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Michael Bay Praises Blu-ray's Success

Posted February 12, 2008 09:25 PM by Josh Dreuth

Michael BayOutspoken director Michael Bay is once again singing the praises of Blu-ray, this time in celebration of the recent Blu-ray successes. At the Visual Effects Society's sixth annual award show, where he presented the award for animated character in a motion picture, he remarked, "Blu-ray's better, and I told everyone. I was very vocal about it. I knew HD [DVD] was not going to make it."

Bay has personally supervised Blu-ray transfers for his films 'The Rock' and 'Pearl Harbor' and says it has resulted in a sharper image that is "closer to what it should look like." He also isn't afraid of grain: "Yeah, there's some grain, pushing film, shooting at night. There's actually some grain in 'Transformers'. We pushed it just a little too much. I don't mind grain. Grain has a vibe."

He also spoke about the prospects of bringing his film 'Armageddon' to Blu-ray, but mentioned that it would need a brand new master. "The Armageddon [master] was burned in a fire apparently, so we've got to re-master the whole movie," noted Bay.


Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (86 comments)



CptGreedle
  Feb 12, 2008
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I was waiting for him to say something again....

PLASMA-1080P-FULLHD
  Feb 12, 2008
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Way to go BAY!
ezcobar411
  Feb 12, 2008
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Bay, you're amazing.
hubcityrider
  Feb 12, 2008
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Now where's my blu copy of transformers? =)

cembros
  Feb 12, 2008
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is blu ray known for having more grain than HD dvd or something?
L or S of Perfect?
  Feb 12, 2008
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more salt on the flesh wound

katharsis
  Feb 12, 2008
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Great news... would love to get a hold of Armageddon!!

bkbluray
  Feb 12, 2008
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Nice comments!

Septimus Prime
  Feb 12, 2008
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This man is my hero or something. EVERY movie can benefit from having more random explosions.

Okay, not every movie. Michael Bay movies already have enough random explosions.

jcs913
  Feb 12, 2008
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There's nothing worse than a 'told you so' rich guy.....

jk1138
  Feb 12, 2008
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Well thats great, but how does it get us TF?

richard lichtenfelt
  Feb 12, 2008
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The master of the movie Armageddon was burned in a fire. That is beyond ironic.

Glad to have such a heavy hitter in our ring.

bicclick2002
  Feb 12, 2008
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I praise Bay! You are the man! I'm excited to see Transformers come to Blu in the not so distant future. . .

Zixxer
  Feb 12, 2008
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\</ ROCK ON \</

tru blu
  Feb 12, 2008
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Richard. You took the words out of my mouth.
Armageddon master burnt in a fire. Ironic. Seriously I hope they can work on that film, as I love it. Have the Criterion version.

kknight
  Feb 12, 2008
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BAY you're the man!! Give us The Island, Transformers & Armegeddon!!!

kaliraver
  Feb 12, 2008
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Got to love Mr. Bay you seriously have rocked since day 1!

BLU RULES ALL
  Feb 12, 2008
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Bay is now one of my favorite directors ever. Can't wait for Transformers on BD

Rainman208
  Feb 12, 2008
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I got The Island UK import. Looks awesome. Armageddon would look great on Blu also. Way to go Bay, stay vocal until Uni and Para break.

tru blu
  Feb 12, 2008
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kknight. The Island is avaible on Blu-ray in the U.K

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Blu-ray-Ewan-McGregor/dp/B000RJEHK8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1202872284&sr=8-1

through Warner and is Region Free:

http://bluray.liesinc.net/index.php?region=b

dgator783
  Feb 12, 2008
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thank you blu-bay!

MuG
  Feb 12, 2008
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woohoo

Elandyll
  Feb 12, 2008
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Let's get us the Island and TF already !

atdm71
  Feb 12, 2008
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We have Bay to thank for helping persuade public adoption toward the Blu-ray format. He's been a fantastic supporter, and here's offering our thanks to Bay for being a dude. Can't wait to buy Transformers on Blu-ray with a lossless audio track!

atdm71
  Feb 12, 2008
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PS - "The Rock" on Blu-ray kicks ass. It's a very easy recommend if you don't already own it.

TK421
  Feb 12, 2008
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Armageddon will be awesome on BLU, how about the TRANSFORMERS. Figures it was about time for him to say something again !

U4K61
  Feb 12, 2008
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It is always nice the hear unbiased support from a high profile professional in the movie industry. Gives added credibility to the blu ray movement when we know we are fighting for, and getting, the best possible 1080P picture.

Joon
  Feb 13, 2008
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This guy hands down has been the biggest icon name for blu-ray.

