June 13th, 2011
It's actually a rather busy week for DVD / Blu-ray releases, at least for the summertime, with four first run releases coming out. Granted, those four films averaged just 21% positive reviews, so it is certainly a matter of quantity over quality. Unfortunately, the quantity of first run releases appears to have scared away quality alternatives and there are not a lot of top notch releases. There are a few that are with picking up, some of which are for limited audiences, but as far as Pick of the Week contenders go, there are none. However, True Blood: Season Three arrived late, and I'm giving the Pick of the Week honor to the Blu-ray.
June 12th, 2011
Michael Madsen is just shy of the $1 billion mark for his career. He's so close that it would take just one film opening in wide release to get him over the top. However, while he's made countless movies in the past several years, none have opened wide, while most have been low-budget direct-to-DVD affairs. This is the case with A Cold Day in Hell, a low-budget Western that is hitting the home market this weekend. Is it worth checking out, or is Michael Madsen's name the only reason the film was made in the first place.
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