June is finally here and that means the almost two year wait for the sequel to Transformers is in our grasp (the photo above is from the Japanese premiere last night)! Transformers Revenge of the Fallen will be released in conventional and IMAX theaters on June 24, but according director Michael Bay both versions of the film are not created equal. According to his official site, ShootfortheEdit, the director stated that you may get more bang for you buck my seeing the IMAX version of his film instead. And by more bang he means, extended footage!
See Bay’s latest news, plus a few detailed spoilers after the jump!
Here’s a snippet from Michael Bay’s official post to the fans.
It has been a long hard road, but really fun one to travel. What you will notice that is strikingly different than Transformers 1, is the level of animation detail. The robot characters (42 in all), you really can feel empathy for them. What is also very different is the sheer scale of the movie. We have been very tight holding back much of the best imagery in commercials and trailers.
The way to see this movie is on IMAX. Never before has there been 4k rendered character animation shot on full IMAX 70 mm film. This is a first and the results are stunning. You will see Optimus Prime in a few shots where he is actually perfectly to scale on the IMAX 50 foot tall screens.
For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting. Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes.
Darn you Michael Bay for causing me to reevaluate my film viewing experience! Similar to The Dark Knight last year, I did notice a different between the IMAX and conventional theater versions, since certain scenes were also shot using IMAX technology. If it wasn’t for my previous exposure I would chalk this up to hype, but there is some truth to it.
Which version will you go and see?