LynxFX
  Feb 13, 2008
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This is too funny. I usually find myself having to defend Bay on most movie forums, but luckily this is the blu-ray forum where he praised, albeit for different reasons.

gamer4eva
  Feb 13, 2008
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he's my fav director i've got his every movie except for pearl harbor cause i didnt like it cant wait for Bad Boys 1&2, Transformers and Armageddon

Cant wait for The Matrix

frenchglen
  Feb 13, 2008
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Blu Bay for Blu-ray!

w_tanoto
  Feb 13, 2008
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this outspoken director amuse and amaze me. keep up the good work of spreading the word of blu-ray, Bay. And thank you for all of the support. Transformer will be on BD one day. Make sure next time, you pull out deals just like spielberg (whose movie can't be released on DUD

Bullseye
  Feb 13, 2008
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Nice to see someone like Bay at least give an opinion.

Razzy
  Feb 13, 2008
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Like me, he hates saying HD DVD and just says HD. I just call 'er DuD.
digriz
  Feb 13, 2008
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Bay is such a moron. Probably the worst director in Hollywood.
VEGAZ5
  Feb 13, 2008
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yeah BAY !! tell spielberg to let my transformers go (to blu-ray that is)

monkyman
  Feb 13, 2008
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Armaggedon probibly burned up on re-entry. I would definatly buy it once it came out.
DrXym
  Feb 13, 2008
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Armageddon is an atrocious film with bad science, bombastic music, implausible action and ropey affects. The same story could have been told a lot better. The physical media the movie is on will not make a difference to that.

Tony5272
  Feb 13, 2008
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You would think he would mention something about "TRANSFORMERS" coming to Blu-Ray.

mji245
  Feb 13, 2008
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ok bay now tell us more about transformers on blu-ray

Barion
  Feb 13, 2008
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Mmm, I'd definitely have to get The Island on Blu-ray...that was an enjoyable underrated flick from 2005, and Scarlett in high def....oh yeah. Jordan Two-Delta is the hottest clone ever.

hc666
  Feb 13, 2008
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"The Armageddon [master] was burned in a fire"

haha good, horrible movie!

tru blu
  Feb 13, 2008
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DrXym
A huge number of films have bad scince. It's just enjoyment factor.

bhampton
  Feb 13, 2008
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Just for this,... I plan on picking up Transformers on Blu Ray next week.

-Brian
BluFan
  Feb 13, 2008
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While I'm glad he likes blu-ray, he's still the same asshole that backed off these same comments before. He can piss off.
DrXym
  Feb 13, 2008
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tru blu, there is always a certain suspension of disbelief in movies. That doesn't mean a movie should just toss out all of the laws of physics and fill it with nonsense. Compare and contrast how Armageddon & Deep Impact approached their physics. Deep Impact certainly did some dumb things but it still stayed within the bounds of reality. BTW I'm not saying DI is a classic either but it shows you can have a story about a crew planting a bomb on asteroid that is somewhat plausible.

Physics were just part of the reason Armageddon was bad. Bad acting, dull characters, a bad script, loud music and ADHD direction meant it was a dumb and unredeeming movie. Whether the director supports one storage format or not cannot change that fact.

Ferris
  Feb 13, 2008
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What a guy to have in our corner!!! Nice, Mr. Bay!!!

Flux88MPH
  Feb 13, 2008
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It looks as if yet again he is putting those HD-DUDers at Bay.

(thank you, Thank You! I'll be here all night. Be sure to tip your waitress)

Sonny
  Feb 13, 2008
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I like um more & more )

NovaBomb
  Feb 13, 2008
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Yes, I have Transformers on HD (DVD) there is grain and lots of it.

Minimejer05
  Feb 13, 2008
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Bay rocks!
JT_Designer
  Feb 13, 2008
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How will HD-DVD backers try and spin Michael Bay's comments?

I'd love Michael Bay to say that he's going to transfer Transformers over to Blu-ray.

Cobalt
  Feb 13, 2008
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Lol, anyone forget how Bay switched back to HD-DVD after his first comment about blu? So he told everyone blu was better yet pulled a 180 at the start.

Nice

thespindoc
  Feb 13, 2008
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I'd also perfer the extended version of Pearl on Blu too while we're at it! :^)
BluFan
  Feb 13, 2008
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DrXym, just because you felt the film was "dumb and unredeeming" doesn't make it a fact. That's your opinion, NOT a stated fact. I think it was the perfect popcorn flick, dumb perhaps, but far from unredeeming. I left the theater entertained, and so did most of the people around me. Bay did his job as far as that's concerned.

pscoop
  Feb 13, 2008
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The Rock looks great, I am looking forward to Armegeddon and Transformers.

Shanester
  Feb 13, 2008
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Michael Bay is still full of himself....but his films DO look great in high-def

CassilineKnight
  Feb 13, 2008
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The guys an asshole but its good to have his support.

BTW does anyone have a list of ALL Bluray Move Releases to this date?

