Hollywood popcorn flick director Michael Bay was one of the
most outspoken upon the announcement that Paramount and Dreamworks would be
dropping all support for Blu-ray Disc movies to align itself exclusively
with HD DVD.
The director of summer blockbuster film Transformers cried out initially 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.”
Hours later, Bay posted a follow-up message
with a different tune: “I heard where Paramount is coming from and the
future of HD and players that will be close to the $200 mark which is the magic
number. I like what I heard... So I think I might be back on to do Transformers
Regardless of what Bay’s plans are for the sequel to this
summer’s biggest action movie, HD DVD owners will get to experience
Transformers in full 1080p high-definition this fall. Paramount announced this
week the release of Transformers on HD DVD (as well as DVD) on October 16.
The HD DVD version will contain all the extra features found
on the packed two-disc DVD set – all of which in high-definition – plus several
HD-exclusive bonuses. In fact, Paramount may have found all the content too
much to fit on a 30GB dual-layer HD DVD, and will be shipping it also as a two-disc
HD DVD-exclusive features include an “Intelligence Mode” in
which an on-screen dashboard over the film provides information about the
robots and weapons, their strength levels, character updates and more. HD DVD’s
capabilities will reveal additional exclusive features at street date and
at various time periods in the future.
The HD DVD also includes a running text commentary while
watching the film and view relevant behind-the-scenes footage in a
picture-in-picture window. For more details, see the official
quote: Blu-Ray still uses a god damn Region Code. HD DVD got it right, Region Coding is bullshit.
quote: n fact, i've seen supposed high def plasma's hooked up to blu-ray players at stores that look worse than the dvd quality i get.
quote: in reality there is a point when it is good enough
quote: As for ticket revenues, they get the vast majority of that, true...but only if people buy the tickets. They have to actually go to the theatre...and less and less people are doing that.
quote: Is that screen as big as a theatre's? Effectively, it is. It already occludes around 120 degrees of my field of view, which is a wider viewing angle than you'll get at the theatre unless you sit in the first few front rows.
quote: I think the underlying factor here is the rise in home theatre technology. As more people can afford a home-viewing experience that very nearly matches the theatre...
quote: I have a 103" screen in my home, with in-wall 5.1 surround sound, subwoofer, and HD front projector.
quote: There's more money being spent but the attendance , which is what Masher was talking about HAS gone down dramatically.
quote: I'd hazard a bet that in 10-15 years, you will though.
quote: I'd hazard a bet that in 10-15 years, you will though. Theatre attendance has been on a steady decline for decades. The writing is on the wall.
quote: Its not trying to prove that HD is great by releasing certain movies on only HD-DVD, but rather proving that BD is not the format to buy seeing how you cannot have these certain movies on it.
quote: plus they have paid virual marketers all over various a/v forums who claim they are just out to 'inform' people.
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quote: Doesnt your Girl vs. Woman already prove that they are in different leagues & classifications?
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quote: In fact, Paramount may have found all the content too much to fit on a 30GB dual-layer HD DVD, and will be shipping it also as a two-disc set.