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Michael Bay's best selling high-def movie is on HD DVD
Michael Bay says "I told you so" to all HD DVD faithful

Michael Bay’s high-definition preference is no secret. It seems that the flashy action director finds every opportunity possible to make it known that he is a strong believer in Blu-ray Disc.

This week, Netflix and Best Buy both expressed their intentions to favor Blu-ray Disc as their high-definition format of choice. Bay commented on the latest industry shift at the Visual Effects Society’s sixth annual award show, where he said, “Blu-ray’s better, and I told everyone ... I was very vocal about it. I knew HD [DVD] was not going to make it.”

Oddly enough, Bay’s best selling high-definition title to date, bring Transformers, is available only on HD DVD – a format that he is vehemently betting against.

“Am I thrilled? It really wasn’t my fight, but remember what I said in the press? I was kind of saying HD [DVD]’s going to lose,” he said. “No one believed me.”

Despite both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc just being storage mediums capable of supporting the same video and audio codecs, Bay says that he prefers the way his movies are presented on Blu-ray Disc. “It’s just sharper,” Bay added. “It’s just [that] the tools are better. I just think it’s closer to what it should look like.”

Bay’s views against HD DVD were first publicized at the time of Paramount signing exclusively with HD DVD, when the director exclaimed on his website his displeasure with the deal and threatened to cease work on Transformers 2.

“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,” said Bay in late August.

Likely after some pleasant meetings with Paramount executives, Bay retracted his comments and explained himself: “As a director, I'm all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision. So today I saw 300 on HD, it rocks! So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!”

Months later, Bay was back with more choice words against Paramount’s HD DVD deal. “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.”

Quickly after Warner Bros. announced its plans to go with Blu-ray Disc this summer, Bay wasted no time in giving his two cents on the development. “Well another studio down. Maybe I was right? Blu ray is just better. HD will die a slow death. It's what I predicted a year ago,” Bay said.

Bay’s words on the format war aren’t limited just on the consumer side. The director also expressed his conspiracy theory that Microsoft was intentionally backing HD DVD to further confuse the consumer into giving up physical media in favor of digital downloads.





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