The details of Transformers: The Last Knight’s home release have officially been revealed. Fans will be able to bring home the Bayhem on September 26, which is less than three months after the film’s cinematic premiere. That theaters-to-homes window seems to be shrinking with each major new release, as studios seek to maximize their income and minimize the volume of illegal downloads.
In the case of Transformers 5, there has been some debate about whether the film – apparently Michael Bay’s last in the franchise - constitutes a box office success. It underperformed domestically, but foreign markets offered some respite for the financiers. You can see why the powers-that-be want to thrust the film into home formats as soon as possible, to try and top up those totals post-haste.
To encourage fans to splurge on a disc version of Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount is going all-out with special features and extra content. The Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray 3D combo packs are said to include over 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes insights and interviews with the talent involved. Those combo packs also include a Digital HD copy of the film, while the normal DVD edition doesn’t come with that or the extra disc.
Here’s a list of the special features you’ll find with the combo packs:
- Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
- Climbing the Ranks - Military training
- The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
- Motors and Magic
- Alien Landscape: Cybertron
- One More Giant Effin’ Movie
And for people with a little more shelf space to fill, Paramount is also touting a brand new Transformers Blu-ray box set. It’s entitled the Transformers 5-Movie Collection, and it compiles Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. As well as the Blu-ray copies of those films, you’ll also get digital copies, and all of the special features listed above.
Of course, that box set won’t remain a complete collection for very long. Work is already underway on a Bumblebee spinoff film, which will take place in the 1980s and work on a much smaller budget than the usual fare in the franchise. It’s unclear what shape Transformers 6 will take, with both Bay and writer Akiva Goldsman stepping away from the series. Whoever comes in and takes over from them will have to dream up some ways to fix the Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight arrives on home release formats on September 26.
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018