Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Diary of a Wimpy Kid to The Ghost Writer

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me Tuesday: From Diary of a Wimpy Kid to The Ghost Writer

Aug 03, 2010

This week: Exploring the hell that is middle school while Roman Polanski channels Hitchcock.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: This hit family comedy based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Jeff Kinney stars Zachary Gordon as 12-year-old Greg Heffley who must survive the most humiliating experience of any child's life: middle school. No matter what age you are, everyone can relate to dealing with mouth-breathing morons, wedgie-giving bullies and the usual pre-teen angst in this funny PG-rated adaptation. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have feature commentary with director Thor Freudenthal and writer Gabe Sachs as well as "Greg's Deleted Diary Pages." Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me (if you have any kind of kid—wimpy or otherwise).

The Ghost Writer: In Roman Polanski's intriguing political thriller based on the book The Ghost by Robert Harris, Ewan McGregor plays the unnamed ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan). The more McGregor uncovers more information about the previous ghostwriter, who died under mysterious circumstances, the more he realizes that the former prime minister has compromising and dangerous secrets of his own in this twisty suspense ride that would do Hitchock proud. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "The Ghost Writer: Fiction or Reality," which explains that the basis of the movie is based on the public's irate reaction to Tony Blair; "The Cast of The Ghost Writer" and an interview with Polanski. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Rent Me

Piranha: The most successful film of Master of Schlock Roger Corman's cult oeuvre has to be this shameless 1978 Jaws rip-off directed by Joe Dante. A private investigator (Heather Menzies) is dispatched to Lost River Lake to find out what happened to two missing teens and inadvertently releases a school of genetically altered piranha into the local waters. The flesh-crazed fish tear through anything in their way: fishermen, groovy vacationers and even a camp full of kids (this is the gleefully un-PC '70s). Although careful examination of the titular mean fish reveals them to be little more than rubber piranha on sticks, this low-budget cult classic filled with quick cuts of frenzied piranha attacks is one of the most fun summer movies ever made and far less self-serious than that little Steven Spielberg shark flick on which it is inspired. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray have additional scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, an enlightening making-of documentary that shows how to make the most out of a limited budget and much more. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

The Breakfast Club: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray): Director John Hughes has gone to that big high school in the sky and most of the actors (Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy) featured in this 1985 teen classic are little seen on-screen today, but The Breakfast Club remains the definitive coming-of-age story for Generation X and generations after. Hughes really connected with his young characters and didn't treat the five students in detention like obnoxious caricatures, which is why—25 years later—this story will still resonate with anyone who suffered the indignity of high school. Best extras: This Blu-ray debut has an audio commentary by Nelson and Hall, a 51-minute documentary titled "Sincerely Yours" and "The Most Convenient Definitions: The Origin of the Brat Pack.” Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Buy Me

Also New This Week: Kick-Ass (read the full review in Disc-y Business tomorrow), Heroes: Season Four, Elvis on Tour, Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection, Humanoids From the Deep, After.Life, Open House, and To Save a Life

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