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Michael Bay criticises Microsoft and HD-DVD


Michael Bay, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as Armageddon, The Rock, The Island and the recent movie Transformers has lashed out at Microsoft and the HD-DVD movie format. He claims that Microsoft’s aim to is make rival format Blu-ray fail rather than make a success of HD-DVD, with the ultimate aim of pushing digital movie downloads amidst the chaos.


This year’s hit movie Transformers. Just don’t mention the game.

Speaking on an ‘Ask Michael Bay’ sub-forum, he made the comment after a fan enquired why the film would not be available on Blu-ray.

“What you don’t understand is corporate politics. Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about.

“That is why Microsoft is handing out USD 100 million cheques to studios just embrace the HD-DVD and not the leading, and superior Blu-ray. They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads. Time will tell and you will see the truth.”

It’s an interesting opinion and I don’t doubt he’s in a better position to comment on this than most. As he says, time well tell to see if there’s any truth in this comment; well will endeavour to keep you posted as news develops.

Recent figures have revealed that Blu-ray is surging ahead in Europe in the format battle, accouting for around 73% of the market.

[Via: Eurogamer]

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is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in April 2007.

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