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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 4:11PM CDT

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In a new article in the USA Today, Transformers Movie director Michael Bay states that, due to a hectic schedule promoting Transformers, he was not able to be as involved in the production of the film's DVD, on sale now, as he would have liked to be.

Read the entire article, which includes statements by Bay regarding to now record-breaking Transformers Movie DVD, on the USA Today website by clicking here.
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Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418122)
Posted by Agent 007 on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:20pm CDT
got that right!
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418123)
Posted by Tigertrack on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:20pm CDT
Like deleted scenes?
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418125)
Posted by First Gen on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:21pm CDT
Do you think he wanted to correct little errors in the film to make it accurate, and thats why he's not happy?

I dont know. He doesn't understand the culture he's entered into by directing TFTM. We'll buy multiple copies, special editions all that stuff.

I am happy he got the single disc version out. I want one with deleted scenes and making of TRANSORMERS before I buy a super edition version.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418142)
Posted by QuietStorm on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:33pm CDT
Does anyone actually proofread these news bits before they post them? Sheesh...
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418146)
Posted by Roll_Out on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:37pm CDT
From what has been said, it seems like all the deleted scenes were worthless. The only ones I'd care about would involve the bots, and we all know that's not happening.

I thought it was a solid DVD, though I'm sure a Super Mega Ultra Edition in a collectible Metal Case will come out a month from now that I'll buy as well.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418154)
Posted by Sonray on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:40pm CDT
No excuses as to why the UK has to wait more than a month before we get it?
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418166)
Posted by mattyc1007 on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:50pm CDT
on the duid did they fix the brawl/ devastator problem
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418185)
Posted by korean-ironhide on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:00pm CDT
could have been more stuff
come on 2 disc collectors edition
"hours of bonus features"
should say a couple of hours of bonus features
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418203)
Posted by 1337W422102 on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:15pm CDT
"Transformers Movie could have been better"
Fixed.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418213)
Posted by xxaMaxx on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:23pm CDT
korean-ironhide wrote:could have been more stuff
come on 2 disc collectors edition
"hours of bonus features"
should say a couple of hours of bonus features


A couple of hours of bonus features is hours of bonus features. Any number of hours greater than 1 typically qualifies.

Anyway, I'm happy with the single disc version that came with the "animated" Prequel Comic. Special features are fun, but I rarely go back to watch them again and again.

What I would buy would be a "Transformers: From Comics/Toys/TV to Film" documentary. Something on par with what they released for Superman Returns would be good.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418221)
Posted by First Gen on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:26pm CDT
mattyc1007 wrote:on the duid did they fix the brawl/ devastator problem


It has been reported in another thread that it was not and the Bay left it that way. Whether on purpose or not is still in question.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418255)
Posted by Shin Optimus Prime on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:40pm CDT
Yeah! Michael Bay is a Blu-ray man! I'm not really for or against either one, except that a PS3 is the only hi-def player I have, so naturally I'm for Blu-ray. Too bad Bay didn't have enough clout to get Paramount to bring Transformers to Blu-ray. :( Maybe in a year or so... (fingers crossed).
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418260)
Posted by i_amtrunks on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:44pm CDT
I'm sure he would have liked to self promote himself more, and was unable to or something like that.

Maybe chuck in some references to his other films like the Island and Pearl Harbour, anything to promote himself.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418292)
Posted by D-340 on October 23rd, 2007 @ 5:56pm CDT
i_amtrunks wrote:I'm sure he would have liked to self promote himself more, and was unable to or something like that.

Maybe chuck in some references to his other films like the Island and Pearl Harbour, anything to promote himself.


QFT FTW!

Aside from the fact most of the bonus features blew chunks, Bays mug was plastered all over the damned place on disc 2. A way to make the DVD set better would've been to focus on the TFs, not Bay's love affair with the military or how they made sure they cast "hotties" regardless of acting ability. And, I don't know about you guys, but I can sleep better tonight knowing that an easter egg showed me they properly cast a friggin' chihuahua in a Transformers movie. UGH! :-x
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418426)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:29pm CDT
You know what would have been a cool extra? Letting us see the bots transform in 360 degrees. Pick you angle, hit the button, see it transform.

