Guess What’s The Most Rented SW DVD On Netflix?

Hint:  If I’m posting it here, it must be relevant somehow, right?  Here’s the list.

No, it doesn’t include TFA which is probably being streamed more than rented in DVD format.  Yes, renters are likely casual fans and not the hardcores who own everything on Blu-Ray.  But it does show that the prequels are hardly “universally hated” as the media and geek know-it-alls want you to believe.

(P.S.  Thor will be wielding the mighty delete and ban hammer.)

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35 Responses to “Guess What’s The Most Rented SW DVD On Netflix?”

  1. roxam91 Says:

    Glad to see my favorite SW film number 1!

  2. cathiecat2000 Says:

    I absolutely Love this list, I just wish ROTJ were above ESB though

  3. susanbowes Says:

    It’s about time Revenge of the Sith was given recognition for the great movie it was. Let the haters put that in their pipe and smoke it. 🙂

  4. fundhund Says:

    Nice to see AOTC number 3! I saw it just yesterday and registered again that it might actually be the SW movie I enjoy watching the most 😉

  5. Jacobesico Says:

    That’s great to see.

    Nobody likes the Prequels, eh? 😉

  6. Helen Says:

    This list made me very happy! Thank you! 😀

  7. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    And there was, perhaps, a moment of grim satisfaction, to see that Phantom Menace was more popular to rent than Empire Strikes Back.

    • susanbowes Says:

      Somebody should tweet the ratings to Jake Lloyd so he knows his movie was rated higher than Empire. That would cheer him up. 🙂

      • maychild Says:

        Yeah I noticed that too. The Holy ESB, aka The Universal Fan Favorite and The Last Good SW Movie (Until TFA) is rated 5th on the list.

      • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

        Well, to play devil’s advocate, the movies that were least rented could be the most widely owned (thus not needed to be rented), but Phantom being in the middle is still a good sign.

  8. Hunk a Junk Says:

    The Phantom Menace is my favorite of the PT and third favorite overall. Add this to the list of empirical evidence that the PT’s “hatred” is hateboy hot air.

  9. Phen Says:

    Nice. I love III, it’s my favorite. the entire saga is so freaking awesome. lately i’ve been thinking back to how impressive visuaally the prequels were, not even from a special effects standpoint, but from a composition, lighting, etc standpoint. so fun

    Back when the Blurays were released i ran the numbers on which were bought most. the OT was ahead, but only by like 5% Those marketers who ignore the prequels do so at their own peril

    • susanbowes Says:

      Your right about the scenes in the prequels being outstanding. No special effects were needed.. One of my favorite scenes contained no dialogue at all, but was one of the most dramatic scenes in the movie. It’s the scene when Anakin’s mother dies in his arms. Hayden’s acting, along with John Williams score, made you actually feel the anger building up inside Anakin, leading to him killing the Sandpeople. Brilliant directing and brilliant acting!

  10. Michael Says:

    Revenge of the Sith is indeed a worthy #1!

  11. Artiom Deyev Says:

    Well, these numbers is one more prove that prequels are loved, blu-ray sales also show big love for prequels (with ot being ahead, but still prequels are slightly behind).
    I’ve noticed things are turning good for prequels – more fans show their appreciation towards it, and it feels that Disney now is very accurate avoiding bashing the movies. I think this is partly due to Disney marketing campaign.
    The appreciation for prequels will grow, and I’m sure we’ll see more stories, movies, etc. set in the prequel era.

  12. Keith Palmer Says:

    It’s always nice to see evidence that “there’s solid interest in all the Star Wars movies.” However, I do have to admit I feel a little sorry for Return of the Jedi coming sixth on the list… There is a part of me that can look at the new movies and see them as a simple effort to emphasize the “redemption” storyline of RotJ, something that seemed to have been kept secret in 1983 with a corresponding emphasis on the movie being a “creature feature,” which may then have contributed something to it being dismissed in the 1990s, which was when I started thinking my own thoughts didn’t quite seem to align with the bog-standard takes on Star Wars… For that matter too, it was the suspicion The Force Awakens didn’t really bother to “get” RotJ that started preying on me.

