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"Transformers" will be on high-definition only on HD DVD this October

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 2!”

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 set.

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 web connectivity 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 press release.

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