Titles Released Nov. 27, 2007 I Know Who Killed Me (Sony) Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (Bandai Visual) The Omega Man (Warner) Paprika (Sony) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (DreamWorks) Hot Rod (Paramount) Mr. Bean's Holiday (Universal) Old School (Paramount) The Omega Man (Warner)
Percentages BD / HD 58 / 42 Week 65 / 35 Year 62 / 38 Since Inception
Top 5 Titles 1. Live Free or Die Hard BD 100.00 2. Planet Earth HD 97.66 3. Spidey 3 BD 65.45 4. Transformers HD 57.22 5. Ratatouille BD 56.67
Number of Titles in Top 10 BD:7 HD:3
Weeks Won In 2007 Blu-ray 48 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HD DVD 0
I am hopeful that Planet Earth coming in #2 indicates a large number of new HD-DVD players in the market. Since the Blu versions didn't make it on the list, the odds (but not absolute) are new HD-DVD owners getting Planet Earth for their new player over people finally getting that relatively expensive boxed set for an Xmas present. It is a good family title that really shows off what HD can do and tends to be bought earlier rather than later in the collection.
Of course someone could have been having a firesale to convince the hold-outs but I didn't see anything about one.
So from the complete picture Planet Earth sold about 60% of HD-DVD on Blu. Seems like a good indication there are many new HDM players on the market for Xmas and that HD-DVD player's firesale prices are having some impact. Looks like the big winners are format-neutral studios, too bad there are so few.
Was there some special deal with 300 on Blu? I calculated out that Blu:HD-DVD was 72:28 (almost 3:1) but on Oceans 13 it was the normal 63:37 split (less than 2:1). Of course this could be an indication a bunch of PS3s were sold to gamers, who as a demographic, would likely buy 300 over Planet Earth.
Titles Released Dec. 4, 2007 20 Million Miles to Earth (Sony) Cast Away (Fox) Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden (Universal Music) Masters of Horror: Season One - Vol. Four (Starz) Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Buena Vista) Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (Eagle Rock) Superbad (Sony) Arctic Tale (Paramount) Battlestar Galactica: Season One (Universal) Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid (Eagle Rock)
Percentages BD / HD 76 / 24 Week 65 / 35 Year 62 / 38 Since Inception
Top 10 Titles 1. POTC AWE BD 100.00 2. Superbad BD 37.46 3. PE HD 12.38 4. Spider-Man 3 BD 10.51 5. Transformers HD 7.49 6. Live Free or Die Hard BD 7.40 7. PE BD 6.77 8. POTC DMC BD 6.70 9. Ratatouille BD 6.69 10. 300 BD 5.36
Number of Titles in Top 10 BD:8 HD:2
Weeks Won In 2007 Blu-ray 49 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HD DVD 0
Next week's numbers for this past Tuesday should be interesting, as you have Harry Potter on both formats, with Bourne Ultimatum on HD-DVD only. I suspect Bourne will win the week as far as format specific sales are concerned, but I expect Order of the Phoenix to take the total sales top spot when both formats are combined as one sales number.
What is interesting is that probably the lack of choices on HD-DVD due to lesser number of titles being released, is probably actually helping individual titles on HD-DVD do better than they might have otherwise. Please, I don't mean this to be an anti HD-DVD statement, but simply something that I observed due to my own buying. Suddenly over the last few weeks there have been so many titles released on Blu-Ray, coupled in with the BOGO sales, that I have had to pick and choose the titles I buy. Titles I would have probably bought at other times, I have had to forego, simply because I felt I have been spending way too much money on HD, atleast far more than I had ever planned for. Funny thing is, other than day & date releases, every other title I have bought, except for Planet Earth, I already have on DVD.
I too am puzzled regarding the staying power of Planet Earth - especially at its price point. I mean, Star Trek S1 (My local Fry's actually sold out of them), BSG S1 & Shrek 3rd aren't even in the top 10?! On the flip-side, Lost S1 didn't make the top 10 either. I guess these HD season sets are a tough sell at this point with their SD counterparts selling for AT LEAST half as much.
I own both formats and I see alot more Blu-ray titles I have to have than HD-DVD's. I allready own the Spiderman set, Harry Potter box set and now have all 3 Pirates Of The Caribbean movies on Blu-ray. The only titles on HD-DVD I want right now is Transformers and Bourne Ultimatum. And actually Bourne Ultimatum is the only must have HD-DVD I am dieing to own. Every thing else right now is going to be on Blu-ray.
I am not suprised to see Blu-ray's software outdoing HD-DVD at such a wide margine for this sales quarter. And I suspect that it will continue in Q1 08' as well. That is not to say that HD-DVD will not or can not close the gap by offering good solid titles in Q2 08'. They could also do it for Q1 08' but so far I do not see it happening.
Blu-ray is also enjoying alot more hardware support at this time as we all know, there are alot more players out there for Blu-ray. And even though Onkyo is said to have changed there minds and it going to put out a HD-DVD player after all. It is still nothing more that a Toshiba player with the Onkyo badge on it! When is Toshiba going to get its act together in the particular area?
I would like to upgrade my 1st generation player but I do not like what I see from Toshiba so far over all. I am not a big fan of low profile players and I am not crazy about the over all aprearance of the Toshiba players, IMHO they look cheap. Granted they output 1080p and can bitsteam Dolby, DTS and PCM lossless via HDMI 1.3a. But I would be more likely to buy another player if a better company was to offer a HD-DVD player. I am allready planning on upgrading my Sony BDP-S300 to a Denon DVD-2500BT after I buy a new receiver in a few months.
So far it looks like Blu-ray still has the lead and I hope there is an anouncement at CES with one studio going neutral and maybe another one going Blu-ray exclusive.
The figures really underscore the weakness with both formats. Sales are almost totally dependent on hits. The top selling hd was a recent hit and the second best selling movies was a smaller hit as well. POTC AWE did nearly half the business of the top 10. The top 2 sold 68% of discs. 8 out of the top 10 are hit movies. The other two slots are taken by 1 program on two different formats.
There are two reasons bluray has done so well. Bluray had more access to hit movies this quarter. In the first quarter of 2008, it looks a lot more even with neither side having any huge hits.
The second reason is that bluray has put out more catalog titles even if they don't sell very well. If you put out enough titles and sell 500 or so, it does add up.
I also wonder if warner can afford to go bluray only. It cuts down their sales of hd discs. If bluray wins, it does not mean hd-dvd owners go blu-ray. I suspect a lot of the people who bought hd-dvd during the $98 sale don't go bluray because it is more expensive.