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2010’s Bestselling Blu-ray Discs

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The nostalgic old timers amongst us are already reminiscing about what a fantastic year for Blu-ray 2010 was. With millions of Blu-ray Discs from horror to romance flying off shelves around the world, you might be wondering what the top selling titles were.

Well, Home-entertainment.co.uk has listed the Top 5 Best Selling BD titles in the UK for 2010 so sit back and enjoy as we count them down!

Drum roll please…..

5. Beauty and the Beast

Back in June, we brought you exciting news that Walt Disney Studios were to release a Diamond Edition BD of classic love-story, ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Coinciding with its 20 year anniversary in November, this BD pleased critics and fans alike with reviews describing it as entrancing from beginning to end.

With Disney set to release a whole host of its celebrated animation titles on Blu-ray and BD 3D this year, we’re sure 2011 will bring more success.

4. Lost: The Complete Series

It may have left many of you scratching your heads, but Lost was actually one of the most watched television series of the past decade. Voting with their feet, fans of the series jumped at the chance to own the entire adventure on BD, and the box set went on to become a monster hit in the UK since it’s release in August.

3. Mad Men Series 3


The critically acclaimed third series of Man Men comes in at number three and, given its ever growing fan base, we’re not surprised it ranked so high. The award winning drama chartering the loves and losses of 50s ad man Don Draper oozed style and chemistry in equal measure, making it a sure fire winner amongst audiences both young and old. The fourth season is due on BD in March, so watch this space for more details.

2. Batman: The Dark Knight

Just pipped to the post, Christopher Nolan’s brilliant re-imagining of the caped crusader’s clash with the Joker was always going to be a popular choice amongst film lovers. Alongside Heath Ledger’s fantastic turn as Batman’s nemesis, this BD offered a whole host of special features which won universal praise upon its release.

1. Avatar

Finally, and perhaps unsurprisingly, James Cameron’s Avatar was officially the number one best selling BD in 2010. This fantasy adventure seems to have broken every record going, including Best Selling BD of all time, shifting 2.7 million BD units worldwide within its first four days on sale, and selling 222,824 BD copies in the UK alone on the day of its release.

Telling the story of a marine exploring a new planet in outer space, Avatar helped bring new developments in 3D animation to audiences around the globe and will be making its BD3D debut later this year.

Head over to Home-entertainment.co.uk for the full story.

Blu-ray Disc sales up 98%

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They say that you can’t get too much of a good thing, and if the latest sales figures for Blu-ray Discs are anything to go by, we’d be inclined to agree.

According to Digital Entertainment Group Europe, over 24.5 million Blu-ray Discs flew off shelves across Europe in the third quarter of 2010 alone. That’s a staggering increase in sales of 98.3% compared with the same period in 2009.

Alongside more competitive pricing of HDTV’s and Blu-ray players, the success of cinematic juggernaut Avatar and other HD box office hits are likely factors in Blu-ray’s increasing popularity.
And it doesn’t stop here; with big titles such as Inception and Toy Story 3 landing on the Blu-ray format just in time for Christmas, the outlook for 2011 looks very exciting. For more details visit: Ffog.net

Date announced for release of Avatar on Blu-ray 3D

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If there’s one question we are repeatedly asked, it’s ‘When will Avatar be released on Blu-ray 3D?’ Well, after much waiting we can now finally reveal the answer…

Panasonic announced last week that it will exclusively bundle the BD3D version of Avatar with its new range of 3D Viera products. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but when a wider release is confirmed we’ll let you know.

For more information, check out Pocket lint’s feature here.

Blu-ray Monday Giveaway: Avatar, Extended Special Edition

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This week for Blu-ray Monday we are giving away the brand new Avatar, Extended Special Edition on Blu-ray Disc.

Described by James Cameron as “The ultimate box set of Avatar, with everything in it the fans could possibly want,” this three disc package, which includes 45 minutes of deleted scenes, is the ultimate prize for any Blu-ray fan.

Apart from being the highest grossing film in history, Avatar is a joyous celebration of story craft and screen wonderment. With pristine Blu-ray picture and sound, this week’s prize may just be the closest you’ll ever get to setting foot on the stunning blue world of Pandora. As usual with Blu-ray Monday, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then for a second entry, leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Set in the Alpha Centauri star system, on a lush moon called Pandora, Avatar follows the story of a tribe of Na’vi -10-foot-tall, blue-skinned, sapient humanoids. Whether it’s an animal, insect, robot, alien, ghost, mythical creature or animated character, some of the best films have brought to life many amazing, non-human characters over the years but who or what is your favourite non-human character of all time and why?

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment.  We look forward to your suggestions!

Avatar Special Edition Blu-ray details confirmed

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When James Cameron said “Let’s do the ultimate box set of Avatar, with everything in it the fans could possibly want,” Avatar buffs knew they would be in for something special, and they won’t be disappointed. The highly anticipated Blu-ray, three-disc Avatar Special Edition box set, which will hit the shops on 16th November, promises to deliver on all fronts.

It boasts an extended cut of the film with 16 minutes of extra footage, an alternative opening, a family audio track (with objectionable language removed), a documentary with the cast and crew, 45 minutes of deleted scenes as well as 17 featurettes covering performance capture, scoring the film, 3D fusion camera, stunts and much more.

Add to that an interactive scene deconstruction, exploring the various stages of production through three different viewing modes, the ‘Avatar Archives’ including original script, and the extensive Pandorapedia and a BD-live Portal with even more additional bonus materials and you’ll see why this is shaping up to be one of the biggest Blu-ray releases of the year.

Apart from being the highest grossing film in history, Avatar is a joyous celebration of story craft and the visual possibilities of film. With pristine Blu-ray picture and sound it may just be the closest you’ll ever come to setting foot on James Cameron’s stunning blue world.

Denofgeek.com has the full story here. Watch the trailer, with a few glimpses of the new opening and some of the behind the scenes features, below:

Blu-ray boost HMV’s profits

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HMV, leading retailer of music and home entertainment, has announced an 11 percent rise in profit this year, driven largely by increased sales of Blu-ray Discs.  In fact, Chief Executive Officer Simon Fox reported that Blu-ray Disc sales have doubled in the last fiscal year.

The increasing sales figures can be directly correlated with the launch of visually spectacular blockbusters such as Avatar, which are the perfect vehicle for high definition viewing.

And, with the launch of Blu-ray 3D, Fox expects Blu-ray Disc demand to escalate even further over the coming years.

For more information, Business Week has the full story.

Avatar smashes another record

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The Avatar juggernaut rumbles on with confirmation from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) that the film has become the biggest selling Blu-ray title ever in the UK.

In the two weeks since launch, 505,057 copies of Avatar on Blu-ray Disc have been sold – beating the all-time Blu-ray Disc record of 490,633 held by The Dark Knight and breaking the half a million milestone.

“Blu-ray is the ultimate way for fans to enjoy Avatar at home and experience Pandora in all its awe-inspiring clarity in high definition” commented Steven Leighton, SVP Northern Europe and Asia Pacific for TCFHE.  “It’s no surprise that viewers are choosing to own Avatar on Blu-ray and with 22.2% of our overall sales to date this clearly demonstrates that UK consumers are embracing Blu-ray as the format of choice.”

HeyUGuys has the full press release.


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