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Nielsen VideoScan High-Def market share for week ending February 24th, 2008

Ben Drawbaugh

American Gangster is the title to talk about on this week's edition of the Nielsen VideoScan numbers courtesy of Home Media Magazine. It's the title of the week because it has done something we wouldn't have dreamed possible, it easily took the number one spot on the charts outselling the best Blu-ray title Michael Clayton by almost 2:1. But this isn't as impressive as it seems because the DVD version of AG outsold the DVD version of MC by over 3:1. Regardless, this title single handedly kept HD DVD out of the teens in overall market share as the number two HD DVD (Transformers) this week only sold 6 percent as many copies. Meanwhile, We Own the Night wasn't able to hold off a few older Blu-ray titles -- obviously there was some sort of sale. We expect much of the same next week as HD DVD's final hot exclusive, Beowulf gets counted. But what will be reallying interesting is to see how well The Assassination of Jesse James sells on HD DVD. This title debuted at number two on the charts when it was released on Blu-ray three weeks ago, and will give us a better idea on how many HD DVD fans are still loyal to Red.

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