Director Michael Bay (Transformers) has accused Microsoft of handing out $100-million checks to the studios to persuade them to release high-definition video using the HD DVD format exclusively. Writing on his website Tuesday, Bay said, "Microsoft wants both formats [HD DVD and Blu-ray] to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about." (A similar accusation was voiced last October by Mike Dunn, head of Fox Home Entertainment.) Bay said on his website that Microsoft wants "confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads."
Ahead of their upcoming tour, and prior to the release of their long awaited album, Smoke Fairies played a great warm-up gig at Elsewhere in Margate.