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Amazon.co.uk: Top 10 HD DVD and Blu-ray


Here’s the UK Top 10 on HD DVD and Blu-ray on Amazon.co.uk as it was on Monday February 4, 2008.

Top 10 – Blu-ray

  1. 300
  2. Pearl Harbor
  3. 3:10 To Yuma
  4. Ratatouille
  5. Casino Royale
  6. Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series
  7. Blood Diamond
  8. Spider-Man Trilogy
  9. Die Hard 4.0
  10. Shoot ‘Em Up

Top 10 – HD DVD

  1. The Bourne Identity/The Bourne Supremacy/The Bourne Ultimatum
  2. The Kingdom
  3. 300
  4. Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series
  5. Batman Begins
  6. Visions of the Sea: Explorations
  7. Doom
  8. Bourne Ultimatum
  9. Leaving Las Vegas
  10. Fireplace: Visions of Tranquility

Amazon.com: Top sellers on Blu-ray and HD DVD

Here is the Top 10 best sellers on Blu-ray and HD DVD movie titles on Amazon.com. The list is as of Saturday February 2, 2008.

Top 10 – Blu-ray

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  2. Lost – The Complete Third Season
  3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  4. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition)
  5. Across the Universe
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  7. Cars
  8. Ratatouille
  9. The Fifth Element (Remastered)
  10. 300

Top 10 – HD DVD

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  2. American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  3. Beowulf (Director’s Cut)
  4. Elizabeth – The Golden Age (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  5. Blade Runner (5-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition)
  6. Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  7. Superman Returns
  8. The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum) – Amazon.com Exclusive
  9. The Bourne Ultimatum (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  10. Batman Begins

Amazon.com: HD DVD and Blu-ray bestsellers

Here’s the topseller list on Amazon.com for HD DVD and Blu-ray movies as of Sunday January 27, 2008.

Top 10 HD DVD

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series – $66.95
  2. American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $27.95
  3. Blade Runner (5-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition) – $27.95
  4. Beowulf (Director’s Cut) – $27.95
  5. Transformers (Two-Disc Special Edition) – $24.95
  6. Michael Clayton (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $24.95
  7. The Bourne Ultimatum (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $26.95
  8. The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum) [HD DVD] – Amazon.com Exclusive – $60.95
  9. Batman Begins – $18.95
  10. Superman Returns – $16.49

Top 10 Blu-ray

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series – $66.95
  2. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition) – $27.95
  3. The Fifth Element (Remastered) – $15.95
  4. 3:10 To Yuma – $26.95
  5. Ratatouille – $19.99
  6. Cars – $19.99
  7. 300 – $19.95
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – $19.99
  9. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – $24.95
  10. Michael Clayton – $24.95

Blu-ray/HD DVD: Warner Goes Blu-ray Exclusive

In a suprising news yesterday, Warner announced that they are going Blu-ray exlusive. Here’s the pressrelease taken from highdefdigest.com:

(January 4, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

“Warner Bros.’ move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want,” said Meyer. “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers.”

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end of May 2008.

“Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware prices,” said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Today’s decision by Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner.”

“A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look forward to working with them on other projects in the future.”


Toshiba, one of the biggest HD DVD backer, made a statement (also taken from highdefdigest.com):

TOKYO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.’ decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.