Simple, elegant, etc.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418434)
Posted by SnipeShade on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:35pm CDT
sounds like there might be a special SPECIAL edition to be released later then? Cuz he wasn't happy. :P

It'll be his reason for making ANOTHER super TF movie dvd set. Prolly for x-mas. lol!

*hopes so*
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418480)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:02pm CDT
Well color me three shades of surprised. I really did not see that one coming.

He's definitely something else, isn't he?
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418536)
Posted by Collector Maximus on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:28pm CDT
1337W422102 wrote:"Transformers Movie could have been better"
Fixed.


That is precisely what I was thinking...
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418552)
Posted by jgilkinson on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:40pm CDT
First Gen wrote:I dont know. He doesn't understand the culture he's entered into by directing TFTM. We'll buy multiple copies, special editions all that stuff.


Agreed... im pretty sure we all own at least 2 or three copies of the animated movie, why is this one going to be any different
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418572)
Posted by guarayakha on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:10pm CDT
*Waits for 2-Discs Director's Cut Edition that comes on DVD and Blu-ray next year...*
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (418679)
Posted by Sideshow Sideswipe on October 23rd, 2007 @ 10:35pm CDT
He wanted to make the camera work SHAKIER, and add more HUMANS.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419003)
Posted by Stormrider on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:20am CDT
What was Bay's plan? Make a four disc set of Transformers like he did with Pearl Harbor? Or, include deleted scenes of more humans? This is probably Bay's way to hype up interest for an extended DVD set a few months from now.

The movie was mediocre. The new special effects may have been the only thing worth mentioning more in an extended DVD.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419008)
Posted by D-340 on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:41am CDT
Stormrider wrote:What was Bay's plan? Make a four disc set of Transformers like he did with Pearl Harbor? Or, include deleted scenes of more humans? This is probably Bay's way to hype up interest for an extended DVD set a few months from now.

The movie was mediocre. The new special effects may have been the only thing worth mentioning more in an extended DVD.


That's probably what's gonna happen. They'll release an uber director's cut of the movie witha bunch more bonus crap all dealing with things other than the Transformers. Maybe they'll go deeper into what made Mojo the friggin' chihuhaua tick.

Maybe, to make the DVD better the could cut about 45 minutes of the useless nonsense that was in the movie. I'd start with the stupid hacker subplot, then I'd go to BB tryin' to get Sam laid. Then last but not least, Sam's interigation by the police: stupid scene that didn't make scense to begin with. All of that would be a start.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419019)
Posted by Leonardo on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:51am CDT
D-340 wrote:Then last but not least, Sam's interigation by the police: stupid scene that didn't make scense to begin with.


Which scene was that? I don't remember it.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419033)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 24th, 2007 @ 5:04am CDT
Leonardo wrote:
D-340 wrote:Then last but not least, Sam's interigation by the police: stupid scene that didn't make scense to begin with.


Which scene was that? I don't remember it.


Where Sam saw Bumblebee transform for the first time, after he thought his car was stolen. The night that Bumblebee sent the light signal into space alerting the other Autobots.

The police arrested him, and then interrogated him.

The scene actually fit and does work.

1.) Sam broke into the train yard (he obviously wasn't supposed to be there. It had a fence and everything, not to mention guard dogs.)

2.) He reported his car stolen, and called 911 to do it (big no no).

3.) He was carrying the dog's pain pills in his pocket (which to any cop, would look like drugs).

4.) He was ranting about his car transforming and standing up.

Too many people want to chop the movie up, remove the human element, but then they'd be left with nothing of a film. Oh sure, the TF scenes are definitely the sweet spot of the film, but they alone cannot carry the film. It would be senseless and just one giant battle/chase scene right after another.

Granted, the movie could've focused on the TFs a tad bit more than it did (this is not Bay's fault, this was in the script and the screenplay, he merely shot it all.) but it wasn't bad enough to ruin the film as it is.

