Yesterday, Paramount and DreamWorks made an announcement
that shook the tech community -- just when everyone was getting used to the
idea that Blu-ray was gaining considerable traction in the high definition
format war. The two companies decided to reverse their support for both HD DVD
and Blu-ray in exchange for exclusive support for the former.
The news sparked
quite a stir from both sides of the aisle. Supporters of the HD DVD
standard declared that the move meant that the war is still on. Blu-ray
supporters on the other hand saw the move as nothing more than a multi-million
dollar payoff for Paramount and DreamWorks.
One high-profile member of the film community decided to
make his feeling known about the decision to go HD DVD only. Michael Bay --
known for action blockbusters like "Bad Boys" and "The
Rock" as well as critical disappointments like "Pearl Harbor"
and "The Island" -- expressed outrage after hearing that
"Transformers" would become an HD DVD exclusive title upon its
release for high definition players.
"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," exclaimed Bay
on his official site.
“Transformers” has racked up nearly $303 million USD in
ticket sales in the U.S. alone since its July release. The release of the
DVD and HD DVD versions of the movie this fall are sure to bring in
considerable dollars to Paramount.
The question remains, however, if Bay has enough clout to
reverse Paramount's decision on an HD DVD exclusive HD release for
"Transformers" or risk Bay bolting altogether for "Transformers
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. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted - nothing good
ever comes out of early am posts mind you - I over reacted. 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
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
So today I saw 300 on HD, it rocks!
So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!
quote: No Transformers 2 for me," exclaimed Bay on his official site.
quote: He probably gets percentage of what how the movie sells.
quote: either way I'm right...
quote: and then you're talking millions more for bay
quote: If I dont ge my way then Fuk the fans No Transformers 2 for me if I can get my blu-ray.
quote: I liked Pearl Harbor
quote: Why should we be forced to pay for second grade technology? If we are united, their decision will be reversed.
quote: (by that argument we should never have faster cpu's, or more cores. Why go quad core when dual is cheaper. like the quad core wont be cheaper 6 months from now).
quote: Yes right now its cheaper.But what about tommorow?
quote: HD-DVD actually has BETTER picture quality due to it's codec. Oh and unlike BD it has picture in picture features (GREAT for commentary tracks) and doesn't cost a bomb for the player.
quote: or look at pictures of the grandkids.
quote: If Windows and IE wasn't so bloated these people would still be fine with a P3 and dial up.
quote: I have a dual 1.1GHz P3 system with 1.25GB of SDRAM running XP. It has a hard time even running some flash content on web pages. It can't playback HD video trailers either. And forget about trying to encode a TV episode ripped off a DVD in a reasonable amount of time.
quote: Existence of HD-DVD is really important, because without it prices of Blu-Ray players would remain sky-high except for the PS3.
quote: it was just missing a Dodge Charger to make it better.
quote: IMDB has him as producer and director.
quote: The only thing that matters here is the guy that played a large part in making this movie cant even buy his own dvd to play in his house. Its a crying shame.
quote: And then here you are pointing the finger at Bay and all his money when the entire reason for this discussion is two giant movie studio corporations signing an exclusive deal, for guess what, MONEY!!! Being a little two faced aren't you?
quote: 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. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted - nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you - I over reacted. 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.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!Michael Bay
quote: so microsoft paid off paramount (who owns dreamworks anyway, given how the DW execs ran it into the ground a while back), and extends this little format war for another few years.