"Transformers" director says his money is on Blu-ray Disc

Director Michael Bay’s latest effort, the Transformers movie, immediately broke home video release records on October 16. Transformers on HD DVD became the fastest selling high-definition release in history, with 100,000 copies sold on the first day.

190,000 copies were sold over the first week, leading Paramount to boast Transformers as, “the fastest and best-selling week one release on either high definition format as well as the best selling HD DVD ever.”

Despite Bay’s great success on HD DVD with Transformers, the action director is showing little faith in the future of the high-definition optical format. Speaking to USA Today regarding the smashing release of Transformers on high-definition, Bay commented on Paramount and DreamWorks’ decision to go HD DVD-exclusive saying, “It's short-sighted and it has delayed consumers' moving to HD (home video). As a director, my critical eye is that Blu-ray is where my money is. Consumers are smart, and they are going to wait it out.”

Michael Bay’s Blu-ray-backing comments are the latest in a string of lines critical of Paramount and DreamWorks’ deal with the HD DVD camp. Immediately following the exclusivity announcement, Bay posted on his website, “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me.”

Bay later backpedalled on his blog to a different tune, praising HD DVD’s hardware pricing and said that he might indeed be back to direct Transformers 2.

The Transformers director’s critical view of the home market release isn’t limited to just the HD DVD version, however, as he also told the paper that the DVD release was “not as good as it could have been.”

“I was traveling promoting (Transformers) while they were doing the DVD,” Bay said. “You try to guide people as to what to do (in making it), but ultimately if you rush your date, you are not going to get the DVD as good as it could be. … Studios want to pump this stuff out, and my job is to care about it and try to put the right people on it. They just see it as a show they are selling, and I see it as a movie. That's how your movie lives on, in the DVD format.”

Whether or not Bay is satisfied with Paramount’s high-definition format of choice, his movie will also live on in HD DVD format.

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