He may be the most mocked auteur in film history, but Michael Bay is second only to Steven Spielberg as the highest-grossing director of all time. For all his offensiveness to a very vocal group of “serious” moviegoers, Bay is still king of the multiplex. Why? The answer may lie in a featurette from the “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Blu-ray.
Tilted “Bay on Action,” the Blu-ray bonus feature sees the much-maligned director break down his style —he loves to start wide and then cut in close to focus on small moments within set pieces— and explains how he nailed down some of the sequences in the film. For all his faults, it can’t be said that Bay doesn’t care immensely about the action in his films and that attention to detail is probably what draws someone like Christopher Nolan to Bay’s work. His level of craft is what may have lead to him having two films in the Criterion Collection: “The Rock” and “Armageddon.”
Watch “Bay on Action” below, via No Film School, and pick up “Transformers: Age of Extinction” on DVD or Blu-Ray today (if you’re into that sort of thing). Now, when is Criterion going to double down and re-release Bay’s films?