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Metal Fatigue

24 Jul, 2009 By: Fred Topel


With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen still taking theaters by storm, director Michael Bay promises the eventual DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases should kick as much ass as the Autobots and Decepticons do in the film.

“This one is done by Ridley Scott’s DVD guy, who’s great, so we’re going to have a lot of stuff,” Bay says, referring to noted DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, who was responsible for extras on such DVDs as the “Twin Peaks” complete series set and the Blade Runner 25th anniversary set.

Revenge of the Fallen producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says there were plenty of possibilities for material to be included on the eventual home video release, expected from Paramount and DreamWorks this fall.

“It will have a lot of additional things,” di Bonaventura said. “There are a lot of scenes we weren’t able to fully incorporate, and we’re going to make it as exciting as we can for the fans.”

Some of that extra footage did find its way into theaters, in the Imax cut.

“It has, I think, probably about a minute more of footage,” Bay says. “It’s got some more fighting footage that took place in the forest, and some additional stuff with Devastator.”

Bay admits the process of putting together a big budget special effects movie leaves little time to consider the film’s home video afterlife. In fact, he says he didn’t even bother watching any of the major robot battle sequences as they were being created.

“I didn’t want to see it during the process because I wanted to be surprised in the theater,” Bay says.

A vocal Blu-ray supporter, Bay noted his preference for Blu-ray over HD DVD during the high-definition format war. He even threatened to bail on the sequel unless the original were released on Blu-ray. Now, with only one high-def format, Bay expects the Blu-ray releases to take full advantage of the possibilities, particularly for displaying the film’s four sequences filmed for Imax.

“We’re going to do a special Imax skew where it’ll open up for those scenes,” Bay says. “You can see top to bottom.”

As for a potential Transformers 3, press reports indicated Bay had been worn out by filming the first two movies and was ready to walk away from the franchise. But Bay shot back that the rumors were bogus.

“Just wanted a vacation is more to the point,” Bay wrote on his blog.

“I told everyone that I’m definitely going to do another movie before I do [another sequel] because it’s just thinking of robots for three and a half years, it’s enough right now,” Bay says.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay (right) discusses a scene with star Shia LaBeouf, whose well-publicized hand injury caused a slight disruption in the production schedule.


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