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HD DVD Sales Staging Comeback-'Planet Earth' Breaks New Amazon Record.


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#1 of 102 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted April 17 2007 - 12:31 PM

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'Planet Earth' has been Amazon's most ordered high-def release on both formats for a while now, but this past weekend saw it hit new heights on Amazon's overall list of top selling DVDs, with the HD DVD edition topping out at #4, while the Blu-ray edition hit a high of #17 in the same timeframe.

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The unusually strong Amazon sales for 'Planet Earth' exceed even the famously high levels set by the 'Casino Royale' Blu-ray, which ultimately hit a high of #7 on the Amazon chart shortly after its release last month.

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Note that while the most recent spike in the chart above (from this past weekend) is likely attributible to a coordinated "buy-a-thon" on the part of some online HD DVD supporters in honor of the format's first anniversary this past Sunday, setting that aside, the format's overall Amazon trending would appear to indicate that its poor performance vs Blu-ray over the first few months of the year may in fact have been (as its backers have long argued) more attributable to a dearth of new releases than anything else.


I hope this can continue. There are some more strong titles appearing on the HD DVD format this spring (The Matrix Trilogy) & later this year as well as some strong titles for Blu-ray too. (Pirates of the Caribbean).

Truly, I hope BOTH can sustain strong sales throughout the remainder of this year so the HD discs become a part of our everyday language, not just internet sites. Posted Image

#2 of 102 OFFLINE   Austan

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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:04 PM

HD DVD sales spike

Now that's strong fan support!!! Posted Image

#3 of 102 OFFLINE   JohnPhi

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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:05 PM

Well, we are already seeing the HD DVD numbers slide since sunday and it will continue. The problem is that by all those supporters waiting to buy on that day, now they have spent their wad on those titles. The success of blu ray is a sustained success. I still bet casino royale will have more total sales than panet earth. I think this spike shows how little amazon reflects what is being sold outside in the b and m stores.

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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:13 PM

is this the edited version that is missing the narration friom the bbc version
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Posted April 17 2007 - 02:56 PM

Release it, and they wil buy it. Mu hahahahahaha.

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Posted April 17 2007 - 03:11 PM

Psychologically, these types of "buying events" and/or "Blu-Ray Sale on Amazon" have the effect of making people feel good about their chosen format. This lifts sales not only in the short term, but also lifts the bar a bit longer term.

I assure you that right now, any HD optical sales are "good news" considering the paltry numbers to date.

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Posted April 17 2007 - 03:32 PM

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Well, we are already seeing the HD DVD numbers slide since sunday and it will continue. The problem is that by all those supporters waiting to buy on that day, now they have spent their wad on those titles.
Sunday was an artificial peak, but HD DVD apparently outsold BR on amazon (for whatever that's worth) Monday and Tuesday, as well, so its supporters apparently are still spending their wad. HD DVD has been trending up since the wave of new releases began, which is not surprising.

#8 of 102 OFFLINE   Sam Davatchi

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Posted April 17 2007 - 11:19 PM

This reminds me of the one time fans on the net organized a day to go and see again The Phantom Menace back in 1999 to boost its numbers. Needless to say that it didn't work! Posted Image

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Posted April 18 2007 - 12:48 AM

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is this the edited version that is missing the narration friom the bbc version

It includes the original David Attenborough narration.

#10 of 102 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted April 18 2007 - 01:30 AM

I think it just shows....."if you build release it, they will come buy." Posted Image

Hey, we all spin, but this trend was showing a bit before the big day Sunday. We can't ignore the great sales for Casino Royale for Blu-ray and at the same time, let's not discount the strong sales for Planet Earth and the new record on Amazon.

So, do you tell a virgin when they get married, "hey, enjoy it while you can?" Posted Image

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Posted April 18 2007 - 03:19 AM

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This reminds me of the one time fans on the net organized a day to go and see again The Phantom Menace back in 1999 to boost its numbers. Needless to say that it didn't work! Posted Image

In 1999 Prodigy and AOL charged $19/hr for the internet. the 5 Americans who could afford the 'net couldn't possibly buy that many tickets.
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Posted April 18 2007 - 03:46 AM

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I think it just shows....."if you build release it, they will come buy." Posted Image

Hey, we all spin, but this trend was showing a bit before the big day Sunday. We can't ignore the great sales for Casino Royale for Blu-ray and at the same time, let's not discount the strong sales for Planet Earth and the new record on Amazon.

So, do you tell a virgin when they get married, "hey, enjoy it while you can?" Posted Image

Posted Image yes Tim enjoy it while you can Posted Image

CR has much much stronger competition compare to Planet Earth, but yes result is nice because PE is much more expansive pack.....

but things are coming back on amazon Posted Image

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#13 of 102 OFFLINE   Steve Blair

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Posted April 18 2007 - 04:01 AM

I'd never even heard of PE but ordered it on hdvd yesterday due to all the buzz from the group buy day.

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Posted April 18 2007 - 04:38 AM

The SD version is outselling them both. Posted Image

What'll 'truly' help one format to become a sustainable success is the sale of 'hardware' -- not software.

Those are the numbers that fans of either format should be watching.

Sales figures for software will peak and ebb as different titles are released -- especially when a title is "exclusive" to one particular format.

I will invest in a format when players go below $200. Whoever is first to that price point will gain a considerable amount of market share in a short amount of time.

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Posted April 18 2007 - 05:14 AM

shouldn't the title read: hd dvd sales staging comeback on amazon? not sure that site is representative of the market as a whole, though we'll know for sure once the videoscan numbers come out.

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I'd never even heard of PE but ordered it on hdvd yesterday due to all the buzz from the group buy day.
you won't regret the decision, it's a fantastic show, and it's gonna be a spectacular way to show off your hd system when friends come round.

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Posted April 18 2007 - 05:30 AM

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This reminds me of the one time fans on the net organized a day to go and see again The Phantom Menace back in 1999 to boost its numbers. Needless to say that it didn't work! Posted Image
But isn't it the top-grossing Star Wars film? I think it grossed the most of the prequels anyway.

They didn't beat Spider-Man if that's what you were referring to. Of course there'd never been a Spider-Man movie before, and there had already been 2.5 great Star Wars films.Posted Image
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Posted April 18 2007 - 06:23 AM

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shouldn't the title read: hd dvd sales staging comeback on amazon?
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The argument switching sides again? Posted Image


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Posted April 18 2007 - 07:06 AM

So I take it this title was chosen for the big HD-DVD buy day since it's about the most expensive thing available?

I bet it makes great demo material, but I resisted pre-ordering it on BD during the WB sale. I'm going to Netflix it. Just can't see myself sitting down to watch it that many times, but once in a blue moon maybe. I used to love watching things like this when I was a little kid and had some on tape I watched repeatedly.
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Posted April 18 2007 - 07:41 AM

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Posted April 18 2007 - 08:01 AM

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CR has much much stronger competition compare to Planet Earth.....
You mean like the exact same program available on HD DVD?


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