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Blu-ray Disc Among Top Selling DVDs at Amazon 280

An anonymous reader writes "In a milestone for the next-gen disc format, the Blu-ray edition of 'Casino Royale' cracked the top ten on Amazon's DVD top sellers list upon its release Tuesday, peaking late in the evening at #8. Of course, the two-disc standard-def DVD still topped the chart at #1, but a strong showing for Blu-ray regardless."
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Blu-ray Disc Among Top Selling DVDs at Amazon

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  • by eviloverlordx ( 99809 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:20AM (#18346863)
    ...the ob Sony bashing posts complaining that it's a failure because it didn't beat the DVD release.
    • by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:56AM (#18347429) Homepage
      Not only that, look at the stuff that's in the top 20 []. 2 versions of borat, 3 versions of Casino royale (including the Blu-Ray), Some diet DVD, The James Bond Box Set (I really can't see that selling to many copies at $180), and few other movies that look good, but not extraordinary. What are the actual sales numbers for Casino Royale BluRay, because it doesn't seem like it's beating anything taht I would expect to see selling more.
      • by Enry ( 630 )
        The James Bond Box Set (I really can't see that selling to many copies at $180)

        It was selling on Amazon for $125 yesterday. That deal's done, but I'm sure the sales at $125/ea were enough to push its rank up.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        The James Bond box set was on a special "Gold Box" deal yesterday, at $125, so that would be why it jumped up in sales.
  • top ten (Score:4, Funny)

    by j00r0m4nc3r ( 959816 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:21AM (#18346881)
    They left out this part:

  • Quick, be the first to give a referral link to Casino Royale! We might not be able to find it on Amazon without you!
    • by Skidge ( 316075 )
      Ok, since you asked, here you go []. :)

      Seriously, though, I think that the top selling lists on Amazon are very time sensitive. I'll put on a conspiracy hat and say that if Sony execs decided to buy a bunch Casino Royale blue ray discs, it could make that disc jump up in the rankings.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:25AM (#18346931)
    Sony Employee "Sir, I did what you said and bought thousands of blue ray discs from amazon"

    Sony Exec (in Mr. Burns Voice) "Excellent"
  • Oh Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Psx29 ( 538840 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:25AM (#18346937)
    This is just like when the SNES was ahead of PS3 on amazon right? I really don't think these numbers mean anything
  • by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:26AM (#18346957)
    Well, since there are a total of 3 Blu-Ray titles in the top 100, forgive me for seeing this as a desperate pent-up demand for new titles.
    • by ivan256 ( 17499 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @11:03AM (#18347533)
      Really? All three Blu-Ray titles are in the top 100?

      Kidding, of course, but the Blu-Ray selection, and the HD-DVD selection too for that matter is pretty terrible right now.
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Jungleland ( 65157 )
        Agreed, as an early UK adopter of HD-DVD (because the xbox add-on is about a third of the price of blu-ray) I do find the current selection appalling and what little selection there is is usually out of stock :-(
        If Casino Royale had been released on HD-DVD I would have been the first in-line.

        I just hope "someone" wins the highdef war so we don't end up in the DVD-A/SACD situation where both formats appear to have lost.
        • There's nothing worth buying that's been released in the UK - better to import from dvdworldusa or movietyme - much cheaper too.

          Of course with bluray you don't have the option of importing...

  • by aadvancedGIR ( 959466 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:27AM (#18346969)
    Considering that, at this moment, the Amazon DVD top 100 is composed of 99 DVD (still including Firefly at #81, BTW) and 1 BR.
    • by mgblst ( 80109 )
      Yes, so what. This is not about whether or not Blu-Ray is beating DVD, which we all know is not happening, will not happen for sometime, and maybe will never happen (I hope, I want them both to fail). It is about beating HD-DVD. Since this is still too early to tell for sure, and predicting the masses is tricky, we look for signs of the way most people are going. Have a top 10 selling movie is just one sign, that points in the favour of Blu-Ray winning this particulas war.

