The Blu-ray video format has largely been relegated to audio and video-phile status for years, as it’s still being introduced to the mainstream markets, and at relatively high price points compared to the ubiquitous DVD format. We’ve been hearing this past Black Friday was a huge win for the format, as consumers cashed in on deals that saw players hit sub-$100 prices and discs finally in a reasonable $10-$15 range.
To top that, according to High-Def Digest, Amazon is seeing some hard evidence of substantial transition as top Blu-ray films are outselling their DVD counterparts:
As a spokesman from Amazon says, Blu-ray was indeed huge. “As evidenced in our top-seller lists, Blu-ray format is very popular with our customers and several of our top-selling titles are selling more in Blu-ray than standard format.”
At the time of this writing, the standard definition ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ tops the list on Amazon, followed by Blu-ray versions of ‘Up,’ ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.’ They sit just above their DVD counterparts, just edging them out. ‘Terminator Salvation’ on the other hand takes the number seven spot on Blu-ray while the DVD chugs along at number sixteen.
If you’re considering making the jump, now is a good time for metalheads as great releases like Iron Maiden’s Flight 666, Nine Inch Nail’s Beside You In Time and Metallica’s Francais Pour Une Nuit got the Blu-ray treatment. Trust me, if you have a big HDTV and a nice surround sound system, it’s worth the investment.
Hit the jump for a list of notable metal releases on the Blu-ray format.
Iron Maiden, Flight 666 [Blu-ray]
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same [Blu-ray]
Metallica, Francais Pour Une Nuit [Blu-ray]
Motley Crue, Motley Crue: Carnival of Sins [Blu-ray]
Nine Inch Nails, Nine Inch Nails Live – Beside You in Time [Blu-ray]
Ozzfest, Ozzfest: 10th Anniversary [Blu-ray]