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Old 11-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #1
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United Kingdom UK Official Blu-Ray Sales Charts

Thought it might be fun to have a thread for discussing the Official UK Sales Chart for Blu-rays. I know a lot of the in-store charts (Tesco, Sainsbury's etc) are totally faked with "New" entries for titles appearing the day the title's released based solely on which releases that supermarket chain has decided to stock rather than actual sales, but I think the Official UK Sales Chart is largely based on genuine sales and I always find it interesting, especially when looking at sudden new entries, which can often be down to just one supermarket having a special offer on or something.

Comments on this week's chart below. What do you think of the sales positions?

1. Men In Black 3 (entered at no.1 last week).
Depressed to see this still at no. 1 - it's a pretty crap 'let's just cash in and make as much money as possible' sequel.

4. Avatar
Been 131 weeks on the chart and the 3D release shoved it back into the Top 10. Surprised to see it move up from 6 last week to no. 4 this week. I guess new sales of 3D TVs ready for Christmas might be starting to kick in?

7. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I guess all the publicity for "The Hobbit" is keeping this around? 138 weeks on the chart. Blimey!

8. Mrs Brown's Live Tour - Good Mourning [NEW]
Highest new entry for last week's new titles. Gobsmacked. Do people really rush to buy this in HD in large numbers?! I guess supermarkets stocking it has helped a lot?

9. Michal McIntire - Showtime [NEW]
Not such a surprise. And the supermarkets all seem to be stocking it which helps

16. Inception
Up from no. 139 last week?! I guess one of the big chains has got it on sale at a dramatically reduced price for some reason?

23. Singin' In the Rain [NEW]
Really surprised to see this as third highest new entry this week. Would have thought it was a rather 'specialist' title - and most 'specialists' would have imported it months ago from the States as it was region free. Guess I was wrong. good to see it's proving so popular.

34. Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection [NEW]
Guess this is a respectable chart debut given the cost of the product. I wonder if it will stick around for long or just disappear outside the Top 40 fairly quickly.

By the way the Official Charts are published every Sunday evening around 7pm. I won't post a link in case it breaks the rules about posting links to external sites but a Google search should help those looking to see the full Top 40.
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Good idea for a thread!

I bought Avatar 3D this week so I helped with that one
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Michael Mcintyre and Mrs Brown's bollocks are about as funny as a burning orphanage.
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Michael Mcintyre and Mrs Brown's bollocks are about as funny as a burning orphanage.
Agreed, especially Mrs Brown's Boys...don't get what all the fuss is about.
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agreed, especially mrs brown's boys...don't get what all the fuss is about.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:13 PM   #7
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What are Blu Ray sales even like in the UK? How do they compare to DVD sales? I always get the impression that Blu Ray has a much greater share of the market in the US than it does in the UK. Blu Rays don't seem to take up much shelf space in UK stores (though to be fair I buy most of mine online) and only two of my mates have upgraded from DVD to Blu Ray. Can't say I've noticed anyone else who buys them even though a lot of people buy films and a lot of people have HDTVs and Playstation 3s and so wouldn't even have to buy any new hardware to enjoy them. There are also only 11 Blu Rays in amazon.co.uk's Film and TV Top 100 Chart.

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No idea. They publish a chart that adds DVD and Blu-ray together but I always go straight to the "Blu-ray only" chart. Given fact that most supermarkets I check nowadays seem to stock Blu-ray someone somewhere must be buying them.
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My comments on today's new chart:

1. Arthur Christmas (NEW)
Surprised to see such a high debut for this. I guess the supermarkets were pushing it hard for Christmas? Seem to remember the theatrical release reviews were a bit mediocre. I ordered the 3D version from HMV and it was despatched on the 14th November but still hasn't arrived :-(

2. Harry Potter Collection (UP FROM 11)
The "Christmas is coming and it's in the sales" force in full effect.

4. Dr Seuss - The Lorax [NEW]
Again, extremely mediocre reviews but the supermarket/Christmas effect has had results I guess

7. Live 2012 - Coldplay [NEW]
Another surprise for me. I've got this and found the continual interruptions of great concert footage with arty cinematography and pretentious waffle from the band members spoilt it somewhat. Can't believe this has done so well where Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" hasn't even entered the Top 40. 20 million applied for tickets for the Zeppelin concert but it looks like very few have Blu-ray players if the charts are anything to go by. I suspect this is more down to dreadful distribution and advertising. On the Wednesday AFTER release The Times suddenly started running full page animated ads for Zeppelin but it looks like it may have been "too little too late"?

12. Red Dwarf X [NEW]
I never "got" Red Dwarf, but hugely popular so I guess this high a debut is to be expected.

15. Prometheus to Alien - The Evolution [NEW]
The power of Amazon's Black Friday sales!

26. Jesus Christ Superstar - The Arena Tour 2012 [NEW]
Loved this so glad to see it do better than I expected. I guess everybody who went to the O2 in London or the big arena in Birmingham rushed to buy a copy. Tim Minchin is a revelation as Judas. Superb performance.
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Celebration Day is at a reasonable place in the instore chart in HMV.
I think all the multiple versions put off some buyers
2 x CD
2 x CD + DVD or BD
2 x CD + DVD or BD + bonus DVD of rehearsal footage
Then for BD you get the choice of 1080p24 for US or 1080i50 for Europe, with Amazon selling both versions. This also determined whether the bonus DVD was NTSC or PAL.
HMV instore only had the European version.

Was also pretty pricey although HMV instore 22 for the deluxe matched best online.

All of these must split sales and dilute chart position.
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A friend says that the "CD Packaging" on the CD + Blu + DVD meant that it counted towards the CD chart (where it debuted at no. 4) instead of the DVD or Blu-ray charts (where it never showed up).

Seems like a good explanation, but shows what a mess the whole format/chart thing is.
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A friend says that the "CD Packaging" on the CD + Blu + DVD meant that it counted towards the CD chart (where it debuted at no. 4) instead of the DVD or Blu-ray charts (where it never showed up).

Seems like a good explanation, but shows what a mess the whole format/chart thing is.
Make sense as HMV had it in their CD chart as included 2 live CDs. They also had the Coldplay live in the CD chart as that also included a CD.
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