Posted April 17 2007 - 12:31 PM
| '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. |
| 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. |
| 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.