And is Amazon having any other sales besides the B2G1 deal going on now?

Kagenish
  Feb 13, 2008
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lets get all of bays movies on blu-ray

digibob
  Feb 13, 2008
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Bay you are the best. Now if other directors would start speaking out about the Blu advantages.

mustang750r
  Feb 13, 2008
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god bless him

venom121584
  Feb 13, 2008
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love to have transformers on blu

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owa
  Feb 13, 2008
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Nice to see he's still a vocal supporter of blu-ray. The news about the Armageddon master is disappointing though. I hope they consider the exra effort to re-master it, worth it. It's one of the titles I've really been looking forward to on blu-ray.

Barulez2k7
  Feb 13, 2008
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I think HD-DVD is not a theater expierence disc. Without grain, it's crap. Grain is a vibe for theaters and Blu-ray maintains that vibe. HD-DVD supporters can say that but then, there won't be a lot but the end of the year.

E-Dogg
  Feb 13, 2008
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Michael Bay has always stuck to his guns and never hid his favortism for Blu. We know it's better and so does he period. Bravo!!!!!

goattke
  Feb 13, 2008
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Personally, even though I like Michael Bay's movies, he kind of sounds like a band wagon director to me. Just before Transformers came out, when Dreamworks/Paramount announced their DUD exclusivity and when it seemed like DUD was (briefly) pulling ahead of Blu, he praised DUD like it was the next best thing. Now that Blu is winning, he's backing it 100%. Sounds a little two-faced if you ask me. As for Transformers coming to Blu, I'd love to see it happen, but until Dreamworks/Paramount concedes that Blu is the the way to go, it's just not going to happen. Eventually it will, but I think it'll take a while. Industry powerhouses like that don't like to admit they're wrong and they'll hang on to the dying format as long as possible.
Blu-Ray Buckeye
  Feb 13, 2008
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I'm outspoken and have a lot of conviction too. Now if I could just get a few hundred million dollars....

dakshdar
  Feb 13, 2008
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Am I alone in thinking that Blu-Ray version of Bad Boys I & II would be pretty nice with all the gunplay and action shots? No word on these that I can find...

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Guinness7
  Feb 13, 2008
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Now let him over see the blu transfer of transformers.

audioquest
  Feb 13, 2008
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Bay is a classless, big mouth idiot. First he disses HD DVD, but then he recounts when Transformers is exclusively released on that format and says he was drunk when he made the comments. After the WB announcement, he goes on another anti-HD tirade. Make up your mind, pal.

Spielberg has supported BD from day one, but had the decency to just support the format and not talk crap about the other one.

kubrick
  Feb 13, 2008
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Bay makes Shit films and is generally a toss director.Agree totally with AUDIOQUEST, at least other directors just keep quiet and get on with it...
Blu-Ray Buckeye
  Feb 13, 2008
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LOL at audioquest and kubrick...

Bay has been consistently outspoken against HD DVD the whole time. His employers forced him to recant (not "recount" BTW) his initial statements but he has made his true feelings known repeatedly. Too bad you can't appreciate bold condor. I guess you'd prefer a nation of cowards who march to the man's beat.

gambare
  Feb 13, 2008
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I knew he couldn't resist to say "I told you"

I bet he's happy about being right about Blu

Mr. Joshua
  Feb 13, 2008
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Armaggedon on Blu-ray would be sweet.....

Mr. Joshua
  Feb 13, 2008
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Lets see The Island on Blu-ray too dude...

Mr. Joshua
  Feb 13, 2008
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oh yeah Transformers too like they all before me said....

BluNinja
  Feb 13, 2008
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Yeah Go Bay Go, Go over Paramounts head and release Transformers on Bluray.

camaro17
  Feb 13, 2008
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good job, now we need transformers.

peace

Kyzer the Medic
  Feb 13, 2008
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Dakshdar... dont know if its out yet, but watching A Few Good Men last night had a preview for Bad Boys 2...

DjMethod
  Feb 13, 2008
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Let's see Transformers and Bad Boys II!!

I-robot, Independence Day, I Am Legend... Will Smith is on blu-ray all right,

but Bad Boys II NEEDS to go blu.

motogp34
  Feb 14, 2008
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You ever think that Maybe, he has some profit sharing in there some where ???

Sean4000
  Feb 14, 2008
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Blu-bay all the way!

EvolutionCherry
  Feb 14, 2008
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Michael Bay is awesome!

Blu_Avenger
  Feb 14, 2008
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I don't know...I'm not a great fan of any of his movies.

The rock....perhaps bad boys....but all the rest you can keep.

Personally I think he just likes the sound of his own voice. LOL!

natedog543
  Feb 14, 2008
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my thoughts EXACTLY... now wheres Transformers on The Blu


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