Movie Review: BUMBLEBEE (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack + Comic Book)

BUMBLEBEE is the live-action directorial debut for Travis Knight (known for his work in animation) from a screenplay by Christina Hodson and stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker and Pamela Adlon, with Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux and Peter Cullen lending their voices as the Transformers.

CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

Bumblebee takes place in the 80’s and serves as a prequel and origin story that follows B-127, an Autobot warrior that escapes the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron and ends up landing on Earth. Bumblebee doesn’t make a good first impression with Agent Burns and the government so not only are they chasing him down but three Decepticons end up arriving as well. The refuge Autobot goes up against Blitzwing in the beginning and is able to neutralize the much larger Decepticon while Agent Burns and his men watch on. This battle is also what leaves Bumblebee‘s voice box damaged. After this fight Bumblebee goes into hiding at an old 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and is found by Charlie in a junkyard where she ends up discovering what he actually is.

The two form a special bond where Charlie not only gives him his nickname but she helps the visiting Autobot learn more about things on Earth as he slowly builds his energy back up and restores his memory. This new relationship with Bumblebee also helps Charlie who doesn’t really fit in with other teens plus she’s dealing with her father’s death. What happens is, Shatter and Dropkick, the two other Deceptions, are hot on the trail and ultimately catch up with Charlie and Bumblebee and this leads to the final battle between the heroic Autobot and his Decepticon enemies. Bumblebee and Charlie have to stop them from sending a transmission to other Decepticons that would reveal their location and they’re finally able to defeat the enemy. In the end, Bumblebee has to part ways with Charlie and we get to see him reuniting with the G1 tractor trailer version of Optimus Prime on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc is blue and both feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality. The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital release feature Dolby Vision, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. The BUMBLEBEE 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack also includes an exclusive printed version of the new motion comic featuring BUMBLEBEE in a standalone side story (for a limited time only).

Bottom line is, I had a blast wathing Bumblebee which is actually the sixth installment in the live-action Transformers film series. This movie serves as a prequel and origin story that follows the heroic Autobot when he first comes to Earth. I really liked the story about a girl and her robot because it has a lot of heart, more so than the previous Transformers movies, even though I’ve enjoyed them as well. The cast does a great job with their characters but it’s definitely the relationship between the character Charlie and Bumblebee that’s the driving force of the movie. As much as I enjoyed this story, I think my favorite part of the movie is the fact that we get to see so many G1 Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron and when I first saw these classic characters I transformed into full-blown fanboy mode. This is also the first Transformers movie that Michael Bay hasn’t directed and I thought Travis Knight did a fantastic job stepping up to the plate and directing what’s probably the best in the series. The movie has so much heart and soul plus it’s loaded to the max with action as well as incredible visual effects. Bumblebee will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on April 2nd.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2080p Ultra High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French, Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The first part of the Sector 7 Archive teases what the government is hiding at the Hoover Dam and second part features the all-new motion comic sequel. There are a total of nine deleted/extended scenes, five outtakes, Bee Vision – diagnostics of the Decepticons and the Autobots on Cybertron, a 5-part making of Bumblebee featurette and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Sector 7 Archive
  1. Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7 (00:50)
  2. Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic) There is also a printed comic that will be available for a limited time. (09:19)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (19:05)
  • Outtakes (09:32)
  • Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron (03:56)
  • Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
  1. The Story of Bumblebee (03:54)
  2. The Stars Align (07:04)
  3. Bumblebee Goes Back to G1 (10:02)
  4. Back to the Beetle (06:20)
  5. California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane (19:57)
  • Digital Copy
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