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Blockbuster Announces Top<br>DVD, VHS and Game Rentals of 2001

12 Dec, 2001 By: Hive News

Blockbuster has released its annual list of Top Renting DVD, VHS and game rentals, and this year's list shows DVD and VHS format preferences for certain titles.

"We see some big differences in the top titles for the DVD and VHS formats this year," says Jim Notarnicola, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Blockbuster. "The DVD format is expanding the motion picture experience with features like directors' commentaries, behind the scenes and extra footage. Certain movies, such as those with intricate plots or lots of action, are just perfect for DVD and Hollywood is making full use of this format.''

Films like Unbreakable, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon rented more on DVD than VHS because of those extra features, says Notarnicola.

"Watching these films after watching the DVD's directors' commentary is like having the director whisper in your ear while you watch the film,'' he says. ``For example, what a different film experience Cast Away was after I found the Easter egg about the contents of that unopened Federal Express box.''

Unbreakable was the top DVD rental, and ninth on VHS. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was eighth on DVD and absent from the VHS list. And Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was 12th on DVD and 20th on VHS. The complete list follows:

2001 Top 10 Combined DVD/VHS Movie Rentals at Blockbuster
1. Meet the Parents
2. Cast Away
3. The Family Man
4. Traffic
5. What Lies Beneath
6. What Women Want
7. Miss Congeniality
8. Unbreakable
9. Planet of the Apes
10. Hannibal

2001 Top 10 DVD Rentals at Blockbuster
1. Unbreakable
2. The Family Man
3. Planet of the Apes
4. Cast Away
5. Meet the Parents
6. Traffic
7. Hannibal
8. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
9. What Lies Beneath
10. What Women Want

2001 TOP 10 VHS Rentals at Blockbuster
1.Meet the Parents
2.Cast Away
3.What Women Want
4.The Family Man
5.What Lies Beneath
6.Miss Congeniality
8.Me, Myself & Irene
10. Hannibal

2001 Top 10 Video Game Rentals at Blockbuster
1.Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)
2.Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PlayStation 2)
3.WWF: Smackdown! Just Bring It! (PlayStation 2)
4.007: Agent Under Fire (PlayStation 2)
5.Mario Party 3 (Nintendo 64)
6.Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (PlayStation 2)
7.Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Nintendo 64)
8.Pokemon Stadium 2 (Nintendo 64)
9.Paper Mario (Nintendo 64)
10. Madden NFL 2002 (PlayStation 2)

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