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The Hottest Blu-ray and DVD Titles for Christmas Gift-Giving Revealed


People falling in love in 3D: one out of three wishes they could experience 3D at home this Christmas

London – 16 November 2011 - Blu-rays and DVDs will be a popular gift option this year as new research* shows approximately nine out of ten (86 percent) of those surveyed say that video entertainment ‘makes a great gift’. With so many titles available, an entertainment consortium comprised of studios and other home entertainment companies has unveiled what it sees as the hottest films and TV programmes for gift-givers this year. 

Hottest DVD/ Blu-ray Family Titles
Mr Popper’s Penguins
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera: 25th Anniversary Edition
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 
Bugsy Malone
Kung Fu Panda 2 

Hottest DVD and Blu-ray Box Sets
Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Blu-ray Action Pack: Gladiator/ Bourne Ultimatum/ Wanted/ Fast and Furious/ Mummy
The Wire: Seasons 1-5
Pirates of the Caribbean: Complete Collection
Jane Austen Collection
The Godfather Coppola Restoration (exclusively on Blu-ray)
The Tudors: Complete DVD Box Set
Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection
Quentin Tarantino Blu-ray Box Set
Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection

Hottest Restored Films on Blu-ray
Beauty and the Beast 3D
Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Back to the Future 
Brief Encounter  
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Wizard of Oz  
Stand By Me

Hottest 3D Titles on Blu-ray
Despicable Me
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Smurfs
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2

3D in the Home
Consumers express a clear interest in enjoying 3D in the home, with  one in three people saying they would love to receive a 3D kit for Christmas -- including 3D capable TV and Blu-ray player -- with approximately one in two men (45 percent) indicating they’d love to receive 3D home entertainment technology. 

“It’s clear that there is a burgeoning interest in 3D at home, and I’d expect that interest to continue growing as more content becomes available in this format,” noted Alastair Plumb, a film and entertainment commentator.  “If consumers aren’t sure about whether or not 3D is for them, I’d suggest that a visit to a local electronics shop for a hands-on demo is a great introduction – the quality and overall experience is unbelievable.”

Survey Reveals Insights for Shoppers
Research reveals that people most enjoy receiving feature films (59 percent), followed by TV box sets (40 percent), stand-up comedy (28 percent) and family oriented content (27 percent) as Christmas gifts.  And when it comes to Christmas shopping, most rely on films that have been specifically requested (41 percent), while others choose a title that has special meaning to the recipient or themselves (16 percent). 

Plumb continued, “A piece of home entertainment, like a Blu-ray or DVD, can actually be one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give someone without breaking the bank -- it shows you know the person and you appreciate their tastes.”   

*Conducted by Harris Interactive.  Research polled 1,050 respondents aged 16-64 across the UK between 12th – 19th October 2011.
About the Digital Entertainment Group Europe
The Digital Entertainment Group Europe is the industry body for the Home Entertainment sector in Europe and is comprised of Hollywood and local studios along with the industry at large in Europe.  Member companies include: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; Universal Pictures International Entertainment; Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment; Warner Home Video and Digital Distribution; Lionsgate UK; TV Studios Home Entertainment; HBO; ROVI, AGI World;  Technicolor Home Entertainment Services; Arvato Digital Services; Cinram; Dolby; and  Sony DADC.

For more information on the DEGE, or if you’d like to speak with Alastair Plumb or Harris Interactive, please contact the DEGE PR team:
Tel.  +44 207 067 0500