Well said! *claps*
I am pleased to hear that Mr. Bay has chosen to place his films on the HD DVD format, a format whose standalones outsell standalones from the rival Blu-Ray format and whose functionality is far in advance of any Blu-ray standalone player to date.
Having seen the quality of both formats, I have chosen to own both, primarily because I am more concerned about films than types of optical discs.
I have found that there is no discernable difference in either picture or sound between either format despite Blu-ray’s generally higher prices.
Of course, unlike Mr. Bay, I have not had the benefit of seeing either format projected in a screening room.
I have seen both formats projected on screens of well over 100” on several occasions, without any discernable difference between the two. Which makes me wonder, if on the average sized screen (37”-60”), whether it is possible to see a difference between the formats even assuming that a difference existed in the first place.
To all intents and purposes both formats offer the same quality as far as average mainstream buyer is concerned.
With regard to functionality, HD DVD is (at this point in time) far ahead of the rival Blu-ray offering Picture in Picture as well as online connectivity for downloadable content.
This downloadable content is something that gives ‘added value’ to optical disc media and is to be welcomed.
Those behind the production of the Transformers HD DVD are to be congratulated for their sterling efforts:
Although I love Blu-rays picture and sound quality, I am confused as to why the cheapest Blu-ray capable device (Sony PS3) is also the best in terms of response times and future proofing. There are many people who -for whatever reason- would rather own a standalone player than a games machine.
I feel sorry for those who have paid premium prices for their Blu-Ray standalones when they find that either the forthcoming interactive features of future (1.1) Blu-ray titles will either not work on their (1.0) players or they will be painfully slow to operate.
It is also less than ideal that Blu-ray companies have done little to tell consumers of these limitations. This to me smacks of a profits above honesty policy.
Ideally all studios should be neutral, giving the consumer choice of which format to buy. This hasn’t happened, so it’s a little pointless moaning about exclusivity, when both sides are guilty of this.
As regards downloadable films, I understand that Sony is devoting time, effort and large sums of money into creating their own download service.
Surely it is inevitable that in the future a download service will be here? We just have to make sure that it is complimentary to optical disc (of whatever colour) and does not supplant it.
Given my comments above, I am a little puzzled as to why Mr. Bay regards Blu-ray as ‘superior’ and why Microsoft is the villain of the piece?
Regardless, I would like to thank Mr. Bay for both a great film in Transformers and a superb disc in the HD-DVD version.
Forget formats – enjoy the films!
The downloadable features are what I'm looking forward to with the HD!!!