Play.com Announces Sales Boost For BAFTA Nominees

Play.com, the online entertainment retailer, has announced that it is seeing a record sales boost on DVDs that feature this year’s big name BAFTA nominees, such as James Franco, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth.

Play.com has revealed that James Franco was the surprise runaway winner in terms of sales increases since the BAFTA nominations were announced in January.

James Franco, the Hollywood heart-throb who was nominated for his performance in the Danny Boyle film ‘127 Hours’ saw sales of his earlier films (‘Milk’, ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’) jump by 38%.

Natalie Portman confirmed her place as Best Actress with sales from her back catalogue (including ‘Closer’, where she played a dancing girl, and ‘V for Vendetta’, where she plays a vigilante) increasing by 26%. Natalie Portman’s award-winning portrayal of vulnerable ballerina Nina Sayer alongside Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder in ‘Black Swan’ drew attention to her highly adaptable acting style and consumers wanted to watch her play a variety of parts from her impressive portfolio of films.

Colin Firth, the man of the moment following his monumental performance as King George VI alongside fellow nominee Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech also recorded significant sales increases of his previous work, with an overall 20% uplift since he was nominated for Best Actor.

Simon Homent, head of DVD buying at Play.com said: “Throughout the awards season we continue to see a significant boost in sales for nominees’ previous films. Consumers gain interest in not only the films, but also the actors. They buy their earlier films to revisit or explore for the first time the work that helped to get these stars to where they are today. Despite Colin Firth not being the King of sales since the nominations were revealed, we anticipate that The King’s Speech will be one of the biggest DVD releases of 2011 when it goes on pre-order on the 7th March.”

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Samsung release the stylish R87 streamlined design focused LCD TV which is more streamlined and stylish than ever and packed with extra functionality

Following the success of last year’s leading R74 LCD television range, Samsung have now launched the racy R87, which is more streamlined and stylish than ever and packed with extra functionality.

Samsung, recognised in the industry for its cutting edge LCD design and meticulous attention to detail, has definitely lived up to its reputation by providing an LCD TV which is a curvier and more striking design than ever before. It comes in glossy piano black or a fashionable white finish both with hidden speakers, making this a minimalist designer’s dream TV that will enhance any room set.

The beauty does not stop at the design, as the R87 Series has unsurpassable picture quality giving an even sharper and exciting viewing experience, maximised through Movie Plus, additional HD connectivity and game mode for the extreme gamer.

The Movie Plus Mode is perfect for those movie fanatics amongst us. This fantastic feature adds additional frames to the action ensuring a true 50htz output. The result is during fast film scenes such as car chases, the picture remains in focus and as slick as real life.

Another perfect feature for Audio Visual lovers is the inclusion of three High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections. This means that you can plug in your games consoles, DVD players and satellite devices all at the same time and know that the ultimate digital experience will be had with all devices.

For the hardcore gamer, the gaming mode provides an unparalleled high definition picture quality which will optimise and enhance gaming graphics at the touch of a button. It has richer, sharper images and a faster response time, giving your games enhanced interactivity. In addition to this, its powerful SRS TruSurround XT sound produces an all round experience that makes you feel like you’re living your favourite Lara Croft dream.

Rob Shaw, Product Manager, Samsung says: “Last years R74 LCD range was such a success that we have improved this further with the R87 and made the model more stylish and functional than ever. We have a great reputation for having TVs that are stylish and modern, and the R87 is the perfect example of how we can take this to the next level. Everyone now can feel proud to own such a beautifully designed TV.”

The R87 is available from Argos, JLP and other high street retailers. It’s available in the following sizes: 23”, 26”, 32”, 37”, 40”, in black and 23”, 32” & 40” in white.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 120 offices in 57 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.

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