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'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' -- which boasted some of the summer's most divided reviews AND grossing a whopping $400+ million in the U.S. -- has arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray steeped in all as much explosive, chaotic, metal-crunching, Michael Bay-tastic glory as any fan could have hoped.

"I expected it to be like that," writer Robert Orci said last week at a promotional event in Santa Monica for 'Transformers,' referring to the movie's split reaction. "Sequels are easy targets. It was under the pressure of the writers' strike, which makes us targets. It was longer, which is a debate. It was bigger, louder and longer than the other one." 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' -- which boasted some of the summer's most divided reviews AND grossing a whopping $400+ million in the U.S. -- has arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray steeped in all as much explosive, chaotic, metal-crunching, Michael Bay-tastic glory as any fan could have hoped.

"I expected it to be like that," writer Robert Orci said last week at a promotional event in Santa Monica for 'Transformers,' referring to the movie's split reaction. "Sequels are easy targets. It was under the pressure of the writers' strike, which makes us targets. It was longer, which is a debate. It was bigger, louder and longer than the other one."

In addition to the 150-minute film, the DVD boasts an number of extras, including featurettes on the military and Middle Eastern shooting locations.

Meanwhile Orci and writing partner Alex Kurtzman, who wrote 'Star Trek,' the first and second 'Transformers,' and 'Eagle Eye,' have already told fans they will not return to write 'Transformers 3.'

"The thing is to let as many voices into the process as possible," Kurtzman says. "Especially something for 'Transformers' of 'Star Trek,' there are so many voices in that process already, that you have to let it in and let it be a part of what you do."

Upon the movie's late June release, some high-profile reviews and reports came out that even said the movie played on ethnic stereotypes, in two characters called the "Twins," Mudflap and Skids.

They are "conspicuously cartoonish, so-called black voices that indicate that minstrelsy remains as much in fashion in Hollywood as when, well, Jar Jar Binks was set loose by George Lucas," Manohla Dargis wrote in her New York Times review.

Asked about the two characters last week, Jess Harnell, who voiced Ironside, said, "I think sometimes these things get exaggerated for comedic purposes, you know what I mean. It was just light-hearted. I know they certainly didn't set out to offend somebody. It was just for a laugh."

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