Paramount and Dreamworks Animation's decision to go HD DVD exclusive on all their titles has provoked a weird reaction in movie maniac Michael Bay.
"No 'Transformers 2' for me!" he said, in his personal forum (under the headline 'Paramount pisses me off!'), early Tuesday. "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!"
However, in a speedy turnaround, he retracted his statement, and replaced it with the far more on-message: "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 a.m. posts mind you - I overreacted. 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 first-hand 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, essentially, it seems that Bay made a drunken forum post, Paramount told him off, gave him a copy of 300 on HD DVD and told him to set the record straight. Which, in our opinion, is pretty funny.