Bay first dipped his toes into the whole debate when Paramount and DreamWorks decided to side with Toshiba and go solely with HD DVD. The move caused Bay to blow a few gaskets.
"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.
The very next day -- no doubt after taking his blood pressure medicine -- Bay offered a more calm reaction to the move. "Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three blu-ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker," remarked Bay. "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!"
Two months later, Bay was once again singing the praises of Blu-ray and expressed his support for the standard. “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.”
In early December, Michael Bay turned his sights towards Microsoft and blamed the software giant for attempting to sabotage both HD DVD and Blu-ray.
“What you don't understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about,” exclaimed Bay. “That is why Microsoft is handing out $100 million dollar checks to studios just embrace the HD DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu Ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.”
With the latest turn of events sparked by Warner Bros., we all knew that it wouldn't be long before Bay would step in and offer his own insight on the decision. Lock clockwork, Bay was ready to deliver:
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. Now with Warner's down for the count with Blu Ray. That makes it easier for Wal-Mart to push Blu Ray. And whatever Wal-Mart pushes - wins. Hd better start giving out those $120 million dollars checks to stay alive. Maybe they can give me some so I can give it to my Make-A-Wish charity, just to shut me up. Have faith people Transformers will come out in Blu-ray one day!
Why Bay is so concerned about who wins when regular DVDs account for the bulk of the sales anyway remains a mystery to me -- "Transformers" sold 190,000 units on HD DVD during the first week while the standard DVD version raked in sales of 8.3 million during the same period.
Bay should just leave the bickering to Sony, Toshiba and the movie studios and get back to producing kickass movies.
quote: Well, this consumer doesn't want one format.
quote: I really don't see what the problem with having two formats is.
quote: there is another layer of competition
quote: Those price drops were intended to eliminate Blu-ray, not to compete against it.
quote: No, having two formats confuses the market, and slows adoption of high def formats.
quote: There isn't a problem as long as all players support both, but they don't and never will. The format companies don't want two formats, so they won't make hybrid players if they don't have to.
quote: Why not? What are you gaining by having two?
quote: Hybrids are't the solution. HD-DVD is dead.
quote: 1) Blu-Ray in a gaming console, not really a consumer choice which format it used rather what was included.
quote: who would go and buy an hd-dvd player when a ps3 can play hd movies already?
quote: Your right in the tecnical aspect, short of the wavelength of the laser the two formats are exactly the same. The added capacity of blu-ray is merely the shorter wavelength laser being able to read/write smaller
quote: HD-DVD is region-free, which is a plus for some people
quote: So what you're basically saying is we're close enough to the wall that we should let this format war drag out until there is a successor which is not even remotely close to capacity limited? I mean, that's what I'd be saying, that if we're going to argue over a few dozen % capacity difference in a format we want to use looking forward many years, we've already picked the wrong two alternatives.
quote: To clarify, no if the minor real capacity difference is a problem then they're both insufficient capacity for long term adoption.
quote: You write that adding layers to HD DVD would alienate but that's exactly what you propose to do with trying to eliminate it with Blu-Ray, so your own argument alone falls apart.
quote: Like I already wrote, you claim that backwards compatibility is a problem and yet you advocate a different tech that obviously isn't either.
quote: Why are you suggesting we must be shunning Blu-Ray because of Sony's involvement? What is the dirt on Sony you are trying to hide or ignore? It almost seems as though you are deliberately ignoring whatever you prefer to.
quote: Transformers includes no lossless audio because they would've had to sacrifice video quality even though it is VC-1. They were relegated to DD+ because they simply didn't have the storage space left for TrueHD or HD-MA.
quote: while his movies are good, his public attitude needs to be handled with a wrench to the face
quote: Because he is not afraid to express his opinion?Are you a Nazi?
quote: How funny it is when someone tries to correct and acts as pathetic as the one they're trying to correct.
quote: Why Bay is so concerned about who wins when regular DVDs account for the bulk of the sales anyway remains a mystery to me
quote: Michael Bay prefers Blu-ray