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TheMoose 07-18-2008 07:38 PM

Blu-Ray vs DVD sales
A good week for Blu-Ray

From Engadget,

Wow, are we bad at making predictions of what the Nielsen VideoScan charts -- courtesy of Home Media Magazine -- are going to do. We thought we were going to see another ho-hum week like the last few, and then Batman went and made us fall out of our chair by single handily giving Blu-ray the best week it's ever had in the four months we've been tracking the market share. Another first this week is something that Hollywood expects to see more often -- but is too early to call a trend -- is the fact that while DVD sales are down for the week, Blu-ray is up. Now we realize right up front that a big part of the reason for this is because Batman Begins has been out on DVD for, forever, and was just released for Blu-ray this week. But you can take a look at Batman: Gotham Knight and see that head to head, the new release netted the same result as the overall share at 12 percent. This can only be a good sign for Blu-ray in regards to the future of packaged media, but again we'll remind everyone that 7 of the top 20 titles on DVD are not available on Blu-ray. Looking forward, most of the new releases should be available on Blu in the coming months, so we'd be very surprised if Blu-ray couldn't keep up this pace going into the holiday season where it really looks like it'll have the opportunity to take off.

I did my part by buying batman begins & the new Rambo as well as master & commander & the Mission impossible trilogy that was on sale at Amazon.

I don't know about everyone else but give me the movies I want & I'll buy them, price the back catalog right & I'll get them too!

deacongreg 07-20-2008 05:46 PM

Re: Blu-Ray vs DVD sales
Well, Isn`t that what its always been about TheMoose. If you get the titles you want, you will simply buy them. This is what was lacking in the SACD/DVD-A area. Not enough titles, poor sales.

Lets hope for the best.

The Kipnis Studios 07-21-2008 03:39 PM

Re: Blu-Ray vs DVD sales
Quite frankly, this limping along thing that the producers of BD (and formerly HD-DVD) have been doing these last 2+ years is truly pathetic. Sony & Phillips almost single-handedly killed off the LP between 1982 and 1990 because they took control of both the hardware and the software music industries - making CD a mainstay for nearly 25 years. If only they could have done it again.

Well, DVD pretty much pushed VHS and magnetic tape out the window between 1997 and 2004 as far as home theater viewing and computer storage. But that is because it worked - just like CD - quickly and effortlessly, and with superior perceived quality to its forebears.

BD (and HD-DVD to a lesser extent) have contributed heavily to most people's belief that these formats have a way to go before being worth buying. And for those of us embracing these new HD formats from their start, the lack of great and consistent titles (that are available on DVD) is just not creating a conducive buying environment.

Where are the Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Clint Eastwood, Star Trek movies, etc???

The Kipnis Studios 07-30-2008 10:00 PM

Dirty Harry Series on Blu-Ray Disc
So hey, now (Thank God) there are the first five Dirty Harry Movies - available in one box set on Blu-Ray:

Product Description:

Includes all five Dirty Harry films: all special features on the Dirty Harry Special Edition and Deluxe Editions plus additional special features and contents specific to the Ultimate Collector's Edition. Bonus Feature-Length documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows; a 40+ page hardcover book; Wallet w/metal badge and removable laminated I.D. card; Five 5?x 7? Reproduction Lobby Poster Cards plus an exclusive UCE card; Scorpio Portrait of a Killer Poster-Sized (19? x 27?) map of San Francisco detailing Harry?s hunt for the killer; Never-Before-Seen Production CorrespondenceFormat: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/CRIME Rating: R UPC: 883929010790 Manufacturer No: 1000037212

TheMoose 08-02-2008 02:50 PM

Re: Blu-Ray vs DVD sales
after a down week Blu-ray sales improved this week.

From Engadget,

Unexpectedly, 21 was able to move the needle upwards this week for both DVD and Blu-ray on the Nielsen VideoScan charts courtesy of Home Media Magazine. While 21 helped both formats, it helped DVD more, as the Blu-ray edition only managed to take 7.71 percent away from DVD. It still didn't have any problems taking the number one spot on both charts though, but while the DVD version outsold Step Up 2: The Streets by almost four to one, the Blu-ray version couldn't even mange two to one over the much older Batman Begins. This helps explain how Blu-ray managed nine percent this week, as that one title alone managed 26 percent of the title's share. The bigger shocker -- to at least Universal -- has to be how poorly the Mummy franchise did on both formats. Unlike other Summer theater blockbusters that helped propel the previous movies from the franchise up the home media charts, none of the Mummy movies made the DVD top 20 and even their debut on Blu-ray didn't compare to other franchise catalog titles like Batman. Next week should be something to see though, as Blu-ray released 24 new titles that week, including a few titles we expect to hit home with the Blu-ray demographic like Stargate: Continuum and Doomsday.

TheMoose 08-12-2008 07:48 PM

Re: Blu-Ray vs DVD sales

Both DVD and Blu-ray are up on this week's Nielsen VideoScan charts courtesy of our friends at Home Media Magazine. The interesting thing this week is that Blu-ray managed a 10 percent share against the top 20 DVDs, but the two biggest titles on both formats Blu-ray didn't fair as well. The comedy Harold & Kumar was number one on the DVD charts, but the HD version only managed to steal about 7 percent away from DVD. Meanwhile the latest Stargate, was easily the number one title on Blu-ray -- and was barely surpassed on DVD -- but the HD version still didn't manage 10% of the market. This of course means that a few catalog titles made up the difference for 'ol Blu, and most of that money went to Paramount. In fact four Paramount catalog titles made the Blu-ray top 20, including Top Gun which was at number six and our personal favorite, The Hunt for Red October at nine. No way can either format see another increase next week though, as the slate of titles was anything but impressive. But if you look much further in the future into October and beyond, we really can't wait to see how Blu-ray sells through this holiday season when the true market indicators are exposed.

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