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Michael Bay: “Now I love HD DVD”

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Source: High-Def Digest

This just gets funnier and funnier. After going off on a rant about how he wouldn’t direct Transformers 2 because Paramount had ditched Blu-ray, he has suddenly had an epiphany, deleted his original post, and come out in full favour of HD DVD:

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!

This guy flip-flops like a fish out of water! Who wants to bet Paramount executives woke up to find his words being bandied all over the web and had a quiet word with him?

Oh, and Paramount CTO Alan Bell has submitted to an extremely interesting interview with PC World, where he discusses his company’s reasons for switching to HD DVD exclusively in a commendably candid way:

Bell: Paramount has been getting experience with publishing titles in both formats for the last year. We’ve had a hands-on ability to see how these formats work in practice. And after some hands-on analysis, we decided that HD DVD was the format we wanted to support.

PCW: Why was that?

Bell: For one thing, the lower prices of the players: It’s good for consumers, it’s good for our customer base.

For another thing, HD DVD came out of the DVD Forum. The DVD Forum is very experienced at developing and managing specs. [HD DVD] was launched in a very stable way, with stable specifications, and they had specified a reference player model, so all players had to be compatible with the HDi interactivity layer, and all players had to be capable of the interactivity. So when we publish titles in the future that have interactivity, we can be assured that every HD DVD player will be able to handle this content.

Oh, and he reiterates that the current situation represents an “indefinite commitment”.

 
Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 8:04 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology | Web

 
Comments

1.

Michael 'I shoot sexy stuff' Bay is a riot. :)

"Last night at dinner I was having dinner!"

With drinks, Mike?

Posted by: Anon, August 23, 2007 9:09 AM

2.

Bay is a fucking hack anyway.

Posted by: Tyler Sciortino, August 23, 2007 9:44 PM

3.

Bay sucks!
He's a joke... yeah even as a director!

Posted by: ARCVILE, August 24, 2007 1:39 AM

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