Further proof that TV lovers won’t fuhgeddabout the late James Gandolfini anytime soon: Since the three-time Emmy winner’s untimely demise, sales of The Sopranos on DVD and digital download have risen dramatically on Amazon and iTunes, two of the only venues through which the show – off the air since 2007 – can be viewed today. (A&E began airing edited versions of Sopranos episodes in 2007, but the show no longer appears on the cable net’s schedule. Though the show is also available via HBO Go, HBO declines to share numbers for its streaming service.)
A $124.99, 30-disc set that contains the award-winning HBO series in its entirety has shot to the top of Amazon’s Movies & TV Best Sellers list, ranking only behind an instantly watchable version of the latest episode of Mad Men. The Sopranos: The Complete Series also tops Amazon’s DVD Best Sellers list, while The Sopranos: The Complete First Season ranks seventh and The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2 (the series’ last set of episodes) ranks 10th. Season 6: Part 1 appears on the chart as well, at No. 14.
The drama’s complete first season currently sits at No. 3 on the iTunes Top TV Seasons chart, outranked only by Futurama’s 10th (and final) season and Game of Thrones season 2. Meanwhile, its pilot has sneaked into iTunes’s Top TV Episodes chart, ranking 28th – very respectable for an hour that first aired 14 years ago.
Gandolfini died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday afternoon while on vacation in Rome. He was 51.