July 4th, 2012
After a run of several good weeks, it is a complete disaster on the home market this week. The best selling first run release will be... nothing. This is because there is no first run release coming out this week. According to Amazon.com, the best selling new release of the week is Midsomer Murders: Set 20, while the top ten is dominated by limited releases and Blu-ray catalogue titles. This makes choosing a Pick of the Week difficult, because there are so few prime releases. Rocko's Modern Life: Season Three is on the short list for contenders, as is The Hunter on Blu-ray. But in the end, I went with God Bless America on either DVD or Blu-ray. It's a great movie and there's a surprising number of extras on the DVD.
November 4th, 2011
It's the first week of November, which should be the start of Awards Season. However, there are not a lot of films that are really wowing critics. In fact, there are more films missing the overall positive level than there are earning award-worthy reviews. The Last Rites of Joe May is the best bet and, if you don't live in New York, try and catch it on Video on Demand. And, if you live up north in Canada, try and get to a showing of Billy Bishop Goes to War.
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