In this latest chapter of the format war
the BDA is once again patting themselves on the back because according to estimates by Home Media Magazine
, the two Pirates movies outsold The Matrix box sets by a margin of over 3 to 1. While both of these titles got a lot of people excited and motivated people to buy, we're not impressed. For starters the box set includes 3 feature films, so 3-1 should be expected. The other important factor is cost, while the Pirates movies sold for $25 each, the box set was closer to $70 (depending on the version). Considering the differences here, we'd say they were pretty even, -- with the slightest edge to Pirates --
but when you consider that one of the Pirates titles was a day-and-date release, this really isn't news at all.
What will be interesting is when The Matrix finally gets released on Blu-ray
and we get compare title for title after all those new HD DVD players hit the market