Thursday, March 10, 2011


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Disney has done it again: taken a cinematic senior citizen, given it a first-class makeover for its Blu-ray Disc debut and taken it straight to the top of the national home video sales charts.

This time, it's "Bambi," the 1942 animated classic about a young deer growing up alone in the forest after his mother is shot dead by hunters. The two-disc "diamond edition" combo pack, which includes the film on Blu-ray Disc as well as standard DVD, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the week ending March 6.

Even though "Bambi" hasn't been in theaters since a 1988 re-release, the film handily outsold several new theatrical features including "Burlesque," which bowed at No. 3 on both charts , and "Faster," at No. 4 on both charts. The previous week's top seller, "Megamind," dropped to No. 2 on both charts.

Elsewhere, the romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs" entered at No. 5 on the DVD chart and at No. 7 on Blu-ray. The mountain misadventure "127 Hours" bowed at No. 7 and No. 6 on the respective charts.

On the rental side, "Faster" took the No. 1 spot on trade publication Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart. "Megamind" slipped to No. 2, and "Burlesque" debuted at No. 6.

"Love and Other Drugs" and "127 Hours" failed to place because of 20th Century Fox's 28-day delay in issuing discs to Netflix and Redbox. Two Fox titles that came out a month ago but only became available at Netflix and Redbox last week both belatedly debuted in the top 10, "Conviction" at No. 7 and "Never Let Me Go" at No. 10.

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