According to new data released by the British Video Association (BVA), in 2013 Blu-ray sales increased 10% in the United Kingdom. More importantly, the data shows that the video entertainment market in the country is dominated by physical formats. Throughout the year, traditional and online retailers sold more than 162.2 million discs, representing a total of 73% of the country's video retail and rental sectors by value.
According to the same data, Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the Bond series on screen, was the year's biggest seller on Blu-ray and DVD, with a total of 2.96m units sold. Game of Thrones was the best-selling TV title.
Here are the top 10 best-sellers (Blu-ray and DVD combined) of 2013:
2. The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey
3. Les Misérables
4. Despicable Me 2
5. The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2
6. Monsters University
7. Star Trek - Into Darkness
8. Django Unchained
9. Life Of Pi
10. Man Of Steel
It's great news but I do find that it's difficult to convince many 'casual' viewers of the benefits of Blu - you get comments like, 'well, I'm happy with it on DVD' or 'you don't need to watch X/Y on Blu-ray'. There is a lameness to the reasons because from my perspective if there is a superior product available, even if it's a couple of quid/dollars more, then you may as well embrace it even if you're only a casual fan! Of course I'm preaching to the converted on this site but the obstinate mind-set of many film viewers (along with the slapdash attitude of the bigger studios) is the only thing holding Blu-ray back from world domination.