July 26th, 2010
It is a deceptively slow week in the video market.
I love that word, "deceptively", because it really has no meaning.
In the first sentence it could mean the week appears to be busy, but it is really slow.
Or it could mean the week appears to be slow, but it is really busy.
In this case, it's the former.
While there are 350 releases for the week on Amazon.com, there's only one significant first run release, Clash of the Titans.
Moving down the list of best sellers, it doesn't take long until you run into second tier, or even third or fourth tier releases.
Arguably the best release on this week's list of reviews is Mother, but that came out last week it's on the list because the screener was late.
The two competitors for Pick of the Week from this week's releases are Batman: Under the Red Hood - Blu-ray with Litho Cell and Ip Man - Collector's Edition Blu-ray.
Which one wins depends on whether you like martial arts movies or comic books more.
For me, it's a tie.
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