Transformers spin-off “Bumblebee” is getting a 4K/Blu-ray UK Steelbook release

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UPDATE – Following the unfortunate problems faced by HMV, Zavvi and Zoom have now picked up a very limited number of copies of this release as an online exclusive, so while you MIGHT be able to pick it up in store at HMV (assuming they’re still around of course…), this might be a safer bet.

If, like me, you have met each new Transformers film with the increasingly desperate mantra of “this HAS to be better than the last one”, to the point where you hate yourself for simply hoping, your prayers may finally be answered.

The latest movie, Bumblebee, is the first without Micheal Bay behind the camera. This time round, Travis Knight is the man in charge. You may not be familiar with the name, but as the head of animation geniuses Laika, and a major creative force behind their classics Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and The Two Strings, the franchise does seem to be in good hands.

Most unusually for a Transformers movie, reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, if not glowing. It seems like we’re finally getting the Transformers movie we’ve been waiting for.

This release will include the movie on 4K and Blu-ray discs. While the final art and release date are still TBC, pre-orders are live right now.

Pre-order: Zavvi | Zoom

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

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30 Responses

  1. I just ordered it thanks from zavvi. it says online exclusive. so wonder what that means as this and first man were hmv exclusives I thought.

  2. James Dodd James Dodd says:

    Wait… weren’t this and First Man HMV’s Exclusives?! Are they already starting to lose their exclusives?! That’s sad ☹️

    • James Dodd James Dodd says:

      Yeah, but I thought that maybe they would keep their exclusives until they are completely gone. The vultures are already starting to pull them apart and they aren’t dead yet

    • James Dodd yes it is as they have so many lined up

    • Mark Cordell Mark Cordell says:

      James Dodd it’s not zavvi’s fault. They’re just a retailer. If a studio has committed to having something produced and there is the likelihood of all concerned losing money if a retailer goes under then you can hardly blame them for putting them with someone else.
      I was in hmv yesterday and their prices are not that attractive. I’d have snapped up a bunch of stuff if the numbers had been better. But they’re not going to save themselves wanting top dollar for stuff. They need to slash prices and shift stock.

    • Alex Spriggs Alex Spriggs says:

      And lose money on the stock? It’s difficult, as a retailer HMV is often cheaper than amazon etc via groupbuy offers e.g. 5 for £30 blu ray, but more expensive on singular items

    • Andy Davies Andy Davies says:

      The supplies like Sony and Fox are the ones to blame for not sticking with HMV

  3. Bumble bee is still available to order on hmv with same cover but first man is sold out. in fact a lot of hmv preorders are showing as sold out now.

  4. I should have read your website first as you state that zavvi gave picked this up from zavvi. so now have dilemma of who to cancel order with.

  5. Jonathan Blake Owsley, check best buy.

  6. Is this the same First Man steel as HMV as currently they’re showing sold out but the artwork is different?

  7. Andy Davies Andy Davies says:

    Also available from zoom it seems.

    • Yeah I’ve updated the article

    • James Dodd James Dodd says:

      And £5 cheaper 👌🏼

    • Andy Davies Andy Davies says:

      James Dodd Hows it £5 cheaper as Both retailers are £29.99 each but I did use SIGNUP10 code in Zoom and got 10% off both steels. Also note Zavvi were being sly saying “Online Exclusive” that is not retailer exclusive, it is just Universal Pictures UK have decided to not go exclusive with hmv and offer as wide release online. The catalogue numbers are the same as what HMV was to have.

    • It was briefly £5 cheaper when Zoom first listed it.

      As for Zavvi claiming the online exclusive, given how fast this happened (with more titles to follow) I suspect they weren’t aware the studio was also looking at other options.

      Also, bear in mind that Zoom are part owned by Universal, who also handle distribution for Paramount. First Man is Universal, Bumblebee is Paramount….

    • James Dodd James Dodd says:

      Yeah it was £5 cheaper when it first went up, which is when I got it 👌🏼 Plus I have a £5 off everything on Zoom code so got them both for £19.99… bargain 😊

    • Andy Davies Andy Davies says:

      I got an email from zoom at 18:22pm about 30 mins after I ordered it at 29.99 and the email quotes 24.99 for the steelbook so I have queried if they are going to offer reduced price for a pre-order!

  8. Jack Huitson Jack Huitson says:

    Zoom are selling this too so how can Zavvi say it’s their online exclusive?

  9. Mark Haynes Mark Haynes says:

    I cancelled my Spiderverse HMV 4k steelbook due to their current woes. Hopefully someone else will pick up that too?

  10. Tony Mata Tony Mata says:

    Definitely owning this film!! ❤️

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