Warner Home Video moves 250k copies of 300 in first week

If you thought the previous HD film records set by MI:III, The Departed, and 007: Casino Royale were impressive, 300 just raised the bar in a big way. According to sales figures from the title's first week on shelves, more than 250,000 copies were moved on HD DVD and Blu-ray. Moreover, this mark makes it the fastest selling high-definition disc to date, and enables Warner Home Video to claim six of the top ten selling HD flicks. Of course, the news we're truly interested in -- which format made up the majority of the sales -- was unsurprisingly omitted.

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WilliamRLBaker3996d ago (Edited 3996d ago )

you have the fact the hd dvd version had content the blu ray version didn't and got better reviews because of video quality and content over the blu ray version...
then you have the sheer amount of blu ray (ps3s) players out who knows who had the most. I'm banking on blu ray.

Antan3996d ago

"got better reviews because of audio" ....which review was that?

"Warner has supplied both next-gen editions with matching Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround tracks (48kHz/16-bit), but this Blu-ray is also graced with an additional PCM 5.1 surround option (48kHz/16-bit/6.9mbps)."

WilliamRLBaker3996d ago (Edited 3996d ago )

looking for it. I know i have it some where give me a minute...

Ok I was wrong, I read the review wrong, and the blu ray version gets the better audio count cause of the uncompressed PCM my bad.

xfrgtr3996d ago

"got better reviews because of video quality",WHAT?Warner presents both the Blu-ray and HD DVD versions with identical 1080p/VC-1 encodes in the film's original 2.40:1 projected aspect ratio, and if nothing else, this is a very accurate reproduction of the theatrical experience of '300'.They both got the same score on video quality.

beavis4play3995d ago

every review i have seen has both versions video equal.but the reason the edge goes to BR is because it seems thats the format everyone refers to when talking about hi def.

WilliamRLBaker3995d ago

@lord anubis yes true but i've yet to find another movie in the blu ray arena besides casion royal to breach the 100k mark.

most of the high sellers in the top 10 right now are on both formats. as well at the time of the casino royal 100k sales they said only 50% had reached users. so in essence. 100k we're SHipped. *just pointing it out*

@Fx:i cannot find the review, but i will pm you with it soon. <---mark this down if i dont do it.

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BIadestarX3996d ago

"which format made up the majority of the sales" come on... release this information.. so we can have a nice... flamewar....

Razzy3996d ago

Maybe Warner doesn't want to embarass HD-DVD ;)

ParaDise_LosT3996d ago

HD-DVD version and so does 6 of my friends.....
*I dunno why I got it, I never really 'loved' the movie...*
t'was cool though, i just wanted to see it in HD x)

cuco333995d ago

that reading up on various gamer/nongamer/hi fi forums that majority of 300 buyers are from the hd dvd camp

i only know of 1 person who bought the film on BR and read a handful who bought it thanks to their ps3. but majority of buyers were hd dvd

then again, who's to say majority of ps3 owners who don't do forums didn't buy the movie on BR? afterall wasn't the last statistic 1.4mil of the 1.5 mil BR players were ps3s?

Antan3996d ago (Edited 3996d ago )

Below exert taken from

Rumor Patrol: Warner Planning Extras-Laden '300' Blu-ray Re-Issue?

"'300' may only hitting store shelves today, but already there's talk of a possible upcoming Blu-ray re-issue.

Hitting DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray today as perhaps the most highly anticipated release of the summer, all three disc editions include a slew of supplementary materials, but the HD DVD edition includes several exclusive interactive and web-enabled features that were apparently not quite ready for prime time on its Blu-ray counterpart.

But while Warner threw in an additional uncompressed audio track exclusively for Blu-ray fans this go-around seemingly as a make-good for the lack of whiz-bang supplements, it seems the studio may have grander plans for '300' on Blu-ray in the future.

Deborah Snyder, the film's executive producer (and wife of '300' director Zack Snyder) revealed at a Comic-Con panel last week that indeed an in-movie experience feature for the Blu-ray edition of the film wasn't yet ready for this week's release. Later, according to an article in Home Media Magazine, she went further, saying "I think there's going to be another Blu-ray special edition later on."

Granted, Snyder's statements are far from definitive, and should only be taken as what they are -- off-hand anecdotal comments. But with sales for the current Blu-ray edition at an all-time high (for a high-def disc) of #2 on Amazon's overall top selling DVDs list (behind only the standard-def DVD release of '300'), it certainly doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility that Warner might chose to return to the well with an even more tricked-out high-def edition at some point in the future."

Even though the above is just a rumour, im gonna sit on the fence and wait to see if it materialises, if it does or there is concrete evidence then ill wait, if not.......ill buy this regular release.

WilliamRLBaker3996d ago

its probly true, but they better make it next year or longer or they'll piss off alot of early adopters.

Antan3996d ago (Edited 3996d ago )

Fortunately its not out in the UK yet so i guess i "could" be one of the lucky ones.

WilliamRLBaker3996d ago

lets hope. I purchased the HD DVD/dvd combo...thought i cant even take advantage of TRUE dolby, or the uncompressed PCM since my receiver supports neither.

cdzie13996d ago

They put out movies in both formats and they are letting the customer decide. Looks like the strategy is working, because their high-def sales are better than any other studio. I hope other studios will follow putting movies on both formats. We can end this war and all live in peace again :-)

Bathyj3996d ago

How will the war end if they support both. No one wants 2 formats with only some of the movies you want. For the was to end, one of them has to die.

Studios supporting both might be hedging their bets, but they're actually prolonging the war and slowing the HD adoption rate. Too many people arew still just waiting for a winner to emerge. One needs to die before the victor can go on and sell any serious numbers.

cuco333995d ago

and reason why i think soon as studios see the benefits of multiformats and not taking sides that business is business and there's ways to make money on both. then the format war will end up in a stalemate and the consumer will have to choose dvd, hd dvd, or bluray

i honestly think it's the path this war will end up, similar to the dvd+r/-r war.

BaMYouRDeaD3995d ago

How is the war going to end when the studios support both? It's like saying an arms dealer who only supplied weapons for one of two warring countries decided to supply both and continued fueling the war. The only way this war will end is when HD DVD or Blu-ray get cheap players. Blu-ray already has the majority of the major studio support.

BIadestarX3995d ago

how will the format war end? well... when Sony and certain studios stop trying to force the consumer to swallow a format.... isn't kind of odd.. that even after all the support blu-ray is getting... there are lots of people willing to go for HD DVD? give HD DVD all the support blu-ray have for 1 month... and you will see which format wins.... I will personally not support blu-ray until the last minute... who the heck is Sony or any of these studios to tell me what format to pick... obviously I am not alone in this... DVD until until blu-ray is the only format that movies can be purchased... by then... a $80 blu-ray player should be available. and movies should be $16 and $19...

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