Perfect? No, of course not.
Disastrous? No.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419039)
Posted by Leonardo on October 24th, 2007 @ 5:09am CDT
Ah, right. I really don't remember the police showing up. Why is dialling 911 to report a stolen car a no-no?
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419112)
Posted by D-340 on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:08am CDT
Autobot032 wrote:Perfect? No, of course not.
Disastrous? No.


I'm not saying it was disastrous at all, in fact I enjoyed the movie. I guess the more times you see it, or any movie for that matter, you start to pick it apart.

As far as the interigation scene, ok trespassing, I get. But Sam's dad was there and didn't pipe up when the cop berated him. And the whole "You eyein' my peice 50 cent" bit got on my nerves when I first saw the movie.

But as far as Bay's involvment with the DVD, he was on there enough, and seein' him interveiwed for the extras and all the stuff he has said and done after the movies release, yeah he's a pompus douche bag. Now I kinda wish he'd have stuck to his guns over the whole blu ray fiasco and not come back to do TF2.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419129)
Posted by Autobot032 on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:30am CDT
Leonardo wrote:Ah, right. I really don't remember the police showing up. Why is dialling 911 to report a stolen car a no-no?


911 is for emergency management services only. Granted, having your car stolen is an emergency...to you. Not to the police. They have procedures, paperwork to file, information to be recorded, etc, etc. They expect you to go through the paces, etc.

Now, if your car is stolen during a carjacking and you call 911...that is a car theft emergency.

The EMS (Emergency Management Services) are very touchy about it. Which is understandable. It costs money for every call. The computers, systems, and lines are tied up for the duration of an unimportant call, all while a real emergency may be taking place.

My home town though...*sighs* most of the police stations (except the State Police barracks) close at midnight, and they used to be able to come and unlock your door for you if need be (depending on the model, and proof of identification, etc.) Well, they stopped doing that for the most part, and past a certain point at night, all you can do is get a hold of 911 services, but you have to make it clear that it's a non-emergency call that you're making. You have to agree that you'd be willing to testify in a court of law if this call your making would end up in court somehow, etc, etc. A bunch of hoops, tied up emergency lines...and all because the cops won't do their friggin' job.

=\
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419131)
Posted by Leonardo on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:33am CDT
Autobot032 wrote:
Leonardo wrote:Ah, right. I really don't remember the police showing up. Why is dialling 911 to report a stolen car a no-no?


911 is for emergency management services only. Granted, having your car stolen is an emergency...to you. Not to the police. They have procedures, paperwork to file, information to be recorded, etc, etc. They expect you to go through the paces, etc.

Now, if your car is stolen during a carjacking and you call 911...that is a car theft emergency.

The EMS (Emergency Management Services) are very touchy about it. Which is understandable. It costs money for every call. The computers, systems, and lines are tied up for the duration of an unimportant call, all while a real emergency may be taking place.

My home town though...*sighs* most of the police stations (except the State Police barracks) close at midnight, and they used to be able to come and unlock your door for you if need be (depending on the model, and proof of identification, etc.) Well, they stopped doing that for the most part, and past a certain point at night, all you can do is get a hold of 911 services, but you have to make it clear that it's a non-emergency call that you're making. You have to agree that you'd be willing to testify in a court of law if this call your making would end up in court somehow, etc, etc. A bunch of hoops, tied up emergency lines...and all because the cops won't do their friggin' job.

=\


I see. Over here, when my girlfriend's car was broken into (not stolen) we called 999 and they were fine about it. Interesting to know, anyhow.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419161)
Posted by Big Convoy on October 24th, 2007 @ 7:12am CDT
The movie itself could've been a whole lot better....

If Bay hadn't botched it up.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419376)
Posted by Sonray on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:49am CDT
fanboys will moan about anything.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419415)
Posted by cristof on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:19am CDT
Bunch of crybabies
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419423)
Posted by Malikon on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:26am CDT
I love how everyone slams Bay but noone ever mentions Spielbergs involvment, lol. Bay just directed.

There was Spielbergs touch all over that movie, especially the capture of E.T., er,...Bumblebee.

