“Transformers” and “Chef” Lead Week’s Hot Blu-Ray Releases

“Transformers” and “Chef” Lead Week’s Hot Blu-Ray Releases

If you like fighting robots or fine cuisine, this week’s new Blu-Ray releases will be right up your alley.

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Mark Wahlberg takes over for Shia LaBeouf in the fourth installment of the popular series. Needless to say, the war between Autobots and Decepticons rages on, but this time they ride on robot dinosaurs.

Surprisingly, that’s not as awesome as it sounds. The dinos only show up in the last 20 minutes or so. As always, there’s some decent action on display, but for the most part, the movie is overlong, over-plotted, and overly monotonous.

Bonus features are an eight-part making-of documentary that runs nearly two hours, a 10-minute behind-the-scenes segment, a bit on director Michael Bay’s shooting style, a look at Hasbro headquarters, a piece on co-star TJ Miller, and several theatrical trailers. Transformers: Age of Extinction is also available on Blu-Ray in 3D format.

Chef – Director/star Jon Favreau’s sleeper hit is the story of a frustrated chef who re-finds his creative mojo after quitting his job and opening up a mobile food truck. Scarlet Johansson, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, and Robert Downey, Jr. co-star in this funny, sweet film. Prepare to get really hungry while watching it. This is our Blu-Ray Pick of the Week.

Extras are audio commentary from Favreau and chef/co-producer Roy Choi, and some deleted scenes.

Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection – It’s hard to say who exactly is clamoring for a box set of all seven Leprechaun movies, but here it is! The original is probably the most noteworthy, as it stars a then-unknown Jennifer Aniston.

Supplements inside the box set are five new featurettes pertaining to the franchise, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

Also hitting shelves this week are the critically acclaimed thriller Cold in July, the extended director’s cut of Once Upon a Time in America, the 75th anniversary edition of Gone With the Wind, a made-for-Blu Monster High movie called Freaky Fusion, and the Amy Poehler/Owen Wilson dramedy Are You Here.

What will you be getting on Blu-Ray this week? Tell us your picks in the comments section.

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Mike McGranaghan is the film critic for The Aisle Seat. His film writing can also be found at Film Racket and Daily Grindhouse, and his reviews are heard weekly on the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society, as well as the author of two books, "Straight-Up Blatant" and "My Year of Chevy."