The second 50th anniversary edition Blu-ray release I've reviewed this weekend. Unlike the last one, The Hustler is not second-tier in any regard. It earned amazing reviews when it first came out, and while it wasn't the big winner at the Oscars the following year (West Side Story was), it earned two Oscars from nine nominations. But how well does it stand up? Pool halls are mostly a thing of the past. They are about as common today as pinball machines.
It's kind of an odd week for DVD / Blu-ray releases. While it is a busier week than average when it comes to first run releases, none of them did well with critics and I don't think any of them will be big sellers. There are a few limited releases, TV on DVD releases, and catalogue titles that are vying to make up the difference. As far the best, there's not a lot here that can even compete with The Hustler's Blu-ray debut.
After two weeks of massive hits, next weekend neither film seems likely to be anything more than a midlevel hit. This makes it all the more difficult to pick a target film in this week's box office prediction contest. Bridesmaids is not your typical blockbuster, but I think it has a better than 50% shot at outperforming Priest in 3D and as such is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Bridesmaids. Meanwhile, all three prizes are from Fox's Father's Day collection of Blu-ray releases.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Hustler on Blu-ray.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of The Comancheros on Blu-ray.
Finally, one additional entrant will be chosen and they will win the final copy of Tigerland on Blu-ray.
Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!
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