc includes both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision options! Detail is stunning throughout! While the standard blu-ray offers exceptional detail, this 4K presentation provides discernibly better attention with facial pores and more all the more defined. Colors are broader and with more richness. While the color scheme of Bay films doesn't veer towards anything close to natural-looking, what's presented in 4K feels much more refined than the blu-ray and more pleasing. The aspect ratio toggles between 2.35:1(occasionally) and a more consistent 1:90:1, although these changes don't seem to have real thought behind them.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Atmos mix. While the DolbyTrueHD 7.1 mix is immersive, the Dolby Atmos mix is even more-so! In scene-to-scene comparisons between the mixes, the detail provided in Atmos is noticeably superior, offering more of a rousing impact but also even in terms of subtler definition. This is a demonstration quality mix!

In addition to the 4K disc, the standard blu-ray is provided along with a Digital code, allowing UHD redemption on VUDU.  The Blu-ray also includes a variety of featurettes, some lengthier than typically provided, and all in 1080p.