August 28th, 2012
We are clearly in TV on DVD season on the home market as there are five TV on DVD releases among the top six selling releases, with Battleship being the only first run release to break up the TV on DVD dominance. There are many such releases that are contenders for Pick of the Week: Boardwalk Empire: Season Two on Blu-ray, Homeland: Season One on Blu-ray, Once Upon a Time: Season One on Blu-ray, and The Walking Dead: Season Two on Blu-ray. However, in the end I went with The Pirates! Band of Misfits on 3D Combo Pack as the Pick of the Week. Meanwhile, Monsieur Lazhar on DVD or Blu-ray earns a rarely awarded Puck of the Week.
August 28th, 2012
Kino International is a distribution company that handles mostly smaller films from around the world, but they also have a home market line as well. Redemption Films was a distribution company that specialized in cult films, including sexploitation films of the 1970s. Roughly this time last year, Kino bought Redemption and has begun releasing some of their newly acquired films on Blu-ray. This week, three such films are coming out: Black Magic Rites, The Living Dead Girl, and Two Orphan Vampires. Are they worth checking out for fans of the genre? Do they have wider appeal? And how do they look / sound on Blu-ray?
August 22nd, 2012
It is an amazing week on the home market, if you count The Hunger Games. That film made its DVD and Blu-ray debut on Saturday, so it didn't quite come out this week, but it is still selling well. The best-selling Tuesday release was NCIS: Season Nine - Buy from Amazon, while the top five is dominated by Blu-ray catalog releases. I think Bernie comes close to being a Pick of the Week Contender and A Separation is even better, but I'm going with The Hunger Games as top pick.
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