    • Cristian Martinez Says:

      I wouldn’t be so optimist, more after their nice ruthless campaign against the Prequels, even with all this Prequels stuff come up, Disney may be trying smoke and mirrors, or throwing bones again to us, we would be fools if we fall for that.

      We need to show that even with this they cant buy or loyalty, we aren’t Original Star Wars fans, easy impressed with shiny things, we should demand our respect, not conform with the left overs.

  13. LadyJediScientist Says:

    Early Star Wars Day present! 😆😆😆🎉🎉🎉🎉

    And somewhere Simon Pegg’s head is exploding😉

  14. Edward Diego Says:

    Looks like many people wanna catch up their Star Wars lore in order to watch TFA. Or after that.

    But what does this list indicate? The movie they like the most or the movie the have seen the least up to this point?

  15. Jonathan vd Sluis (@Natusaurus) Says:

    A bit surprised that RotJ is last. Since it is the last before TFA, I would expect that many would want to see it, if only to get a good idea about where the story left off.

  16. Nick Skywalker Says:

    Stopped in my local FYE today and ironically in the top 20 sold movies section TPM was number 1, followed by AOTC, and then ROTS. The media can keep hyping up that no one likes those movies but the fact is that that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

      I do have to say that I have a problem with the new steelbox releases of the individual films. Specifically the characters on the boxes. Specifically that Yoda on the AotC box is the only non-villain in the lineup (others in episode order are Maul, Grievous, Vader, a Stormtrooper, and Palpatine).

      Just messes with my sense of order. “One of these things is not like the others” and all that.

      • Phen Says:

        I love the steel book cases, but i wish they would have kept the theme of villians . Dooku or if they don’t want an old man, go with Jango

      • susanbowes Says:

        I think you mean Bobba Fett. Jango was his “father.”

      • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

        No, we mean Jango, seeing as how it’s AotC that’s the odd man out.

        In fact, I’m VERY surprised that it’s not Jango on Clones in hindsight, ESPECIALLY since fanboy mascot Boba is absent from Empire with a generic Stormtrooper instead.

      • Keith Palmer Says:

        I’m just remembering now that as far back as the last “pre-Special Edition” release in the mid-1990s, a stormtrooper was being used on the cover of the TESB videocassettes… maybe it has something to do with “the movie starts on an ice planet, so we need something ‘white'” to dominate our graphics.” (For that matter, that release used Yoda on its RotJ cover.)

  17. Sarah Says:

    Oh, nice. Does anyone know what the exact numbers are?

  18. hansolo1138 Says:

    My favorite is at the top, but the rest of the list completely disagrees with my personal ranking. Still great to see the Prequels getting love.

  19. Jacobesico Says:

    I don’t have a favourite Star Wars movie. I really can’t choose.

    I love all six and I view them as pieces of a puzzle.

    I’ve finally seen TFA and it was alright and the three new leads were very good but it didn’t have the same magic as the other six and the music was very lackluster.

    It seemed more of a rip off of A New Hope to be honest.

    • Doug Brown Says:

      I agree completely. TFA was a well-done movie, but it had almost nothing original about it whatsoever. With a few changes to the basic plot and some familiar characters shifted around a bit (and others basically filling the original roles), this movie was just a rehashed version of A New Hope. Even the Death Star was there in a revised form.

      George Lucas tried to do something original and expansive with the storylines of the prequels and was hated for it, while JJ Abrams took Lucas’ original idea and redid it to great acclaim. Makes no sense to me.

  20. Mike Sidious Says:

    Excellent news.
    Tired of all the Prequel slander.
    Missed out on the entire PT3D at Celebration as was told ‘capacity was at full’
    If nobody likes these films, why didn’t I (and plenty of other people) miss out on that at Anaheim.

  21. Doug Brown Says:

    Well well, what an interesting list this is. Kinda destroys the whole prequel-hating narrative, doesn’t it? I’ve been saying all along to anyone who will listen that there are many, many people out there who love the prequels and are as baffled as we are that so many people express hatred for them. The numbers seem to say that the “conventiional wisdom” the media so often tout is a load of crap.

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