January 3rd, 2012
The first Tuesday of the year is not a great time of year for new releases on the home market. It's an even worse time of year for critics, especially this year. With Christmas Day landing on the Sunday, many studios took the entire week off, so there are plenty of screeners that still haven't made it my way. (There is some good news here, as I was able to get caught up on all of the screeners that had previously arrived late.) A couple of these potential late arrivals are contenders for Pick of the Week, like Justified: Season Two - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray and Mildred Pierce - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. They also have competition from Contagion - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray, but in the end I gave that honor to The Guard - Buy from Amazon: DVD or Blu-ray.
December 30th, 2011
The Rocketeer came out in theaters 20 years ago. It was an expensive film for its day costing $42 million to make. By comparison, Terminator 2: Judgment Day had just broken the record for most expensive film at $100 million, breaking the record set just the year before by Die Hard 2. So $42 million in 1991 is like $100 million to $125 million today. The studio was obviously planning on building a franchise. Unfortunately, the film only pulled in $46 million domestically and less than half that internationally. Now that 20 years have passed, has the film aged well and is it worth (re)discovering? Or did it fail to find an audience originally for a reason?
December 12th, 2011
It is a surprisingly strong week on the home market with two $100 million hits, Kung Fu Panda 2 on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray, both of which are contenders for pick of the week. There are also several smaller releases that are also contenders for that title like The Guild: Season Five on DVD. But in the end, I gave that honor to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame on Blu-ray.
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