The 50 cent comment, and Mojo the drug addict dog are all just humor. There was alot of humor in the movie, it helps to balance out all the destruction I imagine.

Good film, dvd could have been better special features wise, and I don't think anyone cares that Bay, "Has the number to the Pentagon."
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419426)
Posted by Leonardo on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:26am CDT
Malikon wrote:I love how everyone slams Bay but noone ever mentions Spielbergs involvment, lol. Bay just directed.


You're right, not many people do discuss Spielberg's involvement.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419438)
Posted by SoooTrypticon on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:35am CDT
indeed. they could have gotten rid of the movie altogether. stupid movie.

(edit to include Spielberg ridicule)

"it's the story about a boy and his car" and this hot chick... and masturbation jokes, and suburban sprawl, and how great the military is, and how robots pee, and how much i wish i could remake all of Kubrick's movies- The Shining really needs a happy ending- why couldn't they just all go skiing together? I really think the Shining is a story about a dad and his typewriter.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419453)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:46am CDT
Big Convoy wrote:The movie itself could've been a whole lot better....

If Bay hadn't botched it up.


Makes sense.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419487)
Posted by jgilkinson on October 24th, 2007 @ 11:04am CDT
Seriously while not G1 this movie was pretty good... i retract all the comments about bay's directorship and will hold judgement on the next movie till ive seen it. I mean the movie only made a few hundred mil, I wish ppl would just leave this alone till later.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419571)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:03pm CDT
Let's hope Bay learn from the mistakes of TF1 to make TF2 a better movie.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419609)
Posted by Sonray on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:28pm CDT
TF1 was fine. Anyone who complains about it not being to their standards needs to get a life, and stop expecting oscar-winning, genre defining material from a summer blockbuster movie about robots based on freaking toys! :-x


*waits for the inevitable fanboy whining and flaming thats bound to come from this since positive opinions of the movie arent allowed*
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419626)
Posted by Malikon on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:35pm CDT
Sonray wrote:

*waits for the inevitable fanboy whining and flaming thats bound to come from this since positive opinions of the movie arent allowed*


QFT! 8)
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (419747)
Posted by Bombus distinguendus on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:10pm CDT
do i smell directors cut....maybe right before TF2???
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (420201)
Posted by Stormrider on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:54pm CDT
Malikon wrote:I love how everyone slams Bay but noone ever mentions Spielbergs involvment, lol. Bay just directed.

There was Spielbergs touch all over that movie, especially the capture of E.T., er,...Bumblebee.


Yup, it's just as much Spielberg's fault. Spielberg as the producer should have the final say on the DVD production. He also keeps applauding Bay and saying he was the perfect director for the movie.

However, people are often critical of Bay because he keeps putting his face into the media light and saying one of two things- he is making an unbelievable movie; or someone/something is preventing him from making his unbelievable movie.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (420226)
Posted by Galvatron628 on October 24th, 2007 @ 7:12pm CDT
D-340 wrote:
i_amtrunks wrote:I'm sure he would have liked to self promote himself more, and was unable to or something like that.

Maybe chuck in some references to his other films like the Island and Pearl Harbour, anything to promote himself.


QFT FTW!

Aside from the fact most of the bonus features blew chunks, Bays mug was plastered all over the damned place on disc 2. A way to make the DVD set better would've been to focus on the TFs, not Bay's love affair with the military or how they made sure they cast "hotties" regardless of acting ability. And, I don't know about you guys, but I can sleep better tonight knowing that an easter egg showed me they properly cast a friggin' chihuahua in a Transformers movie. UGH! :-x


Yeah I enjoyed watching the behind the scenes stuff, but I agree for the extra $15 it cost it wasn't worth it, especially for something I'll never watch again. Like i said in other threads, where the hell did "special edition" come from anyway? Typically when that word is used it is referred to an old movie that was already released on DVD when DVD's came out, and now its re-released packed with special features: new movies are just SUPPOSED to have special features PERIOD!

