For those of you who thought the bloated 147 minute runtime for Transformers 2 wasn’t enough, we have good news. Michael Bay wants to give you even MORE fighting robots. But only in IMAX.
The esteemed director of Pearl Harbor announced over the weekend that he has put together a “slightly longer” cut of his opus for IMAX cinemas only. Why this stuff was good enough to put into IMAX but not the traditional theatrical cut is not made clear…
But we’re pretty sure it’s a blatant attempt to make us all pay for the more expensive ticket.
Here is the full letter from Bay to his loyal fans…
In Japan today. After a month and half seven days a week most days going till midnight me and my crew have just about finished Transformers. I have never seen such a level of dedication from every crew member in a movie before.
Even today after the press in Japan and right before the premiere tonight, I have to sneak out to a digital house to approve the last few effect shots.
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.
Did he just say “haters beware?” We’re not haters, Michael, we’re skeptics. Skeptics who weren’t the biggest fans of your first movie. But you must remember. We all…every single one of us…loved The Rock. So we’re still pulling for ya, buddy.
Here’s hoping the new movie is fun, exciting, and fleshed out with a good story, characters, and sense of humor about itself.