      Like it or not, blame it on the PS3
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        1-Apparently, this movie, being THE release of the week, sells more in its BR version than all the other high def disks combined, at least today.
        2-This movie seems to be available only in DVD, BR and UMD, so imagine "300" or another very big hit is released only in DVD and HD-DVD because it comes from an anti-Sony studio (I don't know for "300", and I don't care, it is simply for the example), will we see the same kind of article the other way around in a couple of mounthes?
  • heh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by smoondog ( 85133 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:32AM (#18347061)
    I think a lot of customers are going to be disappointed when their purchase doesn't play in their dvd player.
    • by patio11 ( 857072 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:43AM (#18347223)
      My mother things BlueRay is a "new brand of DVD player, right?" I'd hate to be Amazon's customer service department explaining to people that they need to read carefully because the new Bond requires a new gadget to be able to play. Maybe if you beat somebody in a high-stakes poker game you'll be able to afford a BlueRay player... or at least the cable for one, which is a start.
    • Re:heh (Score:5, Informative)

      by hansamurai ( 907719 ) <> on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @11:35AM (#18347935) Homepage Journal
      This is an interesting comment as my wife and I subscribe to the Blockbuster delivery service and I've had to take Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs off our queue quite a few times as my wife just adds the first version of the movie she sees. One time, she even had the DVD and Blu-Ray version of the same movie on our queue, but that's another story.

      I'm not saying that Amazon shoppers are making obvious buying errors and that the disc has no right being in the top 10, more just pointing out that difference between DVD and the other formats isn't always obvious to non-techies.
    • I think a lot of customers are going to be disappointed when their purchase doesn't play in their dvd player.
      Perhaps, but I bet that number is going to be smaller than you might be thinking. If it were the HD-DVD version of a movie hitting that high of sales I'd guess a lot more customers were buying the wrong product - the term "BluRay" has to at least invoke hesitance before purchase.
  • PS3 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by DogDude ( 805747 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:33AM (#18347069)
    I know a lot of people probably don't use their PS2's as DVD players, but some do (I do). I think that once the PS3 starts rolling, Blue Ray will pick up some serious steam.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Seumas ( 6865 )
      I doubt it. I bought my PS3 because I wanted a cheap blue-ray device for the time being (my television does 1080p, which a lot of them are starting to support now). I didn't want to drop $1,000 on a high quality blue-ray player yet, until we see how things pan out.

      The porn industry has already gone with HD-DVD so I think that clearly tells us where everything else is going. Either that or any decent player will support both and we'll just have two standards that are equally available and distributed.
      • by apoc06 ( 853263 )
        actually they havent gone with hd-dvd. there are several releases on blu-ray and several on hd-dvd. one distributor came out to say that they were having trouble getting houses to press their discs, but that was about it. one studio seems to have had problems and that is being spread as gospel FUD. vivid and several other companies have had blu-ray discs pressed with little to no issue. something is amiss. the industry hasnt banded together to make any sweeping announcements.

        hd-dvd supporters also mention t
    • I know a lot of people probably don't use their PS2's as DVD players, but some do (I do).
      I used to when I first bought my PS2, but that thing is a lousy DVD player. What I found was that it was really hard to control and if anyone bumped the controller, we had to re-start the whole movie. It was difficult to pause, etc.
  • whats the numbers (Score:3, Insightful)

    by VEGETA_GT ( 255721 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:38AM (#18347159)
    If you can't tell me how many of these actualy sold then I am not interested. Was it 40 DVD's for #1 and 10 for #8 which means very little in the end. Or was it 10,000 for #1 and 8000 for number #8 spot. Knowing a standing in a chart means extreamly little unless you can give me the actual numbers sold.

    also would like to point out that Blue Ray DVD's are much harder to find compared to standard DVD's that are even for sale in the local 7-11 including Casino Royale. This point could explain why it was bought more on amazon, as I can get the standard DVD any ware, but the blue ray and HD-DVD for that matter, are harder to find so would increase sales on things like amazon easily.

