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May 23 2007

Firefly box set makes list of Amazon "Sleepers & Keepers". Amazon.com has identified 200 of their most consistent selling DVD sets, and Firefly comes in at #2.

From the site... 'These DVDs are our perennial top-sellers, consistently selling the most, month after month, over the last several years. They're all keepers, of course--but some, like Firefly: The Complete Series and Love Actually, have been quiet hits, selling copy after copy since the day they were released without ever having made industry headlines--those are our "sleepers."'

Question - why does the Firefly DVD set seem to outsell the Serenity DVD set on the ranks I've seen online?
Maybe people don't know that Serenity was the movie sequel to the series.
I know one person told my best friend's grandparents that Serenity was just episodes from the TV show edited into a movie.

Maybe that person has told a lot of people that...?
This is great news for Firefly. I've observed definite changes in attitude when telling new people about Firefly after I mention the outstanding Amazon sales ranking it continues to get. Then they really get curious about seeing Firefly.

Really pretty amazing when one considers that the Firefly DVD isn't really getting any official advertising. The sales are all from word-of-mouth, and I'm sure a healthy dose of Browncoat guerilla marketing.

Gee, imagine if this word-of-mouth thing had been allowed to get some traction while the show was still on the air? Hey, that woulda been cool.... *sigh* Every time I go there, I still get mad...
Firefly smack in between the original Star Wars trilogy and Pride and Prejudice? Sweet.
Firefly comes at #1 in both the TV and "Biggest Surprise" catagories.

It's currently sitting at #72 - let's see what kind of bump this gets us.
Maybe the movie came too soon?
Simon | May 22, 23:14 CET
Maybe people don't know that Serenity was the movie sequel to the series.


Simon,

I think that is true. That is why the Serenity Collectors Edition cover is so good. People might recognize a Firefly class transport even though they don't remember that it's name is Serenity. Our Captain and River help too.

There are also people who seen Serenity and don't know about Firefly...maybe when they find out...they buy Firefly.
napua,
good thought
I wonder what kind of response a BDM2 would get if it was released this year?
This list has been posted on Amazon.com since at least last week (that's when I first noticed it and of course showed a few friends - I figured it had probably already been linked to on Whedonesque - oh well). So I'm not sure if it gave the sales a boost or not. I did notice that the FF box set went from hovering around 90-105 or so up to 60-80 in the past few weeks. Maybe that was because of the ranking...
What's Firefly?






;)
And it's still only $16.99 at Target.

I'm stocking up this weekend. It's payday.
Question - why does the Firefly DVD set seem to outsell the Serenity DVD set on the ranks I've seen online?

Maybe people don't know that Serenity was the movie sequel to the series.

It could also be that the Serenity DVD is more widely available in stores, while lots of people have to resort to Amazon to find Firefly.
Question - why does the Firefly DVD set seem to outsell the Serenity DVD set on the ranks I've seen online?

Good point Grounded - Serenity is readily available in stores around here whereas that's not always so with Firefly.

I wonder also if some people will buy a boxed set of a TV show but simply rent a film. My dvd collection and that of several of my friends contains more tv shows than movies.
Actually I've seen Firefly heavily stocked in most of the store that carry DVDs. Local Wal-Marts and Targets keep them prominently placed, and Target (as mentioned) puts them on sale fairly often.

Personally I'd think part of the disparity is simply because Firefly is more fun. I don't think anyone here doubts my love for the movie, but if I reach for the 'verse it's three times as likely I'll grab the show. And it's MUCH easier to get people hooked by giving them the show than the movie. Also, Amazon puts it on sale every now and then which bumps it back up in the rankings.
Yeah, this set is still going strong. The other day I opened the Future Shop (like Best Buy in Canada) flyer that came with my newspaper, and saw Firefly as the featured DVD box set, in front of current seasons of Prison Break and 24.

It disturbs me that Fox is still making so much money off of us. There is no way that the series is not mondo-profitable at this point.
It disturbs me that Fox is still making so much money off of us. There is no way that the series is not mondo-profitable at this point.


FOX, the TV network, is not making any money off the sales of the Firefly DVD sets. 20th Century Fox, the production company (and Home Entertainment division), are the ones connected to the Firefly DVD. 20th Century Fox paid the money originally to produce Firefly, and they didn't cancel the show.

Edited to add: Perhaps one reason that the Firefly DVD has outsold the Serenity DVD is that it doesn't have a cover that screams "cheesy low budget Sci-Fi drek".

[ edited by 11thHour on 2007-05-23 17:42 ]
Star Wars is a sleeper? Since when?
Star Wars is a sleeper? Since when?


I assume Star Wars primarily falls into the "Keepers" category of Amazon's "Sleepers & Keepers" collection. Some of the "Keepers" were never "Sleepers", some are both... like Firefly.

If you click on the link you can read Amazon's description of this collection.
It's nice to see Freaks & Geeks on this list. If you haven't ventured into Freaks & Geeks, now is the time!
It doesn't really Mean anything, I know, but it sure is Shiny to be on a list with films like Casa Blanca and Citizen Kane. Being ranked higher in terms of sales... kind of mind boggling if you let yourself think about it. :)
FOX, the TV network, is not making any money off the sales of the Firefly DVD sets. 20th Century Fox, the production company (and Home Entertainment division), are the ones connected to the Firefly DVD. 20th Century Fox paid the money originally to produce Firefly, and they didn't cancel the show.


Go to Columbia Journalism's website Who Owns What - put "News Corporation" into the dropdown box and you'll see that Fox the TV network and 20th Century Fox (and a whole bunch o' other shite) are both owned by the odious News Corporation (those 2 words put together give me all kinds of heebie-jeebies).
The bottom line is that Rupert Murdoch/Fox/News Corporation owns "Firefly" and do continue to make money off of it.
: /
That having been said, I'm glad to see our BDS is still out there making people say, "They canceled this show and kept what??"

[ edited by AmazonGirl on 2007-05-24 04:07 ]
"Firefly" deserves its place next to "Star Wars."
Firefly smack in between the original Star Wars trilogy and Pride and Prejudice? Sweet.

That's just so right, with the space ships + Jane Austen of it all.

Maybe people don't know that Serenity was the movie sequel to the series.

Quite possibly. I also think "that sci-fi show someone said I should see that got canceled" tends to be more memorable than "that sci-fi movie someone said I should see." I can think of a bunch of movies people recommended that I didn't see, but few tv series that I have that kind of reference for. But this also could just be me.

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