IMAX Version of 'Transformers 2' to Have Longer Cut

IMAX Version of 'Transformers 2' to Have Longer Cut

'For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting,' promises director Michael Bay when giving updates on the almost-finished 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" celebrates its world premiere in Japan on Monday, June 8, but hours before the special screening takes place, director Michael Bay has brought up an interesting update concerning its IMAX release. Posting a message on his Shoot for the Edit forum, he claimed that he has prepared a longer version of the "Transformers" sequel for IMAX.

"For IMAX, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting," part of the message Bay wrote read. "Four scenes were shot on IMAX cameras so the screen will fill the full IMAX screen for these scenes." On the post, the 44-year-old filmmaker also noted, "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."

He furthermore gushed, "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."

The man behind "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor" also confessed that he and the crew are still working on to finish the movie. "In Japan today," he wrote. "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."

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" will see many of the original actors, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson, returning to reprise their roles. New cast members, such as Isabel Lucas and Rainn Wilson, will also contribute. This action fantasy movie has been pushed forward to see a U.S. release on June 24.

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