1000th Blu-ray title released in the UK
You may find it hard to believe, but figures released by the British Video Association show that we've reached the 1000th Blu-ray disc release in the UK.
We're told that the landmark has been achieved with the release of Pinocchio, the Platinum Edition – probably slightly better than the 1000th DVD release, which was Sly And Robbie - Superthruster.
The first Blu-ray titles appeared on shop shelves back in October 2006, and included The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, S.W.A.T. and Tears Of The Sun, though the release of discs and indeed players has taken a while to really get going.
Blu-ray discs are currently up on a 52 week rolling basis by 325% and sales are forecast to rise from 3.7 million in 2008 to over 13 million this year, according to analysts Screen Digest.
Hardware sales of stand-alone Blu-ray disc players meanwhile reached almost 300,000 by the end of 2008 and are expected to hit one million in 2009, whilst Sony's PS3 has also sold almost 2 million.
Also announced were the best-selling Blu-ray titles of 'all time'. The data, supplied by the Official Charts Company, shows The Dark Knight (buoyed by box-set sales) leading the way.
- The Dark Knight
- Casino Royale
- Iron Man
- Spider-Man 3
- Mamma Mia - The Movie
- Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
- I Am Legend