Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Blu-ray) CityNews.ca Pick of the Week – Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) appears to be a normal teenager living in New York City with his mother (Catherine Keener) and horrible stepfather (Joe Pantoliano). All is not well under the surface though. He’s dyslexic, has bad ADHD, and unbeknownst to him he’s also the son of the Greek god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). When Percy is attacked during a school trip by a monster known as the “Fury” he learns about his demigod status and that he’s been accused of stealing Zeus’s (Sean Bean) lightning. His handicapped best friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) reveals to him that he’s actually a satyr (half-goat, half-human) and was sent to be Percy’s protector all along. With Percy in danger, Grover has to get him to the special demigod school, Camp Half-Blood. Percy Jackson is a fun, entertaining film that hooked me the same way the first Harry Potter did. Definitely one to be seen in high-definition too. Special features on the Blu-ray release include making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and more. A regular DVD and a digital copy of the film are also included. Film *** Blu-ray **** (out of 5 stars).
NOTE: Due to a scheduling change Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is now being released on June 29, 2010.
The Last Station – Christopher Plummer portrays Russian author Leo Tolstoy in this drama about the last year of his life. Helen Mirren plays Tolstoy’s wife, Sofya Tolstaya, and Paul Giamatti plays Tolstoy follower Vladimir Chertkov. While the film does drag in places, great performances (Mirren and Plummer were both nominated for Oscars) make this a worthwhile watch. Special features include commentary, deleted scenes, a tribute to Christopher Plummer, and more. Film *** DVD *** (out of 5 stars).
Seven Days (Les sept jours du talion) – After their daughter is raped and murdered, Bruno (Claude Legault) and Sylvie Hamel (Fanny Mallette) seek their revenge in this dark and disturbing thriller. If you liked films like Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left or Law Abiding Citizen, you will enjoy what Seven Days has to offer, even if it’s more unsettling than those two other films. In French with English subtitles. Special features include deleted scenes and a photo gallery. Film *** DVD ** (out of 5 stars).
She’s Out of My League (Blu-ray) – Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is an average guy who works at the Pittsburgh airport with his three equally average friends. When Molly (Alice Eve), an insanely hot events planner, enters his life and shows interest in him, he starts to wonder what’s motivating the attraction. As his friends make clear to him, he’s a 5 and she’s a hard 10. All Molly wants is a normal, safe guy though and Kirk is all those things, plus he makes her laugh. Will his insecurities ruin his chance at being with her? By the time we get to that part does anyone really care? She’s Out Of My League is a complete disaster. Watching it was similar to the pain I imagine one would feel after being kicked in the face repeatedly by someone wearing baseball cleats. It’s really too bad because there are a lot of talented people wasted in it. Special features on the Blu-ray release include deleted scenes, extended ending, blooper reel, and more. Film * Blu-ray ** (out of 5 stars).
More New DVD releases this week: Green Zone, Remember Me, The Maid, Entourage Season 6, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Book 1 Collector’s Edition, Hung: The Complete First Season, A Star is Born (Blu-ray)
Top image: A scene from Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Courtesy 20th Century Fox.