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December 18 2005

Check out the Serenity Amazon Ranking Tracker. Haken from Fireflyfans.net has quietly added a Serenity Tracker in addition to the one he made for Firefly.

Thanks, Haken. And good to see Serenity is currently ranked at #2!

Not only is Serenity #2 right now, but Firefly is at #10 -- meaning we've got two of the top ten currently.
In related news, I was just been told by a Best Buy employee that Serenity DVD will be selling for a low price of $14.99 this week. That is at least in Florida where he works. Can anyone confirm?
I saw the Serenity DVD ad during SNL last night. I'm thinking we'll be #1 by Tuesday.

FF was at #8 this morning.
This is awesome.

Me, I'm getting the DVD at Wal-Mart at midnight...of course, it won't be marked down to Wal-Mart prices until the manager comes in later in the morning...but damn it...it's either I get it at midnight, or I wait until 7 PM. And I don't wanna be waiting until 7 PM.
Speaking of which, has any Amazon customer received the DVD yet? I'm worried in case Amazon have messed up the preorders.
gossi, I received mine yesterday. I didn't buy from Amazon, though. I bought it from the place that thought Dec. 2 was the release date, remember that? DVDUSA or somesuch.

I had a great evening last night, that's for sure!
Good good, Willowy. I know nearly all of the DVDWorldUSA and PlayUSA preorders have been dispatched, not heard anybody from Amazon getting them yet though. We should know the score on Tuesday, I suppose :)
According to the Firefly tracker, the numbers drastically changed right about April of this year...isn't that when the prescreenings started up?
No, MySerenity - the prescreenings started in May. You can directly corelate the spikes to advertising - be it trailers, TV spots, and Sci-fi airings. In April, the trailers appeared before Star Wars Episode 3, causing a spike in Firefly DVD sales.

Those who claim the advertising didn't work are simply wrong - it did work, just not well enough it appears.
Amazon still says Serenity won't ship until December 21. I may have to run to BestBuy.
I ordered one from Amazon and one from Play.com. The Play.com one arrived Friday 16th, all the way to the UK, but there's no sign of the Amazon one.
I've heard anecdotally that Amazon shipping gets really delayed during the holiday season. Take that as you will.

Those who claim the advertising didn't work are simply wrong - it did work, just not well enough it appears.

I'm of the camp that the advertising was simply insufficient. It reached out to the genre-aware people, but among non-fans, the awareness was null. I talked with only one person who knew of the movie independently of me. Compare that with the awareness of Aeon Flux -- similarly obscure source material, but Charlize Theron in a black catsuit. Even if most everybody I know who's mentioned the movie has mocked it (have not seen it, but am curious about exactly how bad it is), they know about its existence.

The jump in DVD sales bears this out: who is going to purchase a $35 DVD set of a defunct TV series in prep for a movie opening 5 months later? People who take their science fiction and entertainment seriously. Those people are a fraction of the audience needed to make a hit, or the exact amount needed for a cult hit.
Speaking of which, has any Amazon customer received the DVD yet? I'm worried in case Amazon have messed up the preorders.

gossi, I just got email confirmation from Amazon that my DVD (which I pre-ordered as a gift) has shipped.
Arggh. I just got notification that my 4 copies (for Xmas presents) have been delayed by Amazon until mid January "because their shipment was delayed."
I just saw the ad for the DVD during the Colts/Chargers game. It should get some good visibility from that.
I didn't pre order mine from Amazon because I knew I wouldn't have the set on that day. I'm going to get mine at Target.
Amazon has shipped mine! Gotta love that free two day shipping.
Amazon still says Serenity won't ship until December 21. I may have to run to BestBuy.

Amazon has shipped my 3 orders also. It says it will arrive here Dec.22, but I paid for Priority Mail... We'll see what happens. If it doesn't arrive on Dec. 20, I'll be heading for Best Buy also.
I just got the shipping notice for mine. Can't wait to get this!!
Just got my shipping confirmation from Amazon as well. *whew* - I had ordered a copy as a Christmas present and was starting to think I'd be headed to Best Buy on Tuesday.

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