February 14th, 2012
New releases dominated the Blu-ray sales chart with as many as four in the top five. (Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bit of an odd case, but more on that in a second.) Drive led the way with 420,000 units / $8.39 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 57%. This is a great opening compared to the film's theatrical run.
January 31st, 2012
It's kind of an unusual week on the home market with five first run releases coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. However, all five films missed expectations in one degree or another. Some were outright bombs by anyone's definition, while others were expected to struggle to find a large audience, just not by as much as they did. That is not to say they were all bad movies. In fact one of them, Drive, has done quite well during Awards Season and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition is To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, which is also coming out on a Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a coin toss, but I'm going with the latter over the former.
January 30th, 2012
To Kill a Mockingbird is a film that came out 50 years ago and was immediately seen as a classic and was one of the biggest winners at the Oscars that year. (Only Lawrence of Arabia won more Oscars that year.) Now it is making its debut on Blu-ray on a anniversary edition Blu-ray, as well as DVD. Is it worth owning? Is it worth upgrading to if you had a previous version on DVD?
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