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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, has listed the Top 5 Best Selling BD titles in the UK for 2010 so sit back and enjoy as we count them down!

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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.

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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. 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:

Avatar Blu-ray sets sales records and wows reviewers

The Blu-ray Disc edition of Avatar, officially the most successful movie of all time, is finally hitting shelves across the world. Since its launch in the US and some other territories last week, it has become the fastest selling Blu-ray Disc of all time, beating The Dark Knight’s record to sell 2.7 million units in its first four days on sale. As it launches in the UK and other European markets, we take a look at what some of the first reviewers to get their hands on it had to say.

Any initial disappointment at the lack of additional content or 3D on this initial release has been blown away by the sheer quality of the audio visual experience. Director James Cameron stated previously that the decision to not include extra material meant that they could dedicate all available space on the Blu-ray Disc to recreating the film’s awesome visuals in the best possible way, and the decision looks to have paid off.

Ron Henriques from popular film news site Latino Review says “This 1080p presentation of Avatar is one of the best HD transfers I have ever seen,” and that “you can notice a lot more detail in the images than the original 3-D presentation in theatres.” HighDefDiscNews meanwhile gives it their perfect ‘5 Star Rating’ for video quality, while also noting that the THX Certified sound mix gives an “amazing audible performance that is well representing of the story’s sci-fi and ethereal nature.” Hollywood News puts it in less technical terms: “Wow. Really, wow. Just … unbelievable… to date, this is the best-looking Blu-ray transfer of a film I’ve seen, and man, it ain’t even close.”

Avatar is available to buy on Blu-ray Disc now in most European regions, with others to follow over the next two weeks. If you need a reminder of what to expect, here’s the trailer:

Avatar confirmed to hit Blu-ray Disc in April

Update: We are now giving away a Blu-Ray Disc every Monday to our blog and Twitter followers. Last week, we gave a copy of Disney-Pixar’s Up to @ejkoenig on Twitter. Today, we are giving away a copy of the epic, visually stunning Avatar. To enter, simply leave a comment stating what you loved most about the film.

For a second entry, simply click the following link to retweet this post on Twitter. Good luck! Tweet this

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ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

It’s official! James Cameron’s Avatar, winner of three Academy Awards and officially the biggest film of all time, will be released on Blu-ray Disc across Europe from April.

There has been much anticipation for the Blu-ray version of Avatar since the film includes some of the most stunning visuals and special effects ever seen.  Several packages will be available, including a limited edition Steelbook Combi pack with four lenticular art cards and an activist survival guide to the planet of Pandora (see the picture above).

A full list of European release dates is as follows:

  • UK – April 26
  • France – April 21
  • Belgium – April 21
  • Netherlands – April 21
  • Spain – April 21
  • Germany – April 23
  • Denmark – April 27
  • Norway – April 28
  • Sweden – April 28
  • Finland – April 30
  • Italy – May 6

A 3D release has not yet been confirmed, but further announcements are expected later this year. For more information about the April release, the full press release can be viewed here.

Blu-ray Disc Reporter

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