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Fifteen years ago this week, Amazon.co.uk opened its (virtual) doors for the first time. To mark the occasion, the site has revealed details* of the products that have set the records since the first order was placed way back in 1998.

In the world of films and television, a number of facts stand out. Unsurprisingly, the fastest selling DVD on the site was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. But more interestingly, it was pipped to the post in the total bestselling lists by… Mamma Mia! Go figure. “The singing may not always have been of the highest quality, but [it] really captured the hearts of the UK’s film enthusiasts,” said Zak Watts, DVD Category Manager at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “It’s no small feat to beat the long-awaited final instalment of the Harry Potter series into second place.”

The Inbetweeners Movie came in at number three and Toy Story 3 at number four. Number five was a win for the great British institution that is Sir David Attenborough, for his Planet Earth series. Watts enthused: “It’s great to see the long-lasting legacy which [the series] will have on this and future generations of families, with so many UK households having a copy.” Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Downton Abbey (Series 1), The King’s Speech, Michael McIntyre Live and the complete Harry Potter 8-film collection round off the Top Ten.

It has also released its facts and stats for its LOVEFiLM service, for which the most-streamed film was Despicable Me, the most-streamed television show was Lost and the highest number of streams in one day was Paul.

The full list of DVD and VHS bestsellers is as follows.

1999: Erin Brockovich (DVD) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer – The Movie (VHS)
2000: Gladiator (DVD) and Chicken Run (VHS)
2001: Bridget Jones’s Diary (DVD & VHS)
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (VHS)
2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (DVD) and Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (VHS)
2004: Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) (DVD) and Calendar Girls (VHS)
2005: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc DVD Edition) and Ladies in Lavender (VHS)
2006: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (DVD) and Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (VHS)
2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (DVD)
2008: Mamma Mia! (DVD)
2009: Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley (DVD)
2010: Toy Story 3 (DVD)
2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (DVD)
2012: Ted (DVD)
2013 (to date): Skyfall (DVD)

*The full press release can be viewed at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=251199&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1864346&highlight=.

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