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UK Blu-ray Disc sales rise again

New figures released by the British Video Association have shown strong year-on-year growth for Blu-ray Discs based on data for the first quarter of 2010.

The figures demonstrate the increasingly popularity of the BD format, which is currently driving growth across the home entertainment market. Sales of Blu-ray Discs are up 69.5% (up 50% in value) on the same period in 2009, reaching 2.7m units in the first three months of the year, taking the total number of Blu-ray Discs sold to 15.6m units since launch.

Hannah Conduct, Marketing Manager at the British Video Association, said:

“While it is extremely encouraging to see such strong growth in market volumes in the run up to Easter, the performance of Blu-ray is especially impressive. Growing sales show that the benefits of the format – higher picture quality, superior sound, and an ever-expanding range of titles – are better understood than ever before. The strong sales reflect consumer confidence in Blu-ray.”

The top three best selling Blu-ray titles of the quarter saw their Blu-ray performance average at 20% of the total disc sales with The Hurtlocker at 24% (Elevation Sales), Up at 17% (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) and 2012 at 20% (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).

The best selling Blu-ray Disc titles for Q1 2010 were as follows:

1. The Hurt Locker
2. Up
3. 2012
4. The Twilight Saga – New Moon
5. District 9
6. This Is It
7. Toy Story
8. The Taking Of Pelham 123
9. Inglourious Basterds
10. Toy Story 2

For more details, here’s the press release.

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Go behind the scenes with The Oscars’ Best Pictures on Blu-ray

Update: To spread the love a little, we are now giving away a Blu-Ray Disc every Monday to our blog and Twitter followers. Last week, we gave a copy of Hurt Locker to @melspur on Twitter. Today, we are giving away a copy of Disney Pixar’s Up! To enter, simply leave a comment stating what your favourite animated film of all time is.

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The highly-anticipated Oscar nominations for 2010 have finally been announced. Four of the ten nominations for Best Picture are already (or imminently) available to watch on Blu-ray, equipped with plenty of special features for delving into the reasons these films have received critical acclaim.

Both The Hurt Locker and Up (released in Europe this month) have special behind the scenes footage presented in high definition. In Up for example, one of the many short documentaries shows how the Pixar team developed their 78-year old action hero and the efforts they went through to accurately convey his moves. It also contains BD-live feature The Global Guardian Badge Game, which gives kids and families a chance to brush up on their geography skills.

On the Inglourious Basterds Blu-ray, a roundtable discussion with director Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and film critic Elvis Mitchell is worth a watch, for additional understanding of the films’ premise.  Finally, the District 9 Blu-ray provides the option to watch the film with BD-Live features MovieIQ and Cinechat, as well as including several behind the scenes documentaries (all in HD).

All in all, the special features on these Oscar nominated Blu-ray Discs will ensure you are fully equipped with all the information to choose which you think is most deserving of the top prize. The question is, will your favourite win?

What are you waiting for? New UK Blu-ray Disc TV Advertising campaign makes debut

The British Video Association today announced that for the first time Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures UK, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment UK and Warner Home Video have come together to produce an advertising campaign dedicated specifically to promote the Blu-ray Disc format.

Created to raise awareness and excitement, the Blu-ray “What are you waiting for?” commercial features footage from some of the season’s most anticipated new Blu-ray Disc releases – Terminator Salvation, Ice Age 3, Inglourious Basterds, Snow White and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – and will be seen by 40 million UK consumers in the run up to Christmas.

The advert, which forms part of a bigger campaign, including a re-launch of the Blu-ray website thisisbluray.co.uk, will run across all major television channels throughout December.

Further details can be read here.

Universal launches Blu-ray applications for iPhone, Facebook and Twitter

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced two new applications designed to add greater user interactivity and immersion to its upcoming slate of Blu-ray Disc releases.

The Pocket BLU app for iPhone and iPod Touch is available now as a free download from the Apple App Store, and uses the device’s Wi-Fi connection to communicate with a network enabled BD player.  Once connected, users can use their iPhones or iPods as a remote control, giving easy and direct access to different menus and BD-Live content. It also allows users to access a video timeline to jump to any point in a movie, and to download exclusive bonus content. A pop-up keyboard also makes it easier to chat and send messages when the option is available.

Social BLU meanwhile integrates Blu-ray Disc content with social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter. Supported discs, starting with American Pie presents: The Book of Love, will allow viewers to login to their chosen network and enjoy a variety of features, including direct status updates via BD-Live. Users can also rate films, send messages and share content from the portal.

Upcoming Universal releases to use the new applications include Bruno, Funny People, 9, Public Enemies and Inglourious Basterds. More information will appear at www.universalhidef.com as the discs are released.

 

 

All I want for Christmas is…

Blu Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching the Blu-ray Disc Association has compiled a list of some of the hottest Blu-ray Discs this Christmas.

In its recent report, Futuresource predicted European sales of Blu-ray Discs would reach 31m by the end of 2009. Blu-ray movies are an ideal stocking filler and with the selection of releases available, Christmas shoppers across Europe can be sure to find something to suit everyone. Our recommendations include films that can be enjoyed by the whole family as well as titles to keep the man or woman in your life entertained over the festive period.

Best Sellers
Star Trek (Paramount)
Bruno (Universal)
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox)
Angels & Demons (Sony)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (WB)

Best for Men
Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition (Fox)
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount)
Terminator Salvation (Sony)
Inglourious Basterds (Universal)
The Hangover (WB)

Best for Women
Dirty Dancing (Lionsgate)
The Edge of Love (Lionsgate)
The Proposal (Disney)
Revolutionary Road (Paramount)
Ghost (Paramount)

Best for the Family
Night at the Museum 2 (Fox)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (WB)
Snow White (Disney)
Ghostbusters (Sony)
Mamma Mia (Universal)

If you need any more information on these titles, or other new releases hitting stores before Christmas, then do get in touch with us in the comments or via email.


Blu-ray Disc Reporter


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