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Blu-Ray and the Wrath of Michael Bay

Blu-Ray and the Wrath of Michael Bay. Hey that rhymes. But not that long ago somebody paid Paramount a few hundred million dollars to go HD-DVD. Back then this was considered a great victory for HD-DVD and one of the signs of Blu-Ray’s collapse. Michael Bay lashed out at Paramount for choosing an inferior format in response to Microsoft’s bribery. Microsoft denied that it had paid off Paramount to choose HD-DVD but strongly suggested that Bill Gates might be perfectly capable of it, if bribery was called for.

Michael Bay blogged about it, criticizing Paramount and suggesting he wouldn’t be doing Transformers 2, allowing the deluded fans of Transformers to breathe a sigh of relief. Then Michael Bay retracted his Baytimatum, the Michael Bay version of an ultimatum, the blog post got deleted and Bay went along with HD-DVD briefly and even wrote a Transformers 2 script, but not without habitually bashing HD-DVD.

Now Bay is gloating over the supposed fall of HD-DVD in the face of his favored Blu Ray and winning friends and influencing people while doing it. Now Bay was right but all he did was hold out for the superior format, which isn’t necessarily heroic, especially when you consider Sony’s history of tech screwups and how quickly Bay himself folded in the face of a little pressure from Paramount.

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