Final Fantasy XIII 's Motomu Toriyama and Yoshinori Kitase – Interview

Final Fantasy XIII, the latest in the long-running RPG series, is one of the year's most highly anticipated games. Tech Digest recently got to have a chat with FFXIII 's director Motomu Toriyama (MT) and producer Yoshinori Kitase (YK), getting…

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Gerald LynchFinal Fantasy XIII 's Motomu Toriyama and Yoshinori Kitase – Interview

Transformers Director Michael Bay puts all his money on Blu-ray as victor, forgets his film is on HD DVD

alt="transformers-photo.jpg" src="http://www.techdigest.tv/transformers-photo.jpg" width="150" height="223" />Transformers geeks have probably already learnt of the accolade the film has acquired, being the fastest selling high-def release in history. In fact, they’ve probably already cut the article out of the paper, framed it, and stuck it on the wall.

It was released on the HD DVD format on October the 16th, with 100,000 copies sold on the first day it was made available. However, the Director Michael Bay has spoken out against the format, saying he would’ve preferred it to have been on Blu-ray. Ouch. “As a director, my critical eye is that Blu-ray is where my money is. Consumers are smart, and they are going to wait it out.”

He went even further, lashing out on his personal site, saying “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For…

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Katherine HannafordTransformers Director Michael Bay puts all his money on Blu-ray as victor, forgets his film is on HD DVD

FInancial incentives for going HD DVD; Transformers' director's mini-rant

blurayhddvd.jpegHands up who believed that Paramount and Dreamworks moved to the HD DVD format purely for quality reasons?

Unsurprisingly in business, money talks very loudly. According to two anonymous Viacom executives (Viacom owns Paramount), the two companies will receive a total of $150m in financial incentives thanks to their newfound commitment to HD DVD.

The two companies remain tight-lipped. Microsoft said that it would never rule out incentive payments, but in this case claimed not to have done so in this case. Perhaps Toshiba slipped them a few notes?

In any case, there appears to be plenty of room for the two companies to crawl back to Blu-ray should market conditions change. Paramount have agreed to stick with HD DVD for 18 months, and Steven Spielberg’s films were not included in the deal.

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Andy MerrettFInancial incentives for going HD DVD; Transformers' director's mini-rant