November 18th, 2008
It's a weird week for the DVD release report. According to Amazon, seven of the top ten releases come from two movies: WALL-E and Tropic Thunder. Add in the Spanish language edition and there are five versions of the former movie coming out this week, including the 3-Disc DVD and the 3-Disc Blu-ray, either one of which is worthy of the DVD Pick of the Week. The overall group of releases feels weaker than last week, but it is more than enough that it had to be split into two parts. Part two can be found here.
May 16th, 2008
May completes its hat trick of potential monster hits as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuts next week. Not only does this film have the potential to be the biggest hit of the year, it is also this week's target film.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win Southland Tales on DVD and The Cottage on DVD.
Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win Southland Tales on DVD and The Cottage on DVD.
Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!
April 21st, 2008
It's a slow week by nearly every measure: big releases, overall quality, overall quantity, spotlight reviews, etc. This is great news for me since recently a package arrived with several DVDs, all of which were late. I'm not quite completely caught up, but I am very close. As for this week's releases, there were only a handful of releases that were even in contention for DVD Pick of the Week. Both The Savages - DVD and The Orphanage - DVD or Blu-ray earned excellent reviews, but their home market releases were only average. Cloverfield - DVD wasn't as good a movie, but the DVD had the best combination of movie quality and special features. The specter of a Blu-ray release notwithstanding, it is the DVD Pick of the Week.
March 31st, 2008
Half a dozen new releases charted this week, including I Am Legend, which generated $10.99 million in rentals.
March 18th, 2008
The movie business is cyclical with peaks (summer season and the winter holidays), as well as lulls (September and January). This translates into the peaks and lulls in the home market as well, just three to four months later. We are finally coming out of the latest home market quiet period and the biggest hit of the Christmas Holidays is hitting the home market. However it is not the DVD Pick of the Week. That honor goes to Enchanted, which is worth picking up on DVD but is a must-have on Blu-ray.
November 20th, 2007
Margot at the Wedding won the race on the per theater chart with just over $80,000 in two theater for an average of $40,518. No Country for Old Men was pushed into second place, but it managed seventh place on the overall chart with over $3 million in just 148 theaters, giving the film an impressive average of $20,782. The only other film to top $10,000 was Holly with $12,442 in its lone theater.
November 17th, 2007
It was a one horse race for the Weekly Website Award with Beowulf - Official Site walking away with that honor.
November 16th, 2007
A rather mixed bag of limited releases this week with a couple that were pushed back from earlier, wide releases and a couple of busted Oscar bait movies. This leaves only a handful of movies worth checking out, including a pair of documentaries: I for India and What Would Jesus Buy?.
November 8th, 2007
This week's round of new casting information contains updates for The Box, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sleepwalking, and more!
October 21st, 2007
This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Harold and Kumar 2, Son of Rambow, Wolverine and more!
July 29th, 2007
This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Hellboy 2, The Mummy 3, The Pink Panther 2 and more.
March 16th, 2006
Pretty average week with all best sites being previous award winners. The best of the rest was Silent Hill
- Official Site
, and even though this week's update wasn't huge, it was enough to make the overall site award-worthy.