Someone emailed me this tidbit that originally apprear in Dark Horizons.
“A little tit-bit report from some preliminary shooting on the Michael Bay directed Pearl Harbor here in Hawaii which wrapped up today. I witnessed one scene filmed, which was primarily a shot from above the ground (100 metres). However, located at each angle to the centre shot, were several cameras. A few words with some of the production staff, told me this was all to do with the DVD release. Apparently, viewers of the DVD, will be able to choose which camera angle they want to view. This won’t be of just certain scenes, but of the whole movie.
This film will change the face of the way we view DVD, and will be the first major film to have ‘proper’ interaction with the viewer, almost allowing the audience to direct the film itself.”
For those of you of Mexican heritage, I would like to wish you a “Feliz Cinco de Mayo!”
For those of you living in Atlanta, WATL will broadcast this Saturday afternoon “Vengance: The Story of Tony Cimo.” So what’s the big deal? I’ve been bombarded with emails asking me if Michael acts in this movie as a sled agent. Go figure. The Internet Movie DataBase (IMDB) list him as part of the cast for this 1986 movie. I have official word that tells me that it is not the Michael Bay we know. Who the hell gave this info? Can anyone delete that info at the IMDB?
Anyway, if someone gets to record this, please send me a copy (email me at email@example.com if you want my mailing address). I wanna see who this sled agent is…
Little tidbit of news today. For those of you living in the LA area, you might want to see Michael shooting a little bit of “Pearl Harbor” in LA on May 15 from 7pm-7am. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in the address.
In casting news: Colm Feore (The Insider, Storm of the Century), Catherine Kellner (Six Degrees of Separation) and Jennifer Garner (Felicity) are the most recent additions to “Pearl Harbor.”
Click here to view one of Michael’s Nike Alpha Project commercials titled “Court Elves|Johnnny the Angry Android|Goat Boy.”You must have Quicktime 4.0. Note: this is one of Michael’s strangest commercials by far. It has that creepy “Fellini-esque” look and feel to it. I’ve always said it again and again: Michael can make pretty dark and edgy stuff. I just hope he directs the “Gory Details.” Below is the list of the three commercials he made for the Alpha Project campaign.
“Court Elves|Johnnny the Angry Android|Goat Boy” (Propaganda Films 1999)
“Johnny the Angry Android” (Propaganda Films 1999)
“Snowdome” (Propaganda Films 1999)
I’ve been informed that there will be a Special Edition DVD for Michael Bay’s first film “Bad Boys.” It will be released on June 27, 2000. It will include the following special features:
- Commentary by director Michael Bay
- Theatrical trailer(s)
- “Making the Boom & Bang in Bad Boys” Documentary
- “Damage Control” featurette uses angles feature to analyze special effects explosions
- Music Videos: “Shy Guy” by Diana King, “So Many Ways” by Warren G, “Five O Five O” by 69 Boyz
- Isolated music score
- Production notes
- Widescreen anamorphic format
To preorder it for $17.97, CLICK here.
Some of you have asked me where you can get the Criterion Editions for “The Rock” and “Armageddon.” Here is the info:
The Criterion Edition for this 1986 Blockbuster is out of print. It was only printed on Laserdisc. It list for about US$125, but you can get it at Ken Cranes for about US$40 by calling toll free at (800) 624-3078. It has a lot of special features including: deleted scenes, Michael Bay’ s commentary, Michael’s “Got Milk?” commercial, etc. It comes on 3 discs. Will there be a DVD version? I highly doubted.
The Criterion Edition for 1998’s Armageddon is available on DVD at amazon.com. The Laserdisc version is out of print. Collectors and movie buffs have gotten it for $100. But you can get it at the Laser Exchange for $85 (prices may vary). Call them at (978)774-1004 and ask for stock# CC1548l. There are only about 500 prints left.
The Honolulu Advertiser has an article mainly about Jerry Bruckheimer (co-producer) and snippets from Michael Bay. Click here to read it. Among Michael’s quotes: “…I side with the survivors rather than the historians. Everyone has their own stories… And every historian has their own stories. What Iâm doing is taking the essence of the survivors, taking bits and pieces, and putting them into the movie.”
Many of you have e-mailed me requesting that I put on the video taken by an amateur photographer shown on ET (Entertainment Tonight) of the airplane crash. I have not seen the video and have no intentions of doing so. I will tell you the following without adopting a “holier-than-thou” attitude:
“The Michael Bay Site will not post footage or links to this video. Personally I do believe that it is ethically wrong to show the moments of someone else’s agony and despair. “
Again, this is my personal choice and belief. I am not condemning anyone who has seen it or post it on their site. I am just giving you the reason why I won’t.
Regarding yesterday’s plane accident in which, thank God, no one died, Bayfilms VP Jennifer Klein says Michael told her that the pilot suffered scrapes and a broken ring finger, not the broken wrist and face lacerations that have been reported by various websites and media organizations. The pilot is currently stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in stable condition.
Hope it clears the air. Thanks to Nick Medrano at the Pearl Harbor site for the info.