    and yes this has been beaten to death point, but again more people have blue ray for the simple fact that its stock in PS3, not because a lot of people have bought specific players. From the numbers there is more stock HD-DVD players sold over stock Blue-Ray players. I just hope Sony realizes they need to avoid the fate of there Beta and actulay allow others to make Blue-Ray players, then they are in a position to actully win out.
    • Yeah amazon's ranking is fairly useless. As the author of two shitastically non-selling books, I see my ranking jump inbetween 100 and 700k in the span of a day. Usually the result of a SINGLE SALE.
  • Lies!!! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:42AM (#18347203)
    Blu-Ray owners are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad. Be assured, HD-DVD is safe, protected.
  • by 58797A7A79 ( 795378 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @10:54AM (#18347387)
    ...but.. Blu-Ray isn't DVD. Blu-Ray is Blu-Ray. Just like DVD isn't CD, it's DVD. That's like saying that this USB pen drive is the best CD-ROM format thus far.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jfengel ( 409917 )
      But it does show that there is some demand for Blu-Ray discs (or at least, people who think they want one; let's see how many are returned once people realize they can't play them in a standard DVD player).

      If it is real, then it shows that format shift from DVD to one or the other format may actually happen. That wasn't a foregone conclusion. Reading previous Slashdot discussions you get the impression that nobody was interested in the new features, especially not at the cost of having to put up with a ne
    • by init100 ( 915886 )

      Blu-Ray isn't DVD. Blu-Ray is Blu-Ray.

      I agree, but Amazon et al. obviously don't. They put it under the DVD category, as well as calling the format DVD (Blu-Ray) in several places.

  • it should be noted that two other editions of 'Casino Royale' (both standard-def DVD) also cracked the top ten yesterday -- the wide screen two-disc version (at #1) and the full screen two-disc version (at #10)

    So, BR version at #8, HD at #1 and HD fullscreen at #10.

    (Jack Sparrow) "Humm, that's interesting" (/JS)

    The pedant in me wonders what the widescreen breakdown is? I dunno how popular 4:3 is vs 16:9, but owning a 16:9
    tv and seeing non 16x9 titles *sometimes* keeps me from buying it on rare occasion.
    • this is my ultimate favorite.

      they did it with the US releases of countless anime titles (the worst was saikano)..

      so then you get the black bars on the sides AND the top and bottom.. and youre watching the title on a quarter of your screen.. unless of course you have macosX and enable zoom : )
  • 300 (Score:2, Informative)

    by Salamande ( 461392 )
    It'll be interesting to see what happens when 300 comes out on home formats. That's going to be absolutely huge. I wonder if an HD-DVD exclusive would have the same effect...
  • Ye gods, this reads like the old Atari ST v Amiga stuff. WHo really cares about if a film is on Blu-ray or DVD-HD? Who cares which miniscule sub-feature is supported or not? The only remotely pertinant issue is which studios are tied to which format but anyone who'se that obsessive will just buy two players.
  • And the winner is... (Score:2, Informative)

    by too2late ( 958532 )
    It seems that most intelligent, tech-savvy slashdotters are predicting HD-DVD will be the winner, since they know more about the subject than the average consumer. So, naturally Blu-Ray will win ;-)
  • by HungWeiLo ( 250320 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @01:35PM (#18350029)
    Let me guess...the Blu-Ray disc is not the one with Woody Allen [] in it, right?
  • by heroine ( 1220 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2007 @02:50PM (#18351589) Homepage
    The BD developers order a ton of each disk the moment it comes out, for testing. Suspect Casino Royale had a problem with BD-J so they wanted to throw as much manpower at it as possible. There are also a lot of copies of Speed being bought, as you can see. The main thing they're working on is BD+. If you see a BD disk spike on your hot list, it's probably a BD+ being bought up for testing.

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