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The UK release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was last week, and before that there was a press conference with Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and John Turturro for not only the British press but, seemingly, a number of continental Europeans also. I was there, but this time I was not sitting amongst the press pack, waiting to shoot my hand up, but stood behind my camera, getting us some exclusive video. That video – about five minutes, representing the material really worth bothering with in the forty five minute conference – comes after the break.

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Another clip has been released from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which features (possible spoilers follow…) Sam (Shia LaBeouf) discovering a sliver of the allspark which ends up transforming household appliances into Decepticons. Watch the clip after the jump. I’ve also included links to the four other Transformers 2 clips released thus far.

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Did you know there was a viral marketing campaign going on to promote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? You didn’t think those videos on youtube showing robotic alien sightings from around the globe were real, did you? I’ve heard these videos and the website, therealeffingdeal.com, play a big part in the film. Ramon Rodriguez‘s character Leo runs the website which tries to uncover a conspiracy that giant robots are living on Earth. These videos appear on Leo’s blog.

For those of you who missed the action, check out the videos embedded after the jump. And watch carefully, because each of the home video recordings feature brief cameo appearances by Autobots and Decepticons.

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/Film reader Ryan M had a chance to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Japan, and has sent in a reader review. We usually don’t run reader reviews on the site if they don’t fall into the category of “long lead material” (test screenings, extremely advance promo screenings…etc) but the interest in the Transformers sequel is high enough to warrant it. For those of you looking to hear what a non reader review on the site, I assure you that we’ll run at least one official review of Transformers on the site next week, in addition to the /Filmcast discussion the week following. I should note that the review is, for the most part, spoiler free, but does contain some “minor spoilers” that could easily be seen in the trailers and tv spots. Review after the jump.

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9 More Photos from Transformers 2

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As Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen approaches, Paramount has released a final batch of production photos. Paramount held their first American press screening tonight, and so far I’ve been hearing extremely mixed reactions – some people loved it, while others hated it. It will be interesting to see the official reviews as they begin rolling in early next week. Check out 8 more photos after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Fun Facts

Ironhide from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Did you know if you took all the robot parts from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and laid them out end to end, they would stretch from one side of California to the other (about 180 miles)?. Paramount has released a list of fun facts relating to Michael Bay’s alien robot sequel. Check out the full list after the jump. Warning: Possible minor spoilers (nothing you wouldn’t have gathered from the trailers/tv spots).
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devastator The first Transformers film featured an Autobot peeing on a human. How has Michael Bay topped this act in the sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? How about a giant Decepticon will giant steel testicles. Details after the jump. Possible spoilers follow.
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Transformers 2 Clip: “We’re Going to Die”

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A new one minute video clip from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has been released in conjunction with the new Transformers BD-Live release. Unfortunately, the only copy of the video I could find is on YouTube and has a LOUD screeching noise throughout. If you’re going to watch this clip, first mute your computer speakers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! We now have a better copy of the clip, complete with audio, thanks to Trailer Addict.
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To promote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Paramount Pictures International has created an augmented reality website which allows you to wear a virtual Optimus Prime mask, watch footage from the film with a mini-virtual Bumblebee, and more.

It’s pretty easy to set up if you already have a web camera attached to your computer setup (it immediately recognized the isight on my macbook pro). The bumblebee bit requires you to either print out a small symbol on a piece or paper or download the logo to your iPhone. The Optimus Mask requires no extra set-up. The website recognizes your face in the video using some form of facial recognition and virtually inserts the mask, tracking the movements of your head. If you’ve never seen this kind of augmented reality in action, its fun for a few quick minutes.

‘We Are Autobots’ has been developed using the original 3D models of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee that appear in the film.  It was developed for PPI by creative marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC), working in conjunction with augmented reality specialists Total Immersion. Check out a video demo after the jump or head on over to the website WeAreAutobots.com.
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Last week we posted the first fan reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, coming out of the Tokyo premiere. As expected, fanatics who loved the first film also loved the sequel. But what about the real critics? The first real reviews are beginning to appear online, and I thought we’d take a look at the early buzz:

Orlando Parfitt, IGN UK: “The film reaches its pinnacle with one such action set-piece that takes place in a forest – a brilliantly crafted sequence that is kinetic, emotional and genuinely thrilling. Unfortunately however, it is a climax that comes only an hour or so into the movie – the remaining 80 or so minutes just never quite scale the same heights.” … “Bay could have cut 40 minutes from the bowels of Transformers 2, and it would have been a far more effective movie. Unfortunately, the director fell into the same trap with Pearl Harbour and Bad Boys II – each filled with spectacular moments, but both becoming bloated, arduous cinematic experiences that ultimately outstay their welcome.” … “Bay has refined and improved his technique when it comes to directing action since the first Transformers. Bay has – to an extent anyway – cleared this up in ROTF, with more lingering tracking shots, cleaner environments and establishing framing.”

Four more review excerpts after the jump.

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