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Interesting Article on Blu-Ray sales Rising


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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Scott-S

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Posted March 28 2008 - 01:06 AM

The Hollywood Reporter website has an interesting Article on the sudden rise of Blu-Ray disc sales now that the format war is over. Here is a link:

With HD DVD out, Blu-ray sales on the rise

Here is a quote:

This article paints a much brighter picture of the future of Blu-Ray than the recent Doom and Gloom posts around here would have you believe.

The Last paragraph has a major error on it tho.... Makes me wonder about their fact checking.
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#2 of 24 OFFLINE   Adam_R

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Posted March 28 2008 - 07:09 AM

good news for hd movie enthusiasts! $ talks, especially to the studios who are holding the big movies!!!
Guess what...

#3 of 24 OFFLINE   Patrick_S

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Posted March 28 2008 - 07:47 AM

This article was already posted and discussed in the **Official HTF HD Formats Ind./Retailer/Studio Support Thread. Does it really warrant another thread?

#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Scott-S

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:03 AM

Patrick, Sorry if this is a re-post but I had to stop reading some of the really large threads due to the constant doom and gloom posts. So I didn't know it was already posted. Besides this article isn't really about studio support. It is about BD sales. So I think that does deserve a different thread.
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#5 of 24 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:08 AM

While I certainly have no say in what thread stays or doesn't stay open, I think this thread is a welcome change from all the gloom and doom posts.

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:10 AM

You mean doom and gloom are not welcome here??????? Crawdaddy

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#7 of 24 OFFLINE   Scott-S

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:13 AM

Only time will tell, but this quote says a lot:


I don't think that is a "niche"

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:17 AM

I didn't mean that (and I'm sure it's coming either way Posted Image ) but I meant that it's nice to see a thread where the focus is on how Blu Ray's sales and popularity are growing.

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:39 AM

All joking aside, it appears that BRD pricing is coming down some, at least as far as Sony and Warner are concerned with both new and catalog titles. Checkout the MSRP for the releases below. Hopefully, this will become a trend with BR software.

DVD Times - The Bucket List (US BD) in May

DVD Times - Untraceable (US BD) in May - Artwork added

DVD Times - Youth Without Youth (US BD) in May - Artwork added

DVD Times - A Passage to India (US BD) in April - Artwork added

DVD Times - Anger Management (US BD) in May

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#10 of 24 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted March 28 2008 - 08:57 AM

Robert, I would suggest that two of those titles (1 WB, 1 Sony) are still on the high side; at least for me. The three titles (all from Sony) that feature an SRP of under $30.00 are quite welcome though. - Walter.
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Posted March 28 2008 - 09:05 AM

Good news for BD. But why don't they say how many titles they sold in an absolute sense? Why is the number of BR sales only given as a part of the DVD sales? Is this a new market figure? He could have published the actual sales, IMO, or are those figures not available? Cees

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Posted March 28 2008 - 09:10 AM

Walter, The title "The Bucket List" is still playing in theaters and I think the $35.99 is reasonable compared to the SD DVD release of the same film with its 28.98 MRSP. At this time, we can't expect the BRD to be priced the same or similar to the SD DVD for films that are still on the studio's books as new productions. You're getting better presentations of the film on BR.

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#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted March 28 2008 - 09:30 AM

Robert, I wasn't thinking of those prices in relation to SD SRP values, just in terms of a 'magic' $30.00 price point for me; but I see your point. - Walter.
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Posted March 28 2008 - 11:47 AM


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Posted March 28 2008 - 11:57 AM


I gotta figure those $29.98 MSRPs might translate to $19.99 in store...maybe even cheaper on release week. Maybe that should be "I gotta hope... Posted Image

Seems like good news to me.

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Posted March 28 2008 - 12:08 PM

Yeah, the pricing for those newly announced titles look solid to me given the context. I'll probably toss in a $ vote for classic catalog and pick up Passage to India myself. Posted Image

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#17 of 24 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted March 28 2008 - 12:31 PM

It's strategic of them to avoid giving the actual sales numbers.

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Posted March 28 2008 - 12:48 PM

And have you seen the prices on next week's wave of Blu-ray releases from Echo Bridge? $9.95 @ amazon, $12.99 @ Best Buy and $12.99 @ Circuit City. Titles such as: Artie Lange's Beer League, Blackbeard, Category 7: End of the World, 10.5 Apocalypse: Complete Series, The Last Sentinel, Curse of King Tut's Tomb: Complete Series. Again, these might NOT be much-desired, high-profile titles...but it's also nice to see a "budget line" of discs released to provide perspective for those "A-list titles."

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted March 28 2008 - 11:15 PM

I thought I read the first week( or was it 5 days?) units sold for 'No Country...' were in the range of 685,000 giving the Bd around 68,000. Going on the assumption these figures were accurate, in 'absolute' terms the dvd sales aren't that spectacular( especially for a crime/thriller that just won Best Picture and seemed to be fairly popular with 25-35 males among others). On the other hand, I think it's good for anyone that wants to see HDMs thrive, that the ratio is 10% and not 3 or 5%. Studios are simply not going to stop releasing NEW movies on disc-and hopefully 10% ( and going up?) would be incentive for the studios to go with a Bd release on more borderline/arthouse/limited appeal new releases. Catalog will still be a different story but hopefully the rising tide will raise all the boats, not just the shiny new ones.

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Posted March 29 2008 - 05:56 AM

I'd say 68,000 units places the format well ahead of laserdisc, which is just fine with me.




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