Transformers director favours Blu-ray Disc
HD DVD exclusives not a good thing, Bay says
Michael Bay, the director of Transformers, has slammed distributor Paramount's decision to release the hi-def version of the film only on HD DVD.
He said the move was "short-sighted" and alleged it would delay consumers' adoption of HD content.
"As a director, my critical eye is that Blu-ray is where my money is," Bay said on his blog. "Consumers are smart, and they are going to wait it out."
Earlier this week, Paramount lauded the Transformers HD DVD as the fastest selling hi-def disc yet. The distributor claimed 100,000 discs were sold on the first day of release, rising to 190,000 by the end of the first week.
The previous record holder, 300, was less successful on its first day, but was purchased 250,000 times during its first week, its distributor, Warner Home Video, said earlier this year. 300 is available on both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Transformers is the first big release from Paramount since it said it would focus on HD DVD for all future releases. Previously, like Warner, it backed both formats. It's scheme takes in movies released by DreamWorks... almost. DreamWorks films directed by company co-founder Steven Spielberg are not likely to be released only on HD DVD.
Clearly sufficiently powerful directors can force distributors to support other formats, and we may find more of them doing so, as they perceive the potential audience for their works are being limited by distributor policy.
Alarmingly poor comments
Yes, there were reports back in September. Then, if you were actually paying any attention, Paramount had a little chat with him and brought him back on message.
This is NEW news that he's gone back to his BluRay loving ways. Not entirely unconnected with discussions going on with Jerry Bruckheimer and Buena Vista, I suspect.
The Paramount "bribery" money did not come from Microsoft, but Toshiba, so you can all stop blaming Ballmer. And start explaining how this is any different to the way Sony have paid all mastering and pressing costs for Fox and Paramount until that announcement.
Alarmingly poor reporting...
..as has already been stated this was first reported in early September, it then followed up by a very hasty retreat from Michael Bay stating that wasn't what he intended etc etc and that he would do Transformers 2.... is it really that hard to get facts right?
As for the MS paying for the deal, that too was rubbish
As is the fact that BR is better, they use the same codecs, they're identical.... one presently has a pointlessly larger disc as you can't get the advanced content on to take advantage of it and equally the advanced content available for BR is so complex it takes up eons more space on a disk than the stuff on HD DVD and as such the disc size advantage summounts to nothing!
If you like either buy them (or even both!), if you don't, don't... it really is that simple.
Re: For God's Sake Get Your Facts Right!
The facts were right. You though the only involvement MS had in HD DVD was releasing the HD DVD drive fro the XBOX?
Wow, read this: http://tinyurl.com/2x8zsh
Then you'll find the only reason HD-DVD exists is because of Microsoft and their typical illegal behavior of bribes.