‘Transformers’ Comes To Blu-ray

Posted on Jun 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Michael Bay feels vindicated.

Paramount Pictures is releasing his box office hit “Transformers” on Blu-ray Disc, nearly a year after the studio’s decision to issue the film in the rival HD DVD format triggered a tirade from the director.

“I’ve been waiting for ‘Transformers’ to be released on Blu-ray for a long time, and it was worth the wait,” Bay said. He called the September 2 release of the two-disc set “the complete high-definition package for fans.”

“It looks stunning and really allows you to engage with this movie in new ways,” Bay added. “Remember, I told everyone Blu-ray was best.”

He sure did. In August, when Paramount stunned the industry by announcing it was dropping its support for Blu-ray Disc and would release films only in HD DVD, “Transformers” was the flashpoint of the controversy. It was the biggest title the studio had in store for the fourth quarter, and a Blu-ray Disc edition had already been mastered and prepared for release.

On his Web site, Bay blasted Paramount’s decision to go HD DVD-only and threatened to take his sequel elsewhere.

“I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible,” he wrote. “For Paramount to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They are progressive by having two formats. No ‘Transformers 2’ for me.”

Bay backtracked, writing the next day that he “overreacted” and “might be back on” for the sequel. As it turns out, HD DVD was soon to be doomed when principal developer Toshiba threw in the towel February 19.

The Blu-ray edition of “Transformers” that Paramount is preparing will include extensive extras and special features, including a commentary from Bay and two documentaries about the film’s human and robotic stars. Segments include executive producer Steven Spielberg discussing his love for the franchise, and a detailed look at the casting process and real-world weapons provided by the military.

Bay said principal photography on “Transformers 2” is set to begin Monday.

Source: Hollywood Reporter