'Shrek' Beats 'The Phantom Menace' As Fastest Selling DVD

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  1. Edwin Pereyra

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    From USA Today:
    quote: In its first three days of release, DreamWorks' computer-animated film Shrek has broken video sales records dating back six years, selling more than 7 million DVD and VHS copies since Friday. The DVD alone sold more than 2.5 million units, relacing Star Wars: EpisodeI: The Phantom Menace - which sold 2.2 million copies in its first week of release, beginning Oct. 16 - as the fastest-selling DVD in the digital format's five year history.[/quote]
    I bet nobody here was expecting this. [​IMG]
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  2. Richard Kim

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    That means that the VHS outsold the DVD buy almost 2:1. [​IMG]
     
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    Wow. I certainly wasn't expecting it. Good for dreamworks, this is a great disc.
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    What is so sad about the vhs outselling the dvd? While those of us HTFers - and many others - prefer the quality/features/etc offered by dvd the fact is that there are still many more VCRs in people's homes than dvd players. I think the more positive spin is to note that there have been 3 major releases now to sell over 2 million dvds in a matter of days. That means dvd is penetrating the home market in a major way. Give it time. VHS' days are numbered.
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    I guess I'm in the minority that felt like Shrek was simply average and overated and I know there are folks that felt the same toward The Phantom Menace. However, remember that the Phantom Menace sold 2.2 million dvd's 29 months after it's theatrical release. Shrek was just at theaters 6 months ago, and was the biggest box office movie of the lousy 2001 movie year. Both dvd sales are impressive.
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    These 3 latest blockbuster titles (Mummy Returns, Phantom Menace, Shrek) will mean the addition of many more thousands of DVD players in peoples homes now, and in the next few months. Don't expect VHS to outsell DVD for much longer.
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    I think it is rather impressive if VHS outsold DVD by only a 2:1 ratio. After all, the ratio of VHS owners to DVD owners is much higher than 2:1. When you compare the number of DVD owners to VHS, you would expect that the VHS would outsell the DVD by MUCH more than a 2:1 ratio.
    It just demonstrates once again that DVD owners tend to buy more movies than VHS owners. I know that I almost never bought a movie on VHS, but I don't hesitate to buy a DVD (including Shrek).
    Now let's hope that nobody concludes that the inclusion of P&S is the reason the disc sold so well! [​IMG]
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    At my work Shrek on DVD outsold the VHS 3:1. The numbers weren't even close.
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    quote: There is a large group of folks that just loves bodily fluid jokes and this movie is right down there alley.[/quote]
    Yes, 50% of my household...my 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. [​IMG]
    Edit: Of course I loved it too, but on a different level. I also thought that it was a very witty movie.
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    Considering TPM is basically a catalog title now, it doesn't surprise me at all.
     
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    Oswald, I found your statement a tad offensive. Funny is funny.
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    quote: It's one of those movies that appeals to folks that like to laugh about fart jokes instead of relying on more intelligent humor. [/quote]
    Hey, thanks for making broad generalizations about thousands of people you don't even know. I absolutely LOVED Shrek - despite the "fart jokes" and not because of them. And if you thought Shrek was bereft of "intelligent humor", I'd recommend watching it a few more times. There are several subtle gags that might fly over your head while you're concentrating on the "fart jokes".
    And try not to praise yourself by insulting others.
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    I wasn't surprised at Shrek outselling Phantom Menace at all. The HUGE promotion put on by Blockbuster EASILY tipped the scales in the favor of Shrek. I never see people buying DVDs/VHS movies at BB and they were lined up to get Shrek due to the $25 for Shrek and 10 DVD/MOVIE rentals.
    This really does make it an unfair comparison in my opinion. Just in my close relatives I know 3 people that bought it due to this promotion that probably would have just rented it.
    As far as which movie is best, I have to go with Shrek. I bought Phantom Menace and like it ok but amazingly Shrek keeps more people interested longer.
     
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    Another thing I noticed is that in the print and TV ads, the VHS version was featured more prominently than the DVD.
    As for the fart humor in Shrek, it didn't bother anymore than it did in TPM. I didn't like it because other than spoofing/making fun of Disney and fairy tales, it was pretty shallow.
     
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    Shrek was a hillarious movie! Even the karoke music video was excellent. I enjoyed watching the Tech of Shrek. One of these days I'm going to have to actually see what is on the first dvd. Way to go Dreamworks!!!!
     
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    No need to be offended, it is just my opinion, and it can be taken with a grain of salt as far as I am concerned. I was not trying to offened anyone. Heck you can't please everyone anyway. After rethinking what I said, I still stand by my opinion. It did have a few good comedy scenes in it but in general it was toilet humor. It is a class act DVD from dreamworks, and I hope we see more of them, minus the 1.33:1.
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