So there's been a ton of hoopla over the last couple of days regarding this whole HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray battle and how Paramount/Dreamworks are going to be releasing movies exclusively in HD-DVD format. Well, almost exclusively since Spielberg still wants his movies available in both formats.
What really brought the debate into the news was the fact that Michael Bay stated that he was really not happy with these studios wanting to release his mega-hit Transformers only in HD-DVD format and that he was going to take a stand by refusing to come back to direct Transformers 2.
On the one hand, I thought the guy was demonstrating an amazing amount of hubris by making a decision regarding the sequel based on something that is essentially none of his business. On the other hand, maybe it was cool that he was willing to take a stand on something (then again, he could just be politicking for more money). :-)
It turns out that he blogged his tirade in the wee hours of the morning, and now feels like he should have thought things through a bit better. From a post on a forum that he frequents he had this to say:
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"!
So we either have some backpedaling or a case of "blogger's regret," I don't know which.
I haven't covered the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD battle here at Screen Rant because frankly although I love movies and have a surround sound home theater set up, I have a 5 year old DVD player, a 7 year old HDTV and over 120 DVDs in the current format. Why does that matter? Because I'm not about to get sucked into a VHS/Betamax-style format war (and don't tell me there isn't a parallel) and end up on the wrong side of the winning technology.
I'm no expert on the technology, but my understanding is that it's cheaper to produce HD-DVDs because they expand on existing DVD technology. Blu-Ray is a completely new technology, the movies have been outselling those on HD-DVD, and it had been assumed that it would end up winning the battle until the recent Paramount announcement. The funny thing is, if HD-DVDs are cheaper to produce, why don't the cost less than Blu-Ray discs? I've looked up a few titles and they cost the same, if not more than the Blu-Ray version.
The short of it is that all this fighting and greed is hurting the future of Hi Def movies for the home as well as existing DVD sales IMHO. Personally I'm not investing a nickel in any new technology until the smoke clears, but in the meantime I'm buying VERY few new movies on DVD.
I'm curious to see how this shakes out in the next year or so.
Source: The Hot Blog