Read part two for the second half of the top ten titles.
Ahh, remember the old days when no one wanted to switch to DVD from the trusty VHS format? People were dead set against it and it looked grim for a little while — players were expensive, the movies more so. Then a little console that could, the PlayStation 2, burst onto the scene and became an affordable DVD player for the masses on top of being a very capable video game console.
The PlayStation 2 was a factor in the rise of DVD as a valid successor to VHS for movies in our households; by March, 2002 there were nearly 30 million PS2s in peoples' homes and many of them were used as DVD players. Fast forward to a couple of years ago and the announcement that two competing high definition formats where vying to replace DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD. Both camps had their major supporters, but the big trump card was to be the PlayStation 3 and its integrated Blu-ray player. Sony had done it before and they were banking on doing it again. Sony was so serious about introducing Blu-ray to the world they were taking a nearly 400 dollar per console loss just to integrate the player and all the features they wanted the PS3 to deliver.
Things did not go as planned by Sony in the end. They had a launch that left much to be desired; Microsoft and their Xbox 360 had a year's head start and the runaway hit console, the Nintendo Wii, outsold everyone. The end result was that after a year only about 8 million PS3s were sold compared to 19+ million PS2s in its first full year and that means a lot less penetration into the home for its high definition video format.
During the past year there were many announcements that swayed people one way or another from porn studios siding with HD DVD to Blockbuster only renting out DVDs and Blu-rays, but midway through the year an announcement seemed to spell doom for the Blu-ray format. Paramount/Universal studios declared a limited term (18 months) HD DVD-only deal with one caveat: any Steven Spielberg movies could be distributed however Spielberg chose to distribute them. All of a sudden the tide was turned and HD DVD started regaining momentum and the format war was once again in full swing.