July 18th, 2011
Looking at the overall strength of the home market releases this week and there's not a lot to look forward to. If you don't count Rango, which came out on Blu-ray / DVD on Friday, then the biggest hit of the week is Limitless. That film is worth picking up on Blu-ray, but it's not exactly Pick of the Week material. In fact, the best release on this week's list is Once Upon a Time in America, which made its Blu-ray debut at the end of May, but the screener arrived very late. Despite this, I'm awarding it the Pick of the Week.
July 16th, 2011
House of the Rising Sun is a low-budget action film starring a former wrestler turned mixed martial artist. Expectations are thusly lowered. That may be a bit premature, but it's better to go into a movie with realistic expectations and be pleasantly surprised than go into a movie overly optimistic only to be disappointed. So will House of the Rising Sun be a pleasant surprise? Or will it fail to live up to modest origins.
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