The Sopranos

Iconic HBO series takes top spot on Amazon’s drama DVD best-seller list; first season No. 4 on iTunes

Sales of full seasons of HBO’s “The Sopranos” on Amazon.com and Apple’s iTunes shot up Thursday following the news that series star James Gandolfini had died in Italy.

Amazon lists the 30-disc DVD box set of the complete series of “The Sopranos” as the No. 1 best-selling drama in the site’s DVD section.

In addition, the box set, priced at $124.99, is currently the second most-popular overall total TV and movie title, trailing only a single $1.99 episode of “Mad Men,” the penultimate seg of the current season 6 that aired this past Sunday. Ten days ago, the “Sopranos” DVD box set ranked No. 936 on Amazon’s movies and TV best-seller list.

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On Wednesday, Amazon posted a link to the DVD page on its Facebook account with the comment, “Saddened to hear about the passing of James Gandolfini today. We’ll miss you, James, and the memorable characters you brought to life.” The Internet retailer removed the post after users criticized the promo.

Meanwhile, on Apple’s iTunes Store, the first season of “The Sopranos” ($29.99 for HD versions) ranks No. 4 among TV series.

Through HBO Go, the premium cabler offers access to every episode of “The Sopranos” and other original series to current subscribers through affiliated pay TV providers. This week, Apple added direct access to HBO Go through the Apple TV set-top; HBO Go also is available on computers, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and other devices.

HBO declined to provide information on HBO Go usage. Streaming access to Time Warner-owned cabler’s programming is not available through Netflix or any other Internet subscription service. Netflix does, however, offer all seasons of the skein through its DVD-by-mail service.

“The Sopranos,” considered among the most influential TV shows ever, ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 through 2007.

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