Ummm...Excuse me? Oh. $#*%.
Leon made a post
containing a recent interview with director Louis Leterrier about all things Incredible Hulk
. And he let slip a giant, geekgasm inducing bomb. An incredible 70 extra minutes of The Incredible Hulk. AWESOME. OMG! OMG! POSSIBLE HULK DIRECTORS CUT!!! I CAN'T.....wait a second. Where did you say this magical 70 minutes would be appearing?
Louis Leterrier: Blue-Ray
Carlyle's angry internal monologue:
Ummm...what? You mean it's not going to be on DVD???
Louis Leterrier: No the Blue-Ray…it’s whatever we can put on the DVD. Like DVD’s you have like 3 hours of like yeah…you have a limit of 3 hours of footage and stuff. The Blue-Ray you have something like 100 hours, so if they do a double DVD but like the Blue-Ray is what’s going to be good. So on the Blue-Ray I’m trying to put as much of the stuff…I want to put everything we shot, you know? I’m not the kind of guy that likes to keep the stuff for myself. I’m like, okay you student filmmakers, here’s what I did right and here’s what I did wrong and in some of the stuff, in the 70 minutes, there’s some great stuff and there’s some really horrible stuff, but you’ll see it all, you know?
Ummm...the #*&% you say. It will be Blue-Ray only? What the hell? What about those of us who don't have the cash to spend on the Laserdisc of our era? What about those of us not willing to drop $500 on something that needs constant firmware updates just to function, only to spontaneously CEASE to function after said updates? What about us.
Fictional Sony Rep:
You? You're screwed.
Horse $#*%. This is what I was afraid of - the minute someone won this accursed middle step format war, we would see the much sought after special features as the selling point to get people like me - collectors who don't give a rats ass about how high a resolution they can crank out - to have to switch over. Back when Laserdisc was king, that made sense. You couldn't fit all those features onto a VHS tape. But we've been doing it for a decade on DVD - and there's no reason to stop now. If this is the very first of a disturbing trend, I am going to be one VERY unhappy camper. I will not switch formats to get extra features that should be available on the current format.
Hopefully this is just Leterrier talking and the studio knows better than to be known as the first release to make Blue-Ray a required format for content. We'll see.