I bought Spiderman 1 "special edition version" with 2 discs, almost 8 hours of content, for $11.99 when it came out from best buy. Spiderman 2 was about the same. I have the special edition Jay and Silent Bob movie, and it was a bit pricey at $20 but it was worth it with 40 deleted scenes, interviews, behind the scenses, music videos, and a shit ton of easter eggs! Honestly for what you get with the TF DVD a warning to all those who go out to buy it, BUY THE STANDARD DVD!
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (420366)
Posted by D-340 on October 24th, 2007 @ 8:44pm CDT
Sonray wrote:TF1 was fine. Anyone who complains about it not being to their standards needs to get a life, and stop expecting oscar-winning, genre defining material from a summer blockbuster movie about robots based on freaking toys! :-x


*waits for the inevitable fanboy whining and flaming thats bound to come from this since positive opinions of the movie arent allowed*


Ok, calm down there. I've always stated I enjoyed the movie. Yeah, it wasn't perfect, but it was good. It's the DVD extras I got a problem with. The scenes I bitched about, I've been bitchin' about them since I saw it in theaters. But let's face it, asides from the little bit of Hasbro stuff and interviews with the animators, the bonus content was severely lacking. It was all basically Bayfest, and how great a director he is supposed to be able to work for and his love affair with the military.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (420924)
Posted by Sonray on October 25th, 2007 @ 5:25am CDT
Actually...i know we have to wait for it for another month but the two disc version wont go any higher then £20 over here, we probably wont even see a single disc version since that doesnt happen so often in this country and we usually just have the 2-disc versions straight off the bat. Im surprised you guys have to pay so much extra for a 2-disc version. When i lived in the states a few years back 2-disc dvd's where never that expensive.

Id be pissed if i had to pay £40 just for a 2-disc set, but like i said that wont happen here and the 2-disc set will more than likely be the norm here and only cost around £16 or £18. (no 2-disc regular dvd usually costs more than £20)
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (421056)
Posted by Z3ROhour on October 25th, 2007 @ 7:42am CDT
"Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better"

no shit?

ummmmm... duh?

how about "Transformers MOVIE Could Have Been Better"

???

i really liked the movie
i'v wathed a dozen or so times
but WOW!
the loop holes
the hole holes
what the hell happened to Barricade?
why did optimus suck eggs?
what's wrong with prime's gun?
where was it?
ONE USE AND THAT"S IT?!
Ironhide my exhaust port!
Where was the character develpment?
Sure "WE" know all about these guys, but the "civilians" need to know more. A basic of story telling is completelly overlooked!

and this is just the start.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (422566)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 25th, 2007 @ 11:59pm CDT
Now that i got the DVD, i find the movie... quite boring. I would constantly press the forward and skip buttons. I end up watching only about 15 to 20 minutes of the movie. Just once. I'll try to watch it again sometime in the future.

The great effects on the big screen, (which got me to watch the movie 6 times) is close to nothing on a 29" tv screen. Without the impact of these great effects, this movie is really boring. No real solid story to fall back on. Except for Shia and John Voit (forgot the spelling), the rest of the cast offers mediocre acting too.

Unlike the old 1986 cartoon movie, i've watched it hundreds of times, probably thousands, from 1986 to the present. And i still don't get to skip any scenes.

Sorry, guys. I'm pretty much disappointed.
Re: Bay Says, "Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better" (422571)
Posted by Auto Bot on October 26th, 2007 @ 12:01am CDT
Manitou Z3ROhour wrote:"Transformers Movie DVD Could Have Been Better"

no shit?

ummmmm... duh?

how about "Transformers MOVIE Could Have Been Better"

???

i really liked the movie
i'v wathed a dozen or so times
but WOW!
the loop holes
the hole holes
what the hell happened to Barricade?
why did optimus suck eggs?
what's wrong with prime's gun?
where was it?
ONE USE AND THAT"S IT?!
Ironhide my exhaust port!
Where was the character develpment?
Sure "WE" know all about these guys, but the "civilians" need to know more. A basic of story telling is completelly overlooked!

and this is just the start.


Bullseye! :)
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