Just as many industry people had anticipated and predicted, DVD turns out to be
the hottest seller of the Christmas selling season.
According to the DVD Video Group, DVD software sales have jumped some
unprecedented 22 percent during the past days, underscoring the anticipation
that DVD discs make perfect holiday gifts.
With many new releases on the top list, the winners were still popular
hold outs from previous weeks. In its second week of release, “Mask Of Zorro”
from Columbia TriStar Home Video tops the list of the 20 best-selling DVD
Video titles for the week ending December 13, 1998. Music videos were also
big sellers with Metallica’s “Cunning Stunts” from Electra Entertainment Group
topping the best-selling music video titles in the DVD Video format. All this
is according to the charts released today from the DVD Video Group and
VideoScan. The charts are based on sales data collected by VideoScan from retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Circuit City, Musicland, Tower Records and more, but
does not include small specialty stores and mass merchants such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart.